Christmas Shopping in January

Yes the title is correct Christmas shopping in January. This has been one of my favorite activities for years. If you have a big family, purchase gift for coworkers or maybe you are just someone who likes to have gifts on hand for spur of the moment occasions, a shopping trip in January can have you set for the rest of the year.

After Christmas you begin to see the sale of all of the leftover holiday items that did not sell but were specifically packaged for the holiday season. The same is true for holiday decorations as well. As it gets closer to the new year, the percentage off goes higher. In January the percentage is even higher. Then you get into the after the season sales which are another way to take advantage of the deep discounts offered by retailers.

Even though it has been years since I put up a Christmas tree, when I was putting up a tree every year, I would use the end of the season sales to purchase decorations for the following year. It gave me the opportunity to change my decorations each year. One year it was blue and silver, the next year silver and gold, the following year all crystal decorations you get it some variety. The best things is when you can purchase the decorations for 75-90% off, you end up with a collection of expensive decorations for a fraction of the cost. This is also the perfect time to purchase Christmas cards as well. I have purchased beautiful boxed Christmas cards for as low as ten cent per box.

Retailers like the The Body Shop and Bath & Body Works are also great places to shop at after the holiday season is over. The Body Shop always have holiday gift set which prior to Christmas can be upwards of $70 but after the holiday and the initial discounts, I have been able to purchase that same $70 gift set for as low as $5 in January. At Bath and Body Works you could get full sized holiday scented lotions for as low as $2. What a great way to stock up and have gift on hand for that surprise birthday. I used to work in a clinic and I would use this time to stock up on gifts for Nurse’s Week for the Nurses I worked with.

So you can see why i enjoy Christmas shopping in January. I normally have a tote that I keep my purchases in so that I know where the purchases are. This is a great way to save money and time and to get a jump start on the next holiday season. It is also a way to have nice gifts on hand for those unexpected birthdays or occasions where you may need a quick gift.

There is still time to head out and take advantage of the sales this year. Don’t let the good merchandise get sent back to the warehouses. Even though things are a lot different these days, there is still the opportunity to take advantage of the deep discounts. Let’s get a jump start on Christmas 2021.

Be Blessed, Be Fabulous!

Holiday Gifts Under $20

As I continue with my mission to help you shop for fabulous gifts without breaking the bank, today we have gifts that you can purchase that are under $20.  If you are just beginning the series you can go back to the gifts for under $5 post here, the gifts for under $10 gift guide here, or yesterday’s gifts for under $15.  Let’s dive into today’s choices.

  1.  Handsy Bookends $18.95 (Tech Tools via Amazon)handsey bookends 18.99 For the reader in your life who could use a decorative and creative way to store books.
  2. Key Chain Charger $13.99 (Home Depot) gold-13.99

This is a great gift for the friend that is addicted to Apple products.  This Apple certified charger fits on your keychain, is stylish and portable.  Great for the I-Phone user who always has issues with their phone battery being low.

3.  Charging Clutch (17.98) (New York and Company)Glitter-Finish-Charging-Wallet-_08301526_002 17.98For any friend who like a stylish way to charge their phone.  He universal charger is compatible with most phones.  What a cute clutch for a day of after Christmas shopping and a discreet way to charge your phone without having to worry about the battery draining.

4.  Vanilla Puddin Chardonnay $16.99 (Vanilla Puddin)

vanilla puddin 16.99The year of Black Girl Magic and Entrepreneurship continues.  This wine is the creation of Gabrielle Union.  While I am not a fan of Chardonnay, you may be or you may have a friend who is and this wine would make a great gift.

5.  Monogrammed Journals $18.00 (Anthropologie)

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A stylish option and it is not very large, so it can easily fit into a purse.  Also a great gift for that entrepreneur in your life who takes lots of notes or that person who like to write everything down.

6.  The Body Shop Gift Set $19.00 (The Body Shop)

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A gift for the person who is always asking “Do you have any lotion?”  This gift set will allow that person to always have hand cream on hand (no pun intended, well maybe unintentionally).  There is a cream for the car, one for the purse and one for the work or gym bag.  Now you can ask them for lotion.

7.  Dice USB Charger $14.29 (Target)

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For the man in your life, or the person who cannot seem to keep up with their charger, this is a great option.  Who would ever lose this?

8.  We’re Going To Need More Wine $14.99 (Amazon)

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What better way to wind down the remainder of the year than with a good book?  Several celebrities have released books this year like Taranji Henson and Jennifer Lewis.  This is a great time to take advantage of the sales and grab one or several of their books to enjoy.  And this particular book with a glass of Vanilla Puddin, would make for a nice relaxing evening.  (All of the aforementioned books are under $20).

9.  World Traveler Mugs $7.99 each (World Market)

What a way to encourage the person in your life who always talks about travel and never goes anywhere.  Pick up a few of this mugs to encourage them to make their dreams a reality.  What a creative way to push them closer to their dream destination.

10.  Marble Coasters $12.99 for a set of $ (World Market)

WorldMarket marblecoasters 12.99Another nice gift selection for the hostess in your life or that sister in law or cousin that is always screaming about a coaster for your drink.  The neutral tone would make the perfect addition to any home décor.