The Best After-Christmas Shopping Deals
Whether gift cards are burning a hole in your pocket or you just want to browse the clearance racks, after-Christmas sales promise deep discounts. They also promise thinner crowds than other seasonal sale events: A little less than a quarter of surveyed consumers said they expect to venture out the day after Christmas, compared with more than half who said they would shop on Black Friday, according to this year's American Express Spending and Saving Tracker. The hottest post-Christmas deals we found range from the expected (holiday decor and gift sets) to the surprising (cars and gift cards). Discounts may deepen farther out from Christmas, but selection dwindles, so get the goods while you can.
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday haven't cornered the market on electronics deals. Waiting until after Christmas can yield particularly good discounts on cameras and audio equipment, according to DealNews. Experts there say the best bargains show up on refurbished cameras at all price points, headphones, and home theater speakers. TVs, computers, and game consoles are also good bets. Click to the next slide for the best post Christmas electronics deals.
Instead of decking the halls for full price next season, buy holiday decor after Christmas this year. In particular, stock up on lights (you never know when a strand will go on the fritz) and pounce on pricey artificial trees selling at deep discounts. Click to the next slide for the best post Christmas holiday decor deals.
Consumers with an eye on a pricey new winter coat stand the best chance of snagging a great deal by delaying gratification. Once holiday shopping is over, retailers are itching to clear their shelves for spring lines. There's likely to be a surplus of gift-friendly items such as hats, gloves, scarves, and sweaters, as well as other garments you'd want for yourself. Click to the next slide for the best post Christmas clothing deals.
Fancy tins of coffee, festively wrapped chocolates, gourmet cheese -- edible gifts are popular choices for obvious reasons, and there will be tons of leftovers once the holiday dust settles. Discounts might start out modest but escalate drastically as time goes on. Click to the next slide for the best post Christmas food gifts.
Forget about finding after-Christmas fire sales on gift cards in stores, but they'll surely flood resale sites after the holiday. Plenty of people will want to trade unwanted cards for a little cash, which gives others the opportunity to pick them up at a discount off the face value. How much depends on retailer, demand, and amount on the card. Avoid buying on sites like eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook that offer few, if any, protections and stick to reputable resellers. Click to the next slide for the best post Christmas gift card deals.
Whether you're after a pot of peppermint-scented lip balm or designer perfume, wait until after Christmas to indulge. These popular gifts and stocking stuffers go on sale after the holidays, especially the ones in gift sets or holiday-themed packaging. Click to the next slide for the best post Christmas makeup, perfume and lotion deals.
If new wheels are in order, head to the dealership for particularly good bargains between Christmas and New Year's. Dealers are under pressure to clear lot space for newer incoming models and meet year-end sales goals. The downside, experts note, is that inventory might be a little low, and popular vehicles may still command a premium. Click to the next slide for the best post Christmas car deals.
Giftable small appliances such as mixers, slow cookers, coffee makers, and blenders are hot sellers during the holidays, as are home goods such as dishes and kitchen accessories. Excess inventory may take up too much space for retailers' liking after Christmas, so look for deals. Click to the next slide for the best post Christmas home good deals.