Best Things to Buy at Dollar Tree (and Other Dollar Stores) for the Holidays

Dollar Tree shopping is the way to go to find holiday bargains. Other dollar stores are also deal havens, and Walmart has stepped up its less-than-a-dollar game, too.

Exterior of a Dollar Tree store in Florida 2021
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Dollar Tree, the dominant player in the around-one-buck market, made a gutsy move just weeks past the 2021 holiday shopping season. It raised its fixed prices from $1 to $1.25, a sweeping 25% increase.

That was ahead of the crushing inflation Americans experienced in 2022, but there was also an odd turn: As inflation deepened, dollar stores, including Dollar General and Dollar Tree – and yes, Walmart, too – discovered their clientele shifted. More wealthier individuals were shopping at all three chains, executives said.

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Bob Niedt

Bob was Senior Editor at for seven years and is now a contributor to the website. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.