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In this post, I will share with you 30 hot, fast selling, everyday items you can leverage on to make cool cash from now to December. This list will be very helpful if you want to start small-scale e-commerce business, mini importation or dropshipping.

Christmas will soon be upon us and there are endless opportunities for the quick thinking entrepreneur to make a lot of money. Most of the items on this list are items you can import in small quantities and resell at high profit margins.

In an earlier post, I talked about mini importation. Mini importation means small-scale importation which does not involve so much money. Importation usually involved lots of money plus visa, plus flight ticket, plus traveling to China, etc. Well, not anymore.

These days you import only 10pcs of necklace from Aliexpress and either resell them or give them away. A lot of people make money this way and you can too. Pay attention to this post if you are interested in mini importation.

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No, you don’t need to have a physical shop to sell these items because social media has made everything easier. You can also set up shop in one of the leading e-commerce marketplaces in Nigeria like Konga, jiji or Kaymu.

Here are 30 items you can sell to make money before Christmas

1. Backpacks

Backpacks come in handy for lots of people who will be traveling for Christmas festivities. If you have backpacks for sale at affordable prices, you will make money.

Some websites will allow you to design your own backpack, although it would be costlier at the end of the day than just buying backpacks from the market or from online stores like Aliexpress.

Social media makes everything interesting these days so you can sell your backpacks online using your social media channels. You can also sell on online marketplaces like Konga, Kaymu and jiji.

2. Cosmetics

There is never a bad time to sell cosmetics; people buy them all year round. Many people are constantly looking for better cosmetics than the ones they are used to. This is where you can make money.

Look for cosmetics that are less common but better than the ones in the market. Then start sampling your products for all to see and buy. Also, if you have a large supply of a particular cosmetics brand, you can approach retailers and cosmetics to see how you can sell your products through them.

3. Chicken/poultry

This one goes without saying. Christmas means bonanza for poultry farmers and dealers. If you start a poultry farm today, broilers to be precise, you will be smiling from ear to ear 4 months from now after your Christmas sales.

Even if you don’t have a poultry farm, you can meet poultry farms and preorder their stock before everyone else does. Then you can sell them during Christmas festivities.

4. Souvenirs/gift items

Because there will be weddings, trads, house-warming, etc. How you are able to sell this depends on how creative you are in designing gift items. There are manufacturers on Alibaba who can help you with this. They have many designs which are not common here.

Think outside the box on this one. When you get the gift items you think will sell, use your contacts and relatives to spread the word about your products. Again, meet retailers and gift shops around you to discuss how they can help you sell your products.

5. Belts

Because they are belts.

You can focus on belts for men, for women or for kids.

Again, think outside the box, think quality and think cost. You can also order and sell other men’s accessories like ties, cufflinks, stockings, etc.

6. Beverages

Many families buy them for Christmas travels. But just like other provision items, beverages are fast-moving consumer goods. They sell a lot but the profit margins are almost always poor compared to other items.

If you don’t already have a provision store or supermarket, I’d be very careful in buying this one. One thing for sure, though, beverages sell like wildfire on and off-season.

7. Drinks

Wines, beer, water, beverage drinks, health drinks, and many other kinds of drinks; drinks are good for festivities, relaxation, outings, name them. You can set up a bar or a wines & spirits shop. You can also import drinks and supply to market sellers. You can do a lot of things. There is money to be made in this.

Then again, like all things, make sure you have a ready market so that you don’t end up drinking all of it yourself.

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8. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is fast becoming a trend these days. It was once the most searched item on Google Trends, Nigeria. People are realizing its health and beauty benefits; if you sell coconut oil, you will make money.

You can set up shop on Konga or sell on social media. Try to invest a little cash into branding and packaging your products to give it a more appealing look. Branding will also get people who like your product to contact you and buy more.

9. Motivational books

Motivational books are always fast sellers. People need motivation to prepare themselves for the coming year. Not only that, more people read now, or try to read, than those who don’t.

