This Reader Saved Big by Buying Year-Specific Ornaments Post Christmas

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baby's first christmas 2011 ornament

Milestone ornaments at a markdown!

With so many occasions to celebrate from births to weddings, year-specific ornaments have become a way to document a staple in time that’s worth remembering every holiday season, but have you ever thought about waiting until after Christmas to buy that 2021 ornament? That’s what this week’s Happy Friday reader, Amanda, has done, and she’s saved tons!

It may be after Christmas, but it’s still the same year! Even if it’s not, the point of these ornaments isn’t to purchase them on time; it’s to remember why each year was so special to you and your family! 😍

new home 2012 ornament

I know many people probably make their after-Christmas List for Amazon & Target (advent calendars, gift wrap sets, etc) but last year I had a “brain spark” (Abby Hatcher reference). We had our second son in 2019. In true form, the youngest did not receive nearly as many “my first” or birth year trinkets/momentous the first kiddo received.

merry christmas 2012 ornament

So, instead of spending Hallmark prices for the “My First Christmas 2019” ornaments, I put all of the ornaments I liked in my online basket, woke up early on the 26th (like that was hard with a baby), and pressed buy!

2020 family ornament

I saved myself over $50 (that’s at least 2 big boxes of diapers with coupons)! And when the baby grows up, he won’t know. I wish I would have done this for big brother. I wanted to share this in case another person will be in the same boat. (I also check the clearance area in the store for 2014 ornaments for big brother- scored one this year for $3).

pet ornament 2018

Thank you, Amanda, for this awesome hip tip! These post-Christmas markdowns are something we all take advantage of in one way or another, and year-specific ornaments are probably some of the best-valued purchases.

Shop Hallmark’s Christmas Ornament clearance here!


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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 5

  1. everest716

    What a super idea! Great savings!!

  2. Gscribble

    I’ve always done it this way too!

  3. MommySpendsLess

    When you’re pursuing Christmas clearance, don’t forget that Valentine’s Day and Easter are coming up. Advent calendar items, small toys from the stocking stuffer section and even some stuffed animals fit those holidays as well.
    This seems like a pretty good deal on Easter egg fillers, after the $2 coupon.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      What a great idea and awesome find! Thanks so much for the suggestion! 💞🙌

  4. dawnh49ers

    This was a double bonus post for me! I love the Happy Friday posts from the Hip2save Community sharing their own tips on creative ways to save money while doing something fabulous! Thanks Amanda for the post on purchasing milestone ornaments after Christmas…it’s perfect and totally a new idea to me! The second bonus was the comment from MommySpendsLess…I just purchased the mini Space Explorer Advent set…So cute and affordable with the $2 discount. Thanks Hip2Save for a terrific post and Happy New Year everyone! ☺️💗

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