All the Day-After-Christmas Sales You Won’t Want to Miss

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These day-after-Christmas sales offer some of the best deals of the year!

If you’re just gearing up for the holidays and haven’t yet started thinking about all the epic day-after-Christmas sales that are sure to happen, now is definitely the time. Next to Black Friday sales, the dates between December 26 and 31 are known for some of the year’s most impressive deals. The best part? You don’t even have to brave the mall. Just about everything will be offered online with direct-to-your-door shipping.

Giant retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Wayfair, and Home Depot will slash prices by up to 70 percent on seasonal merchandise, tech gifts, and popular favorites like bestselling robot vacuums. Winter fashions often see post-Christmas markdowns of up to 90 percent off retail—and that even includes the best jeans, sweaters, and walking shoes for the whole family. We rounded up all the things you can expect to save on during this year’s post-holiday sales.

Our Favorite Day-After-Christmas Sales and Deals

Here are some of the best day-after-Christmas sales you can’t afford to miss.

Seasonal items

Add winter and holiday decorations to your cart at up to 90 percent off after Christmas. Major retailers like Target and Walmart also slash prices dramatically on Christmas wrapping paper, candles, ornaments, artificial trees, and accessories. In fact, just about anything that screams holiday will be offered for a steal. You can also find food items like cookies, cakes, candies, and seasonings in wintry flavors at bargain-basement prices.

Though day-after-Christmas sales typically offer these items at about 50 percent off to start, each passing day typically brings additional markdowns. If you’re stocking up on favorites or items for next year, you may want to scoop these items up quickly as pickings are usually slimmed down by January 1.

Fashion

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The day after Christmas marks the unofficial start of retailer spring. How wild is that? Use it to your advantage, because cozy items like slippers and matching loungewear sets will be up to 70 percent off. Retailers like Kohl’s and Nordstrom are known for making the most of the days following Christmas to clear out space for new incoming merchandise and trends. With several months of winter left, day-after-Christmas sales are perfect for picking up new winter coats at unbeatable prices.

Electronics

Take up to 60 percent off large electronics like LED televisions, audio equipment, and more in the days leading up to January. You can also score up to 90 percent off holiday-specific bundles and colors like bright red earbuds, and find plenty of previously-expensive items marked down to doorbuster prices under $20.

Home improvement and decor

Winter home decor and improvement items will see prices slashed by up to 70 percent, and home basics like bedding, furniture, and storage will be marked down by up to 50 percent. Consider this brief moment between shopping seasons the best time to scoop up everything you need for your home until Memorial Day. Don’t forget to check Lowe’s vs. Home Depot for the best day-after-Christmas sales.

Wellness and beauty

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Day-after-Christmas sales are a unique opportunity to commit to resolutions, because wellness, health, fitness, and beauty items can be found at up to 80 percent off their usual retail prices. These New Years resolution’s save money and make you feel better, too. Choose from discounted fitness bikes, treadmills, free weights, resistance bands, skin care, home spa products, and more right after Christmas. Prices are likely to go back up again right before January 1.

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Children

Day-after-Christmas sales are one of the best times of year to stock up on all the things you forgot to grab during the back-to-school sales earlier in the year. Find sweatpants, sneakers, backpacks, books, art supplies, and learning essentials marked down by up to 60 percent. Retailers do their best to clear out the final bits of fall and winter children’s merchandise at this time, so you can find especially great deals ahead of spring product drops.

Travel

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Itching for a getaway? With travel still down compared to years passed and the holiday vacation season mostly behind us, day-after-Christmas sales on hotels, airfare, and tourism activities will be offered at up to 70 percent off. Sites like Orbitz and TripAdvisor will offer travel incentives and packages with extra discounts, while hotels will offer upgrades and freebies galore for booking directly through their websites.

The deals will typically be good for the several weeks following Christmas, but will likely include select blackout dates. You won’t want to sleep on these deals, because by January 1 the rates will probably go back up to meet demand for long holiday weekends later in January and February.

Pets

Show the cuddliest lap dogs and cutest kittens in your life how much you love them by nabbing unbeatable deals at post-Christmas sales. Major retailers like Walmart and Target will slash their extensive selections of holiday merchandise for pets by up to 90 percent, and pet-specific retailers like Chewy and Petco are expected to liquidate holiday treats, snacks, and more at up to 70 percent off.

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Bryce Gruber
As Home Editor, Bryce Gruber covers gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at Reader's Digest. You've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting outlets and on TV shows. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.