Google Trends offers tips on what to buy for holidays


If you're trying to figure out what to get your friends and family for the holidays, it helps to be a Google Trends watcher. In other words, you can get some pretty good ideas for gifts by following the crowd.

So on this Cyber Monday -- called that because the first Monday after Thanksgiving usually has the most holiday online shopping -- here are some popular items that people are looking for:

Zhu Zhu Pets -- No surprise here. We've written about Zhu Zhu Pets a few times for WalletPop, most recently last week. These are those furry robotic hamsters that have somehow captured the country's attention. They retail for about $9, which is refreshing in this economy, and that's probably one reason for their appeal. Plus, they're cute.