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

The holiday season is upon us, 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 2022, you’ve gotta act fast. 

We already know that inflation, ongoing supply chain issues, and other economic complications are making shopping tricky this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from showering your loved ones (and yourself) in gifts this holiday season—as long as you plan ahead. 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. 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, and the sweetest streetwear drops of the year always disappear in a flash. Again, don’t panic—but also, don’t 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 2022’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 a 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

$349.99 at Amazon


Xbox Series S 512 GB

$299.99 at Best Buy

Apple products, duh

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 ancient headphones you got for free to watch the in-flight screen on a JetBlue flight. 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.

$169 at Amazon


Apple Watch Series 8

$429 at Amazon

Smithey’s new, crazy-handsome Dutch oven

Le Creuset and Staub are colorful, reliable choices, no doubt, but it’s Smithey that reigns supreme when it comes to rugged, handsome cast-iron pans and cookware. The brand’s heritage, heirloom-quality pieces will literally last for generations, and it recently released this hardy, extra-large Dutch oven for cooking feasts for the whole fam. Its signature polished interior surface is easy to clean, naturally non-stick and will never crack or chip. (In fact, much like your mother, it only gets better with time.) Its broad base offers extra surface area for searing meats and braising vegetables, and you can also slow-cook, fry, roast, and bake in it. Because it can accommodate enough food for five or more, it’s the ideal piece of cookware for holiday food prep. We know this sucker is gonna sell out, so score it while you can for your friend who loves to throw dinner parties.

Smithey Ironware Co.

Dutch Oven (7.25-Quart)

$375 at Smithey Ironware Co.

$375 at Smithey Ironware Co.

The best advent calendars of 2022

OK, hear us out: Instead of an advent calendar depicting a Thomas Kinkade-esque illustration of a snow-covered village, how about one featuring the likeness of our patron saint Dolly Parton?

Williams Sonoma

Dolly Parton Advent Calendar

$39.95 at Williams Sonoma

$39.95 at Williams Sonoma

Or, 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 whiskey and wine? 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. Two that are guaranteed to sell out: Flaviar’s advent calendar packed with high-end whiskeys, and In Good Taste’s super-popular wine cal.


The Depths of Whiskey Advent Calendar

$260 at Flaviar

In Good Taste

Wine Advent Calendar

$149.99 at In Good Taste

Made In’s gorgeous, high-quality knives

Made In recently dropped reissues of four of its most popular knives that have previously sold out, and while the four-piece set will set you back $649, you can grab individual beauties—like this cleaver or 8-inch chef knife—for more giftable prices.

Made In

Limited-Edition Ebony Wood Cleaver

$199 at Made In

Made In

Limited-Edition 8-Inch Chef Knife

$169 at Made In

Marshall’s Acton III speaker

Looks like an amp, performs like a killer sound system: Marshall’s recently released Acton III speaker is a pick that keeps on giving for a recipient who values both style and substance in their audio gear. Plus, we read on Deux Moi that this speaker is a frequent gift from celebs to their friends, families, and assistants—so also it’s vetted by the rich and famous.


Acton III Bluetooth Speaker

$279.99 at Marshall

The ultimate discreet home workout equipment: the Mirror

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 (right now you’ll get a Lululemon Studio Mirror for just $795—a savings of $700—when you use the promo code LLSTUDIO700).

$1495$795 at MIRROR

Weighted blankets: 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 Blankets

Gravity Weighted Blanket

$249.99$187.49 at Gravity Blankets

$249.99$187.49 at Gravity Blankets

West Elm’s best-selling faux-fur blankets

We go hard in West Elm’s virtual aisles to find the best stuff, and one of its 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.

$100$59.99 at West Elm

The Always Pan…

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 tarnishing this kitchen workhorse. It’s also made with an exclusive, non-toxic, nonstick ceramic coating.

$145$115 at Our Place

 … and the Whatever Pan

OK, so you know all about the value of aesthetics when it comes to cookware—but what you actually want is a more traditional, does-it-all pan that can truly cook whatever (and leave those lovely grill marks on your steak). Enter Jean Patrique’s Whatever Pan, which has sold out a whopping six times but is now back in stock, on sale (for $35 off!), and comes with a 150-page cookbook full of stellar recipes.

