We all know that song with the little kid singing, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!” Well, as we get older we start wanting things a little more complex than that. All we want for Christmas are his-and-hers Kindles! Check out what Americans went for last year and what we’re pining after this holiday season!
Last year, the typical US shopper spent $688.87 on gifts for others. That’s a lot of dough-ho-ho!
Digital picture frames and remote helicopters were popular in the thrifty price ranges, while vacuuming robots and Apple hardware were among the favorite expensive gifts above $50 and $100.
When in doubt, cash, gift cards, electronics, toys, clothes, jewelry, games and sporting equipment are often safe bets. They’re the categories Americans cite most.
This year, people are hoping for a Playstation Move, CoD MW3, Apple iPods and iPads, Kindles, GPS systems, Canon digital cameras and Asus lightweight laptops. If they’re really lucky, they’ll get to mount a Samsung 40-inch LCD HDTV on their walls.
Toddlers want to build, learn, play with animal toys and take care of baby dolls.
In the 2-4 age range, easels, garbage truck toys, tea sets, the Batcave and a Barbie townhouse are the keys to their little hearts.
Over 5, kids start getting into more complex games like Bananagrams and Set. Building sets remain popular, too.
Games are great choices for kids above 8–but LEGO is still quite popular!
Men are mostly after technology this year, and women are too–but they’d also like jewelry, yoga equipment and pajamas.
Steer clear of scented candles, cheap gadgets, photos of yourself, socks, self-help texts, themed gifts and anything out of date or thoughtless.
Gift cards have been a popular present for some time, with 77.3% of Americans having planned to buy one for someone else last year.
A fifth of people anticipated returning at least one gift last year–hope it wasn’t yours!
Ultimately, last year 23 million people were still shopping on December 24. Don’t join them this year. Get to shopping; you can do it! If it comes down to cash or homemade “love coupons,” go for the cash. And remember, you can get gift cards in grocery stores now!