Let’s face it.
Things are so much cheaper after Christmas.
So here’s the thing:
I worked in retail, and I quickly learned that buying things after the holidays can save you so much money.
So I thought to myself:
What are the best things to buy after Christmas?
And I’ve decided to compile a list of 20 things you should buy after the holidays. It’s time to double your savings.
Let’s dive in.
1 | Cosmetic, Fragrance, & Skincare Gift Sets
At the beginning of November, stores start stocking up on gift sets. So between Christmas and New Years, gift sets will be 50% off and BUY 1, GET 1.
Ulta has amazing gift sets.
The best part?
Most of the gift sets aren’t even holiday-themed, so it’s the best time to buy Christmas gifts for someone else.
Sephora and Macy’s are also great places to pick them up for much cheaper.
2 | TVs
My husband once bought a new TV just for the SuperBowl.
I thought to myself:
Who does that?
And apparently, a lot of people do.
Black Friday isn’t the only time you can score awesome deals on TVs.
Right before the Superbowl, many brands offer steep discounts on their television sets. Some deals include hundreds of dollars off of name brand TVs.
Last year I saw a deal for $210 off a 60″ Vizio LED Smart TV at Target. Then Best Buy ran a promotion for $170 off Sharp LED TVs.
You can’t beat it.
3 | Gym Memberships
What do you think the most common New Year’s Resolution is?
Eat healthier and get into shape.
So a gym membership is one of the best things to buy after Christmas because retailers know we’re more focused on our health.
Last January, Planet Fitness was only charging a $1 to join their gym.
You can’t get much cheaper than that.
And you’ll start getting more gym flyers at the end of December. This makes choosing the best deal a breeze.
But if you don’t get any flyers, just look online or call your local gyms and find out who has the best promotions.
4 | Fitness Equipment
Here’s the deal:
Not all of us want to actually go to a gym to work out.
Sometimes it’s nice to have some gym equipment at home for those “I don’t feel like leaving the house” days.
So it’s no surprise that if gym memberships go on sale, then so does fitness equipment. And actually, some stores offer 50% off treadmills, exercise bikes, and elliptical machines.
Other places give a cash discount like $50 or $75 off with a purchase of $xx or more.
AFG, Academy, and NordicTrack are awesome retailers to keep an eye out for if you want to find a sale on fitness equipment.
5 | Furniture
Tons of furniture sets and mattresses get sold during the holidays. This means furniture stores start getting ready for shipments of new models in February.
Because of this, they have to clear out their older inventory in January.
Research shows that shoppers see the highest reported savings for furniture in January.
So if you’ve been needing a new living room set or mattress – start your search right after Christmas and you’ll be getting the best deal all year.
6 | Hardware & Tools
January is the slow season for home projects.
It’s cold and nobody wants to be outside.
During this time, stores run unbelievable sales on hardware and equipment. They’re trying to clear out last year’s remaining inventory.
So power tools and equipment are some of the best things to buy after Christmas.
Even though it’s the dead of winter – go ahead and get the sales while you can. Spring will be just around the corner and you’ll be ready to start working around the house again.
7 | Video Games
In the weeks after Christmas, ’tis the season for finding great sales on video games and consoles.
So here’s the thing:
For video game lovers, Steam has two big sales each year: a winter sale and a summer sale.
The winter sale at Steam starts just before Christmas and continues through the first week of the New Year.
Best Buy also runs sales on their games and GameStop has a BUY 2, GET 1 free sale for lightly used games right before New Year’s Day.
8 | Wedding Gifts
Let’s be honest.
Wedding season is expensive.
But even though it doesn’t start until summer, you can still hit the jackpot on bridal & wedding gifts in January.
If you know someone who is getting married soon, take advantage of the after-Christmas sales on home decor, cookware, and bedding.
Macy’s, Crate & Barrel, and JCPenney typically have their best sales of the year after Christmas.
9 | Throw Blankets
Ah, throw blankets.
And they’re wildly popular gifts for the holidays. But after the holidays, these lovely bundles of fluff take up a ton of shelf space.
That means you can triple your savings on these after December.
Check out the home section of stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Kohls.
If you can, try to find a coupon to stack on an already discounted item so you can get extra savings.
