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30 Holiday Gifts You Should Be Buying Early

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More than a third of you have already begun holiday shopping, according to industry experts, even though the shopping weekend to beat all shopping weekends — Black Friday — is coming up fast. It seems many of you realize that right now can be a fantastic time to start your gift buying, since products sell out, will rise in price, or can just take a long time to put together (hello, marble runs, we're looking at you!). Here are items you might want to bring home now before the holiday craze cranks up. Looking for inexpensive gift ideas? Check out 25 Go-To Gift Ideas $25 and Under for Everyone on Your List.

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Melissa & Doug's Let's Play House Set
Amazon

Melissa & Doug's Let's Play House Set

Price: $26 from Amazon
Buy It
This six-piece wood set has a secure spot on Amazon's "Most Wished For" toy and games list, meaning it could sell out. It includes a broom, mop, duster, dustpan, brush, and organizing stand and is recommended for ages 3 to 6. Pick up one now, busy parents, and get yourself some help with the housework.

Related: 38 Great Gifts to Buy Your Grandkids for Christmas

'How to Cook Everything' Book
Amazon

'How to Cook Everything' Book

Price: $30 from Amazon
Buy It
A completely revised 20th anniversary edition that promises "simple recipes for great food," Mark Bittman's cookbook classic was on Amazon's hourly ranking of "movers & shakers," meaning it has risen in sales recently — to the tune of 56,160% — as of this writing. At this rate, it's likely to sell out, and it's a practical gift for many.

Echo Show 5
Amazon

Echo Show 5

Price: $65 from Amazon
Buy It
This little gadget debuted in June, and already Amazon shows nearly 7,000 reviews (4.4 out of 5 stars, in case you were curious), with tech sites calling it one of the bestselling gifts of 2019. The small, nightstand-sized alarm clock and timer does so much more once it connects to Alexa: It can show lyrics to songs, give you the latest news, let you watch movie trailers, check weather and traffic before heading out on your daily commute, and lots more.

Related: 25 Smart Home Products That Are Worth the Money

Optoslon Virtual Reality Headset
Amazon

Optoslon Virtual Reality Headset

Price: $25 from Amazon
Buy It
Oculus Quest it is not, but this gadget is ranking as Amazon's No. 1 bestseller in cellphone VR headsets. With an averaged 4.4 stars, it stands to reason it could sell out.

Crayola Baby Shark Coloring Pages
Amazon

Crayola Baby Shark Coloring Pages

Price: $7 from Amazon
Buy It
Listen, we're sorry: We know how tough it is to get this little ditty out of your head. But if you've got an adorable toddler in your life who just can't hear the "Baby Shark Dance" enough, here's a little something that might quiet everything down — and restore your sanity — for a while. Good Housekeeping named it one of "The most popular gifts you can buy for your family and friends this christmas."

DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit
Uncommon Goods

DIY Mochi Ice Cream Kit

Price: $30 from Uncommon Goods
Buy It
This time last year, it was nearly impossible to find this product anywhere (I can testify). If you know a kid or grown-up who really digs these little Japanese ice cream-like treats and would enjoy some mochi DIY action, click and buy now.

Melamine Animal Print Wastebasket
Target

Melamine Animal Print Wastebasket

Buy on Target  $10

Price: $20 from Target
Buy It
It seems kind of odd to get someone a wastebasket as a gift, but this one designed by American artist John Derian is an exception — because it's just so cool and unique, especially if you have an animal lover of any age in your life. It's part of the store's 20th anniversary collection, which The New York magazine site The Strategist predicted would sell out quickly.

Ne(x)t Level Jegging
American Eagle Outfitters

Ne(x)t Level Jegging

Price: $40 from American Eagle Outfitters
Buy It
Got someone on your list who's got denim on the holiday wish list? October is the month many stores start discounting their fall jeans inventory. This well-rated pair of women's jeggings are 25% off, as are many of the store's other denim styles.

