It’s three days out from Christmas, and you still don’t have your presents. You don’t even know what your friends, family, and/or co-workers want.
We’ve got you covered. We went prime time…
First, we took data from a company called Prime Visibility, which studied “Facebook, Twitter, and forum communities from millions of individuals who posted about what gift they want for the holidays.”
Then we searched Amazon Prime for the best of those gifts. Why Prime? It guarantees two-day shipping, although it costs $99 a year ($49 for students). But it also offers a free 30-day trial. So if you cancel your subscription after the holidays, you’re good.
Once you sign up, anything with a Prime logo on Amazon’s site is fair game. (When you add an item to your cart, make sure to check the box on the right that says “Yes, I want FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime.”)
Here are dozens of gift ideas, broken into a half-dozen categories for your easy perusal. If you don’t want to deal with Prime, the first option below is your best bet for last-minute gift shopping…
1. Gift cards (prices vary)
While Prime guarantees two-day shipping, regular ol’ Amazon offers free one-day shipping on its own gift cards. That’s even better, and lets people buy what they want. As for the rest…
- Starbucks gift cards were the second-most desired gift card according to social media, and they’re Prime eligible. First place went to Visa gift cards which aren’t offered on Amazon.
- Third place on the list went to iTunes. Some denominations are Prime eligible, but may cost more than the face value of the card. For instance, a $15 iTunes gift card is Prime-friendly but costs $20, while the $25 value card is Prime-friendly but costs $31. What?
- Express, Forever 21, DSW and other clothing and shoe store gift cards are all Prime eligible — clothes and shoes also both made the most-wanted list, so it’s hard to lose. No fuss over size, color, or brand either.
2. iPhone ($100-900+)
The iPhone was the third-most discussed gift on social media this holiday season — any model, not just the latest. Some are Prime eligible, but the quantities are limited.
How much you pay is determined by if you choose an unlocked or service-specific phone. Unlocked phones cost more money ($790 for an unlocked gold 16GB iPhone 6 versus $580 for a Sprint gold 16GB iPhone 6) but may end up saving in the long run because the owner won’t be locked into a specific contract. Unlocked iPhones cost retail price, but are usable on any compatible network.
3. Shoes and clothes (prices vary)
The No. 5 and No. 6 slots on the Most Wanted list went to shoes and clothes, respectively. Here’s what we found…
- Nike — which has clothing and shoes available on Prime — hit No. 1 for most desired apparel brand.
- Forever 21 made No. 3 on the list of most desired clothing brands, after Gap, which isn’t available on Amazon.
- Fourth place in clothing went to Michael Kors, which has Prime eligible handbags and accessories.
- Fifth went to Gucci, which has a variety of accessories that are available through Amazon Prime, but not for cheap.
4. Xbox 360 ($175+)
We were surprised when Prime Visibility determined more people wanted Xbox 360s over the newer Xbox One. Either way, both are available with Amazon Prime eligibility. PS4s (No. 2 for most popular game consoles) are also available with Amazon Prime.
5. Movies ($9.99-29.99)
All of the movies on this year’s most requested list are available via Amazon Prime in pretty much any form — DVD, Blu Ray, digital, whatever floats your boat — so you can get it in time.
6. TV Shows ($15-270)
Whether it’s one season or the complete series (if applicable), DVD, Blu Ray, or Prime Instant Video, TV shows are another category where you’re guaranteed not to fumble. All the most popular shows on the list are also available with Amazon Prime.