How you can make more money through this is to find books people are willing to read but not able to find. Some books are more common and readily available than others. Don’t buy Thing and Grow Rich or Rich Dad Poor Dad. Almost every bookshop has them; they are even available for free download.

10. Air mattress

Mattresses take up a lot of space for travelers especially if they are traveling for a short event. Air mattresses are inflatable; you can carry them in a small bag to your destination and inflate them when you need to use them.

One thing about an air mattress is, it’s just as comfy and sound as the mattress you are used to. More than that, it is easier to transport. Campers and short holiday travelers will appreciate this a lot. You will find more than a few willing buyers for air mattress if you sample them for sale.

Because air mattresses are not popular in many places, you can sample them first and then buy when you get an order. Dropshipping is perfect for this kind of item.

11. Glasses

Yes, glasses are trendy, fashionable and lucrative. Like most of the items on this list, you can buy glasses from Aliexpress in any quantity and sell on any platform you choose. You can even also have your brand name printed on the glasses.

Glasses are trendy and lucrative.

It helps to know what type of glasses your audience will need. It also helps to choose the best advertising platform and get maximum exposure to your products.

12. Weight loss products

I don’t know how I feel about saying this but 4 months to Christmas, a lot of people in Nigeria, especially women, embark on an emergency, intensive weight loss program. I’m not going to tell you why I think that happens; your guess is as good as mine 🙂

But if you have effective weight loss products (supplements, workout videos, workout tools, workout wears and accessories, etc.), your opportunities to make money are huge. So get your products out there and drive all the traffic in the world to them.

13. Food supplements and vitamins

There is no much explaining to be done here. Supplements and vitamins will always sell. The only problem could be selling them in isolation because people usually buy these things from drug stores.

If you are importing them or you subscribe to a Multi-Level Marketing network, it could help to approach drug stores and supermarkets to explore the option of sampling your products there.

14. Deodorants & perfumes

Cosmetic companies like Oriflame have a plan where you can buy small quantities of their products and resell to make profit. This is ideal for students and women who need alternative streams of income. Again, like most items on this list, use social media and online marketplaces to your best advantage.

15. Solar battery

This should be top of the list; insufficient electricity supply is a painful problem in Nigeria. Many people will be traveling for Christmas, power supply to most of the rural cities is abysmal and those people will need a way to keep their gadgets charged.

Solar batteries work not only for phones but for other electronic gadgets as well. You can buy these from Aliexpress and either sell online or to people around you.

16. Power banks

Like solar batteries, power banks help people solve a painful problem. The challenge is to find power banks with enough capacity to charge more gadgets and last longer.

You can either buy from Aliexpress or discuss directly with manufacturers on Alibaba. Depending on your financial capacity, the choice is yours.

17. Wristwatch

Yes, because they are wristwatches.

18. Solar lights

I don’t remember the last time I saw anyone use a candle. I know they still do but given the option of solar lights or battery-powered lights, the choice will become instantly clear.

Solar lights are energy-efficient; they emit no heat, can be taken from place to place without fear of burning a house down or something. You don’t need Aliexpress for this one. I see many locally produced solar and battery-powered lights; they are good.

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What you can do is to track down some of the manufacturers and strike a deal with them. If you are traveling to the village for Christmas, your market is already waiting for you.

19. Mobile phones and accessories

It might be difficult to buy these in small quantities and sell unless you are already a dealer. But it is worth looking into because phones and accessories sell like wildfire this time of the year.

Some considerations for phones to sell will include battery life, camera/picture quality and cost.

20. Green tea

Like some health items in this list, you might find better results selling other related health products too or selling through a health shop. Also, think of sports clubs and gym centers.

If you would like to start an e-commerce shop, then you are better off having other products people might also like to buy. You can order several good Green tea brands from Aliexpress or Alibaba. Remember to test your market with a little quantity before you jump in with both feet.

