The holiday gift season is upon us, and if you have lots of friends and family to consider, no doubt the season is giving you anxiety. If you’re not part of the 45% of Americans who started holiday shopping back in November to save money and avoid crowds, don’t despair. Even though little can be done about the crowds, discounts are readily available, and some are bigger than others.
The holiday spirit you’re in already — probably because of the non-stop cheery music playing everywhere — may be giving you an urge to spend your paycheck on gifts, but you may not have to. Sometimes you want to splurge, but you never want to miss out on a deal and pay more than you need — say, hundreds of dollars on a product that you can buy for $50.
Americans will be shopping more this holiday season, increasing their spending by 5% to $1,250 a person, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consultancy firm. Men and millennials with high incomes are doing most of the shopping. People living in small towns and rural areas are shopping less.
This may explain why retailers such as Walmart are focusing on shoppers living in cities, with many products available for free, same-day pickup. Most people, however, are planning to shop in brick-and-mortar stores.
To determine the 50 best deals for Christmas, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed all deals on products that were marked down. We ranked items by the total dollar amount off the original price. We included only deals on in-demand products that are likely to be given as gifts and are expected to continue through at least December 25. We excluded duplicates and products we deemed too similar to other deals on the list.