Although summer doesn’t officially kick off until later this month, people across the country have been eager to take in the sunshine after more than a year of quarantining. Celebrations like weddings and Father’s Day are back on the calendar, so if you have people to shop for this month, here are some of the best things to buy in June and a few you should hold off on for now.
WHAT TO BUY IN JUNE
Father’s Day Gifts
With Father’s Day on June 20, Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews.com, says you’ll have plenty of affordable gift options (think clothing, tools and gadgets) to choose from at retailers such as eBay, Sam's Club and Google Shopping.
“For actual Father's Day sales, look to stores such as Nordstrom and Newegg,” Ramhold says. “Last year, shoppers could save up to 76 percent off brands including Nike, Callaway, Champion and Oakley at Nordstrom, and up to 80 percent off at Newegg. Consumers on a budget should also watch for sales at Dick's Sporting Goods, which offered Father's Day gifts under $25 last year.”
If you’re among the many who baked sourdough or banana bread during lockdown, you may be ready to hit the gym again. Ramhold says retailers are expecting consumers to embrace getting back in shape and are pricing their workout gear accordingly. “We’ll definitely see discounts to entice those motivated to exercise,” she says. “Watch for athletic shirts to be as little as $3, athletic shorts for $9, joggers for $13 and yoga pants for $15 at clothing stores including Target, Kohl's, Macy's and Amazon. Expect stores like and Champion and Old Navy to participate as well.”
Dinnerware and Cookware
“Summer is still a big wedding season and because of that we tend to see deals on dinnerware and cookware, as well as kitchen tools in general,” Ramhold says. “Last year, there were 18-piece tool sets for $20 and cookware sets for $40.” For the best discounts, she suggests checking out Target, Amazon, Macy's, Belk, Kohl's and even Home Depot.
If you enjoy escaping the summer heat by staying inside and getting your game on, Ramhold says gaming platforms Steam and GOG will both likely have summer sales. “GOG's sale will likely begin in late May and carry over into June, while Steam's summer sale should kick off at the end of June and carry over into the beginning of July,” she says. “In both cases, we could see discounts as high as 90 percent off a variety of titles.”
Many retailers want to make room for summer clothing, so you’re in luck if you want to shop for light layers at large retailers like Target. “Shorts could be as little as $7, tees could fall to $5 each, flip-flops could be $8 or less and sandals could dip to only $10,” Ramhold says.
Victoria's Secret Semi-Annual Sale is every June, when “the retailer routinely discounts from 25 percent to 60 percent off, and up to 70 percent off before the end of the event,” Ramhold says. “Items start as low as $4, while beauty products could be as low as $6, bras for $17, sleepwear and loungewear for $20 and lingerie for $25.”
WHAT TO SKIP IN JUNE
There may be some discounts during June, but as most of these items will be newly stocked, Ramhold says not to expect any great discounts until the July Fourth or even Labor Day sales.
Laptops and Other Electronics
Ramhold says you may see some Father's Day sales in this category but generally the best time to buy laptops and most other types of electronics will be during the Black Friday sales in November. If you can’t hold out until then, “we do see decent savings around back-to-school season in July and August,” she says.
Grills and Patio Furniture
A new grill might be on the top of Dad’s wish list, but Ramhold says the best deals on these items won't come until September or October. And while you may be tempted to buy a new set of outdoor furniture to enjoy the warm weather, you won't find discounts on these items until the end of summer at the earliest. “Hold off until at least August or September,” Ramhold says. “If you can wait until October, there should be even better discounts.”