Top 6 best deals in December

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With holiday gift lists and the party season in full swing this month, stores are competing for your cash. To lure you into stores after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, big sales are still everywhere you look.

Gift cards

The best buy in December is gift cards. They may not seem like the most creative stocking stuffers, but according to a WalletHub survey, gift cards are the most desired gifts of all this holiday season. Luckily for you shoppers, you’re likely to see a flood of promotions in December, with discounted gift cards to suit all interests.

You can expect to see ever-popular $100 iTunes gift cards fall as low as $84, while the best price for a $50 card last year reached a low of $43. 

Last December, Target even knocked 10 percent off all Target gift cards in its best-ever promotion, while Raise.com cut $10 off gift card orders of at least $20.

Many retailers offer bundle deals come December that will save you big bucks at the most popular stores. 

Toys

December is when all things LEGO, Fisher-Price, and Barbie traditionally plummet to their best prices of the year. In 2016, a quarter of all toy deals were at Editors’ Choice prices in the run-up to the holidays, which makes it the very best time of year to buy. 

Amazon knocked 40 to 80 percent off in one of its best toy sales of the year last December making it a great place for deals.  Know that the bulk of the best LEGO deals will like come from Toys”R”Us and Target.

Winter apparel

Winter apparel — most notably coats and jackets — reach all-time lows in December when winter is in full swing. A substantial 24 percent of all coat deals were marked Editors’ Choice in this month last year, as opposed to just 16 percent come the January sales. 

Many stores offered at least 50 percent off outerwear last December, but Amazon won out by slashing up to 75 percent off a wide selection of coats during the second week of December. 

Jewelry

December’s jewelry deals may not be jaw-dropping, but know that you’ll see some good offers in the run-up to the holiday. Whether you’re shopping for Christmas gifts or thinking ahead to February, you’ll get good deals on diamonds and pearls in December.

Target hosted some of the best sales of the month in this category last year, when it knocked 40 percent off all jewelry and watches. 

Amazon’s daily deal section should also be on your radar.

Wedding dresses

Wedding dresses traditionally hit their best-ever prices in December for many reasons. Bridal stores try to sell as many dresses as possible in order to boost end-of-the-year sales, but also to clear the shelves for the influx of new styles they’ll receive at the end of the year. 

Wedding experts say you can save up to 30 percent on your dress purchase if you don’t mind buying last season’s styles. 

Golf gear

Like with most outdoor activities, the golf season tames as the cooler weather begins, and so December is a great time to buy a new set of clubs. Retailers will be looking to clear out their inventories in time for the release of new lines come the new year. 

Last December, Adidas Golf host its best sale of the year by knocking a combined 47.5 percent off all already-reduced golf gear. 

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