28 Gift Ideas That Are Gonna Sell Out (So Buy Them Now)

Hot-ticket items such as gaming consoles, KitchenAid stand mixers, and weighted blankets will sell out soon.

Dec 10 2021, 5:01pm

It's December, and you know what time it is: time to start letting your brain dig into a gazillion gift ideas for all your loved ones. We're here to help. But it's a good thing you're reading this right now, because in 2021, you've gotta act fast. 

We already know that supply chain issues pose a serious threat to the punctual arrival of your precious packages, but that won’t stop you from showering your loved ones (and yourself) in gifts this holiday season—as long as you plan ahead. And, lucky for you, there were plenty of Black Friday deals and sales to help you get an affordable head start on holiday shopping, and as long as you stay the course, your shopping list should be alright. However, some highly coveted items are going to sell out well before you start seeing wreaths on doors and festive anti-shoplifting robots in your local supermarkets. Or, those hella-favorited tech gadgets or sick kicks might go in and out of stock so often that by the time you're ready to add to cart, your size or color of choice is long gone. Again, don't panic. But this is not the year to procrastinate.


That’s why we put together this short list of some great holiday gift ideas that we think are going to sell out fast (based on hype level, our shopping savvy, and available data from previous years), so don your virtual suit of armor, saddle up your shopping cart, and ride your steel e-horse on down to the aisle of the internet that has all of 2021’s hot-ticket holiday gifts. 

It’s gamer szn

There’s no better excuse to hole up in your nest of blankets and couch pillows and play video games all day than chilly weather. (Extra points if it’s raining.) The best gaming consoles are sure to sell out fast in the coming weeks, so if you’re planning on buying one, we suggest you move that to the top of your to-do list. You can’t go wrong with the new Nintendo Switch, but the Xbox Series S also just cruised back into stock if you've been waiting to pick one up.

Nintendo Switch OLED Model 64GB Gaming Console with White Joy-Con
Xbox Series S 512 GB

Give in to the fruit-themed overlords

It’s time: You’ve held the line for far too long, and despite your best attempts, nobody thinks you’re analog-cool with your frayed wired-headphones-and-dongle combo. AirPods make a great gift for a loved one, but also slap as a self-gift, because, let’s be honest: You’ve earned it. And while you're at it, consider grabbing an Apple Watch; many of the coolest colors and band styles are already low in stock.

Apple AirPods Pro
Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS, 44mm)

Peloton shmeloton

We’re going analog this holiday season. Did you know that there’s a global bike shortage this year? So if your significant other, dad, brother, best friend, or lab partner has been jonesing for one, make sure you smash that order button ASAP, friends. A sturdy, reliable bicycle doesn’t have to break the bank—take these options from Solé Bicycles and State Bicycle Co. They're a) slick, b) practical, and c) an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Gift your special someone a matching Ass Saver to go along with their new ride, and watch them cruise off into the sunset. 

4130 Road Americana 8-Speed
The Whaler II

Non-traditional advent calendars

OK, hear us out: Instead of ye olde advent calendar filled with chocolate and candy, why not give someone in your life one that’s filled to the brim with jams, jellies, pickles, and botanical drinking vinegars? Or perhaps they’re more into one that’s packed with high-end skincare products? Either way, this is essentially like giving a special person in your life 25 gifts at once, so it’s a near-definite slam dunk—and these non-tradish advent calendars always sell out early. 

12 Days of Fishmas Holiday Fishing Advent Calendar
Food52 x Stone Hollow Farmstead Advent Calendar
Tea Advent Calendar

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Home workout gear is an awesome, yet misunderstood gift: It’s not about losing weight or changing one’s appearance, it’s about taking care of the ol’ ticker and improving one’s overall health. How could you hate on that? The Mirror, a nearly invisible home workout system, features live workout classes, personal training, and more than 50 different genres of exercise—all of which you can crank from the comfort of your own home. Plus, if you wait too long, everyone who was (understandably) slacking on their exercise routine during the pandemic [stares into mirror] will have bought these up to (hopefully) make good on their inevitable New Year's resolutions. Get it while it’s on sale.

The Mirror

Not just for depressed people

If you’ve never experienced the safety and snuggliness of a perfect weighted blanket, you—or the person you choose to gift this to—are in for quite the treat. Imagine being swaddled by a small, flat bear that gently compresses you to sleep. [Eyes begin to get heavy, Bob Ross enters the chat.] The Gravity Weighted Blanket is made with a premium micro-fleece duvet cover and is “the world’s most popular weighted blanket,” according to its website. (So, yeah, this one might sell out pretty quickly.)

Gravity Weighted Blanket

West Elm’s best-sellers

We went hard for West Elm’s Black Friday sale, and one of their best-selling bedding and lounge items is still on promo. The faux fur blanket collection is made with long, premium fibers that feels like the real thing, without ever harming a hair on that sweet chinchilla’s forehead.

Faux Fur Throws

They’re also offering a deal on their massive, best-selling floor mirror. Usually this whopper goes for over $500, but right now it’s on sale for around $300. This is the kind of home decor piece that can be either a great dressing mirror, or open up a living room space, and it comes in three different finishes.

