10 Best After-Christmas Clearance Items to Buy (Get up to 90% Off!)

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The Christmas clearance shopping is here! 🤗

Oh, how we love this sweet, little word: CLEARANCE! 😍 The 2021 after-Christmas clearance sales are here – and we couldn’t be more excited!

One of the best times to stock up on holiday decor, non-food gifts, paper items, ornaments, and more for next year is after Christmas when items typically go on clearance for 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.

Target shopping cart with black friday sales

Usually, retailers like Target, Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and other popular stores start marking down their holiday inventory to 50% off on or in some places before December 26th in order to make room for New Year’s, Super Bowl, and Valentine’s Day items.

Then, a few days before New Year’s Day (around December 28th-31st), many stores will mark down their Christmas clearance items to 70-75% off. With last year’s axing of most holiday activities, we can’t be 100% sure what to expect this year, but we’re hoping that the Christmas clearance sales will be business as usual!

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 80% and even 90% off Christmas clearance at stores like Walgreens, CVS, Michaels, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Target, AND Hobby Lobby!

While you can’t beat paying only 10% for next year’s holiday items, the selection of items may be picked over. But stock up if you can!

Here are 10 Christmas clearance items to watch for:

1. Gift wrap

holiday wrapping paper

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

holiday paper plates

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.

hand holding a box of Ziploc Holiday Slider Bags

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 all year long!

3. Kitchen & bath items

christmas hand towels

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!

holiday hand soap bath and body works

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 decor

ceramic Christmas trees on shelf at Target

This is the perfect time to stock up on boxes of lights, ornaments, stockings, tree skirts, throw pillows, and loads of other festive home decor 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. Gift sets

christmas gift sets

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 may not be edible by 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.

fragrance gift sets

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

holiday snacks

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!

seasonal flavored coffee on sale

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 out expired food.

7. Clothing pieces & accessories

man in christmas outfit at target

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 attic and you’ll have a surprise 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

christmas dog toys

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

woman smiling by cart full of Advent calendars in the store

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 another great item to be on the lookout for!

10. Stocking stuffers

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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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 17

  1. Carmen Eiss

    Who will have the nicest artificial trees on sale?

  2. Sue

    I have noticed that target isn’t stocking as much lately & doesn’t have as many after holiday sales.

    • Jsdncr

      Last year Target put all the Christmas stuff up the day after Xmas.

    • tdrew138

      I noticed that. The Christmas section was bare a week ago.

    • Katiria

      There was nothing left in the store on the 26th, why don’t stores leave things for us to buy? We will buy it! I want lights and inflatables but they are all gone at midnight

  3. Christmas Elf

    The good old days seem to be just that. Stores are carrying less inventory so there’s less to mark down and discounts aren’t as deep as they used to be. Stores have looked like its January for a couple weeks now. Better off not waiting if there’s something you really want.

  4. acgold

    Last year the Target in NJ had very little and took it off the floor 3 days after Christmas.

  5. smoresto

    My local Michaels still has halloween stuff. Lol. I’m not sure they are marking stuff down as quickly this year.

    • MBarnes

      Ours too!…and it wasn’t even on sale!!…lol.

    • Di

      Same!! They’ve never had Halloween still on the shelves this far into December>>>almost January!

    • sheriberry

      Our Michaels had Halloween at 70% off as of last week. Got some stickers and Red Vine Candy Corn flavored licorice.

    • KimiB

      Our Michaels had Halloween marked at 80% off but when I asked a few weeks ago they said it would be going into $5 grab bags sometime in January. Hoping to get my hands on them LoL

  6. Anne

    Last year I got about a dozen Christmas shirts at 90% off, which gave me ALMOST enough to do my own Christmas shirt Advent calendar. I’m 3 shy and hoping to score those this year!

    • Di

      Where at?

  7. DeeBeeTee

    Target’s holiday clearance was 70 % off today; I didn’t get there until mid afternoon but did find some soaps, ziploc bags, Native peppermint body wash and shampoo and conditioner, cookie tins, etc. Also went across the street to Kohls to use my Kohl’s cash and noticed hardly any holiday merch left.

  8. KimiB

    I found the post Christmas deals to be a little sad this year too 😢 I used to love to go out the day after! I made a few videos of what was left at a bunch of stores and posted them to YouTube. Heres the Home Goods one if anyone is interested https://youtu.be/LS2qNfKZ9uA . It was my favorite of all the stops we made!

  9. Princess'Mom

    I used to race out the day after to check clearance aisles but haven’t bothered for the last few years. Might head out tonight for a bit since it seems that there are some decent sales. Hoping to get some new stockings and a new tree skirt for next year since we’re re-doing the living room and will want a pretty set-up in there next Christmas! 🙂

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