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Get ready for Christmas clearance!

Oh how we love this sweet, little word: CLEARANCE! 😍 With the holidays upon us, that means the after-Christmas clearance sales are coming – and we couldn’t be more excited!

One of the best times to stock up on holiday décor, non-food gifts, paper items, ornaments, and more for next year is after Christmas when items typically go on sale 50-90% off! This is a great time to score deep discounts on all-things-Christmas so you can avoid paying retail prices next year.

Usually, retailers like Target, Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and other stores start marking down their holiday inventory 50% off on December 26th in order to make room for New Year’s, Super Bowl, and Valentine’s Day items. Then, usually, a couple days before New Year’s Day (around December 29th-31st), many stores will mark down their Christmas clearance items 70-75% off.

Then, after the New Year, things get REALLY exciting…

Hobby Lobby Christmas Clearance

After the New Year is usually when you’ll start seeing up to 90% off Christmas clearance at stores like Walgreens, CVS, Michaels, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, and others (including Target & Hobby Lobby!). While you can’t beat paying only 10% for next year’s holiday items, know that usually the selection of items may be picked over. But you really can’t beat paying 10¢ on every dollar, so stock up if you can!

Here are 10 Christmas Clearance items to watch for:

1. Gift wrap items.

Gift Wrap Candy Stripe and Christmas Countdown 4-Pack

Grab these items while you can! Look for wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue paper, gift tags, ribbon, and bows on the cheap and stock up for next year (and boxed greeting cards, too)!

Also, consider buying colors or prints that can be used for other holidays throughout the year (i.e. – silver/gold for anniversaries, red for Valentine’s Day, purple/blue for birthday parties, etc).

2. Paper products & storage .

tips after-christmas clearance sales & deals – Christmas clearance plates and napkins

Stock up on holiday paper plates, cups, napkins, facial tissue, paper towels, cutlery, etc. when they hit rock bottom prices and store them away for next season. You’ll be able to throw next year’s holiday party on the cheap, which will take a little stress off when that time rolls around again.

Also, be sure to watch for discounts on holiday items like Ziploc storage bags & containers, holiday colored plastic wrap, baking cups, foil pans with lids, and other kitchen essentials you can use!

3. Kitchen & bath items.

kohls christmas dish towels hostess anyone gift guide

Another thing to be on the lookout for is holiday kitchen towels, potholders, dishes, storage tins, serving trays, kitchen rugs, bath towels, soap dispensers, and other fun items that would also make great gifts and hold up nicely until next year! I love having fresh, new hand towels to hang up in my kitchen or bathroom every year that I’ve forgotten about – and they make great gifts, too!

hand soap christmas gifts

Also be sure to price check any holiday household items (like dish soap, hand soap, etc) if they’re not marked down as they may ring up with holiday clearance pricing!

4. Holiday décor.

Merry Christmas throw pillow in hand in Kohl's

This is the perfect time to stock up on boxes of lights, ornaments, stockings, tree skirts, pillows, and loads of fun home décor on the cheap. If you’ve been waiting for a deal on a new Christmas tree or an inflatable for the front yard, now is the time to snag one at a huge discount!

5. Non-food gift sets.

12 Cocoas of Christmas

Still need a belated holiday gift this year? If so, you may want to snatch up a discounted gift basket filled with food, hot beverage mixes, K-Cups, or candies. Otherwise, steer clear of pre-packaged gift baskets that have food/candy items in them as the items likely won’t be edible this time next year.

However, if you don’t care about the gift packaging and are able to score a sweet deal on one, it may be worth breaking apart the gift basket and eating the items separately before they expire.

frozen gift set

It’s best to look for non-food gift sets – such as body wash duos, beauty sets, cute mugs, stationery sets, ornaments, games, etc. – that you can use all year long OR that you can save to use for gifts next year (think teachers, neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members!).

6. Seasonal food items.

Love drinking Peppermint Mocha coffee year-round? Have kiddos who love any type of cookie in their school lunches? Be sure to look for discounted food items and snacks in seasonal flavors that you or your kiddos wouldn’t mind eating soon OR for upcoming parties or events (i.e. Super Bowl).

My kiddos can’t get enough of those frosted sugar cookies from the bakery, so I’ll definitely be watching for those to be marked down!

Dunkin' Donuts ground coffee

You can also often find flavored coffee and coffee creamers, refrigerated or packaged holiday cookies, various candies, flavored snacks, meat and cheese sets, etc. that will be marked down – but they often go fast, so you’ll want to be quick! Just remember to grab foods that you’ll be able to freeze or eat soon to minimize your chances of having to throw expired food out.

7. Clothing pieces & accessories.


Don’t skip the clothing aisles! If you find any clearance on ugly Christmas sweaters, shirts, socks, pajamas, or other apparel items that would be fun to wear to your next company Christmas party, be sure to grab those while you can. You can always tuck them away in the attack and then you’ll be surprised when you get out the holiday items when next year rolls around!

These clothing items always make fun stocking stuffers and White Elephant gifts, too!

8. Pet toys & treats.

Dog Toy at PetSmart

If your dog is like mine, he/she likely won’t care if they’re chewing on a candy-cane-shaped bone in June or playing with a Santa-shaped squeaker toy in February. 😂 Look for clearance deals for your pet, and stock up on treats if you think your pet will enjoy the items before they expire.

9. Books & advent calendars.

elf on the shelf

Books and coloring books are always a great gift idea, especially if you have kiddos who participate in book exchanges at school. If you see any reading material on sale (especially the popular Elf on the Shelf set), grab them and store them away for next year.

Also, non-food Advent Calendars are a great item to be on the lookout for!

10. Stocking stuffers.

While you won’t want to purchase candy now to fill next year’s stockings, you can fill up your cart with discounted holiday pencils, plush toys, mugs, beauty products, mini candles, travel games, crafts or activities, and more! Check out some stocking stuffer ideas here!

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