Are you the type to wait 'til the last minute to do your holiday shopping? And then all the men typically get shirts and the women get earrings? It doesn't have to be that way. The following dozen gifts were selected to help you win the holidays this year by not only buying early but buying thoughtfully. (Or at least making it look like you did!) Plus, shop now and avoid shipping delays, inflation price hikes and other standard December-madness headaches.
From portable blenders to smart TVs, scooters to pickleball sets, folks will actually want a gift with your name on the "From" tag. But you do need to act fast, because with prices this low, supplies will not last. So with that in mind, let's get shopping!
1. Drew Barrymore's to-go blender makes a portable potable
This portable blender is great to take to the gym for a post-workout treat or to bring to the office for when sugar levels are low and you need a pick-me-up. "This is the perfect portable blender!" reported one mover and shaker. "I keep it at work to save time in the mornings, which is ideal since I can charge it at work. It's small enough to fit in my office and not too loud when mixing." It also might be the chicest-looking blender in town: Choose from Sage Green, Cornflower Blue, or three more neutral hues.
One shopper shares, "I have wanted a portable blender for a while and wasn't sure it would be powerful enough for my needs. This thing has been incredible! I am using it daily for smoothies but also love that I can take it on the go for mixing shakes. Highly recommend!"
The Pioneer Woman 10-Piece Mixing Bowl Set lets you prep and serve food in style. And the vintage-inspired look is so sweet (even the lids are cute!) — they’re prefect for bringing a salad or fruit salad to a friend’s house. The set also makes the perfect gift for the Pioneer fan in your life.
Nearly 1,600 five-star reviewers can't be wrong! This shopper reported, "When I opened the box, I was so happy to see such beautiful Pioneer Woman storage bowls. Very useful sizes and nice tight-fitting lids. Each design is so unique and lovely. All in all, a great upgrade, and they look beautiful in the refrigerator too!"
The Hisense Smart TV is the first TV ever to support the new XClass TV platform - which means it has all the joy of streaming TV and none of the frustration. It's lightning-fast, super-simple and customizable, so there's less searching and no lag time (great for gamers). Get to 'White Lotus' faster with quick-loading streaming services and an advanced voice remote that allows you to search across apps and services. Viewers love its sharp picture and sound quality, and one shopper revealed, "A particularly cool feature: The OS searches across apps and lets you save it to a favorites list, no matter what app you're using. So you don't have to jump back and forth between favorites lists." Now, that's smart!
Ninja's Foodi products transform a kitchen into a chef's galley, and one of the greatest is the Multi-Cooker. This is a must-have, for everything from its striking "cherry tarte" color to its 4-in-1 cooking capabilities. The Multi-Cooker replaces eight appliances, including a slow cooker, food warmer, nonstick pot, sauté pan, steamer, stock pot and Dutch oven, meaning less clutter and more delicious food. This hungry shopper wrote, "I love this thing. It even came with recipes! I actually made the pulled pork and it came out delicious. We do dips, desserts, queso, roasts, literally anything you can slow-cook should go in here. It looks cool, and I like how the cooking tray can easily come right out if I want to to serve, or clean, without having to carry the whole cooker!"
The allergy season can feel never-ending, so it’s important to have a vacuum brawny enough to trap even the tiniest dirt and dust particles. Enter the Bissell Power Force Helix, which boasts a dirt separation system that helps suck up more fine dust and airborne particles than your average vac. It also has five different height options and washable filters. More than 7,700 reviewers have gone gaga for this upright, giving it five stars! "This vacuum is simply AMAZING," gushed one. "After vacuuming with a previous vacuum cleaner, this one still had plenty to pick up. For the price, I love love LOVE this vacuum."
Sink into a comfy racing-style chair and immerse yourself in the search for hidden treasure or embark on an alien-destroying mission. It's the perfect floor-seating solution for playing video games, watching TV or just hanging out. It's also compact and lightweight, so it can be taken from upstairs to downstairs or from dorm room to dorm room.
