What are the electronic gifts people want?

A survey reveals the electronic gifts that people both plan on giving and what they want to receive during the holidays.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

More than 50 percent of Americans are planning to purchase an electronic gift this holiday season. Here are the gifts that are at the top of people's wishlists, along with a look at what people are planning to give, according to a survey carried out by protection plan provider SquareTrade.

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The survey reveals that Americans are expecting to spend an average of $585 on electronic gifts this holiday season, with women spending an average of $530, and men spending an average of $638.

But what are the gifts people plan on giving? Here's the breakdown:

  • 37 percent plan to give a tablet
  • 30 percent plan to give headphones
  • 28 percent plan to give a gaming console

Does this match what people want to receive? Well, the tablet is the most wanted electronic gift -- which will be good for Apple, especially given how weak iPad sales have become -- but the number two and three spots are totally different:

  • 29 percent want a tablet
  • 24 percent want a smartphone
  • 22 percent want a TV

And for those in the 18 to 24-year-old category, the top choice for most wanted gift is unexpected.

"While tablets were the overall top gift choice, surprisingly, we found that 18-24-year olds would actually prefer to receive headphones over any other gadget," said Steve Abernethy, executive chairman at SquareTrade.

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