IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Electronic gadgets, movies and video games are always hot sellers during the holidays.
But some eastern Iowa retailers say old-fashioned toys and board games are making a comeback.
They're the toys you might remember playing with as a child whenever you visited grandparents.
"What we have right now are a lot of wooden toys and we have also a lot of felted toys," said Astrid Bennett of the Iowa Artisans Gallery.
Many local artists bring their homemade toys to the Iowa Artisans Gallery and Astrid Bennett says customers have flocked here in search of them.
Many items are already sold out.
"We had little marble games that were like tic-tac-toes with marbles. We had some puzzles," added Bennett.
She's noticed a growing trend of shoppers looking for unique gifts that jumpstart the imagination.
"We have sweaters that have been repurposed into puppets," said Bennett.
Jerod Leupold of Critical Hit Games has seen an equally-strong demand for gmaes ones not played with joysticks and buttons.
He says board game sales at critical hit games goes up by a staggering 500% this time of the year.
Leupold tells us board games are inherently accessible because they range from simple lighthearted.
"Just of your party, hang out with family games," said Leupold.
To crushingly complex.
"What I call brain melters."
"Tigris and Euphrates, I only play twice a year. I don't want my brain to explode," added Leupold.
He says it makes sense that board games have stayed popular, especially during the time of the year when families and friends spend time together.
"All of these games encourage interaction and you're kind of forced to have a good time actually," said Leupold.
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