Holiday Gifts to Buy in October
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35 Early Bird Holiday Shopping Gift Ideas

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Holiday Gifts to Buy in October
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Wrap It Up Early

Holiday shopping season is upon us, whether you want to admit it or not. Warehouse stores have had wrapping paper and even Christmas trees since after Labor Day, and according to the National Retail Federation, more than a quarter of consumers begin their holiday shopping in October or earlier, and certainly that can help avoid many holiday shopping hassles. But are there things worth buying this early instead of holding off until Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or closer to Christmas? We've shopped around and found 35 reasons to get into the holiday shopping spirit well before Halloween. 

Prices and availability are subject to change.

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FurReal Munchin' Rex
Amazon

Toys

Buy on  $24.99  $49.99

Look for: FurReal Munchin' Rex
Price: $38 on Amazon
Buy It
Retailers start pushing toys in October and November to stretch out the money-making season. Before you go picking up the hottest toy in the land, though, be confident a kid will actually like it, and not beg Santa for something else closer to Christmas. 

Firesteed Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
wine.com

Wine

Look for: Firesteed Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
Price: $20 from Wine.com
Buy It
Vineyards just finished their 2019 harvest, which means they're clearing 2018 vintages. Sure, they'll keep some around for folks doing vertical tastings or those who believe it'll age well, but they still need space for new bottles. Remaining vintages make great stocking stuffers or host gifts, and they don't always stick around until the holiday season. 

Related: How to Spot a Good, Cheap Bottle of Wine

Personalized Birthstone Rose Gold Name Necklace
Soufeel

Jewelry

Look for: Personalized Birthstone Rose Gold Name ecklace
Price: $60 from Soufeel
Buy It
Summer weddings have come and gone, and this is the end of summer engagement season for most jewelers as well. In the coming weeks, they'll be stocking new product for the Christmas rush and Valentine's push that follows.

Samsonite Spin Tech 4.0 Hardside Spinner Luggage
Macy's

Suitcases

Look for: Samsonite Spin Tech 4.0 Hard-Side Spinner Luggage
Price: Starting at $170 from Macy's
Buy It
Luggage makes a great holiday gift, especially for visiting relatives who've been lugging around the same frayed bags since the '90s. Not only do you get a deal, but you may save a person on your list a little embarrassment at the luggage carousel.

Cannondale Trail 7
REI

Bicycles

Look for: Cannondale Trail 7
Price: $576 from REI
Buy It
As Bicycling magazine notes, bicycles are like cars: New models arrive in stores in the fall, as the summer riding season ends, and shops don't want year-old inventory lingering into the holiday season. The selection isn't as big as it will be in late winter or early spring, but the deals now won't be matched at any other time of year.

Refurbished Canon EOS M6
Amazon

Digital Cameras

Buy on  $529  $899.99

Look for: Canon EOS M6 With EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Kit
Price: $699 from Amazon
Buy It 
Again, you don't have to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday if you see a good deal out there. In the past, Canon has had sales that took up to $389 off refurbished cameras and lenses. It could hold a similar sale this year.

Cookware
Amazon

Cookware

Buy on  

Look for: Sur La Table Tri-ply Stainless Steel 10-piece Set
Price: $150 from Amazon
Buy It
We tend to see big cookware promotions twice a year: in the spring, around graduation and wedding season, and in the fall, as the Christmas shopping season kicks off and people start planning holiday meals.

Dyson V6 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum
Amazon

Dyson Vacuums

Look for: Dyson V7 Motorhead
Price: $280 from Amazon
Buy It
A Dyson vacuum at a discount? Yes, new products will be pushed by Christmas and in demand around Black Friday, but folks who want to get a deal now have the best selection at low prices.

Frigidaire 18-Bottle Black Dual Zone Cooling Wine Chiller
Lowe's

Small Appliances

Look for: Frigidaire 18-bottle Black Dual Zone Cooling Wine Chiller
Price: $179 from Lowe's
Buy It
A wine fridge is one way to see the winter through. But shouldn't you wait until Black Friday to buy new appliances? Only if you want a deal on a current model. If you want deep discounts on last year's models as the new stuff comes in, you shop in September and October.

Related: 21 Affordable Wine Clubs That Will Satisfy Even the Snobs

Sleepy's Quilted Gel Foam Mattress
Mattress Firm

Foam Mattresses

Look for: Sleepy's Quilted Gel Foam Mattress
Price: $750 from Mattress Firm
Buy It
The best deals are in bricks-and-mortar stores, according to Consumer Reports. These retailers need floor space the online mattress sellers don't, and they're willing to deal as a result.

Vintage Distressed Rug
Target

Gifts from Target

Buy on Target  

Look for: Vintage distressed rug
Price: $28 from Target
Buy It
Target's return policies cover most items bought in the 90 days before Christmas. That means unwanted gifts purchased now can be returned at least through the first week of January. But you might end up stuck with electronics (30 days), drones (14 days), or items that are opened, damaged, or missing a receipt.

