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Great Christmas Gift Ideas

Updated on April 15, 2011

Better To Give Than Receive

How cool would it be if you were able to predict the best selling gifts for the forthcoming Christmas season? You would be able to ramp up your affiliate sales and stockpile goods to sell on eBay well in advance. You would also be able to delight your friends and family with your foresight by making sure that they had this year’s hot gift item.

I got it right once – about fifteen years ago. I bought my son, who would have been just over a year old at the time, a Buzz Lightyear action figure. I bought it in September, on a whim if I’m honest, and by mid November they were totally sold out. They were changing hands for up to ten times the ticket price by the middle of December. Reports on when the next shipment would arrive were actually making it onto the national news.

I don’t mind admitting, I really was tempted to cash in. My son probably wouldn’t have noticed any difference, I’m sure he played with the box as much as he played with Buzz. In the end I toughed it out and he got his Buzz Lightyear. It’s up in the attic now I think – and probably worth pennies.

It’s still good fun to try to predict what will be a hot seller during the Christmas gifting bonanza. Give it a little thought and get your Hubs, blog reviews and website recommendations in place now and you might just get lucky.

Here are just a few contenders for this year’s gift fest:

Great Gift Ideas

The Amazon Kindle e-book reader has garnered a lot of publicity recently. Amazon launched the Kindle 2 in February 2009 and the large format Kindle DX followed in June. The readers are quite pricey, but they will still sell well. Also expect to see strong sales of Kindle accessories for those who already have a Kindle.

According to Hamley’s toy store of London, the big movie for kids this year has been Transformers 2: Revenge of The Fallen. Expect to see movie related merchandise flying off the shelves. The voice changing helmet has been a big hit to date and is a tip for the top!

Digital photo frames were a big hit in 2008. People like them because they can be customised very simply and quickly just by loading some photos into the memory to produce a unique customised gift. Expect these to sell well this year also.

Sony have just released their new slimmed down PS3 with increased memory options. Being the new kid on the block is a huge advantage in the gadget marketplace – so expect this to sell well. Video games for the Wii, the Playstation and the Xbox 360 will be big sellers of course.

Apparently, when times are tough financially, people tend to revert to classic toys. I’m not sure why this is, they usually cost about the same as the more modern ones. Possibly it’s the security of knowing exactly what you’re getting? Anyway, classics like Monopoly, Cluedo and Scrabble could benefit from the recession.

There are all sorts of possibilities for personalised gifts on the internet today. You can upload photographs of your friends and family and have them included in the cover of a magazine, there are calendars with the name of your choice displayed every month available, or what about bottles of champagne with the recipient’s name printed on the label? There’s plenty to choose from, so there’s no excuse to be boring!

iPods, mp3 players and personal gadgets will be as popular as ever. Thanks to ASUS, you can get very cheap netbooks these days – they will be a big hit with students and older teens.

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