Ozark Trail Vacuum-Sealed Tumbler
Walmart

Ozark Trail 30-Ounce Stainless Steel Tumbler

Price: $9 from Walmart
Buy It
If you've got an outdoorsy type in your life, chances are they've been coveting something like this. It is, after all, Walmart's best-selling item in nine states. On top of that, lots of camping gear goes on sale in October, making this a great time to score one or more of these that usually sell for $12.

FAO Schwarz 75-Piece Motorized Train Set
FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz 75-Piece Motorized Train Set

Price: $120 from FAO Schwarz
Buy It
Some gifts you buy because they'll sell out, and some you buy because you want a head start on assembly. (There's a rule that train sets must be set up under the tree come Christmas morning, right?) This one is both. The set has five cars, realistic sound effects, an LED lamp, and 40 feet of track — and was already sold out on Nordstrom in early October.

ZonLi Kids Weighted Blanket
Amazon

ZonLi Kids Weighted Blanket

Price: $47 from Amazon
Buy It
This was one of Amazon's best-selling products in July, so now that the weather is cooling down, it stands to reason they'll go even faster. This is a great gift for anyone who experiences a bit of stress and anxiety now and then — so, hello, everyone? And it comes in 14 sizes and 12 colors (though some combinations might be unavailable).

Leopard Print T-Shirt Dress
Forever 21

Leopard Print T-Shirt Dress

Price: $20 from Forever 21
Buy It
Recently bankrupt Forever 21 is closing most, if not all, of its stores by the end of the year, so now would be a great time to stock up on clothing for the edgy teen fashionista in your life. And this dress embraces a style that is super on-trend right now.

Treasure X King's Gold Treasure Tomb
Amazon

Treasure X King's Gold Treasure Tomb

Price: $50 from Amazon
Buy It
Amazon predicted this would be one of the hottest holiday toys for 2019, and it's pretty easy to see why — just looking at it makes us wish we were a child again. Not only will kids love it, but the whole thing gets stored neatly in a skull-shaped carrying case that parents are sure to appreciate as well.

Metal Barware Set in Gold
Target

Metal Barware Set in Gold

Buy on Walmart  $24.89

Price: $20 from Target
Buy It
Another item from Target's 20th-anniversary collection that is expected to sell out soon, this Lilly Pulitzer-designed set would be a wonderful gift for anyone who loves to entertain, especially right before the new year is upon us.

'Game of Thrones': The Complete Seasons 1-8
Amazon

'Game of Thrones': The Complete Seasons 1-8

Price: $250 from Amazon
Buy It
For the person on your list who regrets not watching one of the best TV shows of the past decade, Amazon has a price guarantee right now for pre-orders on the entire series. After the title is released Dec. 3, the price could rise to the regular list price of $330.

'The Big Bang Theory': The Complete Series
Amazon

'The Big Bang Theory': The Complete Series

Price: $200 from Amazon
Buy It
If Sheldon, Penny, Leonard, and the gang were part of your loved one's life for 12 years, this will be a banger — pun intended — of a gift. Get it before the price guarantee expires.

Barbie Dreamtopia Mermaid Nursery Playset and Dolls
Target

Barbie Dreamtopia Mermaid Nursery Playset and Dolls

Buy on Target  $29.99

Price: $30 from Target
Buy It
Mermaids are hugely popular this year, Barbie is always iconic, and this set includes a narwhal, a creature that is also inexplicably having a moment. This might explain why this combination of all three was already nearly out of stock recently. The set includes three mermaid dolls and accessories.

Stonewashed Cotton Throw
Allswell

Stonewashed Cotton Throw

Price: $48 from Allswell
Buy It
Throughout October, this site is offering 15% off mattresses and bedding with the promo code FINDER15. Normally $48, you can get this soft, stylish throw blanket — or any other cozy Allswell blanket — for less.

The Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Galaxy
JCPenney

The Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Galaxy

Price: $80 from JCPenney
Buy It
Any parent who has put together a marble run knows what a long, complicated, and frustrating task it can be. Especially if it's Christmas morning and you've got a kiddo anxiously waiting to play with it. Get this monster set of 400-plus pieces now and give yourself a huge head start on the headache of marble-run assembly.

