Expect many gift boxes to contain hot gadgets and accessories.
Christmas sourcing is bolstering tablet PC interest among volume buyers as several yearly lists identify tablets among the hottest holiday electronic gift suggestions for 2012.
Global Sources' top 20 consumer electronics, and computer and telecom products reflect this. Tablet PC buyer inquiries on the website grew 28 percent MoM in September, reversing the slump of the past three months.
YoY gains for this perennial top 20 high ranker are even more significant at 48 percent.
Supplementary products for many "coveted" gadgets are likewise attracting interest. Searchwise, accessories for the iPhone more than doubled both MoM and YoY, buoyed by the expanding selection of iPhone 5-compatible models. The last can also be said for PC cases for the iPhone, a new entry in the September 2012 top 20.
In August, many China suppliers gave the curious a hint of the key features of the then- rumored iPad mini, releasing covers, cases and accessories with a 7.85in screen and a smaller dock connector. Such designs helped boost the popularity of leather cases for the iPad, another new entry in the September list.