As the jobs picture worsened last month, and as unemployment benefits have now expired for millions of Americans, it's as good a time as any to remember the days when the holidays were actually joyous.
This chart from local shopping site Milo.com (hat tip to BuzzFeed) traces a nostalgic and "subjective" history of holiday gifts, from childhood in the 1980s through adolescence in the 1990s, to adulthood in the 2000s, divided into boy and girl categories. As our hypothetical 30-year-old ages, the gadgets get fancier. It's worth noting, though, that kids these days are just as likely as grown-ups to want an iPad for Christmas.
Something we didn't know: iPads are for boys, and iPhones are for girls.
Read the chart below: