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9 Things You Should NOT Buy Before Christmas

Video games, fitness equipment, and other items will be much cheaper if you wait until after December 25.
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December is a month full of parties, gift swaps, and lots of other festivities. Of course, it's easy to overspend when you're worried about getting enough gifts and supplies for these celebrations.

Holiday sales might seem like they offer excellent discounts all around, but not everything you see in-store and online will be at its best price. We've rounded up 10 items that will be cheaper to buy at the end of the month — or even in January.

Christmas Decorations

We know it's not Christmas unless you have a giant inflatable Santa staring into the bedrooms on your second floor, but you can creep everyone out next year. Wait until at least the day after Santa's visit, and you can take advantage of the many sales that should pop up, with discounts of up to 50% off.

Wait until at least the day after Christmas, and you can take advantage of sales with discounts of up to 50% off.

Last year, after-Christmas sales proved to be a great time to stock up on laser lights, indoor decor items, inflatables, and more at stores like Crate & Barrel, Home Depot, and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Premium Electronics

CES is in January, and tons of top brands will be showing off their newest tech at this consumer technology trade show. When the new lines are announced, this year's models will likely get noticeable discounts. Around the second week in January, start checking for deals on items like smart home appliances, 3D printers, and VR headsets.

SEE ALSO: The 11 Best Things to Buy Before (and Immediately After) Christmas

Keep in mind, though, that not all electronics adhere to this formula. The newest smartphones are typically announced in late spring, and Apple likely won't announce any new handsets until the fall.

New Cars

A new vehicle adorned with a giant red bow might seem like the perfect Christmas gift, but if you want the best price, you should wait until the very end of December. According to Autotrader, the end of the month (as well as the end of a quarter or year) will see the deepest discounts on the previous year's models. And TrueCar.com helps support that argument; it discovered that New Year's Eve tends to offer the most competitive average discounts of the year.

Sports and Fitness Equipment

Every January, tons of people make New Year's resolutions to get in shape. Gyms and fitness retailers are acutely aware of this trend, which is why you can expect to see the best deals of the season drop around the new year. Last year, for example, Walmart discounted fitness items by up to 60% just a few days after Christmas.

There were nearly twice as many deals on exercise equipment in January as in December.

January had notable deals, as well. We saw 40-lb. weight sets go for $15, resistance band sets drop to $20, and a 15-lb. dumbbell set sell for only $5. There were also nearly twice as many deals on exercise equipment in January compared to December.

And if you're interested in joining a gym instead, make sure it's worth it. Look for gyms offering extra perks, like no upfront fees and at least one month for free. If they aren't included, try negotiating to have them thrown in. Otherwise, you might want to look elsewhere.

Broadway Show Tickets

Theater geeks on your gift list would undoubtedly love to open a package containing tickets on Christmas morning. However, if you hold out, you'll actually snag better discounts in January, since it tends to be a slower month for stage shows. But the biggest reason you'll find serious savings at the start of 2018 is the return of Broadway Week. Ticket purchases begin January 5, and offers will even include 2-for-1 ticket deals.

If you must have something for your musical-loving giftee to open during the holiday season, opt for a gift card instead. (Just be sure to tip them off to Broadway Week, so they won't spend it right away.) It's the perfect way to ensure your dollar goes further, and who knows? Maybe they'll invite you along for that 2-for-1 deal.

Clothing

Many after-Christmas sales are largely comprised of apparel deals, and last year was no exception. A few of our most popular sales included discounts of 75% off at Lucky Brand, 80% off at H&M and Brooks Brothers, and 90% off at Aeropostale. Additionally, the Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale should also kick off in late December. If you can hold off, it's bound to be a good time to replenish your closet.

SEE ALSO: 10 Holiday Gifts to Skip (and What to Buy Instead)

Headphones

Once again, we're expecting significant headphone deals to crop up right after the holidays. Last year, about one-third of the deals between Christmas and New Year's earned our Editors' Choice designation. Granted, you won't see significant savings on the highest-tier models, so die-hard audiophiles shouldn't expect to score deep discounts. However, brands like Beats, Klipsch, and Massdrop are likely to have bargains. Keep an eye out for price cuts on Bose, Sennheiser, and Sony, as well.

Video Games

If one of your holiday gifts is a new console, you'll have a chance to stock up for less after Christmas. Older systems' titles see the biggest savings, but that's not to say you won't find something worthwhile for newer consoles. Last year, 37% of video game deals were Editors' Choice-worthy in the week after Santa's visit. Games for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 were up to 60% off, and select titles (like Unravel for Xbox One) dropped to only $5.

Last year, 37% of video game deals were Editors' Choice-worthy in the week after Santa's visit.

Fingerlings

These little robotic monkeys, unicorns, and sloths are the Hatchimals of this year's toy lineup. (Besides the Hatchimals products themselves.) Much like the hatching toys last year, Fingerlings are already sold out at several retailers. The supply that is left largely seems to be in third-party online stores. Instead of the reasonable $15 you'd pay regularly, we found them selling for around $40, which is an increase of more than 150%.

Even if you can find Fingerlings right now, you won't want to pay that much of a markup. (And if you're lucky enough to see them at $15, you'll have to snatch them up right away.) It's better to wait until after Christmas — and likely at least until January — before trying to snag one of these toys.

Readers, what are you planning to buy after the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.


Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for CollegeCandy.com. Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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gathermewool
1. Christmas Decorations: We're moving from an apartment to a house currently, so we'll be looking to find a lot of discounted Christmas decorations for next year!

2. Rohbut Vacuum: I see some deals now, but I'd like to wait for a little more smarts for a little less money before investing in one of these. Maybe a sweet deal will sway me, though...

3. Smart Gadgets: We just dipped our tow into making our home a little smarter, with the purchase of an Amazon EchoPlus (and several other lesser Echos and which came with a Philips smart bulb), a Smart Things Starter Kit (with several added sensors/plugs) and some TP-Link smart plugs that can interface directly with Alexa. We'll be looking for smart locks for next year, if they come down in price.

4. Garage Door Openers: The 80's Stanley openers curently installed work, but they're pretty ancient and can't be opened remotely any longer. It's time for any upgrade, but only for a good price (and hopefully with smart capabilities, too)