Over 1,700 five-star reviewers agree. Said one, "I got this for my son after using it at a friend's house. It's an awesome little chair. My son uses it for gaming, watching movies, reading a book or just relaxing. I sat in it to watch a movie, and it was really comfortable. It takes up very little space; you can move it anywhere in the house easily! I would definitely buy another."
The Shark Ion Robot is designed with a Tri-Brush System, combining side brushes, channel brushes and a multi-surface brushroll to handle debris on all surfaces, in corners and around edges. Use the SharkClean app or voice control with Alexa or Google Assistant to get your clean on from anywhere. Shoppers love its dirt-busting prowess. "I can't say enough great things about this robot vacuum. I had a $400 robot vacuum and it was terrible. Threw dust all over my house instead of picking it up. I returned it and ended up getting this vacuum. I can't believe the things it will pick up, from sand to dog hair, even dog food. Emptying the canister is simple, and you can even wash the filters. Don't look any further and just buy this, you won't regret it. I'm about to buy another one for upstairs!"
Scoot off into the stratosphere with the Jetson Orbit Light Up Scooter. With bright LED lights on the stem, deck and wheels, this scooter can’t be eclipsed. Its easy folding design and lightweight frame mean that it’s a breeze to carry and store. It has non-inflatable tires, a rear foot brake and comes with blue or pink lights. Recommended for use on flat and smooth surfaces both indoors and out. Perfect for out-of-this-world adventures for kids ages 5 years and up.
One five-star customer shares that it's a kid and parent favorite: "I have tried it myself; it feels so smooth and light, it rolls swiftly. I also love the fact that it folds up to be stored or carried away or in my car when we travel. Now, the star of the show are the lights; kids love this feature."
Say good-bye to tearing through the house looking for your daughter's favorite headband. Or any headband. You know you have a bunch, but they seem to go missing like socks in the wash. Thanks to the Home Edit Headband Organizer, she can now stash all her favorite hair accessories in one place — and show off her trendy taste! Perfect for a bedroom, dorm room or anywhere she goes to get glam.
"Wow, is this useful!" exclaimed one reviewer. "Stacking my hairbands on the bedroom mirror wasn't appropriate or elegant for me. Then I started tucking them away in a drawer and completely forgot about them. I need them somewhere out in the open where I can see them often but not be in the way or look disorganized. This simple yet very useful storage system has finally given me the cutest and most organized answer!"
All the cool kids are playing pickleball, so this Orca Deluxe Set is sure to be a holiday smash. It includes two paddles and four indoor pickleballs (and a storage bag to keep track of them). The paddles are designed with wide faces for better accuracy, along with a wide sweet spot — extra sweet for newbies or those trying to improve their game. Or those just trying to crush the competition. Score this one for the home team!
If you've got a camper, a glamper or someone who loves the great outdoors, these lanterns will be just the ticket. To turn one on, just pull the handle and open the lantern. Practical and super cool, and the set comes with six AAA and two AA batteries to light up the night immediately. "Super convenient!" revealed one satisfied shopper. "Two cute little lights (VERY bright) and one good-size light; lightweight, and it comes with the batteries, which is really neat." Echoed this happy camper: "Love these for just about anything. Very bright, and lightweight. My grandkids love the outdoors, and these are perfect for swimming at night as well."
There are plenty of reasons why these tiny dynamos have such a loyal following, including their extraordinary battery life (24 hours!), automatic switching and easy-peasy setup. "Buying these Apple Airpods with the charging case was one of the best purchased I've ever made," confessed this audiophile. "The sound quality is amazing! It's really cool that you can leave your phone on the table or in another room and still be able to listen to music or a podcast. Being able to walk around and listen to things wirelessly has given me so much more freedom to get things done around the house, and they've also given me the motivation to keep multitasking!"
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