A survey by storage firm Safestore and YouGov has found that 39 per cent of people have held onto a treasured toy recieved as a child at Christmas.
Top of the list were teddy bears and cuddly toys, with 28 per cent of those polled holding on to them.
Not far behind with 23 per cent of the vote were bikes, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards or BMXs. Board games and jigsaw puzzles came in third and in joint fourth were LEGO and Duplo, dolls, and Scalextric or train sets.
Top most treasured presents received:
1. A teddy bear or cuddly toy (28%)
2. A bike, rollerblades, scooter, skateboard or BMX (23%)
3. A board game or jigsaw (20%)
=4.Lego and Duplo (17%)
=4.A doll (17%)
=4.Scalextric or train set (17%)
7. An electrical device such as a Walkman, first mobile or PC (13%)
8. A game console such as a Wii or Gameboy or computer games (12%)
=9. An action figure such as Action Man (9%)
=9. A collectible figure set such as Care Bears, Star Wars or My Little Pony (9%)
=9. A doll’s house (9%)
When it comes to keeping presents a secret, 78 per cent of people said they think it is either ‘very important’ or ‘fairly important’ that gifts remain a mystery.
Top hiding places are the cupboard with 42 per cent, followed by undernearth clothes in drawers (26 per cent) and on top of the wardrobe (24 per cent)
Dave Cox, Head of Sales and Marketing at Safestore, said: “A lot of time and care is spent on choosing Christmas presents for children so we thought it would be interesting to find out which are still treasured years later. I got a Star Wars Millennium Falcon when I was six and I can still remember the moment when I unwrapped it.
“ Why not take the stress out of Christmas this year and hide your presents at your local Safestore. With over 100 stores throughout the country, Safestore has a range of different sized storage units - from lockers to larger rooms – so storing the things for the people you love could be the solution to all your problems.”