Your guide to what's hot this Christmas

SO, WHAT is everybody getting for Christmas?

Well, that's a secret of course, but online giant eBay has put out a list of the most searched for and purchased items in the lead up to Christmas, according to their figures.

eBay trend watcher Meg English said it was the first time in years popular toys haven't relied on a screen trending for greater numbers at Christmas.

"There is a real sense of nostalgia amongst the hot products - the old favourites are back, rebooted with more functionality than ever before," she said.

Among the top sellers for kids this Christmas are:

  • Hatchimals - $119
  • Pokemon Go Plush - $18.69
  • Chewbacca mask - $34.95
  • Zoomer Chimp - $149.99
  • Lego Star Wars - $279
LEGO Star Wars Building Challenge
LEGO Star Wars Building Challenge

For the big kids, this Christmas is all about board games, with new contender Speak Out emerging as a favourite over last year's Cards Against Humanity.

  • Speak Out board game - $39.99
  • Drone Phantom - $799
  • Phantom 3 Quadcopter Drone Camera - $784
Drone Phantom.
Drone Phantom. Jeff Chiu

If you're looking to personalise a gift for someone, the options are nearly endless.

If you can think of it, you can probably find it.

The top searches this year have included;

  • Personalised wine labels - $15
  • Engraved wine glass - $39.95
  • Personalised leather clutch - $59

Technology is always a big winner at Christmas.

It's almost always guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face and here are the top picks in 2016:

  • Apple Watch Sport - $449
  • Samsung Gear VR headset - $104.99
  • Google Pixel - $1189
  • iFetch - $348
Samsung Gear VR Headset.
Samsung Gear VR Headset. Markus Schreiber

Perhaps you're looking for something super practical for a person who loves their homeware gadgets:

  • Big indoor/outdoor beanbag - $119
  • Macrame hanging chair - $112
  • Dyson V8 vacuum cleaner - $749
  • Marble cheese board - $130
  • Nespresso by Kitchen Aid - $799
  • Phillips noodle and pasta maker - $299
  • Sodastream - $119
Sodastream.
Sodastream. Sodastream

How about something for some who regards their body as a temple:

  • S'well waterbottle - $47
  • Reebok crossfit training shoes - $148
  • Garmin Smartwatch - $339.95
  • Fitbit Charge 2 - $231
  • Lornba Jane Activewear - Activate Sports bra - $66.99
Fitbit.
Fitbit.

There's a just a sample, the Christmas shopping world is your oyster.

Go forth and be merry...and shopping savvy!



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