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13 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Melissa & Doug to Taschen

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It might still feel too early to start blaring Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on repeat, but you’d never know it looking at the sales. We found lots of discounted holiday décor, along with plenty of things that would make great gifts (or will just entertain your kids when they’re on winter break).

Here’s a sweet holiday rug that would look charming in the kitchen, bathroom, or entryway.

Several artificial Christmas trees are 20 percent off at Target. This pre-lit tree is just $48 and great for small spaces since it’s six feet tall and just over three feet wide.

If you’re looking for something a bit larger — or want to string your own lights — Amazon has a lot of realistic faux Christmas trees on sale.

A $9 plush llama toy that they’ll love well beyond their nursery years.

Here’s something for the Paw Patrol fan: a three-pack of scratch-art activity pads, each of which features a different character — Chase, Skye, or Marshall — with dot-to-dot or stencil activities.

Shopbop just added a bunch of new items to its sale section, and though the picks skew toward warm weather outfits, we did find this handsome sweater dress.

And here’s a surprisingly sexy corduroy top.

Nordstrom’s Holiday Deals event is still going strong, and so far, it seems that the biggest hits are the gifts, like this folding two-wheel scooter that’s equipped with LED lights.

If you’ve got holiday travel planned, here’s a 22-inch carry-on that comes in hot pink and bright blue so you’ll never need to guess which suitcase on the baggage carousel is yours.

Here’s a good coffee-table book to give to a friend who dreams of renovating an Airstream. It’s also on sale at Amazon.

This foldable camp chair is made for camping trips but would also be nice for gathering around a backyard chiminea.

Sweaters and outerwear are 30 percent off at Everlane through November 13. I recommend this puffer, which is the updated version of what I wore on a very cold trip to northern Sweden last December.

Or you could nab a cashmere sweater for just over $100. It comes in six colors, including this Matisse-esque blue.

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13 Things on Sale to Buy: From Melissa & Doug to Taschen