Update: Presidents' Day sales have started!
Although the majority of sales will span the holiday weekend leading up to February 15, Presidents' Day deals arrive early and stay late. In years past, we've seen them start as soon as February 5, and last through February 22! And year after year, we've noticed that Presidents' Day offers better bargains on a larger variety of merchandise than its more popular rival, Valentine's Day.
Though we're still a few weeks away from both events, you can never be too prepared. That's why we've created this guide to help you get set for 2016 Presidents' Day sales.
You Can Always Buy a Mattress
A likely leftover of January's "white sales," mattresses are a fairly reliable Presidents' Day find. Last year we saw bed-based discounts of up to 60% off at Sears, and up to 50% off with an extra 40% off at US-Mattress.
Most stores will host a modest sale on clothes and home goods to celebrate the holiday weekend, usually stacking winter clearance items with coupons. In one particularly noteworthy sale last year, Calvin Klein took 50% off all of its Outlet items — the majority of stores are likely to offer an extra 25% off coupon at most.
Tools Do the Job
Although we normally advise against buying tools this far ahead of the summer months, our Presidents' Day research yielded some interesting findings. There's been a surge in Editors' Choice-worthy tool sales during the holiday weekend in recent years: we saw a 175% increase in these top-tier deals from 2013 to 2015.
And if last year is any guide, we can expect retailers to offer up a wide range of handy picks this Presidents' Day. In 2015, our editors found huge price lows in tool storage, hand tools, power tools, and more.
Video Games FTW
Another category you probably didn't expect to be shopping this Presidents' Day weekend is video games. On average, about 35% of our PC and console game offers are considered sweet enough to be marked Editors' Choice during the holiday. Last year we saw game-centered sales from Microsoft Store, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network, with the latter knocking up to 70% off select titles.
Tablets Have Been Great in the Past, But...
At first, we were excited to see our archive data suggesting that Presidents' Day might be a great time to buy a tablet. A whopping 53% of iPad, Android, and Windows slates were hot enough to receive Editors' Choice nods during the holiday weekend last year! Unfortunately, a lackluster Black Friday and holiday season has left us worried about the fate of this technology — again.
Still willing to gamble on a tablet this Presidents' Day? History suggests you should look to smaller 7" and 8" slates for the best deals, especially if you're shopping for a cheaper Windows or Android device. Apple fans should go hunting for refurbished or used iPads to score the biggest discounts.
Readers, what are you most excited to buy this Presidents' Day? Will you stick with the traditional mattress, or branch out with a new video game? Share your shopping plans in the comments below!