10 | Open Box Electronics
So many electronics are opened and returned after Christmas. This means they’re put on sale and sold as open box electronics.
So you’re essentially getting a brand new computer or TV for cheaper because the box was opened.
Walmart and Best Buy even have sections on their websites for open-box electronics.
11 | Vacation Packages
Do you need a vacation?
If you do, it’s one of the best things to buy after Christmas.
So here’s the kicker:
Thanksgiving and Christmas are two very popular times to fly or go on vacation.
Because of this, companies and airlines hike up their prices.
But, through January 4 – January 31 (after New Year’s but before Valentines Day), travel tends to take a dip.
Resorts, cruises, and hotels become pretty empty as there is a lull in the market.
This makes finding good deals on vacation packages a breeze.
So here’s what happens:
Resorts, hotels, and cruise ships discount vacation packages so they can boost their sales during the slow season.
If you’re planning on booking a vacation, try to snag the deal in January before they hike the prices back up for Valentine’s Day.
12 | Appliances
Just like furniture and mattresses, last year’s model of appliances will go on sale during January.
But just like most things that are last year’s inventory:
Your options might be more scarce. So you might have to do a little digging (or shopping online) to find the appliance you really want.
13 | Barware
People are sipping cocktails and eating good in December then by January…
Everyone is on a diet.
So since that’s the case, everyone cuts back on the extra calories that come with alcohol. And barware goes on sale after the holiday season.
So keep an eye out for wine chillers, beer mugs, shaker sets, and anything cocktail related.
14 | Baby Items
If you have a baby or know someone having a baby, you’ll get a good bargain after Christmas.
Places like Babies R Us and Children’s Place have amazing deals on toys.
Plus, they start clearing out clothing, baby bottles, and other merchandise.
Baby gear is quickly moved over to the clearance bin to make room for new merchandise. This makes it one of the best things to buy after Christmas.
15 | Gifts for the Teacher
Do you love your kids’ teacher?
Or just want to show the teacher a little appreciation?
Then start buying your teacher gifts in January.
Keep in mind:
Teacher Appreciation Week is the second week in May, so it’s a smart idea to pick up a few things early to get the best deal.
Kirkland’s has an entire section on their website dedicated to Teacher Gifts. They have a ton of selection, so you’ll be guaranteed to find something a teacher would love.
Amazon also has a really good selection (on pretty much anything)
16 | Christmas Decor
No surprise here.
The best time to buy Christmas decorations is after Christmas.
Most stores kick off their winter clearance sales starting December 26. Plus, retailers like Amazon and Home Depot have the highest reported discounts (as high as 80%) off seasonal items.
Anything from lights, inflatables, wreaths, and Christmas trees will be so cheap it’s practically a steal.
17 | Winter Clothing
Here’s the bottom line:
You can snag a lot of great deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals. But, January and July are the two times of year when clothing stores turn over inventory for the new season.
Sweaters, scarves, coats, boots, and bras go on sale for as much as 60% off between the 26th – 10th.
You’ll be guaranteed to get the lowest prices.
18 | Wrapping Paper & Holiday Cards
Once Christmas has passed, most people are all wrapped out on wrapping paper. Holiday cards are put on the back burner too.
If you want to be ahead of the game, it’s a smart idea to pick up a couple of rolls of wrapping paper and a few Christmas cards for next year.
19 | Seasonal Food
Christmas sugar cookies are delicious.
And seasonal food is one of the best things to buy after Christmas.
Because don’t you love it even more when it’s marked down?
I know I do.
So you can expect most kinds of holiday snacks to be half the price. I’m talkin’ cookies, candies, and cakes.
20 | Cars
If you know you need a new car, try to hold out until after the holiday season.
A lot of people buy new cars during October, November, and December. So dealerships are stocked and ready for the influx of new customers.
But here’s the best part:
After December, people are all spent out on Christmas. And they’re less likely to shop for a new vehicle.
This is when dealerships have a tank in sales.
When January starts coming to an end, dealers might find themselves a few cars short of a sales quota that would win them a good commission.
Salespeople will have more motivation to make a deal with you and give you a good discount. Why? So they can make up for the slow month of January.
This is the time when you shouldn’t sleep on getting a great car deal.
Thanks for reading.