CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER
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. Your local supermarket's seasonal aisle is just waiting for a few more boxes of Halloween candy to clear out before stocking winter holiday items. 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 50 reasons to get into the holiday shopping spirit well before Halloween — including a few big-ticket items you might want for yourself or a practical loved one.