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Best and Worst Holiday Ads of 2010

December 28th, 2010 by

You made it through the holidays!  If you live in the United States, as I do, you have been saturated with holiday ads since what feels like (and may very well be) mid-October!  If you have been awake over the past several weeks and have a television nearby you have been subjected to the best and worst of the season’s holiday ads for 2010.

What have been some of your favorite ads this holiday season?  Did you run out and buy the love of your life a diamond after viewing a Zales commercial?  Did you feel the competitive kick to work out harder than the Target lady in case she shops at your local store? Here are some of my faves and (not so) faves of the 2010 holiday ads!

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but that Hyundai commercial with the Christmas carolers makes me crazy (not in a good way)!  I see the first few seconds of the ad and I either change the channel or walk out of the room.  Check it out for yourself.

I have to admit, the Target lady makes me a little wiggy, too. Maybe she reminds me of those over-achieving girls from high school that could beat me at any sport imaginable… and often did. They always made me a little nervous and terribly insecure; I think that’s why the Target Lady 2010 ads are on my (not so) favorite list.

As always, I think the best holiday ad goes to Coca-cola for their choice in music (Train’s song, Shake Up Christmas) and for the way they always seem to make me smile; no matter the subject or season, they always seem to have my favorite commercials on tap.

When I was doing a little research for this blog I found out something that surprised me; not many people are fond of the new Best Buy elf, Kenneth.  To me, he’s a cross between a cute little Smurf and Hermie the (misfit) dentist from the Rudolph story.  I find him charming. smart and resourceful as you can see in this Best Buy ad.  How can you not like a commercial where Kenneth is referred to, by a fellow elf, as a red-noser?

If you have any holiday ads that you think need a little more air time or that capture the feeling of the season, don’t be shy, send me a link or a description!

Hope you’re having a fantastic holiday season!

Jill H is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments. WriterAccess is powered by ideaLaunch, a full service content marketing agency serving hundreds of clients and thousands of writers since 2000.

3 Responses to “Best and Worst Holiday Ads of 2010”

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  2. Simon says:

    This season seems to have its lion’s share of horrible overplayed holliday adds.
    Of course there are the perrenial “He Went To Jared,” and the red bow Lexus commercials but, my awards for the worst of the worst are a three (3) way tie.
    A. “Happy Honda Days” How can a group like Vampire Weekend be considered an Indie band? That guy’s voice is like fingernails across the blackboard. I could just imagine this motley crew of rag tag impersonators of musicians bombing on American Idol. I bet Simon Cowell would have plenty to say.

    B. The Hundai Holiday Hipsters: Please, give me a break. That lead chick looks like she’s been you know what within an inch of her life. They tihink they are so hip they are has beens at least in my book.

    C. And who can leave out the TJ Max/Marshalls cabal with their caroling losers riding the escalator? And you thought “Maxinista” was over the top. I’d love to give those snarky carolers a nice little shove on that escalator. That would draw an audience!

    Thank God, this too long miserable holiday season is almost over. Can’t be soon enough. Then, before you know it, it’s Valentines Day pukey adds and worse President’s Day! But the Holiday Season by far is the worst. Makes me wax nastalgic for those political ads.

  3. Simon says:

    How could I forget that short lived (Thank God) Target commercial with the break dancing kids and that stupid break dancing robot. And that awful hip hop music!

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