Gift Trends Expert Offers Top Picks for Final Weeks of Holiday Shopping

As the final weeks of the holiday shopping season approach, gift trends expert Aileen Avery, author of “Gift Rap: The History and Art of Gift Giving”, offers consumers popular and practical gift ideas for every member of the family.

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The Savora Collection, available at Bloomingdale's and other specialty retail and online stores.

(PRWEB) December 16, 2013

For those that cook or entertain, Avery recommends the Savora Collection high performance, stylish line of kitchen tools. Available in 8 colors with prices ranging from $9.99 to $29.99, “They look as great as they work,” says Avery. The Rotary Grater can be changed for left- or right-handed people and it features a large hopper to grate cheese, chocolate or vegetables. The Savora Collection also includes an Oil Mister, Garlic Press, Peeler, Ice Cream Scoop and Opener and is available at Bloomingdale’s and many other online or specialty stores.

For on-the-go families, Avery suggests visiting GoContigo.com for leak-proof or spill-proof water bottles, travel mugs and kids cups. The new Shake & Go Tumbler features a “trap door” design that snaps shut when the straw is removed, ensuring leak- and spill-proof shaking and mixing, “Great for flavor enhancers or iced coffee; just make it, shake it and take it,” says Avery. The West Loop Travel Mug, part of America’s best-selling line of travel mugs, features AUTOSEAL Technology which automatically seals between sips. The mug keeps beverages hot for hours and is available in a variety of sizes and in a handled version.

Avery recommends gifts that promote and instill the importance of active lifestyles for the entire family. The new Zumba Fitness World Party dance workouts videogame offer an exotic calorie-burning journey through seven global destinations. With more than 30 dance styles including Salsa, Hip-Hop and Merengue and hit songs from artists like Lady Gaga and Pitbull, Zumba Fitness World Party is a fun, effective at-home experience available on Xbox One, Kinect for Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii. There’s a version for children too. Available on Kinect for Xbox 360 and Wii, Zumba Kids provides hours of fun with engaging games for up to 4 players in addition to 30 dance routines.

Avery also advises shoppers to look for unexpected gifts in convenient places. In addition to wrapping paper, cards and holiday décor, CVS/pharmacy offers unexpected gifts for anyone on the list. The Disney Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker and “As Seen on TV” Dream Lites are top choices for kids. The Gold Emblem Select line includes decadent treats like Dark Chocolate Mousse Truffles and Sea Salt Caramels make great stocking stuffers or thoughtful hostess gifts. CVS/pharmacy is just around the corner in so many locations, a convenient one-stop-shop for affordable gifts and holiday essentials.

And for the perfect gift for the person that has everything, Avery recommends MasterCard’s Priceless Cities program which gives cardholders exclusive experiences and access to food, sports, travel and entertainment events. Another popular option is giving a MasterCard gift card, which can be personalized with photos and messages.