December is here! And we are now in the home stretch for the Holiday Season. How’s your holiday shopping going?

Each year at Next Level Performance, we see large spikes in redemptions by incentive and engagement program participants on our Rewards Mall, and 2017 is shaping up to be no different. With over 40,000 merchandise items to choose from, we truly have something for everyone, from home and fashion items, to gift cards and event tickets.

As with every year, there are some key brands and categories that stand out, and we’d like to share some of the most popular items with you to keep you up-to-date on the latest this season!

  • Virtual Assistants such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home continue to be some of the hottest gifts for this season.
  • Bose recently released their latest Bluetooth Speaker – the Soundlink Revolve – which delivers true 360-degree sound, and a new model of their QuietComfort wireless headphones.
  • As more and more consumers are “cutting the cord” from cable companies, streaming devices are in high demand. The new model of the Google Chromecast, Roku Stream Stick, and Amazon Fire TV Stick are growing in popularity. Many are now supporting Ultra 4K broadcasting (the new high-resolution television format). And even though many consumers are moving away from traditional cable, there is still a need to record and playback their favorite TV shows and movies. Tivo has released new recording models that are compatible with both live TV and streaming devices.
  • Another category where we are seeing peaked interest is in Smart Home Security devices. Video Doorbells and Outdoor Cameras from brands such as Ring can connect right to your smartphone to give you peace of mind no matter where you are.
  • Overall, and not surprisingly, our top redeeming brand continues to be Apple.

If you are a shopping procrastinator like I am, one of our most popular options for last minute shopping is eGift Cards. eGift Cards are delivered almost instantly via email after an order is placed and can immediately be redeemed on-line, at stores, at restaurants, and more!

Lastly, our Travel Rewards and Event Tickets categories continue to deliver experiences to suit every interest.  A long weekend getaway, or tickets to a concert, sporting event, or local play make a nice holiday gift and will create a memory that lasts a lifetime.

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About the author

As Sr. Director of Sales Operations, Brian is integral to the Business Development process, and also leads the Customer Service team. He manages the domestic and international online Rewards Mall, ensuring the latest merchandise and gift cards are available to program participants around the world. Brian is a member of the Incentive and Engagement Solution Providers (IESP) industry group. Favorite travel destination: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Brian Carr
Sr. Director of Sales Operations
bcarr@nxlperformance.com

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