8 Items You Should Always Buy at Target

Oh, Target! You had us at “Hello.” There’s a reason the red-and-white bullseye destination is everyone’s favorite one-stop shop; you can get fabulous furniture, cute kids’ clothes, deeply discounted decorations and makeup must-haves in one fell swoop. 

While Target is home to plenty of basics like groceries, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and self-care essentials, it’s also a place to score lots of exclusive items you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere. Need help distinguishing the must-haves from the maybes? Here are the top things to buy at Target.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

If you love Chip and Joanna Gaines’ style, then you will be smitten with their modern farmhouse-inspired line exclusively available at Target. With everything from furniture to decorative touches to mugs and art, you can snag the HGTV look for way less.

'See The Good' Stoneware Mug

Kids’ Clothes

Spending a lot on kids’ clothes is silly. If they seem to grow out of a pair of pants within one or two wears, you want to get them options that are cute and stylish but, better yet, affordable and replaceable. Target’s exclusive collection, Cat & Jack, is chock-full of adorable and practical options for school, play and everything in between. Best part: You can snag tee shirts, pants and essentials for just a few bucks.

Girls' Long Sleeve Iridescent Sequin Tulle Dress

Bullseye Playground 

Don’t know what to buy at Target? Start in the beloved Bullseye Playground. Whether you’re shopping for party favors, stocking stuffers, grab-bag rewards or everyday surprises, this is the place to be. This cheap-thrills section has tons of fun goodies for $1, $3, $5, $7 and $10. It really is a veritable shopping wonderland. 

3pk Burlap Base Trees Snowy


You don’t have to spend big bucks to get a high quality candle that looks gorgeous, smells amazing (no headache-inducing overly fruity fragrances!) and burns well. Target’s Project 62 candles make a stylish presentation in any home and are priced mostly between $9 and $15. 

Project 62 Debossed Ceramic Jar 3-Wick Candle


Trendy Accessories

It’s fun to hop on the fashion frenzy bandwagon. But who wants to spend lots of money on seasonal items that will likely go out of style? Target makes it easy to be on trend and on budget. You can snag statement jewelry (the SUGARFIX by Bauble Bar line is stellar), fabulous sunglasses, chic shoes and other cool pieces for a total bargain, and you won’t feel guilty if you only wear said items once or twice.

SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Geometric Resin Hoop Earrings

Makeup Tools & Brushes

Makeup brushes can be shockingly expensive. That’s why we’re so in love with the Sonia Kashuk for Target collection. These high-end applicators and accessories look great, perform well and don’t break the bank.

Sonia Kashuk™ Complete Fashion 10pc Brush Set

Designer Collaborations

Got a high-end fashion aesthetic, but a Target budget? Every few months, Target releases an exclusive designer collection. Past collaborators have included designers and brands such as Lilly Pulitzer, Jason Wu and Missoni. Tip: the standout pieces sell out quickly, so be sure snag them as soon as they’re released at 12 a.m. PST online. 

Post-Holiday Sale Items

It’s like Christmas after Christmas when you shop the post-holiday sale items. Target deeply discounts their decorative items in the days and weeks following special occasions. Some items initially get marked down by 50 percent, and then move to the 70 to 90 percent off section. They  practically give things away at the end of a season at Target.

When you know exactly what to buy at Target, shopping there becomes even more fun (and who knew that was possible?). Be sure to shop with Rakuten for extra savings and to earn Cash Back on all the must-haves. If you’re not yet a member, join Rakuten for free today.

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