The Best After-Christmas Shopping Deals


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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.

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Last year, Amazon was a go-to retailer for top-of-the line TVs: It offered Samsung 4K ultra-HD LED TVs for up to $900 off after Christmas, according to The Verge.
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Best Buy is an obvious choice for tech-focused shoppers. Last year, after-Christmas deals included $5 portable chargers and Bose Quiet Comfort acoustic noise-canceling headphones for $270, according to reported $100 off Apple watches and $300 off some MacBooks.
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Last year, Walmart offered a range of electronics discounts. and Money magazine documented deals including $70 off iPad minis and $50 off an Xbox One bundle.
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If you're a Costco member, look for after-Christmas electronics deals. Past years have seen discounts of $500 off computers and $800 off TVs, according to personal finance site The Balance.
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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.

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Sale-happy Kohl's is always advertising some sort of deal, and the holidays are no exception. If DealNews' report on last year's sales is any guide, expect at least 60 percent off holiday decor at Kohl's after Christmas.
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Home-improvement giant Lowe's sells cheap holiday decorations including bigger items like artificial trees and inflatables. It slashed prices up to a remarkable 90 percent last year, according to DealNews.
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After Christmas is the time to shop at pricey Crate & Barrel. This high-end home and furniture retailer has discounted seasonal merchandise up to 60 percent off during past winter clearance sales, according to Money.
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How does up to 70 percent off Christmas decor sound? Sears had good deals online and in stores on a range of goods, including collectibles, lights, and artificial trees last year, Money reported.
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In years past, Walmart has started discounting Christmas decor before the holiday is even over, according to NerdWallet, with up to 40 percent off decor. Look for discounts to climb as time goes on, too: Independent site I Heart the Mart has reported discounts of 75 percent off wrapping paper, trees, and ornaments a week into January.
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One good source for storage bins, tape, and other practical holiday needs is Big Lots, which last year slashed prices up to 50 percent on all sorts of supplies. It offered even heftier savings on wrapping paper and gift bags, according to NerdWallet.
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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.

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Gap slashed 60 percent off much of its inventory after Christmas last year, according to DealNews. If you're shopping online, watch out for shipping charges inflating the bill for orders under $50.
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Gap sibling Old Navy offered discounts on already low prices last year, marking down its clothing anywhere from 60 to 75 percent, Racked reported.
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Last year, outfitter Eddie Bauer discounted its normally pricey clothing up to 60 percent during its semi-annual sale, earning a spot on GoBankingRates' list of best after-Christmas sales.
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Shopping for a teen or young adult? Trendy mall favorite Hollister discounted its clothing 40 to 60 percent after Christmas last year, according to GoBankingRates.
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It's more than suits and rental tuxes -- Men's Wearhouse offered up to 70 percent off outerwear and 60 percent off sweaters in late December last year, notes The Cheat Sheet. Need denim? Jeans were also buy one, get one free.
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Look for low prices on high-end brands after Christmas at Bloomingdale's. Past deals have included up to 75 percent off labels including Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole New York, Ralph Lauren, and more, according to Black Friday Magazine.
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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.

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Holiday candy will be on sale, but don't skip other grocery items including Christmas coffee, holiday Oreos, and Little Debbie cakes, advises independent site Living Rich With Coupons. Last year, food was discounted about 30 percent.
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If you have a weakness for fine chocolates, after Christmas might be a good time to pounce at Godiva. The chocolatier has slashed prices up to 40 percent after the holidays, according to The Fiscal Times.
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After Christmas is the time to snag pricey holiday delicacies like hams, pears, cookies, and candy for less at Harry & David. Frugal Finders, an independent site, says discounts have reached 80 percent in years past, not including coupon codes for additional discounts and free shipping.
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If you like Starbucks' Christmas blend, you can probably get it on sale after the holiday -- last year, it was 30 percent off until Jan. 1, according to
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Frugality blog Simplee Thrifty has highlighted discounts of 50 percent off food gift sets at Kmart after Christmas. Watch for deals on meat and cheese, hot cocoa, baking mixes, and more.
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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.

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Thrifty buyers can find thousands of discounted gift cards for familiar restaurants, groceries, clothing retailers, and even gas stations using Gift Card Granny, which bills itself as the "Google of gift cards." Discounts climb well into the double digits on some cards, which come from a variety of sellers around the web.
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Cardpool offers gift cards from familiar brands including Toys R Us and JCPenney at discounts up to 35 percent off. Cards come from verified sellers and are backed by a 180-day guarantee.
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A 100-day money-back guarantee protects gift-card buyers at Raise, which features common names including T.J. Maxx, GameStop, and Home Depot. Discounts max out around 30 percent off, but there are coupon codes for new users to save more.
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CardCash offers discounts up to 35 percent on brands including Gap, Applebee's, and Southwest Airlines here. Note that the 45-day buyer protection is a bit shorter than other sites' guarantees.
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Now part of well-known discount site RetailMeNot, Giftcard Zen includes a range of retailers and discounts up to 45 percent. Cards are backed by a 100-day money-back guarantee.
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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.

