Many happy returns: Where you can find the best after Christmas sales and deals
If you didn't like the sweater Aunt Mary gave you, you can return it and score some great deals.
The last days of 2019 are drawing near and that means that retailers are clearing their leftover holiday stock to make room for the hottest new products.
In fact, the day after Christmas is one of the best days of the year to find deep discounts in plenty of key categories — from winter clothing and holiday decor to jewelry and top-selling electronics.
To help us comb through the best deals, NBC's Stephanie Ruhle stopped by TODAY with tips for getting great bargains right now and the weeks following.
Best After Christmas Clothing Deals & Sales
Now is a great time to think about the clothing you'll need as you move into the colder winter months of the new year. Maybe you still need a pair of snow boots but forgot to add them to your holiday wish list. Thankfully, you can score those (plus tons of other winter essentials) with some deep discounts this week.
1. Macy's - There are a bunch of items on sale at Macy's for the holiday season including 50% off coats and 25% off shoes and dresses. We've also got our eyes on their giant activewear sale that runs through Jan. 31. Use promo code "JOY" for an additional 15% off select sale and clearance items.
2. Target - After Christmas, you can score up to 70% off clothing and shoes, including up to 50% off sweaters and jeans starting at $12. Don't wait — stock up on winter essentials before they sell out. The retailer is also offering up to 25% off home items.
- Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale is happening now through Jan. 2. You can find deals up to 50% off men's, women's and kids' styles with free shipping and free returns.
4. Madewell - Madewell is known for having the best selection of stylish clothing, shoes and accessories — and right now, you can get an extra 30% off all sale items by entering the code "OHWOW" at checkout.
5. Lululemon - It's our favorite time of the year again! Lululemon's 'We Made Too Much' sale is happening and you can score some really great finds for deep discounts.
6. More Clothing Deals and Sales - Don't count out other clothing and accessory retailers: We found discounts at H&M, Lord & Taylor, Amazon and Sperry.
Best After Christmas Electronics Deals & Sales
You might think that the best time to buy electronics after the holidays is on Dec. 26. But, research shows that the best day to shop for laptops, headphones and TVs is actually Dec. 27. Look for refurbished and new items at Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart for some of the best discounts on the market.
1. Amazon - Right now, Amazon has deals on plenty of electronics as part of its year-end sale. Find discounts on clearance items, overstocked items and more.
2. Best Buy - Didn't get that new tech item you really wanted? Best Buy is stocked with some of the hottest items of the season at some of the best prices. Check out their 'Top Deals' page to save on laptops, TVs, and more.
3. Walmart - You can get practically everything at Walmart but some of the deepest after Christmas discounts are on electronics. Find everything from TVs to tablets that will keep the whole family entertained on those snow days.
4. More Electronics Deals and Sales - If you couldn't find the tech items you wanted at some of the retailers mentioned above, keep an eye on the ones listed below. We discovered bestselling wireless headphones, chargers and the ever-popular Google Home Mini.
Best After Christmas Travel Deals & Sales
According to Ruhle, flights are 11% cheaper in January and you can get deals on flights to the Caribbean, Florida and Central America. She recommends doing your research today and tomorrow about where you want to go and when, and then book your trip on Jan. 1 and 2.
We recommend keeping an eye for deals on travel sites like:
- Trip Advisor