Holiday Wish List: Maritz Motivation Solutions Announces the Top 20 Most Popular Products for the 2016 Season

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The leading consumer loyalty and reward program provider releases list predicting the hottest items this year.

What will be on everyone’s holiday wish list this year? Maritz Motivation Solutions, a leading incentive, consumer loyalty and reward program provider, has released its predictions of the top 20 most popular and trending products this holiday season. Maritz designs incentive and loyalty programs for some of the world’s biggest brands and operates the largest online points-based rewards site.

Maritz developed the “20 Things We Love This Season” list based on analysis of redemption patterns and behavior of reward program participants, combined with research and insight on what’s trending in the market. Maritz merchandisers and buyers routinely track the top items, categories and brands that customers shop.

The company identified a number of key trends that emerged with this year’s list. “These are the hottest products of the year based on our forecast," said Casey Epley, Merchandising Manager at Maritz Motivation Solutions. “For example, hammocks made the top spot on the list because there was overwhelming search behavior for them from shoppers on our rewards site. That activity was validated by trend reports that consumers are into the hammock lifestyle either in their backyards or while camping.”

“Another key theme we found was escape – toys inspiring imagination and fantasy and gifts that promote rest and relaxation,” Epley said.

Mike Donini, a senior buyer with Maritz Motivation Solutions specializing in the electronics market, said, “In terms of electronics, products that have multiple uses are especially popular, such as a fancy watch that doubles as a fitness tracker or a doorbell that’s also a security camera for the home. We are also seeing explosive growth in wireless headphones precipitated by the elimination of the headphone jack in the new iPhone 7.”

Maritz also expects a popular trend from last year to continue this season – using points to give back. Coming in at #19, “Give 50 Christmas meals,” allows consumers to redeem reward points for a worthy cause.    

The complete Maritz Motivation Solutions’ 2016 20 Things We Love list is below.

1. Hammock
2. Sonos PLAY Speaker
3. Movado Bold Motion smartwatch
4. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
5. iLuv Wireless Shower Speaker
6. Red Copper 10” square pan 5-piece with cookbook
7. My Pillow Cooling Pillow
8. CordaRoy’s Queen Sleep Chair/Bed
9. Philosophy Miracle Worker anti-aging cream
10. Troy Bilt Snow Thrower
11. Yeti Rambler Tumbler
12. Fisher Price Dance & Move Beat Bow Wow
13. Bose Wireless Headphones
14. Fitbit Charge 2
15. Phone-charging handbag
16. Cinderella’s carriage necklace
17. Apple TV with Siri remote
18. Melissa & Doug giant unicorn
19. Give 50 Christmas meals
20. Parrot Mambo drone

Click here to see an infographic of the 20 Things We Love. With 33% of the 48 million reward points earned by American consumers unused each year, shoppers can use points from their credit card or other loyalty programs to help with holiday gifts, Epley said.

About Maritz Motivation Solutions
Maritz Motivation Solutions is part of the Maritz family of companies. The company is a leader in providing consumer loyalty, employee recognition, sales incentive and channel loyalty programs to U.S. and global companies. The company provides best-in-class rewards and fulfillment services including purposefully-chosen merchandise and experiences that excite, motivate and recognize people around the world. The people who work for Maritz Motivation Solutions are dedicated to being the best in the business, fun to work with and their clients’ most valuable ally. For more information, visit http://www.maritzmotivation.com, subscribe to our blog, follow us on Twitter or call 1-877-4-Maritz (1-877-462-7489).

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