My husband and I just got back from a little after-Christmas shopping at CVS/pharmacy and Walgreens. Both stores have their after-Christmas clearance sales going, with Christmas and holiday gift items at 50% off. First, we headed to CVS for the one thing I hoped to find – these enormous Lego-like brick sets:
My sister and her husband got our boys this Best-Lock 500-piece Police Station brick set for Christmas, which they love. They stayed up late last night assembling all the parts, and for kids who are enormous fans of Lego in the first place, this was a great gift. The Best-Lock sets are fully compatible with Lego, and the police set comes with a police station, police car, police motorcycle, police boat and a bunch of little figures to go with it. We were really impressed with the quality of it.
These huge sets originally sold for $19.99, which is already a great price — a brand-name Lego set of this size would cost $50 or more. But now with the clearance, they’re $9.99. We picked up the Fire Station set for a future gift for our boys. Seriously, if you have kids who are into Lego, they would love one of these, and you cannot beat the price. (I’ve bought tiny, one-vehicle Lego sets that cost more than $10!)
The Retro line of small appliances are all 50% off today too. The CD/AM/FM boom boxes are $14.99, which is a great deal too if you need one. (Our son’s former boom box recently faced an early demise due to a storm-related power surge & I was waiting for a deal to replace it. Today? Replaced!)
All of these $4.99 Beauty Book and Beauty Box gift sets are $2.49 now. Two went home with us for our daughter’s birthday next month. Then, we headed to Walgreens to look for gift wrap deals. (Gift wrap was $3.99 at CVS, so $2/roll after the clearance. I like to pay about $1 for a 50-square-foot roll, so that was still a little high for me.)
Over at Walgreens, their 50-foot rolls of Hallmark gift wrap are $1.99-$2.99, so .99-$1.49 after clearance. I also just really like the Hallmark gift wrap that Walgreens sells – the paper is thicker and nicer than some other brands. If you go, the rolls on the left side of the photo ring up at .99. The rolls with the green labels on the right ring up at $1.49.
I also like to look for semi-neutral paper designs that can be used throughout the year too, as you can see here, and their design-neutrality made me feel somewhat justified in spending an extra .50 per roll for them..! (Yes, I am that frugal. But you knew that already!)
Also, all of Walgreens’ LED Christmas 50-bulb light sets are $5.99, so $3 per string after the clearance. This is the cheapest I’ve seen LED lights this year, and we bought one more set for our tree.
Lastly, my husband said we had to buy this DVD set of 8 Christmas TV specials – all the Rankin-Bass Christmas specials and animated classics. It was $6.49 after the 50% off, and it has: – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – Frosty the Snowman – Frosty Returns – The Little Drummer Boy – Cricket on the Hearth – Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol Well, the kids were DELIGHTED with this (including our 17-year-old) and all three kids are cuddled up, happily watching “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in the living room right now. Have you been out clearance shopping? What have you found?