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Brace yourself. It’s November, which means the holidays are approaching—and you’ll soon find yourself perusing wish lists and hitting the malls, if you haven’t already begun.

More than 40 percent of shoppers plan to start buying gifts this month, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation, while 18 percent say they will wait till December. A contingent of early birds (39 percent) began shopping last month.

Holiday shoppers plan to spend a bit a more this year, an average $1,048, up 4 percent over the previous year, according to the survey.

Fortunately, there are plenty of deals available on everything from home goods to major appliances to electronics. You don’t even have to wait till Black Friday to take advantage of these bargains. 

The holiday sales tend to kick off on Veterans Day weekend and continue through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But lately, these big spending events have become less important for shoppers because retailers offer sales and special discounts throughout the year.

Our analysts track prices year-round, so if you want to know what’s on sale in other months, check out our calendar of deals. We also have the tips and buying guides you need to find the best products for your money. 


Go to Consumer Reports’ 2019 Holiday Central for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.
 

Electronics

Televisions
In recent years, TVs have consistently ranked near the top of most-wanted tech gift lists, according to a recent report by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), an industry group.

From screen size and type to price and features, rapidly improving television technology presents more options than ever. You might consider one with high dynamic range (HDR) or Ultra High Definition for more vivid pictures and sharper clarity. 

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best TV for you.

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Laptops
Laptop are another popular gift item, according to the CTA, and they offer plenty of mobility, with some models weighing just a couple of pounds.

But the trade-off is a cramped keyboard and possibly reduced performance, although some models now offer performance that rivals that of desktops. Laptops also tend to be more costly to repair.

Choosing among laptop, desktop, and 2-in-1 models? Each has its pros and cons when it comes to portability, cost, screen size, and battery life.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best desktop computer or laptop.

Smartwatches
It’s time to find the best smartwatch. With dozens of high-tech features, such as step tracking, heart-rate monitoring, and voice-command capability, smartwatches come with lots of worthwhile features.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best smartwatches.

Headphones
Pump up the volume with your favorite type of headphone. Whether you prefer in-ear or over-ear, Bluetooth or noise-canceling, there’s a set out there for everyone.

Wireless earbuds are becoming a hot gift item, with sales expected to jump 45 percent, according to the CTA. Most adults planning to buy headphones say they’ll purchase wireless earbuds, the report found.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best headphones.

Fitness Trackers
Monitor and measure every step you take with a fitness tracker. Find the right one that suits your budget, fitness level, and lifestyle.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best fitness trackers.

Smart Speakers
Use the power of your voice to play music, turn on lights, and check the weather with a smart speaker. We compared sound quality, voice assistance, and ease of use to help you decide on the best fit for your home.

View our ratings and reviews to find the best smart speakers.

Wireless Speakers
Untangle the way you listen to music. Wireless speakers use Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity to let you listen anywhere.

Use our buying guideratings, and reviews to find the best wireless and Bluetooth speakers.

Sound Bars
TVs have slimmed down, but you may find that the sound quality is lacking. That’s because there’s less room to provide a powerful sound system.

The remedy: Add a sound bar speaker. You can find good models in all price ranges. 

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best sound bar speakers.

Tablets
Tablets are loaded with features that give you computerlike functionality along with easy portability. Consider price, app availability, and operating systems before you buy.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best tablets.

Printers
Inkjet and laser printers have become more affordable and full-featured.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best printer for your home or office.

Kitchen Appliances

Refrigerators
These days refrigerators offer a huge array of options, which makes it easy to select the right style of refrigerator for your kitchen.

Top-freezer, bottom-freezer, side-by-side, or French-door? They’ve got you. Custom panels to match your cabinets? Not a problem.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best refrigerator.

Ranges
From basic electric smoothtops to pro-style ranges, there are more choices for cooking than ever. Our ratings also include induction and coil-top ranges, plus electric, gas, and dual-fuel models.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best kitchen range.

Dishwashers
The best dishwashers ace our cleaning tests, are relatively quiet, and offer options such as adjustable racks, soil sensors, and stainless steel interiors.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best dishwashers that really clean up.

Blenders
Make quality shakes, soups, smoothies, and frozen drinks with a versatile blender. The one that’s right for you—from personal to high-performance—depends on what you’re cooking up.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the blenders that crush the competition.

Coffee Makers
Start your day with a good cup of joe. Coffee makers vary among drip, single-serve, and specialty models, with features and conveniences to brew your daily fix.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the right coffee maker for your needs.

Cookware
Expand your culinary capabilities with new pots and pans. Learn more about the convenience of nonstick pans and stainless steel pots before you buy.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best cookware.

Laundry & Cleaning

Vacuum Cleaners
Clear through the clutter when choosing the best vacuums. Check out which features really clean up in roboticupright, and canister models.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best vacuum cleaner for your household.

Washing Machines
Washing machines differ considerably in water efficiency, noise, and capacity.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best top-load, front-load, or HE (high-efficiency) washing machine for your family.

Clothes Dryers
Tumble into a clothes dryer that can offer features such as steam mode and de-wrinkle drying.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best electric or gas dryers for all your laundry.

More Products for Your Home

Mattresses
Whether you’re a side sleeper or a back sleeper, or you toss and turn, you can find a comfortable, supportive mattress.

There are a wide range of models at all price ranges that stack up in terms of durability, stability, and firmness.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best mattress for you.

Cordless Drills
Tackle your next project with the right cordless drill. It’s easy to find the model that suits your tasks, from installing a sconce to assembling furniture to building a deck.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best cordless drills.