Don't get trampled at the mall for last minute gifts because, according to a new study, the people on your list really just want a gift card. Simple, easy, light-to-carry gift cards.

The National Retail Federation says the most requested gifts this year are gift cards. It's estimated that Americans will spend, on average, $146 on gift cards this year for the holidays, which is up from last year. The NRF says it's the fourth year in a row gift cards topped people's wish lists, and total gift card spending is expected to reach $24.7 billion.

Not only are gift cards the perfect gifts for those hard-to-shop-for kind of people, with new legislation passed, gift cards cannot expire for at least five years.

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