Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

It is the happiest time of the year, but for a lot of people it can also be the most stressful. For the avid shopper, the holiday season brings days full of shopping malls and spending money, but not everyone loves shopping. With everyone on the gift list wanting different things, it is hard to actually pinpoint what to get everyone. This year’s holiday wish list is bigger than ever before, and there are plenty ideas for everyone. Two holiday favorites that have yet to go anywhere since last year are the Apple iPod and the GPS systems. has the both on its “hot gifts for the holiday’s list.” The iPod has introduced its new nano, which lets you view television shows, movies, video podcasts, along with music. The new nano comes in an array of colors and offers a great picture, costing around $134.

GPS systems are on the list again for everyone. Most stores carry a wide range of varieties of the GPS systems, offering portable systems, and pocket sized systems, each coming equipped with U.S. maps to get you wherever you are traveling to. Each system costs a different price according to which one you choose.

There are plenty of options for the electronic lovers on your list. According to, Plasma and LCD flat screen televisions are the hottest gifts in the electronics departments. Although a lot of stores are having electronic sales, expect this gift to be one of your most pricey, costing up to more than $1,000, depending on how many inches your screen is.

“I really want a LCD flat screen TV for Christmas this year,” finance major Matthew Heigh said.

Games are also a great gift for the video game lover. This year “Halo 3,” “Guitar Hero III,” “Legends of Rock,” “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare” and “Resident Evil 4” are just a few among the most popular games on the wish list this holiday season, according to

Xbox, Wii and Playstation 3 (PS3) are great gifts as well. Each system can range anywhere from $300 to $500, but the video game player on your list will love each console, and each comes with a controller. The Nintendo Wii especially comes with a connection to the internet to play all of their favorite games online.

Digital cameras and recorders are big presents this year on wish lists, and they are better than ever. Digital cameras now come in all different colors and have tons of options of controlling your photos on the camera including more zoom options and face detection to make sure your photo is centered. There are also many price ranges depending on what kind of digital camera you choose. Digital recorders offer the same with a great visual quality on the device, and you can manually control the focus, exposure and shutter speed. Prices for a digital recorder can be more than $800.

“I really want an iTrip for my car, and maybe a car too,” elementary education major Shannon Whitney said.

iTrip’s are another popular gift for everyone this year. They can be bought at any electronic store and play iPods in the car, so you can choose the music you are listening to.

Other gift ideas include taking the digital camera to the next level with the woman’s digital photo wallet. According to, this is a hot gift for “her” during the holiday season. This leather wallet features a removable digital photo viewer, so her pictures do not get crumpled while in her wallet. Perfect for mothers carrying photos of their family, this gift is around $50.

For your jewelry lover, there is the Ultrasonic Jewelry and Eye glass cleaner, which is available at for only $50. Jewelry itself is also a great gift for the girl in your life. offers some sales and deals when searching for the perfect item of jewelry that she will love.

New fragrances are also a great gift to give this holiday season. For only $75, Sephora offers the Juicy Couture perfume for her. Sephora also features the Stella McCartney perfume, “Stella,” and the popular Vera Wang scent, “Princess.” Sephora features good deals and low prices on most beauty products for her and for him, which is always a great gift for the holiday season.

For those shoppers who have children to shop for, there are plenty of options as well. Toys ‘R’ Us releases a list of the hottest holiday gifts every year, and some big ones on the list were Monopoly Boutique Edition and a Singing Hannah Montana. Also, there are the Geotrack Grand Central Station and the Inchworm by Radio Flyer. There are also great deals featured on the Toys ‘R’ Us Web site.

There are plenty of options all over for the ones you love this holiday season. Give a gift that your loved one will adore, and remember to look for deals and sales everywhere. Do not wait until the last minute, hot holiday gifts do not last for very long.

Lauren Whitaker is a fourth-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at

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