Top selling Christmas gifts in the UK for 2018
Wondering what are the best selling gifts this Christmas to get inspiration for what to buy your loved ones? At Blue Flamingo we’ve done the hard work for you. Read on to find out what the top sellers for Christmas 2018 are in books, films, music, video games, toys and games, and those traditional chestnuts: socks, pants, hats, scarves and novelty jumpers.
Bestselling books this Christmas
Perennial Christmas favourite, the Guinness Book of World Records is selling well, as are autobiographies by Michelle Obama, the Supervet, Michael Caine, Billy Connolly and Tina Turner.
If your loved ones are up for some intellectual stimulation whilst digesting their Christmas pud, Stephen Hawking’s last book is in the best sellers, as is the companion book to the BBC’s “Dynasties” animal series, and a collection of QI facts.
For humour, Stephen Fry re-tells classic myths, Penguin has a book of Brexit cartoons out, and the Viz annual continues to be a best seller at this time of year.
With the popularity of Game of Thrones never waning, George R R Martin has a new series set 300 years earlier. The first of the two volumes, Fire and Blood is out now. Speaking of action series, there’s a new Jack Reacher out too.
And the world can’t get enough of JK Rowling either. The Crimes of Grindelwald script is a must-get Christmas gift, tying in with the much-anticipated Christmas release of the film.
Many of these Christmas books are half-price with Waterstone’s at the time of writing.
Film and music bestsellers 2018
The Greatest Showman has brought a million dreams to millions of hearts all year. Unbelievably, people still don’t have the CD or DVD as they are still in the top best sellers on Amazon. If your loved one does already have them, what about the tribute album by artists such as P!nk, Jess Glynne and James Arthur?
Other musical favourites are the perennial best sellers Now That’s What I Call Music, and crooner Michael Buble. New albums from current artists such as George Ezra and Jess Glynne are up there, as well as re-packaged or re-released classics like the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and of course Queen. Various Queen’s greatest hits collections are selling like hotcakes on the back of this viral video of a three year old singing Bohemian Rhapsody. Okay, maybe it was on the back of the hit film by the same name, the soundtrack to which is also a popular gift this Christmas.
Most popular electronics for Christmas
Amazon Kindle readers, fire tablets and TV sticks and Alexa smart speakers make Amazon’s own best seller list.
Fitbits are also topping sales lists – however, Apple fans have the new Apple Watch Series 4 at the top of their wishlist.
Mobile phone camera lens kits are also popular, and are available from several high street retailers such as Urban Outfitters and Oliver Bonas. I guess I was ahead of the curve this year – my other half got a set of the fish eye, macro and wide angle clip-on lenses for his birthday back in the Spring!
If your man or kids are into gaming, Red Dead Redemption II (a sort of Grand Theft Auto set in the Wild West) is the top seller. New console Nintendo Switch is also popular – it can operate as a handheld device, or connect to your TV for all the family – or even online gamers – to join in. There’s also a mini version of the retro 1990s original system preloaded with games in Amazon’s top 10 most gifted videogames. If you know someone who’d love to game down memory lane with Super Mario or Zelda, this is a great gift idea. Another hot seller this Christmas is the new Spider-Man game for the PS4 which has become Sony’s fastest selling game of all time – selling 3.3 million copies in the first three days of its release.
Toys and Games bestselling gifts
For adults, competing alongside classic game, Articulate, you can get rudely creative with Cards Against Humanity. Newcomer on the family game stakes, Exploding Kittens card game is popular for getting disgustingly destructive (don’t worry, no kittens are harmed!). Twists on classics are selling well such as Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly Cheaters Edition or Fortnite, as well as the classics themselves – Twister, Cluedo, Guess Who?, Pop up Pirate, and Jenga.
For younger children the popular combination of Harry Potter and Lego in the form of the Hogwarts Express Train toy is popular, as is a Wizard Training wand.
Socks, pants and jumpers
Amongst the items topping the clothing sellers on Amazon are novelty socks and jumpers, and the more serious Calvin Klein trunks.
Hats, gloves and scarves
Accessories such as hats, gloves and scarves are always popular gifts since “the weather outside is frightful” during the festive season.
Amazon has some trendy hat and glove options topping its lists:
Rather than just giving a standard knitted or furry scarf this Christmas, why not make your scarf gift a really special one? The Blue Flamingo scarf collection is made of pure silk so will keep the special women in your life warm whilst being comfortable and stylish. Three gifts in one!
And for the special men in you life, change up the accessories-giving with the gift of a stylish, British-made, silk pocket square.