Not to seem too eager or anything but, now that Hallowe'en is done, is anyone else just a little bit excited about what's coming next? While it's probably too early for stockings and trees (#nevertooearly), there are certain festive finds worth picking up in advance. Whether it's those cold weather essentials that make the snow a treat instead of torture, or those most-wanted gifts that are sure to sell out, I've rounded up 10 things you're going to need soon that you'll want to get now. Read on for my picks, then get ready to feel fa-la-la-lamazing about how relaxed you'll feel in 47 days once the holidays hit (not that I'm counting)...
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | Over the river and through the wood, it's time for family to invade your 'hood. Whether you're hosting loved ones for a big family dinner or welcoming your in-laws for the whole of the hols, it's fun to get all festive this time of year. Cozy flannel sheets are the perfect winter update for your guest bedroom and pre-lit trees will make every room look fun & festive, no extra decorating required.
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | It happens every year: I think I have loads of time and then BAM! Snow, sleet, and freezing cold temps arrive overnight and my poor kids have to walk out the door in mismatched mittens and too-small boots. This year, I'm picking up all of the cold-weather essentials before the snow starts. Um, seriously though, how cute are those hockey stick BOGS?
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | I grew up with those classic chocolate advent calendars and let's be honest: chocolate before breakfast is always a good thing. But still, I'm pretty tempted by all the creative, non-chocolate Advent calendars out there, too. For Lego-lovers, the Lego City Advent Calendar is a genius idea that will have your littles counting down the days. And for grown-ups, what better way to find your new fave tea than with the 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar from DAVIDsTEA? I mean, why should kids have all the fun?
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | You never know when a can't-miss party invite might make its way into your inbox; and when it does, it's best to be prepared. With office parties, open-houses and family functions on the horizon, this time of year calls for dressing your best without the stress. Be sure to grab a classic black jumpsuit for this year's party season, plus some amazing extras to help you win Best Dressed Guest every time.
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | Wine is always a fine idea but your holiday hosts will remember the extra thoughtful gifts the most. This year, surprise them with a great new Christmas album (CDs, vinyl or iTunes gift cards work, depending on the host) or an acacia wood cutting board, sure to come in handy over the holidays.
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | As of post-time, there were still a few random Hatchimals spotted at Walmart. Same goes for all thing Paw Patrol and Pie Face. But unless you want to be stuck bidding double on eBay in a few weeks or are prepared to find the look of pure disappointment under the tree on Christmas morning, I suggest you pick up this year's hottest toys while you still can. No presh ;)
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | There's nothing better than taking some genuine time off, at home, with nothing to do but eat, chill and read a great book. Whether you're looking for some great books for yourself or have some random giftees on your list (co-workers, Secret Santas, that uncle you don't really know that well), it's always smart to have a few good reads on hand, just in case.
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | If you find yourself in the pet aisle on Christmas Eve every year, desperately reaching for catnip and dog toys, do yourself a solid and get your pets covered early. While I'm not usually the early shopping type, I've already picked up this amazing Nerf Dog ball gun for my Westie - that classic game of fetch will never, ever be the same.
OUR PICK | Nerf Dog Dog Toys, $34.99, Sears
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | Want to win with the ugliest sweater? Want to be the cutest at the toboggan park? There are so many wonderfully tacky finds to celebrate the joy of the season that I see absolutely no point in waiting. Ugly sweater? Check. Kitschy toque? Check. Hmmm...now where is that perfect fleece onesie....
WHAT TO PICK UP NOW | From snow tires to snowshoes, you need the right stuff for the white stuff. See what I did there? No matter how you choose to make your way through the mush, having good gear is essential to help you have the best winter ever. With an extra snowy winter in the forecast, this might be the perfect year to give yourself an upgrade.