Star Wars action figures, Beyonce's new album, the latest Michelin guide, and Apple and Samsung devices are the items topping Hongkongers' shopping lists this Christmas season, major retailers say.
The items ranked No1 on the bestsellers' list at toy retailer Toys 'R' Us, online music store iTunes Hong Kong, bookseller Dymocks and electronics chain Fortress respectively.
Gifts related to The Hunger Games trilogy were also popular, after the second film instalment of the science fiction franchise finished its run in local cinemas recently.
Dymocks saw the novels, by American author Suzanne Collins, fly off its shelves, while Toys 'R' Us saw its Katniss Everdeen-inspired Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker toy bow snapped up.
Everdeen is the trilogy's bow-toting heroine, and the plastic pink and purple toy bow shoots foam darts.
Other popular toys this season included the 80cm Darth Vader, Clone Trooper and Shock Trooper Star Wars action figures; the Cra-Z-Loom rubber bracelet maker; Mario Kart-themed remote-control cars and the child-friendly tablet LeapPad Ultra.
Over at the local iTunes store, the bestseller was American singer Beyonce Knowles' self-titled album, which she released on the quiet last week to the delight of her fans. It is her fifth album and it features a playlist of 14 songs.
Other top-selling albums were local singers Alfred Hui Ting-hang's The Times; Fiona Sit Hoi-kei's Tenacious, Joey Yung Cho-yee's Hopelessly Romantic Collection and Lady Gaga's latest studio album Artpop.
At Dymocks, the bestsellers shelves were almost bare as shoppers snapped up copies of the 2014 Michelin Guide; Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath; Feng Chi-shun's Hong Kong Noir, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In and Jung Chang's latest biography Empress Dowager Cixi.
For children's books, Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (Book 8) came out tops. The Guinness Book of World Records 2014 and its game edition took second and third places respectively, followed by David Williams' Demon Dentist and Ellen Leou's Lulu the Hong Kong Cat.
"The Harry Potter box sets are still popular," Jessica Li, manager at Dymocks' IFC branch, said. "People want to give the 'classics', books that they know."
Educational toys, do-it-yourself sets and Hong Kong-themed puzzles and games were also popular with the Christmas shoppers, she added.
At Fortress, Apple's iPhone 5S, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPhone 4S dominated sales, followed by Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.
"It's in no particular order," said Athena Lee, a spokeswoman for A.W. Watsons group, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa, which operates Fortress. The electronics chain's top 10 bestselling items were all Apple and Samsung products, she added.
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