Funny thing is every year my Mom's brother always got me stuff I liked better than the stuff I asked for. Things like a 5 foot stuffed dog when I was 4, giant set of tinker toys (back when they were wood), a civil war soldier set, Matchbox Grand Prix play set, huge plastic models, real tool set in kid size, etc... All I still have are the matchbox cars and trucks from that set.
Other things I remember are mostly war oriented although we were also into Hot Wheels once they introduced them. We were really into the Marx soldier sets - Anzio set, boot camp, fort apache, GI Joe (the 12" ones with plastic hair), lots of toy guns. I remember having a Johnny Seven One man army gun that shot 7 different kinds of hard plastic projectiles lol.
The paratroopers that you sling shotted into the air and they floated down on a chute. The rockets that you flled with water and pumped up with air. A Super ball the year they came out - used once because it landed on the roof of the school.
Johnny West and Chief Cherokee figures, and a Secret agent in similar 12" hard plastic. Balsa wood gliders. Silly putty. Click Clacks before they nerfed em.
But our favorites were a magnifying glass to burn ants, jars to catch bees, and punks to just get in all around trouble with.
And lets not forget the bubble gum ciggarettes.
Savannah: I don't know what it is, but no thread here escapes alive. You'll get 1 or 2 real answers at minimum, occasionally 10 or 12, and then we flog it until it's unrecognizable and you can't get your deposit back. Yet Another Crappy Birgin Guide