Here Are the Top Gifts Americans Are Shopping for This Christmas

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‘Tis the season for gift-giving and shopping.

Yes, I know that Christmas is about more than presents — so much more — but, let’s face it, buying gifts is a big headache part of the season.


It’s always fascinating to see what people are shopping for during the holiday season. As someone whose family is insanely hard to shop for, I’m always interested in what people are asking for.

The discount site Rakuten released its list of the most in-demand Christmas gifts this year.

“Sony’s Playstation 5 is the most in-demand Christmas gift in America with 13 states searching to buy the item ahead of Christmas more than any other item,” reads a press release from Rakuten.

That’s not just a regional item. Shoppers in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, and Utah are searching for the Playstation 5 more than any other gift this Christmas season. Another gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, is second, with 10 states looking for it more than anything else.

Other technological items rank high on the list, particularly those from Apple: iPads (seven states), AirPods, (six states), MacBooks (two states), and Apple Watches (one state) topping shopping lists. The Xbox Series X is tops in five states, while the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Oculus Headset top the list in one state apiece.


One particular item caught my attention. In four states, the Dyson Airwrap is the most-searched-for Christmas present. What’s the Dyson Airwrap? I looked it up; it’s a “hair styler” — basically a $600 curling iron. Go figure.

“The research conducted by online shopping experts Rakuten analyzed Google Trends data to establish the most in-demand item in each state during the Christmas period,” notes the press release.

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