Did you get all of your holiday shopping done in November? If not, it is hard to avoid shopping in December with various gift giving holidays. December also provides other shopping opportunities for the savvy shopper. Here is a list of 8 of the best things to buy in December:
1. Gift Cards
For the person that has everything, gift cards are the fallback gift. For the deal seeker, gift card deals are a great way to save money.
During December you are likely to find a lot of deals on electronics that come with free gift cards. If you like iTunes, look for deals such as $100 of gift cards for $80. Give as gifts or use for yourself and you are saving 20%! Other retailers and restaurants may also offer free gift cards with purchase beyond a specific threshold, such as $10 gift card with purchase of $50 or more.
2. Tools and hardware
The hardware stores are filled with great deals on power and hand tools in December. If you or the handy person in your life has been thinking about winterizing the home or has other projects in mind, the deals are plenty in December. Now is the time to get that new saw, drill or even that nice toolbox you’ve been eyeing.
3. Christmas decorations
After Christmas is the best time to buy decorations at a deep discount. Retailers are looking to clear the shelves and prepare for Valentine’s Day (believe it or not). You’ll find deals ranging from 30-80% off. It is a great time to stock up on gift wrap, cards and ornaments for next year.
You can find good bargains on clothing after Christmas, especially dressier outfits. For the best deals on winter-specific clothing, it is best to wait until January.
Mid-December is when you can find the deepest discounts on toys. However, if your little one wants a particularly popular toy, it may be sold out by then. Also, deals are harder to find the closer you get to Christmas. The second week of December seems to be the sweet spot for finding good discounts on toys.
6. Champagne and wine
It seems counter-intuitive that wine and champagne deals are plenty just before New Year’s, but it’s true. Watch for discounts on your favorite bubbly and wine at your local store.
7. Golf clubs
You probably don’t think of winter as prime golf season which is exactly why golf clubs are on sale this month. Older stock is being cleared out in preparation for newer lines for next season. If you don’t need the latest vibration-dampened iron or space-age putter, you’ll find some nice options available at a discount.
8. Small appliances
Enjoy the holidays and save some money in the process.
What deals do you find consistently in December?