Which Gift You Want for the Coming Holidays

In the ongoing unfriendly economic situation all across the world, consumers must be looking for hot gifts at prices that won’t break the bank. So, gifts retailer Brookstone pitches in with a few tips.

It suggests the most popular gift categories for this holiday season will include iPad accessories, flying toys and ‘gifts against germs.’

How and why?

“Demand for mobile technology gifts continues to grow rapidly—particularly for items that interact with the Apple iPad tablet,” said Brookstone CEO Ron Boire.

“We’re seeing an acceleration in sales for protective cases, wireless keyboards, and speakers for this very popular device.”

True, iPad is drawing close gaze of high-end accessories suppliers. Headcase, in partnership with the Ohio Art Company, has introduced the Etch a Sketch iPad case, allowing the popular drawing toy to provide an entertaining backdrop for the Apple device. (Read: New Etch a Sketch Case for Your iPad)

In the toys category, Brookstone believes that consumers are looking for toys with a high wow factor. And it offers the Parrot AR.Drone, which is a quadricopter that features augmented reality and is piloted using an iPod touch, an iPhone or an iPad device.

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And if you want to try out more options, Disney FamilyFun is ready with a helping hand. It has announced the 19th annual Toy of the Year (TOY) Award winners, published in FamilyFun’s November issue.

More than 500 new toys were narrowed down by parent and kid testers from across the country (U.S.), who evaluated quality, value, and the fun element. (Read: Disney FamilyFun Top 10 TOY Award Winners)

Then what are these gifts against germs? Boire answers.

“Whether it’s for themselves, their children or their co-workers, people are showing keen interest in living this cold-and-flu season as germ-free as possible,” said Boire.

“We’re seeing a lot of activity for UV sanitizing lights, as well as for our CandyMan Motion-Activated Candy Dispenser, which helps people avoid sharing germs in office candy bowls.”

In addition to traditional gifts, vendors are also gearing up to offer ‘celebrity’ items to consumers.

Picture this. Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has teamed up with a group of global licensees to sell Potter products related to feature film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2. (Read: Harry Potter Products on Sales Shelves)

So, which gift you want…

Photo courtesy: Brookstone

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Rakesh Raman