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Holiday Gifts to Buy Early

Are you a procrastinator? If so, you may want to rethink your ways when it comes to holiday shopping. With global supply chains still snarled by the pandemic, manufacturers and retailers alike are wringing their hands over whether they'll be able to meet demand. Add to that the usual demand for "hot" holiday gifts (Baby Yoda, anyone?) and you've got the ingredients for lots of unfulfilled wish lists. Don't procrastinate. Get your holiday shopping done early this year — especially if you've got one of these sure-to-sell-out gifts on your list.


Prices and availability are subject to change.


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Apple Watch 7
Amazon

Apple Watch 7

$399 and up from Amazon

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The latest iteration of Apple's popular smartwatch drops just in time for the holiday shopping season. It does all the nifty things previous generations of Apple Watches do, plus it has a larger screen area (20% bigger, Apple claims) and a new "mindfulness" app to keep you cool as a cucumber, no matter what happens.


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Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub (90363E)
Amazon

Coleman SaluSpa Inflatable Hot Tub (90363E)

$500 from Amazon

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The pandemic forced lots of people to rediscover and reimagine their backyards for entertaining and family fun during the past year or so, making just about every kind of outdoor-living product hard to find. Particularly popular are inflatable hot tubs like this one, which were flying off the shelves earlier this year.

‘Star Wars’ The Child Animatronic Edition
Amazon
Instant Pot Pro Plus 6-Quart Multicooker With WiFi
Amazon

Instant Pot Pro Plus 6 Qt. Multicooker With Wi-Fi

$170 from Amazon

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The brand behind the original line of multitasking multicookers just released this new Instant Pot that trumps all others. Why? When connected to the Instant Brands Connect app, home chefs can access a library of more than 1,500 smart recipes. Once a recipe is chosen, the app acts like a sous chef, guiding you through each step of the Instant Pot cooking process until dinner is ready for the table. Other features include mobile monitoring, a delayed start time, and more. 

Lego Ideas Typewriter 21327
Amazon

Lego Ideas Typewriter (21327)

$200 from Amazon

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Legos are a popular gift item year in and year out, but it's not just the kid-focused products like the latest Harry Potter-themed Lego kit that may sell out. Lego's Constructor line of building kits is aimed at older kids and grownups, with challenging models to build like this clever manual typewriter, which contains 2,079 pieces.

Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine B07PJ5Q943
Amazon

Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine

$350 from Amazon
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The Bartesian was one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2019, and it was a big seller in 2020. We expect it to be just as popular this year, as some people continue to opt for at-home entertaining instead of going out. We expect those factors will keep the price from falling on this admittedly cool Keurig-like machine for your home bar.


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LOL Surprise OMG House of Surprises
Amazon

LOL Surprise OMG House of Surprises

$184 from Amazon

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LOL Surprise dolls (and other elaborate toys within toys) have been a hot commodity for years. This year, supply-chain issues could cause shortages of some newer models, like the House of Surprises, which contains 85 surprises waiting to be discovered within this 10-room play house.

Ozark Trail Stainless Steel Vacuum Tumblers
Walmart

Ozark Trail Stainless Steel Vacuum Tumblers

$13 from Walmart

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Insulated tumblers like these make great stocking stuffers. At home, on the road, in the office, out in the yard ... it doesn't matter where you are, these 20-ounce tumblers are tough enough to withstand a little tough love. They're a top seller at Walmart.


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PlayStation 5
Amazon
CRUXGG 9-Quart Flex Basket Air Fryer
Target

CRUXGG 9-Quart Flex Basket Air Fryer

$170 from Target

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This massive air fryer is just one piece of Bronx-based and Black-owned Ghetto Gastro's new line of products now available at Target, and it's already sold out in stores. The good news is you can still order it online, and if you've always wanted a countertop air fryer that you can fit a 10-pound bird in, this one's got you covered. It comes with an extra-large cooking basket with a removable divider, two heating zones, and is available in two colors: smoke gray and snow. Even better? Five percent of proceeds from CRUXGG products go directly to a collective of nonprofits that are working to end food insecurity, so this is also a gift that gives back

KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus 5 Quart Stand Mixer
Best Buy

KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus 5 Qt. Stand Mixer

$500 from Best Buy

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A perennial holiday gifting favorite, KitchenAid mixers don't usually sell out, but if you procrastinate you may not find the color you're after. We love the matte finish of these particular stand mixers, and you can bet they'll go fast, especially once Black Friday rolls around and merchants slash prices.

Apple AirPods Max
Best Buy

Apple AirPods Max

$479 from Best Buy

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Apples earbuds are always big sellers, no matter what the season, and the over-the-ear premium headphones have been out for less than a year. The wireless, noise-cancelling headphones promise up to 20 hours of listening time on a full charge.

AmazonBasics Dutch Oven
Amazon

AmazonBasics Dutch Oven

$59 from Amazon
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This enameled cast iron 6-quart Dutch oven is a dead ringer for Le Creuset, but at a fraction of the price. Pleased reviewers say it cleans up easily and makes one-pot meals a snap. Out of stock? Often Amazon will let you buy it and notify you when it's back — but won't charge you until it ships.


