Apple Dominates the Best Gift Ideas for Kids this Holiday Season

Nov 17, 2011 - 14 Comments

Holiday Gifts

Shopping for kids holiday gifts is notoriously difficult, the last thing you want to do is buy them something they don’t want, or worse yet, something that isn’t “cool”. Thankfully kids are getting easier to shop for (for us geeks anyway), because what do they want? Gadgets, and lots of them. Dominating the top of the most desired electronic gifts are three Apple products: the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Here’s the full list as polled from Neilsen:

Most Desired Electronics Among Kids for Holidays 2011

For kids aged 6 through 12:


Some of the items on the list are fairly expensive, with computers and the iPad 2 around $499. The iPhone and other new smartphones require a 2-year contract to get at a reasonable price, which may not be feasible for every situation, does a 6 year old really need an iPhone 4S or Galaxy S2? Given these constraints, the iPod touch at $189 and the Kindle Fire tablet at $199 are two of the coolest gifts a kid (or an adult for that matter) could get, and they’re reasonably priced and don’t need a contract. The iPod touch has a better app ecosystem, but the Kindle Fire has a screen twice the size.

Holiday 2011 Gift Ideas for Kids

As previously mentioned, this list comes from Neilsen, who dubs 2011 the “iHoliday” for the heavily Apple-favored list.

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  1. Glen says:

    I hope Apple releases a lower priced iPad, maybe keep the iPad 2 around when they release the iPad 3 and sell it for $299, or maybe make a smaller iPad Mini and sell it for $299, that price is the sweet spot. The iPod touch is cool, but everyone already has one. I think the Kindle Fire is going to be really popular for the price and newness alone, it makes the iPad seem so expensive and it’s smaller and plastic so it’s great for kids since there’s less concern for breaking it.

  2. James says:

    I can’t even fathom asking for a $500+ iPad for Christmas as a kid. Spoiled little brats. LOL

  3. Bowser says:

    I can’t imagine getting an iPad 2 or a $500 anything when I was young. Kids these days sure are lucky…

    • Hans says:

      Let me clarify your last sentence, “Kids these days with parents dumb enough to shell out $500+ for a single Xmas gift sure are lucky…” =)

  4. […] is valid for any electronics or toys order over $100, so you could use it on the Kindle Touch or some other gadget Christmas gift too. The big thing to remember here is that it’s time sensitive and for today only. […]

  5. Chip says:

    Why wasn’t a crossbow on this list? Hmmm? ;)

    • Zach says:

      Too many kids these days are sissies and never go outside anymore. No kids get BB guns or crossbows, they get a bag of cheetos and sit in front of the TV for some mind numbing game.

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