Thick Metal Floor Mirror - 72"

Now that it’s time to bring in the plants for winter, we’re on the prowl for more stylish stands. These minimalist wooden pedestals make us feel like a low-key designer who splits their time between Berlin, Stockholm, and Ne York City [puffs e-cigarette].

Modern Wood Plant Stand

Forever and always

The cult-favorite Always Pan is a consistent best-seller, and it’s only going to get more coveted during the holidays. It’s designed to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware (fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, saucepan, non-stick pan, spatula, and spoon rest) and is compatible with all cooktops, so you don’t have to worry about your janky-ass electric stovetop being able to induction-heat this kitchen workhorse. It’s also made with an exclusive, non-toxic, nonstick ceramic coating.

Always Pan

 A beanie with built in headlamp

Take a moment and assess your current headlamp situation. Our guess is that it’s either a) nonexistent, or b) could use an upgrade. (Or, if you already have a dope headlamp, may we interest you in some more sweet gear?) This one-size-fits-most beanie has a built-in headlamp that’s perfect for running, hiking, or reading menus in dimly lit restaurants. It was also included in this year’s list of Oprah’s favorite things, so you might wanna make moves before her stans descend upon it.

Head Lightz Beanie

Mix things up a little

Having a KitchenAid stand mixer on your countertop is one of the ultimate power moves, in our opinion. Plus, you (or a lucky person in your life that you’ll be gifting this to) can finally make all of those delicious-looking MUNCHIES baking recipes. You can do pretty much any task that involves mixing with this thing, from incorporating batter and whipping cream to kneading dough and making sauces. They often go in and out of stock—so if you're gonna be The Good Gift Giver, plan now.

Artisan Mini Plus 3.5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Flex Edge Beater

Did you know that ducks are free?

Well, not actually—but while park security is pretty lax around the pond these days, you’re way better off simply purchasing your own waterfowl this holiday season. Umamicart's   ridiculously good Holiday Roast Duck kit brings the glistening roast ducks that hang in the windows of Chinese BBQ shops right onto your kitchen table with ease. (We’re leaving turkey in 2020.)

Holiday Roast Duck Kit

A puffer jacket for your phone

[New York kicks in the door.] This is absolutely the fall/winter streetwear look you didn’t know your phone needed, and TBH, we’re not sure how we haven’t covered this before. (Oh wait, we totally did.) It’s puffer jacket season, so are you seriously considering not matching your poofy coat with your phone? C’mon—you’re better than that. This super-popular puffer phone case is gonna be mad coveted, especially for the newer models of iPhones.

The Puffer Case

Not a movie about sand

Or, kind of a movie about sand? We haven’t seen it yet. At any rate, Athletic Propulsion Labs recently dropped some sweet Dune gear, including these limited-edition high-top TechLoom Defenders. They’re the “the ultimate exploration shoe,” according to APL’s website, and they’re “engineered with extreme weather in mind.” They also feature a newly sculpted FutureFoam midsole with extended side supports to keep your foot centered in the shoe. Many sizes are flying off the shelves… grab them, wear them, or save them in a box and watch their value increase as they become a rad collector's item.

Women's TechLoom Defender
Men's TechLoom Defender

CBD cold brew for your caffeine-sensitive buds

What a colossal drag it must be to not be able to enjoy driving three to four cups of coffee into your gullet each day without suffering from jitters, anxiety, or general caffeine-induced mania. If you know someone like this (or you are someone like this), Jibby—a CBD-infused cold brew that promises a smooth, caffeinated ride—might be just what the doctor ordered. (Not literally, of course, we’re not making any medical claims over here.) Order some cans of this magical elixir while supplies last. 

Cold Brew Coffee w/ CBD (12 Pack)

Winter weather Vans

Oh, you thought you had enough plaid in your closet to last through the winter? Think again, jabronis, because Vans recently dropped a collab with Pendleton, which pays tribute to the iconic skate brand’s first Vans factory in Anaheim, California. The shoes take notes from the original Sk8-His, are made with upgraded Ortholite sock liners, and feature suede plaid uppers from Pendleton. 

Vans X Pendleton Anaheim Factory SK8-HI

Scarves, just like G-ma used to make

THE SERIES makes such unique knitwear, it could give Gammy’s creations a run for their money. You’re going to need some lightning shopping fingers if you want to take home one of the cult brand’s creations, as they sell out fast. Make haste, and try and get there before Ella Emhoff does.


I’m frying the air, Rand!

Now you’re speaking my language. We’ve championed Big Air Fryer before, and for good reason—they’re affordable, easy-to-use small appliances that can totally change the way you cook. We put the Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 to the test, (which one of our editors dubbed “the High Speed Rail of air fryers”) and we weren’t disappointed. The best models of air fryers have tended to sell out quick in holiday seasons past, so buy it now before you’re SOL. 

Ninja Air Fryer, 4 Qt
Instant Vortex Plus 6 Quart Air Fryer
Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 8-Quart 2-Basket Air Fryer

DJ Roomba in the house

You know what I’m talking about. This holiday season, give someone the gift of clean floors, whether it’s for a parent that could use a break, or a boyfriend who doesn’t wash his towels because “you’re clean when you use them.” This iRobot Roomba vacuum annihilates daily dirt, dust, and debris from carpets and hard floors—so act fast before they all sell out. 

iRobot Roomba

Shop hard, live fast, and enjoy the ride. 

The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story.


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