The most popular gifts in the U.S. can be interesting, but more often than not it boils down to the latest smartphone, game system or animatronic toy.</br></br>One has to wonder, though, if that’s the case in other parts of the world. Surely, there are some places out there that can give us a few fresh ideas about what’s hot for Christmas in 2015.</br></br><strong>England – Golden Pineapple</strong></br></br>England is no stranger to trendsetting, and back in the heady days of conquest the sun literally never set on their design influence. So, what are the Brits raving about in 2015?</br></br>Apparently, people are really <a title="Telegraph" href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/money-saving-tips/11940656/The-top-10-Christmas-presents-for-2015-and-the-cheapest-ways-to-buy.html" target="_blank">in love with golden pineapples</a>. And, a keener eye might notice this truly is a design trend that has gained a toehold, and not just in the United Kingdom.</br></br><strong>Japan – Soundless Karaoke</strong></br></br>The Japanese don’t exactly celebrate Christmas, but they are without doubt one of the most creative and prolific gift-giving cultures in the world.</br></br>After all, they gave us karaoke, and now they’ve given us a blessed reprieve from it with the <a title="Japan Trend Shop" href="http://www.japantrendshop.com/noiseless-karaoke-mute-mic-p-2233.html" target="_blank">Noiseless Karaoke Mute Mic 2</a> – a device that lets you and your friends torture each other without upsetting innocent bystanders.</br></br>The Mute Mic has been around for a couple years, but the export is gaining traction overseas thanks to the inexplicable rise in popularity of karaoke.</br></br><strong>France – Gourmet Everything</strong></br></br>The French are renowned for their exquisite taste and craftsmanship in nearly every food group; champagne, cheese, bread, wine, cured meats, chocolate, pasta and so on. And naturally, they enjoy giving and receiving such items.</br></br>What makes these gastric gifts more popular, though, is the French "tradition" of reselling gifts they don't want or can't use. Recent polls suggest this is a <a title="Radio France Internationale" href="http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20141226-more-and-more-french-resell-their-christmas-gifts" target="_blank">well-understood practice by both gift givers and receivers</a>, and is viewed with an eye toward practicality.</br></br><strong>Sweden – Robot Vacuum</strong></br></br>The Swedes take pride in being clean, efficient and tech-savvy, so perhaps it’s not a shocker that the country’s retail organization, HUI Research, predicts <a title="The Local" href="http://www.thelocal.se/20151124/sweden-unveils-hottest-christmas-gift-of-2015" target="_blank">robot vacuums to be the hot seller for 2015</a>.</br></br>Sounds good, but which robot vacuum will it be? HUI made no predictions there, but <a title="Lowe's" href="http://www.lowes.com/Vacuums-Vacuum-Accessories/Vacuums/Robotic-Vacuums/_/N-1z0ufj3/pl#!" target="_blank">the latest Roomba</a> is sure to be a contender.</br></br><strong>Canada – Gift Cards</strong></br></br>Ever so polite and diplomatic, it should surprise no one that <a title="Payments Journal" href="http://www.paymentsjournal.com/Content/Blogs/Industry_Blog/28310/" target="_blank">Canada’s most popular gift</a> this year is the gift card. What’s more, Canadians say they enjoy receiving them, whereas many Americans might view it as an easy out for the last-minute shopper.</br></br>But, if that’s the case it hasn’t dampened our spirits – gift cards have been <a title="National Retail Foundation" href="https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/holiday-shoppers-spend-more-31-billion-gift-cards-this-year-according-nrf" target="_blank">America’s most popular purchase for the last eight years</a>, with $31 billion in sales last year alone.