A couple weeks ago I was trying to figure out what I wanted for Christmas and I didn’t have many ideas to put on my wishlist. Then I decided to ask you all what you wanted for Christmas and over 400 of you responded with your wishlists.
I then decided to take all your cool gift ideas and consolidate them to come up with a top 10 list of the most popular gift ideas for 2011 as chosen by you! So if you don’t like these gift ideas, blame your fellow CPF readers!
Oh and I also went ahead and shopped around for some good prices for the items too. Enjoy!
10. Digital Camera
$120 and up
Some people were wanting point-and-shoot digital cameras, while others were interested in spending a few more bucks on a DSLR. This Panasonic Model is a very well-reviewed 16.1 Megapixel that records HD video for under $120. And for those who want a DSLR it seems that the Canon Rebel T3 is a great choice for most at $488.
9. Wii (and games)
We got my mom a Wii 2 Christmas’s ago and it was a lot more than this. Apparently now you can get the Wii Console with Mario Kart for under $150.
8. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University
I took the Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University course with Linda about 2 years ago and it should be mandatory for American newlyweds. It is beneficial for anyone, but if we help the newlyweds learn this stuff without having to make all the dumb mistakes the rest of us have, we could save them some heartache!
7. Running Shoes
Since there were a lot of different athletic shoes mentioned I will just show you my favorite and Linda’s favorite. I had never spent much on running shoes (since I wasn’t a runner why should I?) until I bought a pair of New Balance 993 Running Shoes and I now can outrun a cheetah. But seriously, they are very supportive and it was one of those purchases I am very glad I made.
Linda I started on the couch-to-5k journey and seem to have been sidetracked by cold weather, but as a result she needed something to run in other than heels, so she saved up for the Nike Free Run and she claims that they are one of the most comfortable shoes she has ever owned.
6. KitchenAid Standmixer
I have to say I was surprised to see that so many people were interested in the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, but it does look like a pretty cool kitchen toy.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tablet
There were also a surprising number of people wanting the Samsung Galaxy Tab. I honestly hadn’t heard much about this tablet, but apparently a lot of you have!
$46 and up
3. Kindle/Kindle Fire
$79 and $199.99
I never had too much desire for a Kindle, but with them being this cheap it is hard not to throw it on the Christmas wishlist! You can get the regular Kindle for $79 or the new iPad competitor the Kindle Fire for $199
$400 or less
From what I have been reading there are going to be some great deals on Laptops this Christmas season, so if you are in the market keep your eyes peeled. Here is a pretty good deal on an entry-level Laptop on Amazon for under $400 . But definitely compare prices and watch the ads the next couple weeks, there will be some good deals to be had!
1. iPad 2
$500 and up
Surprise, surprise. The iPad 2 is the top Christmas gift idea for 2011. Isn’t Apple’s marketing strategy amazing? They make us want something that we never knew we needed. Anyway, the prices for Apple products are normally pretty similar at most places. But keep in mind if you buy it from the Apple store you will need to pay sales tax, whereas I don’t get charged sales tax when I purchase from Amazon.com (not sure if that applies to all states or not).
Top Gift Idea Honorable Mentions
- House Cleaning Service
- Crock pot
- Weekend getaway
- Video camera
- Tray dehydrator
- Table saw
- Sewing machine
- Roaster oven
- Moleskine notebook
- Macbook Pro
- Food processor
- Flat iron
- Electric blanket
- AmpliTube iRig adapter
- Acoustic guitar