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Top 5 Buys During 2016 After Christmas Sales

Don't wait until December 26! Deals on clothing and electronics could start as early as December 20 — and arrive in time for Christmas.
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If you're a last-minute Christmas shopper, here's one type of sale you may not be considering: the After Christmas sale! Insanity? It sounds like it, but we first talked about this trend in 2012, when "After Christmas" sales appeared on Christmas Eve.

The sales have steadily crept back since then, and last year we saw an "After Christmas" sale from Macy's start on December 20, with orders still guaranteed for pre-Christmas delivery! (Talk about a strange definition of "After.") Though most After Christmas sales still fall between Christmas and New Year's, tapering off through the month of January, holiday creep continues to drive them earlier.

Whether you delve into these deals before or after December 25, here are five particularly good product categories to keep an eye on.

Clothing

We find a lot of excellent clothing deals after Christmas, from winning single-item deals — like four pairs of Dockers men's pants for $60 — to the best sales we've seen all year from a huge variety of clothing retailers. Last year we saw sales that were either the best or tied for it from Nike, Gap Factory, Brooks Brothers, Tory Burch, Nautica, and many more. If you got some gift cards in your stocking, it's probably a great time to spend them!

SEE ALSO: Give & Get: The Best Gift Card Freebie Deals for the Holidays

Exercise Gear

Only about 10% of our fitness deals during this time last year were Editors' Choice, but it's still worth keeping an eye out if you're trying to make good on your New Year's resolutions. Why? Because some of the Editors' Choice sales were flat-out excellent. NordicTrack offered one of the best sitewide sales we'd seen from it, at up to 50% off. Many other retailers, such as Running Warehouse and Cabela's, offered deals comparable to the ones we saw from them during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Electronics

About 31% of electronics deals we found last year during these sales were Editors' Choice. Many stores offered large sales on refurbished items. Another notable deal was the best price we'd ever seen for a prepaid iPhone 5s ($150).

One category of electronics stands out as a hot post-holiday buy: cameras.

One category of electronics stands out as a hot post-holiday buy: cameras. During After Christmas sales last year, 37% of camera deals were Editors' Choice. Canon offered some of the hottest deals we've seen on both refurbs and new models in late January. We saw refurb lenses starting as low as $49.99 and up to $700 off new cameras.

Also, if you didn't find that new smartphone you wanted under the tree, don't fret. Though comparatively few smartphone deals were Editors' Choice (about 15%), prices didn't stop dropping just because the holidays ended. Many phones reached new lows during this period, including the unlocked 32GB Galaxy S6 Edge, unlocked 64GB Nexus 6, and several Apple smartwatches.

Video Games

While you're also likely to see a lot of great single-item deals — about 56% of the deals we came across during this time last year were Editors' Choice — a few reliable large sales are worth mentioning. For PC gamers, Steam's Winter Sale usually kicks off a few days before Christmas and continues through the New Year; Amazon frequently offers deep deals on PC games alongside it.

SEE ALSO: 7 Great Ways to Save on Steam Games

For console gamers, there's GameStop's "buy two, get one free" used item sale. It arrives just before New Year's and is the best sale on used items the store offers each year.

Christmas Decor

One of the best categories of items in After Christmas sales shouldn't come as a shock: seasonal products. Thirty percent of our seasonal deals during the month after Christmas were Editors' Choice. It's not hard to find stores cutting prices by 75% or more. (Lowe's cut up to 90% off!) Although you'll have to wait a while to enjoy the 6-foot, pre-lit tree you bagged for $25, or the light strands you picked up for $2 each, it'll be worth it. You can deck your halls with a smug smile at the far-more-expensive decor in next year's ads, then treat yourself to some well-deserved cocoa for your stellar planning.

Readers, what are you hoping to find in this year's great After Christmas deals? Let us know in the comments below!


Contributing Writer

Formerly a content writer for DealNews, Erin Coduti now brings that experience to the blog team as a freelancer. Previously, she wrote for a television news station and a literary fan magazine.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. 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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sc122002
Christmas isn't even here yet and you're already talking about after Xmas sales? Couldn't wait another week and a half or so? :/
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