Jean Patrique

The Whatever Pan

$110$75 at Jean Patrique

Lee’s archive denim jackets

There’s nothing quite like the perfect jean jacket to be your year-round, ride-or-die outerwear—and legacy denim brand Lee just released a grip of Storm Rider jackets from its decades-old denim archives. They’re all really, really, ridiculously good-looking, and many are selling out quick—so if you’re trying to score one for yourself, your boyfriend, your husband, or your hot dad, move quick.


Vintage Storm Rider Jacket

$225 at Lee

The one robe to rule them all

Tekla is the GOAT when it comes to classic, cozy bathrobes that are perfect for all ages, genders, and father figures—and reliably, every winter, its best robes sell out fast way before we’re done with our Santa duties and don’t come back into stock till the Boxing Day sales have subsided. Don’t be a doofus; snag one now and make someone happy.


Black & White Striped Classic Bathrobe

$180 at SSENSE

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

Head Lightz Beanie

$29.99 at Amazon

Diptyque’s newest autumn candle

Finally, the fragrance gawds at Diptyque answered our prayers and released an earthy autumnal candle that fulfills all of our pumpkin-spice cravings. Of course, it’s characteristically sophisticated and much less cloying than what you’d find in Yankee Candle’s lineup (although, no disrespect to Yankee, now or ever). But you know how it is; when it comes to bougie home goods, the French just do it better. This one will be gone in a flash.


Limited-Edition Citrouille Candle

$72 at Diptyque

Speaking of candles…

Here’s a gift idea for the resident hardcore-guy-turned-Deadhead in your life: Joya Studios’ Grateful Dead edition bear candle, which not only fills our minds with placid, smiley, hippie vibes, but also has an addictive scent with notes of pineapple, rum, vanilla, sandalwood, and caramel.


Grateful Dead Edition Sculptural Bear Candle

$90 at SSENSE

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

$379.95 at Amazon

The Post Malone x Moose Knuckles fleece

Moose Knuckles’ recent collab with Post Malone is the cozy, RealTree-cool camo dream streetwear of the season—and it’s a hit. Scoop these fleeces (and their matching pants) now before they sell out (which they will, as some sizes are already out of stock), and you won’t be sweating and combing desperately through StockX in a month or two.

Moose Knuckles x Post Malone

Yellow Post Malone Edition Camouflage Jacket

$580 at SSENSE

Umamicart’s Holiday Roast Duck Kit is the perfect centerpiece

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

$59.86 at Umamicart

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.

Urban Sophistication

The Puffer Case (iPhone 13 Pro)

$50 at SSENSE

Tombolo’s ever-popular cabana shirts

We’re huge fans of Tombolo, makers of incredible all-gender leisurewear, and this terry cloth spaghetti-‘n’-clams cabana shirt is the perfect gift for the pasta-obsessed person in your life, and will be a hit for many vacations to come. It’s almost sold out, so snag it now and wear it every time you want to close your eyes and dream you’re face-first in a plate of spaghetti alle vongole on the Amalfi coast.


‘Vongole!’ Terrycloth Cabana Shirt

$128 at Tombolo

Ghia’s groovy glasses

Non-alcoholic spirit brand Ghia recently released these 70s-chic glasses in collaboration with vibey glassware maven Sophie Lou Jacobsen, and they look prime for sipping dirty martinis out of when company comes over and you fire up the record player. They come in two different colorways and we’d be willing to bet a jar of Luxardo cherries that both will sell out, so add ‘em to your cart now (and then add ‘em to your bar cart).


Ghia x Sophie Lou Jacobsen Totem Glasses

$110 at Ghia

The status e-bike of our collective dreams

If you’ve been considering getting an e-bike, chances are high that you’ve drooled over Super73’s retro-cool, moto-inspired designs at some point. The ultra-popular S1, which frequently goes in and out of stock, will no doubt be a hot-ticket item for luxury gifts this year, or buy one for yourself; it’s an eco-friendly investment with style to spare.

$2195 at Super73

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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