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The holiday season presents gifts galore

By Don Fennell

Published 2:18 PST, Thu December 5, 2019

Last Updated: 3:09 PST, Tue December 17, 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go.

That is, of course, the title of a popular Christmas carol. But it’s also reality at this time of the year, as shoppers search for the perfect present.

So what’s trending this year? Electronics, from televisions to Smartphones to cameras, are always popular.

Richmond-based London Drugs has a wide selection of electronics. Among televisions, the trend is strongest toward the 70-inch and larger screens. These also feature higher quality such as OLED, QLED and Nanocell panels. This is logical, as larger panels magnify all content and therefore magnify the imperfections of cheaper, entry-level panels.

Among the most popular brands are, in no particular order, Sony, Samsung and LG.

Prices ranges from $1,500 to $5,000 and more, depending on size and panel technology.

London Drugs also offers the new iPhone 11 from Apple featuring a newly-redesigned camera system. Camera systems on Smartphones remain a large part of their appeal, with the iPhone 11’s dual camera system and iPhone 11 Pro sporting a triple camera system.

London Drugs also has a big selection of popular mirrorless cameras from established brands such as Sony, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and more. These cameras, smaller than their DSLR relatives, are popular with photography enthusiasts, bloggers, storytellers, travelers and memory keepers.

A popular Canadian retailer since 1945, London Drugs is also introducing same-day delivery service in Metro Vancouver.

“We are making it quicker and easier for our customers to get what they need from the local stores they trust,” says London Drugs president and chief operating officer Clint Mahlman.

Without any membership fee, customers who place orders before 2 p.m. can receive their delivery the same day, Monday to Friday, often within a few hours of when the order is placed. Online orders will be fulfilled by London Drugs store locations within 10 kilometres of the delivery address.

“Same-day delivery has become an expectation from our customers and we have been able to quickly and efficiently respond to this need in part because we already have so many fulfillment centres across Western Canada; our stores,” says Mahlman.

Following, is a list of other gift ideas trending this year.

LOL Surprise Dolls

Collectible mini baby dolls with attitude and lots of fun surprises, LOL Surprise Dolls (Lil Outrageous Littles) are among the most popular toys this holiday season. There have been at least five series since the dolls debuted in 2016.

Frozen 2 toys

Anna, Elsa and Olaf are not only currently starring on the big screen, but their popularity stretches into the toy market too. Frozen 2 toys and games are sure to be on just about every child’s wish list this Christmas.

Board games 

Standards like Clue and Monopoly are still trending.

Cubby, the Curious Bear

This young cub loves hugs and even dancing from time to time. Makes sleepy sounds and plays soft music.

Crayola Colour Chemistry Arctic Set

Packed with playful experiments exploring winter and colour themes, this unique set blends science, tech, engineering, art and math in one. 

Hatchimals and Hatchibabies

Little robot animals that come inside eggs (think new-age Furby) that eventually hatch. You can teach them to talk, walk and play games.

Emoji pillows

Ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and web pages now embrace pillows.

Polaroid camera

The instant camera, first introduced in the 1960s, is back in vogue.

Iphone charger sticker faces

Make your charging block look like a face or character.

Pop figurines

Popular culture is reflected in these new-age collectibles.

Anki overdrive starter kit

New-age toy replacing slot cars and car racing. 

Gamersac

New-age version of the classic beanbag chair.

Earbud cable manager

Keeps your earbuds from ever-tangling.

Clip-on rechargeable LED ring light

A circular light that clips on to your phone and shines on you for perfect lighting in all of your selfies.

Phonesoap 3

UV sanitizer for phones that also doubles as a charging hub, the main point of this device is to sanitize and clean your phone of 99 per cent of microbacteria.

Teddy bear coat

Think of a fleece-lined jacket but flipped inside out.  

Media streaming stick 

Small media player, slightly bigger than a usb, and can be plugged into an hdmi port allowing any device to stream media. 

Tile key finder

If you’re always losing your keys, this app will show you where to find them.

Smartwatch

Designed to be worn on a wrist, Smartwatches, like Smartphones, use touchscreens, offer apps, and can even record your heart rate.

Smart thermostat 

Digital thermostat that shuts itself off once the desired temperature is reached, and connects to both your boiler and your wi-fi.

Instant pot 

Employing the benefits of pressure cooking, this small kitchen gadget comes with many benefits.

LEZE the Label

This sustainable clothing brand makes eco-friendly items from things such as coffee grounds.

Smart Garden

Love gardening, but don’t have the time or patience? This innovative indoor garden cares for itself while growing fresh herbs, fruits and veggies.

Kindle

The electronic reading tablet enables you to purchase and download books, magazines and newspapers directly to your device.

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