The holiday shopping season is here. The best time to shop is also the best time to sell on Mercari. Here’s the scoop on what’s selling now.

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Gifting season is nearly here. It’s time to make your listings before holiday shopping begins.


What is holiday gifting without toys? Nada. This month is a great time to list toys around the house that are no longer getting the love they once did. 

Have an American Girl Doll and a teenager who’s so over it? Maybe it’s time to move that doll on to a new home. While you’re at it, list American Girl Doll furniture, accessories, and clothes.

Same goes for Pokémon cards. Yes, if your kid is 25 and living in a different city, but their stash of Pokémon cards is still taking up space in their childhood bedroom, now is the time to liquidate. Some cards from the late 1990s and early 2000s sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. So you never know! Just one card could bankroll all of your holiday shopping this year. 

Speaking of covetable toys, there are plenty of collectibles from this decade that are top of the list for shoppers this winter.  For younger kids, L.O.L. Surprise! dolls are all the rage, particularly this year’s Winter Disco themed toys. 

For kids (and adults!) a little older, NECA, Marvel, and Hasbro toys are hot, particularly action figures from the Star Wars Black Series. In anticipation of the upcoming Star Wars movie, holiday shoppers are also looking to score Star Wars building sets from LEGO

And for fans of all ages, Funko collectibles remain a favorite. 

For more traditional holiday gifting, new or gently used plush toys from Pottery Barn Kids are great to list at this time of year. 

Cell phones & accessories

Holiday shoppers are looking to gift tech upgrades this year. Apple iPhone is top of the list, with all the most recent models from iPhone 11 through iPhone 6. Phones from Samsung are hot, too, with buyers hoping to score phones like the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 8, and the Galaxy S7 Edge. Google Pixel will be hot sellers, too. 

It’s not just phones that are great for gifting, though. Wireless chargers from Samsung also make the list. 

Women’s handbags

Holiday gifting season is one of the best times to list name-brand handbags that need a new home. The overwhelming pick of the season is the crossbody bag, followed closely by the tote. Buyers are looking for these styles from their favorite brands like Coach, Micahel Kors, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch

More shoppers than ever are looking to score pre-owned luxury bags. From the Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM and Pochette to the Gucci Marmont and Soho Disco bags, these high end picks make great gifts. And now with the launch of Mercari Authenticate, buyers will know your luxury handbags are the real deal.  

Finally, backpacks and accessories from Loungefly will be flying off the (metaphorical) shelves this month, especially Star Wars merch in anticipation of the new Star Wars movie, and the Disney Villain collection in collaboration with another Mercari favorite, Funko.

Video games

Toys aren’t the only way to have fun this holiday season. Video games are a top pick for holiday gifting. The Nintendo Switch has been out for some time now, but it’s still a fan favorite, and buyers continue to search for the console and games to play on it. The most popular Switch game on Mercari now is Super Mario Odyssey. If you’ve beaten the game and are ready to pass it on, now’s a great time to list. 

The Switch may be the latest from Nintendo, but older Nintedo gaming consoles are strong sellers this month, too. The Nintendo DS Lite and Nintendo 3DS XL are on wish lists this year, along with games for both. For even more retro gamers, the Gameboy Advance SP is in high demand. 

For those whose retro gaming fix can’t be satisfied by early 2000s consoles, gaming collectors are looking for Sega Dreamcast and Genesis consoles to take them back in time.

Finally, favorite consoles like the Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, including controllers and consoles for both, will be at the top of gamer wish lists this year. If you’ve got a gaming system at home that you’re no longer using, now’s the time to list. 

Kitchen & dining 

With the holiday season underway, shoppers are looking for hard to find items for their kitchens. Brands like Rae Dunn, Pampered Chef, and Princess House top lists. From Rae Dunn, favorites include seasonal phrases like the “Sweater Weather,” “Pumpkin Spice,” and “Peppermint Mocha” mugs. Honey pots and ceramic canisters are also popular, especially those with cute wintery phrases like “Reindeer Snacks” and “Santa’s Cookies.” 

Buyers are getting their hands on kitchen gadgets from Pampered Chef like the Food Chopper, the Quick Slice, and the Cookie Press. Princess House cookware, especially from the Culinario series, is in high demand. 

Nothing says “holidays” like delicious foods bubbling on the stove and broiling in the oven. Shoppers are looking for classic cookware that lasts from Pyrex and Le Creuset. If you’ve got cookware you no longer use (or never used) now’s the time to list and let someone put that stuff to work! 

Kitchen appliances

Speaking of putting kitchenware to work, home chefs are looking for kitchen appliances that allow them to whip up treats–from cookies to cocoa—in a flash. 

KitchenAid mixers are top of the list for holiday bakers. In particular, buyers are looking for the 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. Attachments for all KitchenAid mixers are also top sellers. 

The InstantPot DUO, the Nuwave Oven, and the Ninja Foodi Tendercrisp Pressure Cooker are other favorites for shoppers looking to make holiday meal prep easier.

Cuisinart appliances are hot to sell now, with ice cream makers being the most popular of the bunch.

Buyers are treating themselves to appliances that up their game with coffee, juice, and smoothies. Top picks include: Nespresso coffee machines, Keurig coffee makers (the K-Elite Coffee Maker and the Keurig Mini Plus are especially popular), Breville juicers; Ninja blenders and the Ninja Coffee Bar; and Vitamix 5200 and 5300 blenders.  

Seasonal decor 

‘Tis the season to sell festive decor. While Thanksgiving is right around the corner, the real star of the show is Christmas decor. 

If you’ve got decor (especially Christmas ornaments and figurines) from Rae Dunn, Hallmark, Target, or Disney tucked away in your cupboards, now’s the time to get that stuff listed and ready to ship! Don’t forget to list your Elf on the Shelf toys and books. Parents will be looking to find Santa’s “scout elves” to start the Christmas count-down with their kids.

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