20 Items to Grab When You're Shopping After the Holidays
Save your money, time, and sanity by holding off on these items until after Christmas.
While many Americans brave the crowds and winter chill each year to get the best Black Friday deals, it's when the holiday season is over that prices really start to fall. Once Christmas has come and gone, both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers drop the prices on countless items and offer deals that are sometimes even better than they were during the shopping holidays. So, before you rush out to spend that gift card or holiday bonus, make sure you're getting the best deal possible by waiting and doing some shopping after the holidays to purchase these sought-after items.
If you're willing to wear last year's coat through the holiday season, you can save a ton of money on a new one after Christmas. Winter gear, which is usually purchased in greater quantities in the fall, tends to come down in price post-Christmas to make room for the spring selection.
Treat yourself to some new snow boots once the holidays are over. Like winter clothing, outdoor apparel—including snow boots—usually comes down in price after Christmas.
If you're thinking of treating yourself to a new car this year, wait until after Christmas is over to buy it. According to the experts at used car website Autotrader, dealerships are eager to get cars off their lot to make way for new inventory at the end of each model year, so the week between Christmas and New Year's is your best bet for buying if you want to save yourself a good chunk of change.
Since consumer electronics are such big sellers during the holidays, they tend to be significantly cheaper once Christmas has come and gone. Plus, like car manufacturers, TV brands need to make room on the shelves for their new models in the new year, and this translates to some pretty steep discounts in January and February.
Much like other electronics, headphones are most likely to be scooped up by customers before the holidays as gifts. This means that after Christmas, there are tons of discounted pairs on the market just waiting to be bought.
Most shops don't want to hang on to their holiday inventory for an entire year, so holiday decorations like ornaments, garlands, and lights are steeply discounted after Christmas and Hanukkah. Even if you're not in the market for tinsel or wreaths, you can also get plenty of holiday items that can be used year-round, like candlesticks and linens.
Like other Christmas-specific items, wrapping paper, gift bags, and other gift wrapping items go on sale after the holidays. And the holidays aren't the only time you'll need wrapping paper, so stock up for birthdays and other gift-giving occasions after Dec. 25 when prices are low.
Seasonal Baking Supplies
If you don't mind using a red baking sheet or some snowflake-shaped muffin tins throughout the year, you can get them for virtually nothing when the holidays are over.
Gift sets aren't big sellers once the holidays are through. If you're in the market for personal care products, you'll save big bucks if you buy them via a gift set during a post-holiday shopping excursion.
Home décor prices go down significantly after the holidays have come and gone. Post-holiday shopping is the perfect time to stock up on pillows, throws, serving trays, lamps, and rugs.
Indoor accessories aren't the only ones that go on sale after Christmas. Outdoor electronics and accessories, like lights and cameras, come down in price after the holidays, too.
Do some manual shoveling now and purchase items like snow blowers after the holidays. Since the snow is obviously a major problem during the holiday season, snow removal equipment gets a steep discount once Christmas is over.
Get your new year off to a good start by purchasing some exercise equipment after the holiday season. As DealNews notes, retailers like to take advantage of New Year's resolutions and slash prices to lure customers in.
After holiday shoppers have scooped up blenders and standing mixers as gifts for their family, those remaining on the shelves of your local stores get a major price cut. This also applies to bigger items like dishwashers, stoves, and refrigerators.
Video games are insanely popular during the holiday season. So once the holidays are over and people already have what they need, retailers tend to lower prices to attract customers. DealNews notes that in 2018, they saw hot games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey going for up to half off after the holidays.
If you're in the market for a new speaker system but don't want to spend thousands of dollars, buy after the holidays. Stereo systems get their prices slashed when the holiday rush is over—partially due to diminishing demand and partially to make room for newer models.
Christmas and Hanukkah are, without a doubt, the biggest toy-buying holidays of the year. So when the holidays are over, all those toys left at the store get some major price cuts. January is the time to stock up!
Candles, the gift everyone stocks up on for Secret Santa and out-of-town guests, are much cheaper after the holidays. If you're cool with your house smelling like spruce or gingerbread outside of the holiday season, you can save lots of cash.
Those cocktail sets on the shelves of your local liquor store aren't big sellers after New Year's. Stock up after Jan. 1, and you'll keep a lot more cash in your wallet.
Everything from sponges to dish soap comes in holiday packaging these days. That means that once the holiday season is over, those bottles of snowflake-adorned detergent and other holiday-inspired cleaning items are going to be discounted. Hey, cleaning supplies are cleaning supplies!