21. LED lighting

LED lightings are energy-efficient and very much preferred over candles and kerosene lamps. They are cost-effective too. Think about rechargeable lights and how much people will like to have them for the Christmas seasons.

22. Wireless earphones

These are hot sellers especially among young trendy people. There are many designs and sizes you can choose from and there are many channels you can sell on, both online and offline.

23. Organic beauty products

As I said in previous posts, organic beauty products are becoming popular these days. A few months to Christmas and you have a hungry market to market your products to.

Beauty products sell very fast through word of mouth marketing. For this reason, you need to make sure your products do what you say they do. If people lose trust in your organic beauty products, your business is finished.

24. Wet wipes/disposable baby napkins

There are lots of baby wipes brands in the market now. If you think getting your own brand is a good idea, then go for it. If not, you can still make lots of money either as a distributor or a wholesaler/retailer for one of the current brands.

25. Shoes

Whether you focus on a single niche like men, women, kids, sandals, etc, or you combine all of them, there is always a ready market for good shoes.

You can make the shoes yourself but you don’t have to if that is not your area of skill. Simply have an arrangement with a shoe manufacturer in Aba or anywhere they are. They make the shoes and you sell them either online or offline. You can also import your shoes and sell.

26. Clothes

Clothes work same as shoes above.

27. Car air fresheners

Car air fresheners are good as souvenirs/gift items or means of advertisement. If you approach companies/businesses, you can make a deal with them where you produce car air fresheners in their brand name.

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Not only that, you can produce your own car air fresheners and sell. Everybody loves their car to smell nice. I know I do.

28. Hair care products

Another hot seller.

The more organic the product is, the more chance you have for people to buy and like them. But like all things, you don’t need to produce these yourself. There are people who produce them but don’t know how to sell. Your job will be to find them and help them sell their product.

29. Jewelry, beads, hand crafts

For events, traditional weddings and fashion outfits.

30. Christmas stuff, decoration, trees

Yes, because it’s going to be Christmas in a few weeks and who doesn’t love those decorations?


These are not the only items you can sell before or during Christmas but they are a good place to start if you need ideas.

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I’m interested to know your thoughts so send in your comments and tell me which of these items you are most interested in or if you know any hot selling items I forgot to include in the list.


  1. Thanks for sharing.those are great idea and tip in business, the part about motivational books is very helpful.
    i look forward to reading more from you Sir.

  2. Dear Mr. Samuel

    This is very kind of you sharing knowledgeable ideas that can help Nigerians to kick start something doing. I really commend you for all the thoughtful ideas you sharing through this means. Pls I wish to have your number to discuss personally with you. I am also samuel by name. Thanks

  3. Great work you are doing sir, I really love d ideas, I have my best anyways. I will really love to put some of this plans into action.

  4. You are great. Im indeed grateful for your inspiration to me. thank you but i would need further information on what aliexpress and dropshipping is all about.

  5. Wow thanks for this sir, so many lists to choose from. I’m thinking of selling ankara materials, what do you think sir?


  7. Wow, that is really a very good information to make a good money as the Christmas festival approaches, I am really interested in the idea of selling cosmetics. I would be grateful for any further information about the business.
    Thanks for the information…

  8. Wow I love your ideas,I already had in mind to sell chickens this Christmas, your articles just gingered me. My problem now is how do I get investors in my business(i sell unisex wears and promote it through my social media platform tho) but I still need Help and Assistance, I saw one of your article about the Tony Elumelu foundation, how do I get in, please. I just got went through the emails you sent I love it. Thanks.

  9. Thank you for your mail. Please I need to understand what drop shipping is, how and where I can start it up.
    I also want to know the difference between Alibaba and Alex press.
    Also what other online shops can I buy goods via wholesale and in bulk at cheap prices to sell in retail form? Thanks so much.
    God bless you.


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