What to Expect From After Christmas Sales in 2022

Look for huge discounts on holiday decor, as well as winning sales on clothing.
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The holiday shopping season may start with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the deals don't end once Christmas is over! If you aren't completely fatigued from months of savings events, After Christmas sales provide one more chance to scoop up big discounts.

Check out our guide below on what to expect from After Christmas sales in 2022.

When Do After Christmas Sales Start?

We've seen After Christmas sales start well before Christmas itself. In fact, in 2018 the first After Christmas sales we saw popped up on December 21. But during the last few years, we've seen retailers shift the starting date. Since 2019, we've seen sales begin on Christmas Day or the day after, living up to the name.

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This year we expect After Christmas sales to start on Monday, December 26. That said, it's a good idea to start keeping an eye out before then, in case a store decides to roll out the savings early.

What to Buy During After Christmas Sales in 2022

Holiday Decor

When people think of the best After Christmas sales, holiday decorations may be the first thing that comes to mind, followed in a close second by seasonal candy. And with good reason, honestly — the day after a holiday is the best time to pick up items related to said event because of the massive discounts.

Watch for stores like Kohl's to knock up to 70% off holiday decor following Christmas this year, while Belk could take up to 75% off during their sale. Additionally, count on retailers like Bloomingdale's offering up home goods as part of their After Christmas sales, with discounts as high as 65% off.

Clothing

From December 25, 2021, to January 1, 2022, about 24% of the deals we saw were for clothing and accessories of some kind. One of the most popular offers among our readers during that time was a sale at Uniqlo. It knocked up to 80% off men's clothing, with prices starting at $6 for shirts, $15 for hoodies, and $20 for pants.

Expect retailers to discount clothing by as much as 80% off during After Christmas sales.

That period was also a great time to shop off-price stores like Nordstrom Rack, which cut up to 75% off in its Clear the Rack sale. It also offered an extra 25% off, resulting in rare all-time lows on designer items.

In general, watch for starting prices to be incredibly low during the week after Christmas. Last year we saw a sports-bra 3-pack for just $4, mesh back performance T-shirts for only $8, and even kids' cotton pajama 4-piece sets for $8 each.

Video Games (Maybe)

If you're lucky enough to receive a shiny new video game console this season, then the sales after Christmas may be a prime opportunity to pick up new titles to play. Last year, we saw select games drop to as little as $10, but there will be a handful of sales to peruse that may yield even better deals. Watch for the following to return again this year:

  • Up to 75% off video games at Amazon
  • Up to 80% off Far Cry games at Microsoft
  • Up to 50% off video games at Best Buy
  • Up to 50% off in an Xbox Digital Games Sale at Microsoft
  • Up to 50% off PlayStation games at Amazon

Look for other sales, too. For example, Newegg could bring back its Staff Pick-worthy Winter Games Sale, which knocked up to 92% off PC and Xbox games last year. Additionally, GameFly will likely have another year-end sale with deals on used games (and movies, if you're looking for other entertainment!). So if you don't mind gently used items, this could be a great way to stock up for less.

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Watch for GameStop to roll out a couple of excellent events, as well. Last year, the retailer offered up to 50% off plus "buy one, get one" promotions during its End of Year Sale. It also boasted a "buy two, get a third free" games offer in its pre-owned games sale.

Where to Shop After Christmas Sales

While plenty of retailers will be offering After Christmas sales, these events may not be called as such. Keep an eye out for things like seasonal sales, clearance events, and end-of-season sales from your favorite retailers if you're on the hunt for a bargain. That said, here are a few top stores to check out for post-Christmas savings.

Target

Target is a winning store to shop any time of year, but especially after holidays. And that holds true with their sales after Christmas, as the store will likely shift its seasonal items to a clearance section and knock up to 50% off right after the holiday. Expect discounted products to include clothing, shoes, home goods, and even toys and electronics. Savings may get better as time goes on, but note that the selection will dwindle quickly, so if you wait too long, you may miss out altogether.

Lowe's

You might not think about home improvement stores when it comes to After Christmas sales. But if you're looking for holiday decor, it's worth checking Lowe's out. They could once again knock up to 75% off a variety of products following the holiday this year, with items like 300-count mini incandescent plug-in icicle lights for around $4. Opt for in-store pickup when you can, as you'll save on shipping, sweetening these deals even more.

Plenty of stores will have After Christmas sales, but they may be called different names, like end-of-season sales or clearance events.

Amazon

It should come as no surprise that we expect Amazon to have a ton of deals even After Christmas. They'll likely be called something like Year-End Deals, and the promotion could take up to 60% off a wide variety of items. Last year, this event included home decor, but also bedding, electronics, gift cards, and other items.

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Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

Julie's work has been featured on CNBC, GoBankingRates, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, Money, The New York Times, Real Simple, US News, WaPo, WSJ, Yahoo!, and more. She's extolled the virtues of DealNews in interviews with Cheddar TV, GMA, various podcasts, and affiliates across the United States, plus one in Canada.
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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