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Amazon Best Sellers: A Guide For Choosing The Best Gifts

Updated on April 25, 2014

Amazon's Best Sellers - an inspired choice for gift giving

Stuck for gift ideas? Get inspired by Amazon's best sellers - the products that consistently sell and rate above all others. Sometimes it makes sense to go with the herd!

Weve all been there. You're stuck for a great gift idea, either because youve exhausted a lot of great options in previous years, or perhaps you just don't know the receiving party well enough yet to flex your more unique gift giving prowess. Or perhaps you're simply stuck for time or inspiration, and you just need to hit the spot with something that's guaranteed to please. If any of these apply, then this guide is for you! Photo credit: http://photo credit: lisaclarke via photopin cc

Flickr: Kimberly Brown-Azzarello
Flickr: Kimberly Brown-Azzarello

Why Choosing The Right Gift Matters

Gift giving can be a stressful business and, with so many shopping options and an increasing pressure to think up ever more unique and 'out there' gift ideas, sometimes you just want to get back to basics and give them a gift they really want, rather than something they'll use once (out of politeness) and then quietly put aside.

I wrote this guide because I am in the process of finding a gift for a family member in another country and I didn't want to go too 'outside the box', if you'll pardon the pun. Like many, I lacked inspiration and the first place I thought to go was Amazon, where I tend to head for the 'best sellers' section to see what's trending and what's popular and well regarded by other users. I figured I can't be the only person that shops this way. What I do know is that despite narrowing down my gift options to 'best sellers' the choice can still be a tad overwhelming, and thus a Lens was born.

Flickr:  Aurelijus Valeiša
Flickr: Aurelijus Valeiša

Why Use Amazon Best Sellers for Gift Inspiration?

While Amazon does the unusual and unique pretty well, sometimes it just feels right to go with a bit of ubiquitous electronic kit, the cute 'on trend' bracelet that everyone is wearing right now or the practical-if-utterly-unromantic kitchen gadget that you know they will love and use daily. Sometimes, you have to just ignore all the advice to be clever and different, and just go with the flow. Why? Because these are the gifts that people really want, and Amazon is the world's go-to shopping destination, and while many will argue that the rating system is flawed, as a barometer of taste, it's hard not to agree when a ton of people say a product is fab. Oh yeah, there's always those great price points too.

This guide is intended for anyone needing a little gift giving inspiration, and why playing it safe with a bit of mass appeal can be a pretty smart move when it comes to choosing the right gift. All of the products mentioned feature in or near the top of Amazon's current best seller lists.

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The Best Sellers Gift Guide

Here's my pick of some of the best selling items from Amazon to inspire you:

Best gift for crafty types - Amazon Price: $145.44 (List Price: $449.00)

Brother cs6000i 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table
Brother cs6000i 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with Wide Table

It's a whopping $300 below the list price, but even if that's not enough to convince you that your loved one deserves this fabulous Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine, then perhaps the plethora of features will. Trust me, any Sewer (or should I say Sewist?) is gonna get herself in a knot over this little beauty because it does a great job, is very easy to use and represents great value. And what's not to love about a quilting table and a choice of one-step buttonhole features?

 

Best gift for perfume lovers - Amazon Price: $22.53 (List Price: $68.00)

Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker for Women, Eau de Parfum, 3.4-Ounce Spray Bottle
Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker for Women, Eau de Parfum, 3.4-Ounce Spray Bottle

As a self confessed fragrance fanatic, I have to admit that celebrity perfumes aren't always top of my own list of 'must haves', but SJP's Lovely - a soft, musky, woody and floral fragrance- is a little different. This really is aptly named, and although not a strong fragrance - think warm and feminine - this is precisely it's selling point, and why it makes a great choice for a woman of any age.

 

Best gift for amateur photographers - Amazon price: $79.00 & FREE Shipping (List Price: $109.00)

Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Red)
Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Red)

With the rise of social media, blogging and instagram, the interest in photography, and particularly 'point and shoot' cameras, has soared in the last few years. For most people, the Canon PowerShot A2500 is ample for their needs but with a whopping 16MP and 5X Zoom, this chic camera is anything but basic. What you'll get is superior quality images and a bunch of cool presets such as the fish-eye and miniature settings - perfect for the Instagram feed - and of course, it looks pretty hot in red too.

 

Best gift for style conscious fashionistas - Amazon price: $27.09 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. FREE Returns

Alex and Ani "Bangle Bar" March Imitation Birthstone Gold-Tone Expandable Bracelet
Alex and Ani "Bangle Bar" March Imitation Birthstone Gold-Tone Expandable Bracelet

There's no denying that Jewelry is a tricky one to get right but these adorable Alex and Ani Birthstone "Bangle Bar" Bracelets have been selling like hot cakes and it's no wonder; they tick a lot of boxes for style conscious gals. Taking their cue from the luxe boho vibe, these chic little bracelets work beautifully with any kind of outfit, from work to evening, and have a kind of discreet elegance that is sure to please the fussiest of females. Available in either silver or yellow-gold, with a different color birthstone for each month, the Bangle Bar makes for a cute and highly personal gift.

