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Where to get the best Christmas deals on clothes and accessories

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we've found a selection of treats to suit all budgets and vices. Ann Taylor LOFT hosts its best ever sale, while Canon has dropped another $56 off a refurbished model of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i.

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    Ann Taylor, the popular women clothing retailer that provides a wide variety of items for a great professional look, is 50percent off site wide today.
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Whether you're spending a little or a lot today, we've found a selection of treats to suit all budgets and vices. Ann Taylor LOFT hosts its best ever sale, while Canon has dropped another $56 off a refurbished model of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. These deals, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

  1. Top Team Spirit Deal
    Two Pairs of Crocs Men's and Women's Crocband Sport Team Clogs
    Store: BlingDaily
    Price: $19.99 via coupon "2FOR20" with $4.99 s&h
    Lowest by: $31
    Expires: Today at 9 pm ET

    Do You Need It?: Whether you're ramping up for College Bowl season or counting the days until pitchers and catchers report, Crocs will help you show your true colors with this stellar deal. Excluding padding, that's $10 per pair; for further comparison, select stores charge closer to $30 for a single pair. (We saw two pairs for $30 a month ago.) Choose from NCAA, MLB, and World Cup teams. Deal ends January 15.

    Options include two pairs of Crocs Unisex Ohio State Clogs for $19.99 (pictured, low by $30); and two pairs of Crocs Unisex MLB Blue Jays Clogs for $19.99 (low by $36).

  2. Top Camera Deal
    Refurb Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18MP DSLR Camera
    Store: Canon
    Price: $363.99 with free shipping
    Lowest by: $126

    Do You Need It?: Anyone looking to treat themselves to a DSLR this holiday season should consider opting for one of Canon's refurbished units while they've plummeted in price. The EOS Rebel T5i is a prime example of the spoils on offer at the store, since it's dropped an extra $56 since we saw it in August. That puts it at a more-than-substantial $126 under a new unit at any other store. The camera features a 3" vari-angle touchscreen LCD, 5 fps continuous shooting speed, 1080p video recording, mini HDMI output, SDXC card slot, and USB. (Note that this is the camera body only; a 1-year Canon warranty applies.)

  3. Top iPad Accessory Deal
    2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad
    Store: Home Depot
    Price: $9.90 plus in-store pickup
    Lowest by: $6

    Do You Need It?: A controversial buy amongst our gadget-loving editors, the iPotty is either the greatest distraction ever made for potty-fearing toddlers or just one step too far. Whether you love or loathe the idea itself, it has dropped back down to its Black Friday price at Home Depot, which proved popular with our readers and is $6 less than the next best store today.

  4. Top Sale
    Ann Taylor LOFT Wrap It All Up Sale
    Store: Ann Taylor LOFT
    Discount: 50% off sitwide via coupon code "WRAPIT"
    Shipping: Free shipping
    Expires: Today

    Do You Need It?: After the rush of the major shopping season has passed, Ann Taylor LOFT is flaunting banners for its best ever sale. It's halving prices on all items across the store, including the already-discounted sale goods. Since it's combined with free sitewide shipping, a rare offer from the designer store, you will save an extra $9 on all orders too.

  5. Top Freebie
    100 MP3 Albums
    Store: Microsoft Store
    Price: Free via its Music Deals app
    Lowest by: Around $900

    Do You Need It?: Lucky Windows users will be able to nab some new tunes for their commute this morning, as Microsoft puts 100 MP3 albums online for free. Most of the records cost around $9 each via iTunes, so you can stand to earn hundreds of dollars by hitting up the Music Deals app today. Choose from albums by artists such as Weezer, The Decemberists, The Rolling Stones, and 2 Chainz. (View the whole list by looking under Holiday Freebies on the app. Note, you will need Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8, or Windows 10 Tech Preview and the Xbox Music app to claim and download the songs.)

    Total Savings: At least $1,072

Donna Doyle is an associate editor at dealnews.com, where this article first appeared. 

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