GREEN BAY, Wis., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As consumers get ready for Black Friday and the official start of the holiday shopping season, leading retailer, Shopko, is providing a sneak preview of this year's hottest gift items. With its early holiday gift preview, Shopko hopes to prevent shoppers from having to wait in long lines or being shut-out from purchasing the perfect gifts for their loved ones.
Every holiday season is highlighted by a few items that capture the public's attention. From the latest tablets and newest video games to housewares and children's toys, the list of "must have" gifts in 2012 is long.
"Each Black Friday, customers flock to stores in droves to start holiday shopping, which leads to frustration from having to wait in enormous lines or, worse yet, finding out the store ran out of an item," said Jill Soltau, Shopko Hometown's Chief Merchandising Officer. "The holiday season is stressful enough, so we recommend alleviating some of that stress by purchasing some of the more popular gifts early as they might become harder to find after the holiday shopping rush begins in earnest."
To aid consumers, the retail experts at Shopko have identified the following gifts that are sure to be on most lists (and already available):
- Apple ipad and Android based Tablets
- New! Wii U Gaming system
- LG and Samsung Smart TVs
- Mr. Coffee Keurig Coffee Maker
- Apptivity from Mattel
- Barbie cruise ship
Tablets, led by the Apple iPad, are once again the most wanted gifts this season and will be in high demand. Those looking for a cost-effective tablet should look at the Polaroid 7" bundle, which comes with a keyboard and earbuds, and is preloaded with Android software.
It has been nearly six years since a new videogame console has been launched. That changes with the anticipated arrival of the Wii U, the successor to Nintendo's popular Wii console. Wii U launches on November 18th and will be available nationwide, including on Shopko.com. Retail price for the console is $299. It includes not only the gaming console, but a controller that is also a color tablet.
LG and Samsung Smart TV's are the hottest entertainment gift this holiday. With a smart TV, viewers can surf the Internet, pull up a movie on Netflix, listen to music on Pandora or even engage with friends and family via Facebook.
While TV is still king in family entertainment, coffee is the undisputed champ in beverages. For those looking for a rich, great-tasting cup of coffee without having to brew a whole pot, the single serve coffee brewer from Mr. Coffee Keurig Coffee Maker is an ideal solution. No more having to leave the home and head to a specialty coffee shop for a single cup of coffee.
Popular children's toy company, Mattel, is introducing an exciting and innovative new way for kids to play with Apptivity, which brings physical toys to life, transforms tablets into moving digital worlds and lets kids of all ages unlock their imaginations.
The toy brands that Shopko 's retail experts expect to be in greatest demand include Barbie, Lego, Monster High, Nerf, Fisher Price, Hot Wheels and Matchbox. These brands are all available at Shopko stores and the season's hottest toys can also be purchased online at Shopko.com.
Consumers looking for convenience and value this holiday season need look no further than Shopko to locate the perfect gift at a reasonable price for everyone on their shopping list. With nearly 350 stores in 22 states across the U.S. and a complete online store, Shopko offers all of this year's hot items, in addition to thousands of other gift ideas.
Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates almost 350 stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions. Retail formats include 134 Shopko stores, providing quality name-brand merchandise, great values, pharmacy and optical services in small to mid-sized cities; 5 Shopko Express Rx stores, a convenient neighborhood drugstore concept; and 118 Shopko Hometown locations, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities. Shopko is in the process of converting over 55 recently-acquired stores and pharmacies to the Shopko Hometown brand. For more information, visit www.shopko.com.