Cartoons weren't always available 24/7. You had to wait until after school or for Saturday mornings to enjoy animated characters across the three or four network channels available. Weird, eh? Well, some series were produced specifically to sell toys to us - and we didn't mind in the slightest. But getting the toys we wanted? Not always easy. Completing a collection? Near-impossible. So, instead of stuffing someone's stocking with something modern, take what you know about their childhood era and find a few decently-priced figures or figurines from that time to delight. It was the thoughtful gift of a simple "old" Darth Vader that wound up catalyzing my collection and appreciation of the fandom.