As peak season approaches, finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones becomes a significant challenge. To give you some shopping inspiration, Google created the ‘Holiday 100’ gift guide. The list draws from this year’s top search trends.
The guide is a goldmine for those of us who leave gift-shopping until the last minute. Born from a survey highlighting 41% of shoppers’ struggle for gift ideas, the guide simplifies the task by leveraging the power of Google Search.
Google’s top gift searches
This year’s ‘Holiday 100’ brings a refreshing twist, with products spanning home & garden, electronics, and even health & wellness. Search trends also show that shoppers are leaning towards sustainable choices.
‘Hands-free dog leashes’ is a hot item this year, with Google also noting a spike in searches for ‘Anorak jackets.’ Parents were on the hunt for ‘instant print cameras for kids,’ while others were looking for the quirky ‘human dog bed’ – a giant dog bed, but for humans…
The strange trend was sparked by Noah Silverman, a fourth-year student at the University of British Columbia. While grinding at a campus coffee shop, he envied the owner’s dog, sleeping in a large custom-made dog bed.
It sparked an idea in him – there was no reason humans couldn’t also enjoy the luxury of a comfy dog bed.
Bargain hunting with Google Deals
Apart from sharing the top search trends, the Google guide also introduced a new way for consumers to snag the best deals. The guide has a ‘Shop Now’ button that redirects readers directly to the Deals page on the search engine.
From there, consumers can compare the best prices based on their search history, location, and other account-specified search preferences.
The bigger picture
Google’s Holiday 100 is more than just a shopping guide. It’s a testament to the convenience and foresight offered by the world’s largest search engine, making it an indispensable tool for both shoppers and online stores.
‘The Holiday 100’ is a reflection of current consumer behavior and retail trends. This data-driven approach to shopping and gift-giving simplifies a shopper’s life while offering insights into pop culture and customer preferences.
For businesses, this provides valuable insights into which products are most in demand, and which themes are resonating with customers.
By understanding these ever-evolving trends, online store owners can make informed decisions on the type of products to stock. It also provides insight into how to market these items to stay relevant and competitive.
About the author
Cheryl has contributed to various international publications, with a fervor for data and technology. She explores the intersection of emerging tech trends with logistics, focusing on how digital innovations are reshaping industries on a global scale. When she's not dissecting the latest developments in AI-driven innovation and digital solutions, Cheryl can be found gaming, kickboxing, or navigating the novel niches of consumer gadgetry.