Didn’t get everything on your wish list this year? Well, you’re in luck because some of the best sales of the year happen after Christmas. There are going to be deals everywhere you look, but here are some of the best things to buy after Christmas — plus buying tips for maximizing those savings.
1. Open box electronics
When electronics are opened and then returned, they’re often discounted and sold as open box electronics. After the holidays there’s an increase in open-box inventory because so many people are making holiday returns. That means you can get a brand new TV for less simply because the box was opened. Best Buy even has a section on their website for open-box and refurbished electronics.
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Believe it or not, stores are ready to stock shelves with spring fashions. Bulky items like jackets need to go. Sales may be better if you live in an area with a milder winter.
Jackets are a popular holiday gift, so many on the shelves could be returns. Inspect them thoroughly before buying. It never hurts to ask for a discount if you find a flaw like a missing button.
Adorn yourself with affordable bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Combine store sales with coupons and you can find costume jewelry for as much as 85 percent off. Be aware, though, that fine jewelry may not see as deep of discounts with Valentine’s Day right around the corner.
4. Beauty gift sets
Beauty stores and cosmetic brands package together gift sets with a variety of their products — often deluxe sample sizes. They make great gifts, but most of us aren’t going to buy them for ourselves unless the price is right. Fortunately, right after the holiday it is, so snag up travel sized containers from your favorite cosmetic brands.
Everyone’s baking in December and on a diet in January, so bakeware often gets discounted. Look for deep discounts on holiday-themed bakeware like red pans and novelty items like a cookie press or mini Bundt cake pans.
6. Gourmet food
Gourmet food gifts are everywhere in December. But a cheese and cracker gift basket or a tin of flavored popcorn is much less sought after on December 26. Anything in holiday packaging needs to go immediately and will see deep discounts. Check out designer discount stores like Ross and TJ Maxx for clearance on gourmet food baskets, chocolates, coffee and more.
Wine chillers, beer mugs, shaker sets, and anything drinking-related sell well during the holidays and go on sale afterwards. Retro bar carts have been making a comeback this year, so it may be a good time to dive into this trend and create your own at-home bar.
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8. Throw blankets
These are a very popular holiday gift, but those fluffy bundles of fluff take up a lot of shelf space. That means immediate sales after Christmas. Check the home section at department stores like Macy’s and Kohl’s. You’ll likely be able to find a coupon you can stack on an already low sale price.
They’re one of the premier go-to hostess gifts. They’re also part of many holiday centerpieces and displays, but in January candles are usually snuffed out and left unlit. Get extra savings on holiday-scented candles like cranberry, peppermint, or pine.
10. Christmas decorations
It’s no surprise that Christmas decorations will be on deep discount. But the trick is to snag these deals immediately. Now more than ever, stores want to clear out that inventory quickly and make room for spring inspired products. Get to stores immediately before Christmas clearance is pulled off the shelves completely.