Christmas is coming and it is time to start shopping. The only problem may be that you are not quite sure what you are shopping for. Making up your gift lists with all of the people you need to buy gifts for is one thing, but figuring out exactly what to buy all those people is another thing. Frankly, it can be hard to come up with Christmas gift ideas sometimes.
Here, though, is a blast from the past. These were some of the hottest Christmas gift ideas for the last three years. I suspect some of these gifts will still be top choices this year.
The Amazon Kindle
The Kindle ebook reader has been around for a few years, but every year this top selling eReader gets a little better with various upgrades and design changes. But this year is even better than the past years as there are now some new additions to the Kindle line as well as some price reductions. If you know someone who enjoys reading or travels a lot, this is a great year to buy a Kindle.
The biggest splash in the Kindle line is the Kindle Fire. This model is very different than the previous models in that it is a color version with tablet capabilities. The other new Kindle this year is the Kindle Voyage which utilizes a touchscreen for navigation yet still utilizes Amazon’s patented e-ink technology. Finally, there is a new basic version of the Kindle available for an entry level user, making it an affordable gift for many.
Angry Birds Merchandise
In case you haven’t heard of Angry Birds, it is a very popular application game that is played on iPhones, iPads, Androids, etc. It isn’t a terribly complicated game, but it has become wildly popular amongst all ages. Adults, teenagers and even children (borrowing their parents electronics) all enjoy this game.
This year there is now a variety of Angry Birds merchandise available just in time for Christmas. There is a board game for children as well as a simple card game. There are also lots of t-shirts with Angry Birds designs available – best probably for a child, tween or teen. You can also find many of the Angry Birds characters available in plush toy versions.
Amazon Fire TV
This streaming player by Amazon isn’t brand new but some more recent competition has brought down the price making this a nice gift choice. Amazon Fire TV is a gadget that can be connected to your television to allow easy interfacing with online content from places like iTunes or Hulu.
So if someone rents movies from iTunes or NetFlix, this device will give them ability to streaming directly to their television. Since video rental stores are becoming a thing of the past, most people are starting to access movies and also TV shows through an online service. The Fire TV or its closest competitor (Roku) are a neat gift idea for a variety of people.
LeapPad Learning Tablet
The LeapPad Learning Tablet is the newest release from LeapFrog, a leading maker in educational toys. The Learning Tablet is targeted to toddlers and preschoolers mainly and looks much like a computer tablet. Basically, you get all of the great educational products of LeapFrog in a new cool design that looks much like Mom or Dad’s iPad.
Like an adult tablet, this learning tablet runs off of applications or “apps”. This children’s tablet comes with a few apps but many more are available for purchase from LeapFrog’s website. Since this educational toy was released it has been a hot selling kids item and sure to be a bestselling toy for Christmas still (the updated version).
Even though many competing tablets have entered the market this year and the price has not budged, the Apple iPad is still a top seller and high on many people’s wish list. That’s mostly because the iPad has all of the cool features that Apple is so good at providing while also offering the most versatility in the tablet market.
The lastest iPad version is the iPad Pro although the iPad Mini is also selling well. See a complete list of iPads and feature comparisons here. The base price on the iPad Pro is $599, which isn’t cheap but it is a great device. If you know someone dying for an iPad but don’t have the budget to spend, there are refurbished iPads available at a more affordable price. These can be purchased directly from Apple even.
In my opinion, gift cards are a great gift idea for every Christmas, especially for teenagers and young adults. But in this day and age there are even more great gift cards available which make the idea seem a little less tacky or simplistic.
While I wouldn’t recommend a McDonald’s gift card for anyone except maybe the starving college student, a gift card to Panera or Starbucks is a nice gift idea for an office mate or teacher. An iTunes card is a nice gift idea for a teenager while a Kindle gift card is a great idea for an adult who owns a Kindle.
Those were a few of the top ideas for Christmas gifts in the past and most of these items are still popular gifts for Christmas this year. If you still are looking for ideas, you may want to check out the updated versions of these gifts.