The Doctor's Bag
Linjer

The Doctor's Bag

Price: $345 from Linjer
Buy It
Since this bag arrived this year, it has sold out almost immediately each time it's been back in stock. Right now, it's in stock. If you've got someone who'd appreciate an of-the-moment accessory made of Italian leather that can house a fair amount of stuff — and you don't mind shelling out big bucks for it — this is it. Available in navy and black.

Echo Buds
Amazon

Echo Buds

Price: $130 from Amazon
Buy It
Here's the solution for the couple that can never agree on music selection. They're hands-free with Alexa, provide immersive sound, have a long-lasting battery, and can be used at the gym after all the holiday cookie binges are past. Tech Radar gave them a great review — and expressed incredulity at the price point — so we wouldn't be surprised to see this pre-order price go up after the Oct. 30 release date.

RVminders
Camping World

RVminders

Price: $17 from Camping World
Buy It
Anyone who owns an RV knows there are a ton of things to remember before you head out on the road. Lower the antenna. Lock compartments. Secure outdoor gear. And so on. This 10-piece set wraps around a steering wheel, ensuring the RV enthusiast in your life won't forget anything. They're on clearance through October.

Shea Body Butter
The Body Shop

Shea Body Butter

Price: $12 from The Body Shop
Buy It
For the skin-care fanatic in your life, this bestselling body butter cream is discounted the entire month of October, as are many other varieties of body butter. This price is for the regular, 6.75-ounce size, but mini and jumbo versions are on sale as well.

Wit & Wisdom Oversized Faux Fur Jacket
Nordstrom Rack

Wit & Wisdom Oversized Faux Fur Jacket

Price: $50 from Nordstrom Rack
Buy It
This cozy little number available in taupe and a deep "arctic" blue will make just about anyone who enjoys soft, fluffy things smile at a Christmas morning unboxing. But hurry, the price in good only through the end of October.

Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker
Amazon

Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker

Price: $25 from Amazon
Buy It
This month, demand for this product shot up nearly 700,000%. Yep, you read that right. Maybe it's the super reasonable price, or maybe it's that this product provides tons of learning opportunities for little ones 6 months to 5 years old. Either way, we'd grab one now before they're no longer available, especially at this price.

Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Macy's

Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Price: $44 from Macy's
Buy It
This well-rated, 13-piece starter cookware set was one of Macy's top Columbus Day deals last year, offered for $40, and stands a reasonable chance of staying on sale throughout October. Snag one now before it's too late.

MoDRN Stemless Clear Glass Barware
Walmart

MoDRN Stemless Clear Glass Barware

Price: $35 from Walmart
Buy It
Glassware is another product that frequently goes on sale in October. Get ready for that New Year's Eve bash with this incredibly priced 20-piece set that includes martini, wine, and flute glasses, as well as a strainer and shaker.

Google Nest Hello Doorbell
Home Depot

Google Nest Hello Doorbell

Buy on HomeDepot  $358

Price: $229 from Home Depot
Buy It
Through Nov. 27, you can buy a Google Nest Hello doorbell and get a Nest Hub — a value of $129 — thrown in. The doorbell is a great security feature that can be appreciated year-round, and the Hub lets you view and control connected devices from a single dashboard, so you can watch YouTube videos, play music, browse your photos, and more.

Pets First Denver Broncos NFL Dog Collar
Petco

Pets First Denver Broncos NFL Dog Collar

Price: $8 from Petco
Buy It
Don't forget about the furry best friend in your life! All NFL dog gear is on sale up to 50% off now through Nov. 1. If you like to watch the game with your best bud by your side, this makes a great gift. Most, if not all, teams are available.

Blendtec Classic 575 Blender
Blendtec

Blendtec Classic 575 Blender

Price: $330 from Bed Bath & Beyond
Buy It
This highly rated blender is $50 off through Oct. 26. Pick one up for someone you love and they'll think of you every time they blend a soup, smoothie, delicious drink, and more.

To see the products mentioned in this gift guide and more, visit our gift idea lists on Amazon.