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Bath & Body Works is a good bet for post-Christmas pampering. Deal seekers could find shower gel, body lotion, and body cream for up to 75 percent off last year, according to Living Rich With Coupons

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Sally Beauty offers a wide variety of hair and nail products, skin care items, and makeup. After Christmas, it has offered half off already-reduced clearance items in store and on its website, according to beauty blog Nouveau Cheap.
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Look for hot post-holiday deals at high-end beauty retailer Sephora. Popular holiday makeup gift sets have been discounted 40 percent in years past, according to the Krazy Coupon Lady.
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Discounts will deepen on Target's leftover beauty gift sets after Christmas. Living Rich With Coupons documented 50 percent off familiar names including Burt's Bees and Lip Smackers last year.
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Makeup and skin-care retailer Ulta is worth a look after Christmas, with discounts up to 85 percent, according to Nouveau Cheap. One customer's haul a few years ago included a Christmas-scented candle for half off and 49-cent hand lotion and eyeliner.
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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.

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Ford is offering bonuses on a wide range of models, including the Focus, Fusion, and Escape, during its year-end event. For example, Fusion buyers can get a $1,000 Ford Smart Bonus and $500 in Final Days Cash.
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Buyers can snag up to a $5,500 cash allowance on certain Jeep Cherokees during this year's Big Finish promotion, or opt for 0 percent financing and a $1,000 cash allowance.
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During the Hyundai Holidays sales event, buyers can nab either $2,500 cash back or 0 percent financing and $1,000 cash back on a new Sonata. The Tucson, Santa Fe Sport, and Elantra are also on sale.
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During its Holidays on Us event, Kia is offering no payments until spring and 0 percent financing on the Soul, Sorento, Optima, and Forte. It's also kicking in $500 bonus cash for Optima buyers.
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The best deals during the end-of-year Toyotathon include $1,500 cash back on a Corolla or Rav4; $1,000 to $2,000 back on a Prius; and $2,500 back on a Camry or Avalon. In many cases, buyers can also choose 0 percent financing and bonus cash.
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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.

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Expect Macy's to slash prices: A Forbes contributor says last year the retailer offered promotional gift cards and after-Christmas deals up to 75 percent off. Home-focused deals have included deep discounts on dinnerware, lighting, and even mattresses, according to The Balance.
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Don't forget Best Buy for certain home goods: Last year, the electronics chain offered 20 percent off small appliances in store and online, according to GoBankingRates.
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It might be better known for apparel, but Kohl's has offered great deals on home goods after Christmas. Last year, shoppers could get $50 off a Keurig coffeemaker and $21 off popular Fiestaware place settings, reported. The store has also offered incentives such as an additional 15 to 20 percent off storewide, according to USA Today.
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At JCPenney, don't bypass the home section. Past after-Christmas doorbusters have included $40 for blenders, single-serve coffee makers, and a 13-piece nonstick cookware set, according to Black Friday Magazine.
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Past deals at Sears noted by Black Friday Magazine include $30 for a deep fryer, 14-speed blender, or programmable coffeemaker. Looking for something a little bigger? Full-size appliances are also likely to be on sale after Christmas.
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Retailers are anxious to unload surplus toys after the holiday rush, especially when items touted as hot gifts don't sell as well as expected. Customers could see discounts of 50 percent or even greater, according to Kiplinger.
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One obvious place to look for toy discounts is Toys R Us. The store has featured more than half off certain toys and an additional 20 percent off clearance items in years past, according to The Coupon Project.
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Living Rich With Coupons documented aisles of toys for 30 percent off at Target after Christmas last year. Deals included oversize "Star Wars" figures, Bratz merchandise, and much more.
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Kmart has dealt with a wave of store closings in 2016, but if your local Kmart is still open, don't overlook the store for potential toy deals. Past deals have included an extra 50 percent off clearance toys, according to The Balance.
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Look no further than this online giant for deals on toys and games. Its wide-ranging year-end sale has included markdowns of up to 50 percent on toys in years past, according to Black Friday Magazine.
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Walmart's after-Christmas deals have included half off select toys, according to the blog My Frugal Adventures. Lego blog Brick Update has documented 30 to 50 percent off popular Lego sets in past years.