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25 holiday gifts from 1958 that you just don't see these days

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It was a very good Christmas in 1958. You had hot new noels like Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and, um, the Chipmunks' "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)." There were loads of great new gifts to put under the tree — which was likely made out of aluminum or some other man-made material.

The Tannenbaum may have been synthetic, but the sentiments were not. Let's look back at some popular gifts from that year, as seen in the Sears Wish Book catalogs of 1958!

Nylon Christmas Tree

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Women wore far more nylons in the 1950s. Nylons were everywhere. In fact, manufacturers had so much nylon sitting around they churned out nylon Christmas trees.

Perry Como Underwear with 45 Single

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You could get her some new underwear. You could get her the latest Perry Como single. Or you could get her both in the same package. [Also available with Eddie Fisher and Elvis Presley 45s.]

"Bedtime Boots"

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Every kid dreamed of being a cowboy — so much so that they even went to bed in Roy Rogers "bedtime boots."

Autograph Hounds

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These punny stuffed animals were meant for collectors. It was the social media of the day, but also a dachshund.

10 Lobsters in a Barrel and Sad Clown Cheese

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Ten live Maine lobsters! For just a hair under $100. For a more frugal foodie gift, there was a box of cheese packaged under a crying circus performer.

Transistor Radios

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You could stream music in your pocket back in '58, too.

Hey! Mom! Robot Hands

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This kid looks ready to handle some toxic waste.

Wagons out the wazoo

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The red Radio Flyer was the most coveted ride, but you could also trick it out with a covered Conestoga look — or get that awesome wagon roller coaster.

A very expensive typewriter

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In today's money, that's more than $800. No wonder people had such nice handwriting.

Ventriloquist dolls of your favorite TV dummies

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Who says being a "dummy" was a bad thing? Jerry Mahoney was a "famous TV funster." And you could have a replica of him on your knee!

Arcane exercise equipment

Those steam cabinets and vibrating belts always seemed to turn up in cartoons.

"Geriatric" pills for those over 35

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People sure live longer these days. Need proof? "Geriatric" pills were for anyone over 35. Hear that, Millennials? You're about to turn geriatric!

So many saddle shoes

If you weren't wearing black or white All-Stars, you were wearing black-and-white saddles.

Toys of your favorite Westerns

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Westerns dominated television — and all of pop culture. Kids could dress up just like Paladin or Matt Dillon.

Roy Rogers everything

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Back to Roy Rogers for a minute. There were pages of merchandise devoted to the crooning cowboy and his partner Dale Evans.

Extravagant robes and other formal loungewear

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Back then, people looked fancy when sitting around the house. Today, people look like they're sitting around the house when they're at the office.

Pink appliances

Just once we want to watch House Hunters and hear a couple say, "What we're really looking for are pink appliances." They were the marble countertops of '58!

Electric monorail

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There were pages of electric train sets. But what made our eyes light up was the optimistic futurism of this monorail today. We all thought this would be public transportation in the 21st century.

Designer bench car seat covers

Colorful upholstery seemed more important than seat belts at the time.

Home movie equipment

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Now all this gear — the camera, the lights, the projector — is in your phone and it's about the size of a dime.

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