Hottest Items On This Year's Christmas List

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

Sunday, December 18, 2005

There is only one week left to grab those gifts for Christmas. It may be countdown time for the holidays, but it's not too late to button down a few last minute things.

Ready, set, shop! There's only a few days left until Christmas, but if you still do not have the perfect gift for that special someone, here is a last minute round-up of gift ideas to help out.

What's hot this holiday season? Electronics of course. Compact is good, like flat panel screens with slots for your DVDs. Also on the entertainment front, new camcorders that can record nine hours of high quality video.

"Some of the smaller items are always popular, but this time of year, they make great stocking-stuffers," said Travis Bingler of the Crutchfield electronics store inside the Rio Hill Shopping Center.

For the college commuters on the go, noise canceling headphones, or cool headsets that let you listen to music privately. Those on the go, phones that play digital music, or a phone with pre-paid wireless services.

"By buying minutes ahead of time you really can control the cost so they don't get out of hand each month," said Steve Greenberg of Cingular Wireless.

Another idea that's hands on, a bull's eye laser to make projects around the house easy, or a navigation system to get around town, and something to keep the car really clean.

For the glamour girl, make-up, and teeth whiteners to make her look her holiday best. The creative person will love software that turns photos into art, or a link to an online photo-sharing community. For gamers, like those who lined up at the Best Buy in Charlottesville hours ahead of time, it's the new XBox 360.

"I wanted it so bad that I had to sit our here for 20 hours," said Cody Whittington of Charlottesville.

Looking to have a little more family fun, buying DVDs to watch a movie, on a home theater will do the trick.

Just a tip before you head out the door to shop for a new television, you should know just about every retail store mentioned the flat screen TVs are by far the hottest holiday item. They cannot seem to get them on the shelves.

Requests by kids are also making portable DVD players very popular. They have come in handy for parents all over to keep them occupied in the car while traveling to visit relatives.

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