10 Best Things To Buy on Boxing Day (the Day After Christmas)
Although the holiday shopping season started since Black Friday, that doesn’t mean that after Christmas it's all over! Some of the best deals & sales are the following day, on Dec. 26 — called Boxing Day in much of the world. A good day-after-Christmas sale can offer shoppers like you massive discounts as retailers & brands try to make room for a new year of inventory — but you have to know what to buy. Here are the 10 best things you can shop for less after Christmas.
Be sure to snatch up whatever Santa forgot to bring!
1. Fitness Equipment
If you’re making a New Year’s resolution, it’s likely that it has to do with getting in shape — and retailers know it. And if you’d rather work out in the safety and comfort of your own home than the gym, take advantage of Boxing Day sales to invest in some home fitness equipment.
Check retailers like Walmart for after-Christmas deals. Last year, the company offered 40% or more off popular fitness equipment like ellipticals, treadmills and exercise bikes. Other options include Amazon and even exercise equipment companies like Peloton, Mirror or NordicTrack, which might offer deals after Christmas that extend into the new year.
2. Christmas Snacks
On Dec. 26, Christmas festivities are officially over. However, New Year’s Eve celebrations are right around the corner, so take advantage of discounts on large tins of Christmas snacks, like savory popcorn, fudge-dipped pretzels and assorted nuts. You can also find discounted Christmas gift baskets at stores like Ross or TJ Maxx, filled with assortments of cheeses, smoked meats, candies, crackers, dips and spreads. You could potentially create an impressive — and delicious — New Year’s Eve smorgasbord at a fraction of the price.
3. Christmas Cards
Along the same lines, Christmas cards are of little use to retailers after the holiday has passed. But you can buy them and stash them away until next year — and save big while doing it. Expect Boxing Day deals on items like Christmas cards to be up to 80% off, according to Offers.com. With such a steep discount, a $20 box of Christmas cards could potentially cost you just $4.
After Santa pays a visit, many good little boys and girls need to wait a bit before they get showered with toys and gifts again. That leaves retailers with a unique problem — surplus toys.
In order to make room on the shelves, many retailers will discount holiday toys 50% or more to get rid of them. Head to the stores on Boxing Day and stock up for your kids’ birthdays — and buy some spares for nieces, nephews and school friends’ birthday parties.
If your New Year’s resolutions include freshening up your furniture, you’re in luck. Retailers are known to reduce furniture prices during the winter months to kick-start waning sales.
In 2019, Macy’s after-Christmas sale included discounts of up to 40% on furniture. In other sales, Anthropologie offered an extra 30% of already-discounted furniture and Houzz and Wayfair offered discounts of up to 75% on items like living room and outdoor furniture.
Some of the best clothing and apparel deals of the year take place during after-Christmas sales, according to DealNews. In 2019, the comparison-shopping experts at DealNews noted that slightly more than one-quarter of after-Christmas deals were focused on clothing and accessories. Look for steep discounts — of 50% to 75% off and more from Banana Republic, Men’s Wearhouse and Gap, among others.
Shoes go hand-in-hand with clothing when it comes to dominance in after-Christmas sales. Last year, Footwear News spotted steep savings on select items at New Balance, Nike, Crocs and Adidas. Offers.com recommends scoring discounts on winter boots and warm slippers starting Dec. 26, which are deals you’ll likely find at places like Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, DSW and Zappos.
8. Video Games
In the weeks after Christmas, ’tis the season for big video games sales, according to DealNews. For PC gamers, the Steam winter sale starts just before Christmas and runs all the way through the beginning of the new year. And if you’re more into console games, DealNews recommends checking Target for discounts of 25% off, or Nintendo’s eShop, which slashed up to 90% off select games last year.
9. Home Goods & Decor
Although deals on home goods are often associated with Black Friday, the day after Christmas is also a good time to buy. Last year, USA Today reported major discounts at stores like Wayfair, L.L.Bean, Houzz and Anthropologie. Plus, Yankee Candle offered $10 off select candles and 65% off sitewide. To get a jump on next year’s gifts and save in a big way, you may want to shop these sales.
10. Tech & Accessories
You can expect to save on a variety of electronics and accessories in the days and weeks following Christmas. As of Dec. 30, 2019, Amazon was still discounting its entire Echo family of products, CNN reported. Plus, Best Buy was offering impressive discounts on items like TVs, wireless earbuds and laptops. And in the accessories space, PopSockets had a buy two, get one free sale on all PopGrips and PopTops — and OtterBox was offering the same.
Although the holiday shopping season builds up to Christmas, some of the best deals and specials are actually held in the days and weeks that follow. The trick is knowing what to buy. For those looking forward to just a little more winter shopping, they can watch for extended specials on Dec. 26.
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