15 Gifts to Get Before They’re Gone

While it seems hard to believe, the holidays are right around the corner! As always, the hottest gifts of the season are already beginning to attract attention—and sales. We rounded up this year’s must-haves to take the guessing game out of what will be on your loved ones’ wish lists. You’ll want to scoop up these coveted goods now before they’re swiped from the shelves and warehouses during the busy shopping season. You’ll be happy to avoid the crowds, and your friends and family will be thrilled with their gifts—it’s a win-win.

  1. Wemo Mini Smart Plug

    Wemo Mini Smart Plug

    Take advantage of Amazon's Black Friday deals to pick up a coveted home electronic device: the Wemo Mini Smart Plug. Plug in your lights and devices to the Wemo switch, then turn your appliances off and on via the Wemo app, or your connected Amazon Alexa, Google Assistance, or Apple HomeKit. All you need to activate the like-magic convenience of Wemo is a reliable Wi-Fi connection. Available on Amazon; $34.99.


  2. Sony Digital Paper

    Sony Digital Paper

    Saving trees just got a whole lot cooler. The Digital Paper from Sony is a paper-like screen that acts just like paper—easy to write on, low-glare so it's easy to read—with the added functionality of a connected device. And, Digital Paper is lightweight and easy to carry—no bigger than about the width of 30 sheets of paper. A must-have for the techie in your life who can't quit their paper habit. Available on Amazon; $500.


  3. Qwerkywriter Typewriter Keyboard

    Qwerkywriter Typewriter Keyboard

    What can you do with the person who bemoans that they were born too late to use old, nostalgic tech, yet lives for the convenience of this connected world? Well, give them the best of both the past and the present with a Qwerkywriter S Typewriter Keyboard, a tablet stand that connects to a device by wireless or by USB. The keyboard's raised keys are reminiscent of a typewriter but don't require the same heavy hand that typists of yore may remember. Available on Amazon ; $260.


  4. Instant Pot Blender

    Instant Pot Blender

    By now, you've heard the hype about Instant Pot, the multifunctional pressure cooker that's become a smash success with home chefs. But equally incredible is the Instant Pot blender, which comes loaded with eight one-touch settings like Smoothie, Purée, Crushed Ice, Oat and Almond Milk, Soup, and more. So, buy one for a friend—and then invite yourself over for dinner. Available exclusively at Walmart; $99.


  5. LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

    LEGO Boost Amazon

    Build trains, cars, four-wheelers and more with the Classic Medium Creative Brick Box from Lego. The kit is suitable for ages 4 and up, and contains enough pieces so that siblings, friends, and parents and kids can play together. Available on Amazon; $34.99.

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  6. Nespresso


    The Nespresso VertuoPlus sees your Keurig and raises you—with two programatic buttons to brew a quick cup of your choice of coffee or espresso. Set it to make anything from a 1.35-ounce espresso to a 14-ounce cup of Joe, and enjoy instant caffeinated gratification. Available at Target; $175.49.


  7. Away Carry On Bags

    Away Carry On Bags

    They outdid themselves when they invented The Carry-On from Away. Inside, compartments keep dirty and clean clothes separate, while leaving yet another space open for hard items like shoes and toiletries. Outside, this ingenious piece of luggage features an ejectable USB charger to keep travelers powered up even if they're stuck in an outlet-starved airport. Pick up one for the frequent flyer in your life or for your young ones who are getting ready to spread their wings and leave the nest for the first time. Available on AwayTravel.com; from $225.


  8. Nokia Body+

    Nokia Body+

    Watch it! You’ve got to know a person pretty darn well before you decide to buy them a scale this holiday season. But if there's no chance of miscommunication, go for a Nokia Body+, which is shaping up to be a favorite with fitness fanatics. The smart, Wi-Fi-connected device can help users keep track of their calories and analyze their body fat and muscle mass—plus it provides a daily weather update. Available on Amazon; $99.95.


  9. Oculus Go

    Oculus Go

    Why buy them a bigger big-screen when you can get them their own personal theater? The immersive viewing experience provided by Oculus Go can take your friends or family anywhere without them even leaving their seats. The virtual reality headset, with state-of-the-art 3D graphics, provides a front row seat at live sporting events, concerts, or a favorite TV show. A must for the digital junkie. Available on Amazon; $199.


  10. YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler

    YETI Portable Cooler

    Every camper, kayaker, and extreme picnicker will have this adventure-ready accessory on his or her wish list. Not your average cooler, the YETI Hopper Flip features high-density fabric that is both water and puncture proof—ideal for any outdoor exploit, from fishing to hiking a mountain. Plus, the combination of superior closed-cell foam insulation and leakproof zipper prepares it to keep ice (and your food or drink supply) cold for days! Give the gift that says, "I hope you survive out there." Available on Amazon; $333.52.

    Related: 7 Camping Favorites Destined for Your Home


  11. Fitbit Ionic

    Activity Tracker Watch

    The GPS-capable watch from the trendiest wearables company is sure to be a hot-ticket item (especially on Black Friday). The Fitbit Ionic is more than a time-teller: It's a step- and sleep-tracking, heart rate monitoring, goal-setting motivational coach. It stores more than 300 songs on your wrist, which you can take whenever and wherever you exercise—even in the pool up to 50 meters! While geared toward fitness junkies, anyone who considers themselves "on-the-go" will love that it pulls in texts, runs go-to apps, makes payments, and lasts for up to four days before needing a recharge. Available on Amazon; $195.95.

    Related: 15 New Gadgets Everyone Wants for Christmas


  12. Echo Show

    Amazon Echo Show

    What do you get when you add a screen to Amazon’s Echo? The innovative Echo Show. The smart system contains your favorite features from Amazon’s original Echo, like voice response and home automation. But the seven-inch screen allows for countless other functions as well; for example, users can stream video content, manage security cameras, project the weather forecast, conduct video calls, and see on-screen lyrics. The Echo Show is sure to please any tech-smart homeowner this holiday season! Available on Amazon; $229.99.

    Related: 10 Gadgets for Every Lazy Cook's Kitchen


  13. SoundMoovz Musical Bandz

    SoundMoovz Musical Bandz

    If your friend or family member constantly busts a move, consider giving them SoundMoovz Musical Bandz this holiday season. The motion-activated device recognizes your movements, then uses Bluetooth technology to create corresponding beats and sound effects. Users can broadcast their custom tunes on a speaker or record them for playback later. With over 400 different modes, including instrumental and robot, every type of music lover will be satisfied! Available at Target; $69.99.

    Related: Skip the Line: 10 Amazon Buys for Everyone on Your Gift List


  14. Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Analog Instant Film Camera

    Polaroid OneStep

    Shutterbugs, take note: Polaroid is back! True, the original Polaroid remains out of commission. But an upstart, Polaroid Originals, plans to pick right up where the iconic brand left off, making instant cameras and film for the 21st century. The company's first offering? OneStep 2. Big and boxy (just like always), with minimal, dead-simple controls (just like always), the reincarnated, retro-cool Polaroid seems all but destined for holiday gift greatness. Available at Best Buy; $84.99.

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  15. Roku Express Streaming Media Player

    Roku Express

    More and more people consume their favorite shows and movies via streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. The downside? You're stuck having to watch everything on a computer screen, unless you have a "smart" TV—or unless you have something like Roku Express. The device plugs right into the TV and lets you stream your favorite shows from all the services you're signed up for, plus other cool features. The first company to bring streaming media to the living room, Roku remains one of the best, and with its set-top Express, the technology now comes at a brand-new low price point. Available at Amazon; $30.

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