Need a Last-Minute Holiday Gift Idea?

by Annie Hendrick


Some of the hottest new electronics, bestselling albums, and riveting movies are making everyone’s Christmas list. From the NOOK and Kindle that are kicking books off the shelves to the mind-blowing movies such as Inception and Avatar that hit theaters this year, these gifts won’t be able to wait to be unwrapped.


Electronics are always the biggest item on everyone’s list, and this year the selection has only gotten better. These are some of the most popular items that everyone in the family is asking for.

  1. Kinect for Xbox 360Makes the wii look second-rate! With no controllers, this interactive motion activated gaming system is fun for everyone, no matter whose name is on it under the tree.
  2. iPad – If you haven’t experienced the iPad yet, get it now. The easy, lightweight, and fast technology from Apple is fun and much easier than your desktop computer.

    UO DJ Mixer

  3. iPod Nano – Another great gift idea from Apple. The new touch nano is their smallest and most advanced yet.
  4. Kindle/NOOKcolor – The Kindle and NOOK make reading easier. Great for travel or just sitting around. The electronic reader allows you to read every text you could ever hope for!
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Xbox 360)Who wouldn’t want to spend all day playing a shoot em up game?
  6. UO DJ Mixer/Numark iDJ iPod 2 Channel MixerAn awesome gift if you or your friends are into music. The iPod DJ Mixers are small and portable, allowing you to DJ and create your own music wherever you go.
  7. Moshi Voice Activated Alarm Clock – Moshi creates the most advanced voice activated electronics, making setting your alarm incredibly easy. This attractive and slim alarm clock won’t ever let you be late again.

    Voice Activated Alarm Clock

  8. Vuzix® Wrap 310 Widescreen Video Eyewear – One of the coolest gifts out there – sunglasses with a television in them! Put these glasses on and you have your own personal big screen to watch TV or movies.
  9. iPhone/iPod Accessories – If you already have all the Apple electronics out there, try some cool accessories to customize your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  10. GPS – Great for Mom, Dad, or the new driver in the family. Wouldn’t want to get lost on your holiday vacation.


Everyone loves having his or her favorite movie at hand to watch over and over, especially during snow days. Picking up the perfect movie is a great idea for just about anyone you are thinking of around the holidays. Here are some of the most popular movies that hit theaters this year.

  1. The Twilight Saga: EclipseThe latest of the Twilight series, and probably the best. This was recently released just in time to stuff in


    your Twi-hard’s stocking.

  2. InceptionThis mind-blowing movie hit theaters this year and left everyone reeling.  If you or your friends haven’t seen it yet, wrap it up to experience the amazement.
  3. AvatarAnother incredible movie released this year. Avatar has great special effects and an unusual story line that will keep everyone interested.
  4. Harry Potter: Years 1-6 – With the last installment of the Harry Potter coming out later in the new year, buying your Harry Potter fan the first 6 movies is a great idea so they can movie marathon it before the last movie.
  5. Glee: The Complete First Season – Glee hit TV this fall, and quickly became one of the most watched shows on television.  Teens and adults can’t get enough of the high school singing sensations, so be sure to grab this for your high school musical infatuated friends.
  6. True Blood: Box Set – Another great choice for all those vampire obsessed fans out there. True Blood is one of the most popular vampire series out there; better grab yours quick before they’re gone!

    "Planet Earth"

  7. Planet Earth – The Complete Series – For anyone you know who is interested in the environment or science, this is a great idea. Planet Earth is one of the best series from Discovery, getting close up views of every habitat and place on earth where you can experience the wildlife and nature as if you were there.
  8. The Original Christmas Classics Gift Set – Despite all of the astounding new movies released this year, nothing beats the classic holiday clay-mation movies. You’ll be watching them every year!
  9. It’s A Wonderful Life – Another classic. A must have gift for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
  10. ElfMostly everyone’s holiday favorite – no one can resist Buddy the Elf.


Music is another thing that people never get sick of and can listen to over and over again. Buying someone his or her favorite artist’s new album will make his or her holiday season great. Below are some of the most popular and recently released albums.

  1. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager – Kid Cudi – Kid Cudi is an awesome rapper, his new album presenting a more Jimi Hendrix-esque feel with his slow style rap. Kid Cudi alwayshas a lot to say and this album is a great gift idea.

    Kid Cudi's new album

  2. Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj – Nicki Minaj is the new face of female rappers, her voice on almost every track on the radio. Pick up her new album Pink Friday and you won’t be disappointed. (#8, Top Albums 2010)
  3. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West – Anyone who still loves Kanye despite his Taylor Swift diss will love his new album. (#7, Top Albums 2010)
  4. Teenage Dream – Katy Perry – Katy Perry’s music is always heard on the radio and she never fails to get creative with her music.
  5. Cannibal – Ke$ha – Everyone wants to get up and dance with Ke$ha, a great album for anyone who loves to have fun and party.
  6. Loud – Rihanna – Rihanna never disappoints, her songs always a hit. (#10, Top Albums 2010)
  7. Come Around Sundown – Kings of Leon – Kings of Leon have a unique sound, great for anyone who is into alternative rock.

    Taylor Swift's new album

  8. Battle Studies – John Mayer – Who doesn’t love John Mayer’s slow calming voice, his songs always delivering the right about of heartache.
  9. Speak Now – Taylor Swift – Almost every teen girl can relate to Taylor, and the teen boys can’t get enough of her sweet and catchy choruses. A great album to get for almost anyone. (#2, Top Albums 2010)
  10. NOW 36 – Various Artists – For those who love everything, NOW 36 is the latest of the NOW CD’s featuring various popular hit songs.

Whether you’re writing your own Christmas List or trying to find the perfect gift for your friends and family, these items will definitely be worth asking for and wrapping up.


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