The Best Things to Buy in December 2018

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The winter weather outside might be frightful, but these holiday sales are oh so delightful. The deal experts at Slickdeals are ringing in the best deals for your holiday shopping this December so get into the holiday spirit and let us save, let us save, let us save!

Gift cards – some love ‘em, some hate ‘em… but who can pass them up when you can snag them for less than face value? For those who don’t like shopping or are procrastinating on their Christmas shopping, discounted gift cards make for effortless presents. Some stores include free gift cards with qualifying purchases, such as when Target had offered $5 gift cards when buying any 2 kids’ books.

Deals on toys, video games, and books will be at their prime in December, especially on the last Saturday before Christmas. This day is known as Super Saturday and is one of the biggest shopping events of the holiday season for last-minute buys. Last year, GameFly, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation sold new and used digital games for Xbox and Playstation, including the popular Final Fantasy and Battlefield series, with prices starting at $10. Walmart and Sam’s Club always have toys on sale as well. We noticed previous deals on toys with prices under $5 and coloring books for less than $2 so we expect similar prices this year. Amazon will have a plethora of toys available, often for up to 40% off, ranging from Nerf, to Play-Doh, to Disney. Last year, they also offered a coupon for $5 off $15 book purchases for both Kindle and print books.

There will be huge after Christmas clearance sales with immense price drops on holiday decorations such as ornaments, string lights, wrapping paper, and more. We expect to see amazing deals from Home Depot and Walmart, who all offered BOGO deals and discounts that reached up to 75% off last year. Holiday closeout sales even begin as early as Christmas Eve with discounts continuing to rise beyond Christmas Day. This year, Macy’s will be hosting their “After Christmas Sale” from December 25th to January 1st, offering 20% off with the code JOY and free shipping at $49.

But don’t stop your post-Christmas shopping just yet because these discounts go beyond artificial trees and inflatable snowmen. Many retailers will be offering anywhere from 40% to 75% off on outerwear and winter apparel, such as Zara, during their annual Winter sale, and Nordstrom Rack, during their Clear the Rack event. Keep the whole family warm with heat tech from Uniqlo, fleece pullovers and windbreakers from Lands' End, or pants and leggings from The Children’s Place.

Deal alerts ring, are you listening? On the site, coupons are glistening. A beautiful sight, we’re saving tonight. Shopping in a Slickdeals wonderland! With a community of 11 million users constantly sharing, vetting and voting on deals, Slickdeals has a lot of names on Santa’s nice list. Sign up for our deal alerts so you won’t miss out on great coupons and top-trending deals. Download the Slickdeals mobile app for quick and easy access to deals, coupons, and alerts to save yourself from having to fight through the snow. Check out our designated Christmas page for even more savings as well.


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Isabel Ng Contributor

Isabel Ng is a native New Yorker currently based in Los Angeles. Having recently graduated with a degree in Communications from UCLA, she is now a Public Relations intern at Slickdeals. She is passionate about photography, dance, exploring the world, and of course, saving money.


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