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9 things to buy after Christmas

Holiday cards and 2012 calendars -- after Jan. 1 -- are obvious choices. But there are some post-holidays bargains you may not expect.

By Karen Datko Dec 21, 2011 7:40PM

Everyone knows there are bargains to be had on wrapping paper, ornaments and bows after the ever-longer holiday shopping season comes to a close.


But what are the less obvious bargains you can find if you wait until after Dec. 25 -- or, in some cases, Jan. 1 -- to head to the store?


Clothing. Hopefully everyone has realized that clothes are the most returned holiday gift, so grab your gift cards and head out. Regarding Dec. 26, Dealnews says (but don't expect just one day of deals):

Last year, exclusive in-store deals were largely available from apparel merchants, like American Eagle, Aeropostale, New York & Company, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Banana Republic factory stores, Express, Old Navy and Gap, the latter of which offered a staggering extra 50% off sale items in store until noon. We expect to see such discounts in-store this year, too ….

Any item with a holiday theme. This covers a lot of terrain -- blankets, candles, dinnerware, bath sets, etc. "Many seasonal dishes and glasses aren't available only in red or green. You can find neutral and jewel tones, too," Sara Noel wrote at Often it's just the box that has a holiday touch, and the contents can be used all year. "If it's got a holiday-looking package, then expect it to be marked down significantly after Dec. 25," says The Bargainist.


Video games. Again, from Dealnews, which closely tracks this stuff:

We saw a high number of Editors' Choice discounts on popular video game titles after the holidays last year, with several notable games reaching their rock bottom prices of the year.

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TVs and other electronics. Deal websites note that retailers have to make room for new product after the annual Consumer Electronics Show (Jan. 10-13), where new models are rolled out. However, don't expect TV prices to match the screaming deals of Black Friday, CNNMoney says. And this advice won't work for early adopters.


Jewelry. This makes sense, if you think about it. Says Mark Di Vincenzo at the CashCrate Blog:

Regardless of how Christmas sales went, January usually is a good time to buy jewelry. It's one of the six non-gift giving months -- the others are March, April, July, August and September -- when you're more likely to see real sales on jewelry, as opposed to the "sales" in anticipation of Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, high school and college graduations, June weddings, and Christmas.

Linens. January is the month for white sales. CNNMoney reminds us that Philadelphia department store pioneer John Wanamaker invented the white sale back in 1878 -- before sheets came in blue flannel decorated with snowboarding penquins and snowmen on sleds (purchased by me at a huge discount at the last white sale).


Fitness products. Crystal at says sellers of workout equipment drop their prices in January in anticipation of all those who made a resolution to lose weight in the new year. Wait even longer, she says, and you can pick up even better deals on Craigslist or at yard sales. They'll be gently used, we suspect.


Baby gear.Baby Cheapskate notes that several retailers had major sales on all kinds of items for infants in January last year. You can expect the same in 2012.


Winter coats. Several websites that track clothing prices said you can expect significant discounts in January. Buy for kids with next year in mind if you can, Crystal recommends. However, pickings might be slim.


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Dec 22, 2011 9:42AM

I start next years Christmas Shopping next week, look for really good buys on items I usually can't afford or am unwilling to pay full price for.  My kids/grandkids love it they get something really nice

that they normally would not get.  I also  buy for myself, linens, kitchen stuff, clothing, electronics, update my  cell phone and do it usually at 50% to 75% off.  So don't spend yourself into the poor

house this year, save a lot by shopping for next year next week.  Be smart, you don't really need

the latest and greatest of anything, it is just stuff that will be forgotten by the next year.


Merry Christmas to all.

Dec 22, 2011 9:52AM
My mother in law is awesome at buying after Christmas. She bought christmas gifts for all of the young kids in the family last year and bought a second set of gifts for us to give them as well. Basically did half of our shopping. My son wanted a hot wheels race track, $50, she had bought a nice one last year on sale for $8! She also had some new sets of christmas lights ready for us!
Dec 22, 2011 11:08AM

I always start next year's Christmas shopping on December 26th!!  And I also buy all my family's birthday gifts then also for the upcoming year. 


Anyone who doesn't take advantage of the bargains are year I had all my Christmas shopping finished by mid-January, that included purchasing gifts for my grandmother to give to my aunt and uncle and their 6 kids. 


Only one time did I receive a gift card from someone to a store I didn't frequently shop at and I turned that gift card into some fantastic gifts for others...including the giver of the gift card, they were thrilled to get something from "their" favorite store!!

Dec 22, 2011 12:55PM
I'm not usually up to much more shopping after Christmas, but I do get all of my Christmas supplies like wrapping paper, tissue, bows and candles. I like being able to get the more expensive of these items and it's not only fun, but very convenient when I'm ready to begin wrapping my gifts because I'm good to go!
Dec 22, 2011 11:40AM
I buy a lot of discounted grocerys on the 27 along with the other discounts, save a bundle.
Dec 26, 2011 1:53AM
I am waiting for the post holidays sales they are usually the best time to shop.
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