 

Best gift for health fanatics - Amazon Price: $99.00 (List Price: $130.00)

Breville BJE200XL Bundle 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain with DVD
Breville BJE200XL Bundle 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain with DVD

Juicing is huge and if you know of a loved one that can't get enough goodness, then perhaps it's time to show them you care with this Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain. It's got a pleasing solidity and is powerful enough for everyday use while being compact enough to allow for ease of handling and comes in at a really great price point too. Crucially, it's dishwasher safe too - cleaning out a juicer by hand is no fun. This offer also includes the inspirational documentary DVD 'Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead' - a highly watchable true story of an Australian man's life-changing road trip across the U.S, drinking nothing but juice.

 

Best for stylish watch aficionados - Price: $49.50 + FREE Shipping & FREE Returns (List Price: $185.00)

Seiko Men's SNK809 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Black Canvas Strap
Seiko Men's SNK809 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Black Canvas Strap

Choosing a watch for someone else is also risky, particularly guys. If you're looking to buy a watch for a loved one but aren't sure whether to go classic or sporty, then the Seiko SNK809 "Seiko 5" Automatic Watch and Canvas Strap is a really great option. This super stylish watch has military aspirations at a very budget-friendly price point and makes a really cool choice for guys that like their watches sporty but with a classy, understated vibe. This listing also gives a big discount from the list price which means you make a really great saving too!

 

Best gift for stressed out folks - Amazon Price: $49.99 & FREE Shipping (List Price: $89.99)

ZAQ Noor Essential Oil Diffuser LiteMist Ultrasonic Aromatherapy With Ionizer and Color-Changing Light - 80 ML Capacity, White
ZAQ Noor Essential Oil Diffuser LiteMist Ultrasonic Aromatherapy With Ionizer and Color-Changing Light - 80 ML Capacity, White

that loves to wind down at the end of the day by filling the air with calming scents and this ZAQ Noor Air Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser emits a fine spray of scented mist and features a light that gently changes colour to enhance that relaxed ambiance. Perfect for stressed out or busy people that need to bring a little harmony back into their lives. Don't forget to buy the oil too!

 

Best gift for DIY enthusiasts - Amazon Price: $99.00 & FREE Shipping (List price: $189.00)

DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit
DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit

Every handyman (and woman) needs proper power tools, and this DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Drill/Driver Kit is an essential piece of kit that wins out time and time again on review panels and consumer websites. This sturdy, rechargeable and cordless 18 Volt drill packs a punch and will last for aeons too.

 

Best gift for sports fans - Amazon price: $12.99 - $47.43

Spalding NBA Street Basketball - Official Size 7 (29.5")
Spalding NBA Street Basketball - Official Size 7 (29.5")

It's so spectacularly simple, but sometimes all anyone needs is a ball. Young or old, the Spalding basketball is as familiar as apple pie, but they also have a habit of getting lost/punctured/thrown onto inaccessible roofs etc and so recognize when it's time to replace or better still, be the first to give someone special their first Spalding. It's never too late.

 

Best gift for junior minecrafters - Amazon Price: $34.27 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35 (List Price: $34.99)

LEGO Minecraft Micro World The Village 21105 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Minecraft Micro World The Village 21105 (Discontinued by manufacturer)

If you have kids you'll likely be familiar with the game by now. Of course you won't have much of a clue beyond that, but you'll know that it ranks somewhere between "awesome" and "the best game ever". That's all you need to know, oh and that this Lego Minecraft Village is possibly second only to that.

 

Best gift for Disney Princesses - Amazon price from $33.99

Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll(Discontinued by manufacturer)
Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll(Discontinued by manufacturer)

When your kids aren't driving you crazy with Minecraft, they'll spend the rest of the time doing it with the movie Frozen on repeat and while it's unlikely they'll be looking to 'Let It Go' any time soon, now is the time to indulge them just that little bit longer with the doll that's topping all of Amazon's Wish Lists: the Disney Frozen Sparkle Princess Elsa Doll. Guaranteed to melt any little girl's heart.

 

Best gift for last minute purchasers - Various prices

Amazon eGift Card
Amazon eGift Card

Uh Oh! So you've forgotten their birthday and it's today? No time to go shopping? Now is the time to purchase an Amazon Gift Card, pronto. What's great about this E-mail gift card is that the recipient can receive it instantly upon purchase if you so choose, which is perfect for forgetful types. They'll never know that you hadn't planned it that way all along...

 
http://photo credit: kaiton via photopin cc
http://photo credit: kaiton via photopin cc

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