Christmas top giftsChristmas is four months away, and already the experts are weighing in on which holiday toys and gadgets will be worth the credit card debt. Online shopping comparison site PriceGrabber is one of the first to release a "top products" list of the items it predicts will be this year's hottest.

To come up with the list, PriceGrabber analyzed its own keyword searches, as well as the top selling products from the past several months, says Sharon Banfield, PriceGrabber spokeswoman. It also looked at which products were trending on Google and on websites like CNET and PCWorld.

Unsurprisingly, most of the products are gadgets: Canon's EOS Rebel T2i digital camera is on the list, as is Apple's iPod and iPad 2, Microsoft's Xbox Kinect and Motorola's DROID 3 phone. A lot of these products are upgraded versions of former tech hits, with bigger screens, more memory, and cooler features. Most are also expensive, with the Canon T2i starting at $829, the iPad 2 at $498, and the Kinect at $137 (base on prices taken from PriceGrabber on Wednesday).

Toys also tend to be battery powered. There's a "Dance Star" Mickey Mouse that grooves to disco and mamba, an indoor remote control helicopter that charges via USB (guard the china) and Mattel Loopz, a game where multiple players compete to mimic music and light patterns flashing on a plastic tower of "loopz."

If it doesn't have circuits, it's got to be cuddly. UGG boots are on the list, as is the "My Pillow Pet," which, if you were wondering, isn't a pillow or a pet, but a brand new toy which can be both at once. (Read: It's a stuffed animal.)

PriceGrabber is a price comparison website like Nextag or Bizrate that aggregates deals from online and local merchants, as well as unbiased reviews of products. Though the interface could use some work (the search function couldn't locate some of the products on its own list), the site is a good resource to help you get through the holiday shopping frenzy and decide which hyped products are worth the money.

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Great sneak peek into what’s ahead for the Holidays! While it’s still a couple of months away, we suspect that our residents at Jensen Communities are starting to chip away at their Holiday to-do list early. We’ll be sure to share this list with everyone – to keep them up to speed on the hottest holiday gadgets and toys.

Kristian Jensen III

October 12 2011 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All we Americans want is a good paying job this coming Holiday. Later we'll think about TOYZ! right now we can't afford basics!...ATB America

September 06 2011 at 12:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

High quality Swiss replica watches

September 03 2011 at 5:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 02 2011 at 4:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Done with my Christmas shopping.

September 02 2011 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We buy a nice gift for each other, take the rest of the money that we would have spent and go someplace for a couple days. Mini-vacations are nice

September 02 2011 at 12:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's mambo, not mamba, duh

September 01 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Scentsy is a Great gift and affordable!!!
check it out!!!

September 01 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Christmas has become to commercialized. What parents have to spend on toys is disgusting. I am glad I don't have to do that any more. I like the fact that christmas is about family and friends. I don't like that people have to put themselves in debt to show someone they love them.

September 01 2011 at 10:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

any made in the united states

September 01 2011 at 9:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply