Each month, we have provided our recommendations on the smartest purchases and those items best left for another time (look back with the links below)!
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Here are our recommendations of best buys in December and a few items to avoid!
They might not be the most personal or creative gift idea, but gift cards are always a popular choice. Gift cards allow your loved ones to get exactly what they want all year long.
And, December is the best month to get great discounts on gift cards for stores, restaurants, and other service providers like Groupon or Living Social. Also, look out for bundle deals from popular stores like Target, Starbucks, and Best Buy.
Jewelry is always a popular gift with engagement season in full swing around the holidays. Deals are the best leading up to and after the holidays (even better than Black Friday), so it’s a smart idea to grab holiday gifts or jewelry in preparation for Valentine’s Day.
During off-wedding season, dresses will hit an all-year low in December. The reasons for this include stores needing to sell their excess stock and most consumers thinking more about the holidays and New Year celebrations. According to bridal experts, you can save up to 30 percent on last season’s styles!
For the golfer in your life, it’s the perfect time to get them the perfect gift! Just like many outdoor activities, the best deals are during the off-season. At the end of the year, retailers will be looking to clear out their inventories to make space for the new lines. Last December, sales offered great quality golf clubs up to 40 percent off.
Although deals are best in November after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, December still brings discounts on specific toy brands like LEGO, Fisher-Price, and Barbie as well as brands like Disney. If your kids are Star Wars fans, look for the best deals on The Last Jedi merchandise about two weeks before the holidays.
Winter Clothing and Apparel
Now that winter is in full swing, deals on coats and jackets will reach all-time lows of up to 20 percent. Although deals will continue to fall on outerwear and accessories near the end of the season. But, if you need to upgrade your wintertime wardrobe now, December is the time to buy, especially from stores like Old Navy that will offer great after Christmas deals.
A few things to wait to buy
Broadway Show Tickets
Although tickets to your loved one's favorite Broadway show could be a great gift, try to wait to buy until January when the deals will be some of the best all year. January offers Broadway Week that offers discounted and even buy one, get one free tickets!
If you are looking to upgrade your vehicle (and don’t forget a Cook Portable Warehouse can be converted into a garage to protect your prized possessions like cars, trucks, and ATVs from the elements), wait until the end of December or beginning of January.
Wait until January for the “New Year, New You” trend when gyms and health clubs will offer the biggest discounts of the year and there will be deals on exercise equipment. Or you might decide to convert your portable shed into a gym right in your backyard. Learn how in this blog.
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