Shop early: These 8 hard-to-come-by holiday must-haves are in stock — and on sale at Walmart right now
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Black Friday deals are rolling in early this year for good reason. The supply chain crisis is real, and e-tailers are trying to incentivize shoppers to stock up before shortages and delivery delays throw a monkey wrench in their holiday plans.
It looks like they’ll have stiffer-than-ever competition, to boot. The National Retail Federation recently announced it expects the highest holiday retail sales ever in 2021 — a rise of up to 10.5 percent over last year — so it’s crucial to order gifts and holiday hosting essentials now so they arrive in time, says retail and shopping expert Kristen Gall of Rakuten Rewards.
The “astounding discounts” for early-bird shoppers are just sweetening the deal, says Gall. And we found eight of the scarcest holiday products on sale right now for up to 50 percent off for (early) Black Friday. If ever there was a time to jump on a sale, it’s right now.
Hot hosting essentials
With all electronics products running low this year, soon it could be too late to find a quality vac. If ever there was a powerhouse mighty enough to keep your house tidy after an onslaught of foot traffic, pet frolicking, cooking, tree trimming and gift opening, it’s this high-capacity Hoover with WindTunnel technology. It’s a bestseller, and it’s 50 percent off.
“The suction is great, and it’s pretty light and easy to move around,” said one reviewer who is “living with two [Huskies, and I’m surprised it works like Dyson.”
Get that turkey brined and stuffed — but first get your hands on a heavy-duty stainless steel roasting pan with lid and rack. At 18 inches, it doubles as a Dutch oven and triples as a stock pot. At Walmart, get it for 39 percent off for early Black Friday. Experts predict serving essentials will be at a premium, so hurry!
“Can’t wait to use this for the holidays! Sturdy and cleans easily, fast shipping,” wrote a fan.
Cooking tools and serving essentials could be hard to find, but this complete set of turquoise-handled gadgets is in stock — and on sale for 43 percent off. It includes holiday meal essentials like a potato masher, ladle, meat tenderizer, various spoons, spatulas and spreaders and more.
“These kitchen utensils are so sturdy and seem very well made! They are the best ones I’ve ever owned!” wrote a customer.
Near-perfect reviews from more than 1,000 shoppers (just two shoppers gave it “only” four stars) should speak for itself. This 19-quart air fryer has all your holiday cooking needs covered: roasted meats, toasted sides, baked desserts and more. And it’s 33 percent off.
“Works like a charm and [it’s] easy to use,” wrote a top shopper. “The settings are easy to understand…just read the regular instructions of the bag or box, and that’s it.”
Coveted holiday gifts
The chip shortage has led to a struggle to find electronic gifts this year. So we suggest grabbing this Lenovo laptop ASAP. The top-rated wonder offers an immersive viewing experience, a lightning fast processor and ample memory and storage — plus, it operates for 12 hours on a single charge.
Save more than $90 on this versatile PC right now.
Don’t be surprised if you can’t find L.O.L. dolls come the holidays. This sensation is selling out fast, but Walmart has the Amazing Surprise collection for 51 percent off.
“It’s a huge box filled with at least 50 smaller boxes they have to open. My daughter, who is six, literally spent two hours opening every single one. It was wonderful!” wrote a thrilled parent.
One of the biggest toy sensations of the holiday season, it is, and this Baby Yoda kids’ game, which features the real sounds made by the character in Star Wars: The Mandalorian, is fully in stock at Walmart right now and selling for 33 percent off. Word to the wise: Grab this bestseller before it’s gone.
“This little thing is so much fun, and addicting. We bought it for family game night and we are huge Star Wars fans in this house,” wrote a big fan.
You know the supply chain crisis has led to a car shortage, but did you know there’s a bike shortage, too? Experts warn we’re very short on two-wheelers now, and this kids’ mountain bike is a score at Walmart for 26 percent off. You know what to do….
It has six speeds, easy brake control, tires with excellent grip and a comfy seat.
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