SOURCE: NearbyNow

December 18, 2008 08:00 ET

The Nintendo Wii™ and UGG® Australia Dominate Holiday Shopping Lists

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - With only six shopping days left before Christmas, shelves are getting bare and hot ticket items are harder to find. Based on statistics from NearbyNow, the popular local shopping service that provides online and mobile solutions for consumers, retailer Nintendo and UGG® Australia boot company are giving retailers something to smile about.

Analyzing shopping trends from over 500 cities across the US, NearbyNow has determined that specialty retailers such as GameStop, The Walking Company, and Bath & Body Works continue to lead the pack in reserved items. Retailers like American Eagle Outfitters, J Jill, Hot Topic, and department stores such as Sears, Dillard's, and Bloomingdale's have increased product requests.

NearbyNow's holiday shopping data shows how consumers use the Web to research local purchases and is compiled by monitoring the most requested items across hundreds of cities and local shopping areas across the country. The most recent information indicates holiday shoppers are seeking out winter-style boots and shoes, along with anything Wii™.

The Wii Fit™ with Balance Board for Nintendo Wii™ is in very high demand throughout the Midwest and Southeast, as are a variety of women's and kids UGG® Australia boots and shoppers in the Northeast and Southwest are looking to stay warm with anything UGG® and the Southwest also favors the American Eagle Outfitter's Mallory Boot. Hot Topic leads the searches in the Northwest with the Men's 3OH!3 Splat Slim-Fit T-Shirt, followed by the Sasha Duvet Cover Set by Roxy and the UGG® Australia Classic Cardy Boots.

The top most requested items across the country, going into this last shopping week are:

--  Nintendo Wii™, Wii Fit™ with Balance Board for Nintendo Wii™, and
    Mario Kart or Mario Kart Wii™ with Wii Wheel
--  UGG® Tall Sheepskin boots
--  American Eagle Mallory Boots
--  The Walking Company Classic and Ultra Tall Suede Boots
--  UGG® Australia Women's Classic Tall Paisley Suede Boots, Classic
    Tall Boots, and Classic Short Suede Boots,
--  UGG® Australia Kid's Classic Short Chestnut Suede Boots and Tall
    Classic Suede Boots
--  American Eagle Outfitter Buffalo Check Hoodie
--  Bath & Body Works' 9 oz. Snowman Candle -- Evergreen
--  Seiko Time Corporation Pulsar Men's Dress Sport Watch
--  American Eagle Outfitter's Natalie Jogger Boots
--  UGG® Australia Classic Cardy Boots
--  Timberland Pro -- PRO Series Work Boots with 6 inch Pit Boss, and
    Steel Toe
--  The Reebok Men's NFL Team Color Replica Jersey (NY Giants -- Eli
--  Bebe's Be Fierce Boot
--  Hot Topic Men's 3OH!3 Splat Slim-Fit T-Shirt
--  Banana Republic's 'Percy' Oxford Sneaker
--  Banana Republic's Relaxed Pinstripe Navy Chino
--  Sasha Duvet Cover Set by Roxy
--  The Berkshire Blanket Cozy Cuff Throw Wrap
--  Bath & Body Works Sweetest, Softest Ever™ Plum Robe

About NearbyNow, Inc.

NearbyNow, Inc. provides online and mobile solutions that allow consumers to find products and sales near them at any time. Shoppers can even put items on hold to pick up with a single click, ensuring that items will be available in the needed size and color. The company also creates an efficient marketing tool for retailers to target nearby consumers, helping increase sales by turning online shoppers into in-store buyers. NearbyNow is headquartered in Mountain View, CA. Additional information can be obtained by phone at (650) 967-0940 or via the Web at

Contact Information

    Alicia V. Nieva-Woodgate
    Trier and Company for NearbyNow
    415.515.0866 - direct