Instant Pot Duo60
Walmart

Gifts from Walmart

Look for: Instant Pot Duo 60
Price: $79 from Walmart
Buy It
Walmart’s 90-day approach to most returns makes it possible to buy an item in October and still be able to return it into January. Keep in mind that return policies for some items cover only 15 days (computers, cameras, other electronic devices) or 30 days (lawn mowers, air conditioners). For those it's best to wait until November, when the holiday return policy has delayed the start of the count until Dec. 26 in previous years. 

Related: 14 Hacks and Secrets for Shopping at Walmart

Eco Aroma Essential Oil Set
T.J. Maxx

Gifts from Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, and Homegoods

Look for: Eco Aroma essential oil set
Price: $15 from T.J. Maxx
Buy It
One of the most generous holiday return policies in retail starts in mid-October. In the past the holiday return policy for TJX stores covered items bought as early as Oct. 15, which is particularly helpful when shopping stores with a rotating inventory of irregular, overstock, or closeout items.

Levi's 715 Bootcut Jeans
Kohl's

Jeans

Look for: Levi's 715 Bootcut Jeans
Price: $40 from Kohl's
Buy It
During the rush of back-to-school sales in August and September, jeans are among the most commonly overstocked items. You might get a good deal on Black Friday, but you won't find a broader selection than right now.

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AE Printed Fleece Jogger
AE

Cool-Weather Clothes

Look for: AE Printed Fleece Jogger
Price: $25 from American Eagle
Buy It
Clothes make up 20% of deals found around this time, according to DealNews, although that doesn't mean they're all great. If you aren't looking for fall items specifically, shop carefully or lay off clothing until Black Friday.

Athleta Girl Earn Your Stripe Tight
Athleta

Workout Clothing

Look for: Athleta Girl Earn Your Stripe Tight
Price: $20 from Athleta
Buy It
Get a head start on the post-holiday rush to get fit and shop high-quality workout clothing now. Stores are already rolling out winter gear, but you can still stock up on sale leggings, tanks, and more.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Large Crossbody Bag
Macy’s

Handbags

Look for: MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Large Crossbody Bag
Price: $168 from Macy’s
Buy It
October will see prices on bags fluctuate as various outlets offer deals throughout the month. Keep an eye open before the new stock arrives in November.

Dansko Marcia Ankle Boots
The Walking Company

Shoes

Look for: Dansko Marcia Ankle Boots
Price: $99 from The Walking Company
Buy It
In the past, Spring took 30% off select Cole Haan footwear around this time, and Amazon cut up to 40% off Ecco shoes. Kohl’s joined the celebration, taking up to 70% off its clearance items, while Crocs cut an extra 30% off sale styles.

Related: 15 Trendy Designer-Look-Alike Shoes and Boots Under $100

58mm Polarized Navigator Ray Ban Sunglasses
Nordstrom

Fashion Sunglasses

Look for: Ray-Ban
Price: $84 from Nordstrom
Buy It
A 40% discount on Prada shades gets them down only to about $300 or so. Apply that same discount to Ray-Ban sunglasses, however, and you're getting a classic brand for a generic price.

Rag & Bone Hana High-Rise Flare Cheetah-Print Jeans
Bergdorf-Goodman

Designer Jeans

Look for: Rag & Bone Hana High-Rise Flare Cheetah-Print Jeans
Price: $68 from Bergdorf-Goodman
Buy It
Keep an eye open and browse retailers from Neiman Marcus to Saks Fifth Avenue, which has its huge Friends & Family sale in October. At Bergdorf-Goodman, where a pair of jeans can sell for more than $2,000, shoppers can sees sales of up to 75% off.

Power Air Fryer XL
Target

Small Kitchen Appliances

Buy on Target  $76.99

Look for: Power Air Fryer XL
Price: $60 from Target
Buy It
In past years, about 30% of the bargains DealNews posted around this time were from home and garden categories. Look for discounts of 20% to 70% from retailers including Macy's, Sur La Table, and Overstock.

Keystone Portable Air Conditioner
Home Depot

Portable Air Conditioners

Buy on HomeDepot  $315.06

Look for: Keystone Portable Air Conditioner
Price: $315 from Home Depot
Buy It
As a Christmas present, you ask? Absolutely. There are parts of the country that don't get anything close to a white Christmas and where AC comes in handy year-round. Even in the north, folks who suffered bravely through the summer months with just an open window and some fans will look forward to some relief next year.

Nexgrill 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Home Depot

Grills

Buy on HomeDepot  $179

Look for: Nexgrill 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Price: $200 from Home Depot
Buy It
Shopper should strongly consider buying a grill this time of year, largely because stores need room for leaf blowers, snow equipment, and giant inflatable Santas. Plus, they'll be replacing everything on the floor with new stock in early 2019, so you may as well get the best deal of the year. And this model is one of Cheapism’s favorite grills.

