In the middle of summer, the last thing on your mind is decking the halls—but massive Christmas in July sales at places like QVC and Nordstrom will definitely have you changing your tune.
If you're an early Christmas shopper, listen up: right now is your time. Yes, right now when you're alternately cranking up the AC and planning trips to the beach, some of your favorite retailers are having their biggest sales of the year—and savvy consumers are taking advantage of major discounts to stock up for the holidays.
Over the years, Christmas in July grew from an annual tradition of celebrating the holidays at the mid-year mark to a giant retail concept. Now, everything from electronics and appliances to clothing and accessories are massively discounted at QVC, Nordstrom, and Tory Burch, making Christmas shopping ideal during the dog days. Of course, you could wait till Black Friday or Cyber Monday—but with discounts like these, why would you?
We've scoured the summer's biggest sales and picked the best deals on the perfect gifts for family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and beyond. You'd better watch out—Christmas in July is about to make your December a whole lot more manageable.
Christmas Gifts For Under the Tree
Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you're the one responsible for bestowing gifts to your nearest and dearest this December. Keep your family merry—and your wallet happy—by stocking up on on our big-ticket gift picks from summer's hottest sales.
Nook Tablet 7": Give the gift of e-reading with Barnes and Noble's 7-inch Nook tablet, right now on sale for $10 off. Go the extra mile by loading it up with a few titles before wrapping it—more than a million digital books are also available for $5 each.
To buy: $40 (originally $50), barnesandnoble.com.
HealthyFry Air Fryer: This hardworking machine does everything a deep fryer would do, but without gobs of oil. It can also bake, roast, and grill—and fast!
To buy: $70 (originally $150), surlatable.com.
Kira Tote: Real Simple readers love a Tory Burch bag, and this top-rated tote with the iconic double-T logo is bound to get a wide-eyed reception on Christmas morning.
To buy: $359 (originally $598), toryburch.com.
Geo Enameled Statement Cuff: If you can't just pick one item from the big Tory Burch sale, tack on this geometric cuff to help her make a style statement this season.
To buy: $149 (originally$258), toryburch.com.
Chrono Chronograph Bracelet Watch: Upgrade his wristwatch with this modern, minimalist version that can be dressed up or down, and worn everyday. It's one of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale's best deals.
To buy: $93 (originally $140), nordstrom.com.
Christmas Stocking Stuffers
Good things come in small packages, and that adage is extra true when it comes to the goodies hiding inside a Christmas stocking. There's just something magical about a "bonus gift." The only thing that could make it more exciting is scoring major deals on stocking stuffers in July.
T-Stripe Rotating Key Ring by Tory Burch: Let her drive in style with a keychain that's not only chic but also mimics the moves of a gyropscope. It even attaches to her handbag!
To buy: $79 (originally $98), toryburch.com.
Silver Plate Monogram Pocket Watch: Infuse his life with a dash of the debonair. This personalized silver pocket watch is the kind of thing he'll treasure and pass down through generations.
To buy: $30 (originally $45), nordstrom.com.
Alex and Ani Stocking Charm Bangle: This festive gold bangle with an enamel stocking charm is so meta, how could it not be a stocking stuffer?
To buy: $23 (originally $38), qvc.com.
White Elephant Gifts
Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa, White Elephant—whatever you call it, it means you probably work in an office, and your office has a holiday party, and that holiday party requires that you bring one gift at a reasonable price point that any colleague would love. Here are some great options to stock up on now, so you don't have to think about it later.
Oversized Wood Clothespin Desk Accessory: The perfect whimsical office-appropriate gift, this wacky piece of desk decor is a cute way to make an office feel a little more like home.
To buy: $25, thingsremembered.com.
Keep Hydrated Insualted Tumbler: Let them sip away all from this 16-ounce bronze tumbler by Ted Baker London. It has a screw-top lid and removable straw for desk-side practicality.
To buy: $20 (originally $30), nordstrom.com.
Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aromatherapy Diffuser: You coworker will be excited to punch the clock if it means coming home to this relaxing, top-rated electric device that makes their space smell sweet.
To buy: $26 (originally $40), nordstrom.com.
Christmas Gifts To Mail To Distant Relatives
Unfortunately it's hard to spend the holidays with everyone you love. And while they're always on your mind, you've got plenty of other things on the brain come the holiday season. But you can buy their gifts ahead of time—or even order in advance and schedule delivery for Christmastime. Here are some picks we love.
Kansas City (2) 4-4.5-lb Prime Rib Roasts Auto-Delivery: QVC is having a mega Christmas in July sale, and one of the best scores is this package of two roasts that you can order now for delivery during the holidays. They even offer free shipping.
To buy: $160 (originally $190), qvc.com.
Vintage Wine Estates Holiday 3-Bottle Set Auto-Delivery: Bottle of red? Bottle of white? How about one of each, and a White Zinfandel for good measure? Customize this QVC trio and schedule it for a single shipment in December.
To buy: $41 (originally $49), qvc.com.
Purple Ombre Family Knit Throw: Get the message "Family: where life begins and love never ends" emblazoned on a supersoft blanket for the whole squad. Score 15% off your order with code A242 at checkout.
To buy: $51 (originally $60), thingsremembered.com.
Evergreen Christmas Gifts To Keep On Hand for Unexpected Visitors
You can never predict who will find their way into town—or even into your home during a holiday celebration. Cousins, neighbors, and out-of-town friends all seem to pop up around the holiday season. Likewise, you might be spontaneously invited to a holiday party without enough notice to shop for a gift. Keep these items wrapped and in your closet to grab in the event of a Christmas emergency!
Maison Blanc Mini Tin Candle Set: This trio of coconut wax candles mixed with essential oils and a natural wick, and encased in beautiful mosaic tins, is beloved by more than 100 reviewers on Nordstrom.com.
To buy: $16 (originally $24), nordstrom.com.
Acacia Wood Dominoes Game Set: The great thing about this gift is it's versatile enough for all age groups and handsome enough to decorate a coffee table or bookshelf, so it even makes a great housewarming present. Get 15% off your order with code A242 at checkout.
To buy: $42.50 (originally $50), thingsremembered.com.
Duffield Throw by Ugg: If hundreds of five-star reviewers are any indication, your visitor or host will be thrilled to snuggle up in this plush, cozy blanket, available in eight colors.
To buy: $70 (originally $98), nordstrom.com.