The 10 Hottest Holiday Gifts

Hard-to-find kids' toys and the newest generation of electronics top the list this year.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

This warfare simulation video game is on its way to being one of the top-selling video games in history. It broke the record for opening-day sales with 4.7 million games sold in the United States and the United Kingdom on November 10. This is the sixth installment of the Call of Duty series, and the sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the top-selling video game worldwide in 2007. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 takes place five years after the previous installment, pitting a multinational counterterrorist group against international terrorists. It is listed for $59.99 and available for the XBox 360 and Playstation 3—as well as PCs—at retailers including Game Stop, Best Buy, EB Games, and Walmart. Amazon.com is selling it for $50.

Canon Powershot SD1200 IS Digital Camera

Digital cameras remain a hot item this year because of their compact size and ease of use. The Canon Powershot SD1200 IS is a popular digital camera that sells for about $149. It produces high-quality photographs with a 10-megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom, and it has an easy-to-use interface for novice photographers. Since digital cameras have been on the market for more than a decade, de Grandpre says shoppers are beginning to see more high-quality digital cameras with a greater number of features from top camera name brands, selling for about $100 or less.

HP G71-329WM Laptop

This HP 17.3-inch laptop is a hit among shoppers who are looking for a computer at a low price with a large screen. According to De Grandpre, this is one of the cheapest big-screen laptops on the market and many people are buying it to replace their old desktop computers. This laptop comes with a fast Intel Celeron processor, plenty of storage space, and Windows 7 already installed. It recently began selling for $500 or less, down from roughly $700 earlier this year.

UGG Boots

These Australian-made sheepskin boots are still a hot item this year. Although they've been around for more than 25 years, they gained notoriety in the United States early this decade when celebrities like Kate Hudson and Oprah Winfrey began donning them. This year, expect to see more variety in colors and styles of the UGG boots for both men and women. While the company has diversified to produce other types of shoes, including slippers, clogs, flats, outerwear, and accessories, its warm and fuzzy boots are still a favorite. UGG Australia's women's "Classic Short" boot and the new "Bailey Button" boot are the most popular items this season. UGGs aren't cheap, though: Prices range from $140 to $170 for the short boots and $180 to $200 for the tall boots at department stores including Neiman Marcus and Lord and Taylor.

Garmin nüvi GPS

The GPS seems to be becoming a car necessity—especially for the road-trippers. The most popular GPS brand is Garmin, which offers more than 30 GPS models, says de Grandpre. The Garmin nüvi 260W 4.3-inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator, a top seller on Amazon.com, features a large touch-screen display and sells for about $120. This year, customers can find name-brand GPSs with big screens and new features such as text to speech and blue tooth for roughly $100 or less, de Grandpre says. Tom Tom and Magellan offer cheaper models of GPSs as well, de Grandpre says.

Bakugan 7 in 1 Maxus Dragonoid

The highly sought-after Bakugan 7 in 1 Maxus Dragonoid is actually seven toys in one that unite to form a formidable monster. It's currently selling for about $30 at Amazon.com and Walmart, and about $40 at Target and Toys "R" Us. This toy set ties into the Bakugan video-game series Bakugan Battle Brawlers, which is available for Xbox 360, Playstation 2 and 3, and Wii. The video-game series is based on the 2007 Japanese anime television series of the same name, which was brought to Cartoon Network in 2008 and was also turned into a card game called Bakugan.



Corrected on 12/21/09: An earlier version of this article misstated the total number of opening day sales of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. The video game sold 4.7 million games on its opening day. These sales took place in the United States and United Kingdom.