Searching for the Perfect Gift: What's Hot on the Web

Squinkies: A top-searched gift. (Image from

By Claudine Zap

'Tis the season to frantically search for the perfect presents. Hey, you're not alone. Plenty of shoppers are hitting the Web to find their favorite things -- to give. Here, we lay out the list of top searches on Yahoo!.

If there's a kid or two who have been mostly nice, there are plenty of toys to choose from. Some very happy children may get a set of "squinkies," the squishable, affordable tiny toys that come by theme so your favorite tot will want to collect them all. A chenille "pillow pet," part plush toy, part head rest, is also a popular pick.

For the more automotively inclined, "john deere toys" may be the way to go. Playful lookups also include "yo gabba gabba toys," "how to train your dragon toys," "toy story 3 toys" and traditionalists searching out "back to basics toys."

For the gadget geek, the e-reader "kindle" is a popular pick. Bookish searches were also big on the competing "nook." And for those who receive a "laptop," well, you can always load a book or two onto that device, too.

Gamers were also top of mind on Web searches, with "nintendo dsi " and "xbox 360" the top picks. But the top-searched game is still the highly addictive "Angry Birds." And just in time for the holidays, there's the Christmas edition.

Fashion your thing? Ugg! No, we mean it. Be on the lookout for "uggs." The fuzzy, sheepskin boots from Australia are a huge hit. But hey, so are "jeggings." The legging jean seems to be a wildly popular gift this season -- maybe because the stretchy pants were given the stamp of approval by none other than fashionista Conan O'Brien.

Not your bag? Then how about a bag? Someone, somewhere must be getting a "marc jacobs bag" or a "coach bag." Some super-lucky someone will get a "balenciaga bag." Santa, can you hear me?

Bling is definitely on the short list -- with an abundance of searches on "diamond stud earrings," "14k gold earrings" and even "mother-daughter bracelets." Speaking of bracelets, "pandora charm bracelets" make a charming gift this season. With hundreds of beaded charms that you can continue to add on to your arm candy, it's the gift that keeps on giving. The delicious-sounding "chocolate diamonds" also debuted this year (sparkly, not edible).

Other outliers for the person who has everything: "owl-themed gifts," "zombie gifts," "palm tree gifts," and even "sandwiches gifts" made the list. Homer Simpson, someone is definitely thinking about you.

After all that shopping for everyone else, you may want to treat yourself. "Gucci No 1 perfume" is a scent-sational choice. So are the classic "chanel no 5," "liz claiborne spark perfume" or a "juicy couture perfume gift set."

We wish you a merry gift-mas.

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