ELC Cotton Double Hammock
Amazon

Hammocks

Buy on  

Look for: ELC Cotton Double Hammock
Price: $65 on Amazon
Buy It
If a beloved deck or patio hammock didn't make it out of this season, now is a great time to capitalize on the lack of demand and find that person on your list a replacement.

Cuisinart Alfrescamore Outdoor Pizza Oven
Amazon

Outdoor Ovens

Look for: Cuisinart Alfrescamore Outdoor Pizza Oven
Price: $199.50 from Amazon 
Buy It
For many folks dreaming of an outdoor kitchen, cold weather means a dream deferred. But if you pick up one of these outdoor toys while retailers are offering discounts, at least one element of that dream can come true on the cheap well before Memorial Day 2020.

Global Outdoors Steel Deep Bowl Wood-Burning Fire Pit
Lowe's

Fire Pits

Look for: Global Outdoors 32-Inch Round Steel Deep Bowl Wood-Burning Fire Pit
Price: $64 from Lowe's
Buy It
Fire pits are considered outdoor items, and retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot often shuffle them out to make room for fireplace screens, andirons, inserts, and wood-burning or pellet stoves. The unwanted fire pits are sacrificed for floor space, which is great for folks who love a winter fire under the stars or a place to keep warm after a dip in the hot tub.

Cuyler Folding Adirondack Chair
Wayfair

Adirondack Chairs

Look for: Cuyler Folding Adirondack Chair
Price: $64 from Wayfair
Buy It
Folks in the Adirondacks may tough out the elements, but that isn't necessarily true in the rest of the country. These chairs have become a staple on decks and lawns and symbolic of fair weather, which is why Wayfair and other sellers cut prices in half around this time of year.

TruJump 12' Trampoline With Safety Enclosure
Wayfair

Trampolines

Look for: TruJump 12' Trampoline With Safety Enclosure
Price: $290 from Wayfair
Buy It
You might think a trampoline being sold primarily as a child's toy would be left out of markdowns ahead of the holiday season. But it's also a bulky outdoor item, which makes it not only seasonal in many places but a burden for retailers who need floor and warehouse space. 

Field & Stream Cross-Vent 8-Person Tent
Dick's Sporting Goods

Tents

Look for: Field & Stream Cross-Vent 8-Person Tent
Price: $100 from Dick's Sporting Goods
Buy It
While Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops are more than willing to wait out the hunters, more general sporting goods retailers such as Dick's knock up to 50 percent off the price of tents during the low season. You can get an apartment-size tent for what you'd pay for a tiny four-person tent when it's sunnier and warmer.

Snow Sports Gear
REI

Snow Sports Gear

Look for: Burton Snowboard Pack
Price: $50 from REI
Buy It
Even snow gear gets marked down significantly around this time, especially with new gear moving in to take its place. If you're okay with a somewhat limited selection, you can get up to 50% off a pack of your choosing.

Dyna-Glo Charcoal Smoker
Home Depot

Smokers

Buy on HomeDepot  $186.98

Look for: Dyna-Glo 36" Vertical Offset Charcoal Smoker
Price: $194 from Home Depot
Buy It
Smokers have the same retail cycle as grills, and stores want them off the floor before other seasonal items come in and new smokers replace the older models for next season.

Clarinda Resin Rocks Cascading Fountain
Wayfair

Water Features

Look for: Clarinda Resin Rocks Cascading Fountain
Price: $390 from Wayfair
Buy It
It won't be an instant-gratification gift, but there is no better time to get someone an outdoor water feature they've coveted than when nobody is thinking about outdoor water features. Retailers will cut prices on these bulky items just to get them off the floor or out of the warehouse.

Salomon S/Lab MTN Alpine Touring Ski Boots
REI

Ski Boots

Look for: Salomon S/Lab MTN Alpine Touring Ski Boots
Price: $560 from REI
Buy It
We're heading into ski season, which means all the 2018-19 gear is making way for the 2019-20 stuff. The selection may be minimal, but with the deals on leftovers, you can cobble together a great starter ski set.

Burton Instigator Snowboard
REI

Snowboards

Look for: Burton Instigator Snowboard
Price: $320 from REI
Buy It 
Last year's snowboarding gear also has to go before all the new stuff comes in. Not only can you get an excellent deal, but you can buy someone on your list a timely gift just as peak ski and snowboard season arrives.

Thule Force XT L Roof Box
REI

Rooftop Cargo Boxes

Look for: Thule Force XT L Roof Box
Price: $570 from REI
Buy It
Do you have someone on your list who always insists the skis can fit in the car, right between the passengers? Do they argue that all the camping gear will fit if people just put stuff on their laps? Do they have a roof rack that's basically used as decor? A cargo box can help.