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Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier
Amazon

Blueair Blue Pure 211+ Air Purifier

$140 and up from Amazon

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The pandemic has forced a lot of people to rethink the way they live, particularly when it comes to staying healthy. Not surprisingly, demand for home air purifiers has skyrocketed this year. There are numerous models available; Blueair's air purifiers get some of the best reviews from professional testers like Wirecutter and consumers alike.

Amazon Essentials Women's French Terry Fleece Jogger Sweatpant
Amazon

Amazon Essentials Women’s French Terry Fleece Jogger

$15 and up from Amazon
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These already-inexpensive joggers, a more stylish cousin of sweatpants, are selling like hotcakes. Various sizes and colors are zooming in and out of stock all the time, so go ahead and stock up if you find a pair you or a lucky giftee might like.


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Kidzone Ride-On Bumper Car
Amazon

Kidzone Ride-On Bumper Car

$190 and up from Amazon
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As one of Amazon’s most-wished-for toys, this puppy is at high risk for selling out, and many colors are already unavailable. It lets pint-size riders bump around and spin 360 degrees, and parents can hijack the action with an included remote control.


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Oculus Quest 2
Amazon

Oculus Quest 2

$379 from Amazon

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For hard-core gamers who want a truly immersive experience, there's Facebook's virtual-reality Oculus. Like the Sony PlayStation and other semiconductor-dependent electronics, supplies are tight, so do not hesitate if you see one in stock, because these will sell out.

A Candle for Working From Home
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Men's Sherpa Denim Trucker Jacket
Macy's

Men's Sherpa Denim Trucker Jacket

$98 from Macy's

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Denim jackets like this one never go out of style because they look great on everyone. Last year, similar jackets at Target and on Amazon sold out super-fast, and we expect another surge of demand for denim of all sorts.

Nintendo Switch
Amazon

Nintendo Switch

$300 from Amazon
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The Nintendo Switch is no longer the newest kid on the block, but it remains one of the most popular video game consoles out there. Like last year, the Switch has been in and out of stock, and any holiday deals will go very quickly. Consider buying early to avoid the holiday rush.

All in Motion Kettlebell
Target

All in Motion Kettlebell

$33 and up from Target
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Thanks to the pandemic, many people are still getting their sweat on at home, keeping demand and prices for at-home workout gear high. Put equipment like this easy-to-grip Target-brand kettlebell, available in five sizes, on your list of things to pick up sooner rather than later.


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Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise Tight
Lululemon

Lululemon Wunder Under High-Rise Tights

$98 from Lululemon

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You can never, ever own enough leggings. Dressed up or dressed down, they look great with almost any outfit and are ideal for activities from aerobics to just lounging at home. Available in two lengths in sizes from 0 to 20.

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Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Generation)
Amazon

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd Generation)

$85 from Amazon
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This small, nightstand-size device is much more than an alarm clock: It can show lyrics to songs, give you the news, let you watch movie trailers, check weather and traffic, and lots more.


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Play-Doh Super Cloud Mixing Studio
Amazon

Play-Doh Super Cloud Mixing Studio

$16 from Amazon

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Play-Doh is one of those classic toys that kids have been playing with for generations, and every holiday it's a guaranteed sellout product. Last year, it was Play-Doh that sparkles and crackles that flew off store shelves. This year, expect colorful concoctions like this one to be hard to find.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Costco

Gift Cards From Costco

$45 for Krispy Kreme (4 ct.)
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You don’t have to wait for the crush of holiday gift-card deals if you shop at Costco. For instance, this pack of four Krispy Kreme gift cards gives you three sweet stocking stuffers for friends and family, plus a freebie $15 gift card for yourself. Not a Costco member? You can apply here


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YnM Weighted Blanket
Amazon

YnM Weighted Blanket

$48 and up from Amazon
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This bestseller is a great gift for anyone who experiences a bit of stress and anxiety now and then — hello, that’s everyone these days — so don’t expect major price breaks as the holidays draw closer. It also comes in plenty of sizes and colors, making it equally suited for kids and adults.


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Chicago Skates Men's Classic Roller Skates
Amazon

Chicago Skates Men's Classic Roller Skates

$50 and up from Amazon

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Another pasttime made popular by the pandemic, roller skates are a gift that's fun for folks of all ages. They're also super-hard to find in all sizes. Chicago Skates makes traditional roller skates for men, women, and kids, all of them highly rated, so we recommend this brand if you wanna get rolling. 

Personalized Name Necklace
Oak & Luna
HoMedics UV Clean Phone Sanitizer
Amazon

HoMedics UV Clean Phone Sanitizer

$36 from Amazon
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Cellphones are germ magnets because we are always touching them. Blast those invisible germs with this UV-light sanitizer. It's rechargeable and collapses for travel.

Nexgrill Deluxe 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill
Home Depot

Nexgrill Deluxe 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill

$349 from Home Depot
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If you’re thinking about going big for your favorite grill master, keep your eyes peeled for deals on grills like this compact cherry-red model. Retailers are trying to clear out the last of these summer staples, and selection will dwindle the longer you wait.


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Pendleton National Parks Blanket
Amazon

Pendleton National Parks Blanket

$239 and up from Amazon

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These cozy wool throws and blankets sell out all the time, so if you've got your heart set on one, don't procrastinate. Available in twin, full, queen, and other sizes.

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