With Black Friday season stretched out this year, the time for holiday shopping has felt longer than ever. But if you think the sales end with Christmas, you're mistaken.
Feel like you're not quite done with your shopping for the year? Then check out what kinds of discounts you can expect from After Christmas sales in 2020.
When Do After Christmas Sales Start?
Despite their name, After Christmas sales can start before Christmas itself. In 2018, we saw the first of these events pop up on December 21. Last year, however, the first sale we saw arrived on December 25. Because Black Friday sales began so early this year, we wouldn't be surprised to see post-Christmas sales kick off before Christmas once again.
What to Buy During After Christmas Sales
Here are the categories to watch during the After Christmas sales in 2020.
Discounts on holiday decor often dominate After Christmas sales because retailers need to clean out their stock. Even though you won't be able to use holiday items you snag at these sales for very long — if at all — this year, you can still stock up for much less and be ready to deck the halls in 2021.
While we can see decor discounted before the holidays, saving up to 70% on artificial trees on Christmas Eve is probably only useful if you've procrastinated on getting into the holiday spirit. If you don't need to up your dosage of festive cheer, hold off for a few more days.
Starting December 26, we expect to see prices discounted by up to 75% at different stores. Last year, we saw strands of lights and individual ornaments for as little as $4 each. Artificial trees dropped as low as $13, while inflatable decor hit lows of $14.
Though sales on holiday decor should last until after the start of the new year, remember that the selection will likely diminish pretty quickly. Waiting longer could mean deeper discounts, but it'll also mean having far less to choose from. Look for stores like Kohl's, Lowe's, Home Depot, and Walmart to host After Christmas sales that'll allow you to stock up on everything from trees, to ornaments, to storage for your holiday gear.
In the week following Christmas last year, about 26% of the deals we saw were for clothing and accessories. One of the better offers we came across was at Joe's New Balance Outlet, where shoppers could take an extra 30% off final markdowns. As these are typically excluded from sitewide discounts, it was the biggest extra discount we'd ever seen for them.
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We also saw strong sales from stores like Banana Republic Factory, which took an extra 50% off clearance items, while Men's Wearhouse knocked an extra 40% off its clearance section. The sales didn't stop there, though. Gap hosted its Great Gap Sale, which took up to 75% off, as well as an extra 60% off. It was the best extra discount we'd seen on clothing and accessories from Gap.
It's not all sales that you want to dig through either. Plenty of individual deals will help fill in the gaps your holiday gifts might miss. Look for items like wool socks to be as little as $3, and expect to find men's polo shirts for $5, winter gloves for $6, and sweaters for $10. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
If you don't find the video game deals you want before Christmas, don't worry too much! Last year, more than half of the video game deals we saw the week after Christmas were Staff Pick-worthy, meaning they were among our "best of the best" offers. They included titles like LEGO Worlds for PlayStation 4 for $7, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint for PS4 or Xbox One for only $15.
The deals go beyond individual titles, too. PC gamers should consider shopping the Steam Winter Sale, which started on December 22 and runs through January 5. And watch for stores like Target to take an extra 25% off select video games, and for Nintendo to have another Christmas sale; it took up to 90% off in its eShop last year.
In 2019, After Christmas sales were a great time to shop for electronics. Not only did we see tons of electronics deals in the week after Christmas, but more than 30% of them got our Staff Pick designation, marking them as truly excellent.
We saw fantastic deals on a wide variety of electronics, including an LG 65" HDR UHD 4K smart TV for $460, which was the best outright price we'd seen, as well as the best deal we could find at the time by $20. We saw other electronic deals, as well. They included an Anker portable Bluetooth speaker for $11 and a Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $99.
Some of the very best deals were on refurbs, like a deal on a refurbished Vizio multiroom wireless speaker for $49. About 20% of the electronics deals we saw during After Christmas sales last year were for refurbished products.
Readers, what's on your shopping list for After Christmas sales? Let us know in the comments below!