The best part about Christmas isn’t just the mountain of gifts, the way-too-competitive board games played after you’ve stuffed yourself full of roast, or even the return of the Doctor Who Christmas special. It’s the day after. Piles of leftover turkey and panettone just waiting to be eaten, all while you browse the best Boxing Day sales.
While Black Friday can be a great way to get all your Christmas presents at a discount, the Boxing Day sales frequently offer even bigger savings, with retailers looking to clear out both older and newer stock. Whether you’re in search of the latest gadget or hoping to score a saving on last season’s fashion, it’s a great time to shop.
We’ve been tracking the best Boxing Day sales for years here at IndyBest, and less than a week to go until the post-Christmas sales get started, this is your cheat sheet to the shopping event, from the dates to know and the best deals to expect.
Best early deals to shop now
You can save over 50 per cent off the Amazon Echo pop right now, taking its price down to less than £20. This Bluetooth smart speaker complete with Alexa can be used to stream music, set timers, ask random questions and much more. In our review of the Amazon Echo Pop, our writer said: “The Echo pop is a fun, pretty cute-looking Alexa device with a slanting fabric speaker front anxd a plastic rear.” Plus, the sound quality is “decent for such a small device.”
The Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s most powerful machine. Large and cuboid but completely silent, it matches the performance of a high-end gaming PC – loading games in a snap and booting up menus in a fraction of a second. If you’ve been waiting years for the Xbox series X to come down in price, your time has come. With this Amazon deal, you can save 30 per cent on the next-generation console, seeing it reduced by £140 to just £342.42
Apple AirPods, 3rd generation: Was £169, now £149, Amazon.co.uk
Save £20 on Apple’s third-generation AirPods ahead of the Boxing Day sales. Our tech critic David Phelan has tested the third-gen AirPods. In his review, he noted they were a “very big step up from the second-generation model”. Phelan added that the “improved audio is noticeable, especially with spatial audio and the new shape”. He did add, though, that the AirPods Pro sound that bit better, thanks to noise-cancelling. So, if you want to block out any external noise, we’d recommend waiting for deals on the AirPods Pro.
Dyson airwrap multi-styler and dryer with presentation case and comb: Was £479.99, now £399.99, Boots.com
Typically, offers on the Dyson’s nearly £500 airwrap remain few and far between, so this latest saving is one to shout about. In fact, it’s been reduced down to its Black Friday price with a whopping £80 discount, thanks to Boots. The famous tool has been heralded countless times, with our reviewer noting it can “simultaneously dry and style hair”, and praising its ability to “create the perfect curl”.
Apple iPad, 2021, 10.2in: Was £369, now £319, Very.co.uk
The cheapest iPad you’ll find is the 10.2in model, which launched in 2021. The ninth-generation iPad is a fast and powerful tablet with a great screen and full-sounding stereo speakers. It works with the Apple pencil and the smart keyboard, too, unlocking extra functionality for anyone who wants to stay productive while on the move. it’s discounted by £50 at Very ahead of the Boxing Day sales.
The brand’s hoodies rated highly in our round-up of the best blanket hoodies, where we found the oversized hoodie to be “very oversized, cocooning our 6ft tester down to the knees.” Complete with a hood, sleeves and practical front pouch, the hoodie is finished in a plush soft-to-touch flannel fleece with sherpa fleece lining the inside.
Simba hybrid pro mattress, double: Was £1,599, now £879.45, Simbasleep.com
Naturally, Simba’s flagship hybrid pro mattress secured a spot in our round-up of the best. “We were thoroughly impressed with this hybrid mattress. A layer of memory foam moulds to your body, gently cradling you, while a layer of springs gives more considered support, which saw us wake without any aches or pains,” our tester said. Now, you can save 45 per cent in the brand’s early Boxing Day sale, ensuring you sleep easy in 2024.
Our Place is still offering stellar holiday savings. Its cult always pan 2.0 has been reduced by £45, meaning it’s at one of its lowest prices ever. In our review of the design, our tester said: “The always pan 2.0 is beautiful, and it’s made from post-consumer recycled aluminium, which is nothing but a great thing. There’s also a certain satisfaction from cooking on such an uncannily smooth surface, and it could be the more sensible choice if you’re cooking for one or two people.”
Tefal easy fry precision two-in-one air fryer and grill: Was £139.99, now £69.99, Amazon.co.uk
If you’ve been eyeing up an air fryer for a while but are yet to invest, now’s the time, as this model is currently reduced by 50 per cent. Tefal’s model boasts a 4.2l capacity, eight cooking programs and a grill function for all your culinary needs. Saving you both time and energy, you’ll be able to rustle up everything from crispy chips and juicy burgers to grilled halloumi and vegetables.
Clinique best of Clinique beauty gift set: Was £210, now £75, Johnlewis.com
Enjoy a mega saving of £135 on this Clinique gift set, thanks to John Lewis’s early Boxing Day sale. The six full-size fan favourites span skincare and make-up, from the high impact mascara and moisture surge to the seven-day scrub cream and eye cream, all packed into an exclusive make-up bag.
Ugg women’s essential mini boot: Was £160, now £127.99, Ugg.com
Aptly named, the essential mini boot is a wardrobe essential this season. With a saving of 20 per cent, the beige suede boot seems even sweeter and its Uggplush wool blend lining is sure to keep your feet nice and toasty. Right now, all sizes are available, although we imagine they will sell out quite quickly.
Lumie vitamin L Sad light box: Was £99, now £59.99, Amazon.co.uk
You can currently save almost 40 per cent on a SAD lamp from Lumie as we try and get used to the darker months. This Lumie model can be placed on a surface in either portrait or landscape orientation, so it’s ideal for compact spaces. We included this exact Lumie light box in our best SAD lamps round-up, with our tester noting: “It’s super easy to use – just plug in, switch on and go.”
Nespresso vertuo pop coffee machine: Was £100, now £59, Amazon.co.uk
Receiving a glowing five-star review from our writer, this machine was praised as being “small but mighty” and it will slot seamlessly onto most people’s kitchen countertops. Describing the machine as “incredibly sleek and streamlined,” our tester couldn’t find any faults with the fuss-free appliance. There’s no better time to buy one, either, as John Lewis has slashed its price by 41 per cent.
Shark stratos anti-hair-wrap plus pet pro cordless vacuum: Was £499.99, now £379.99, Amazon.co.uk
Taking the top spot in our review of the best cordless vacuum cleaners, you can make light work of your floors with this 23 per cent saving. Our tester found that the appliance “makes an ideal vacuum for larger households, pet owners and anyone wanting to take all the effort out of vacuuming and make the process more enjoyable”. During testing, they found that suction power on carpet and hard floor to be a “dream”. There’s never been a better time to upgrade your vacuum.
Ganni green logo wool vest: Was £195, now £117, Ganni.com
Ganni’s knit vests are instantly recognisable. The hero style is finished in the Scandi label’s multicolour logo graphic and comes in myriad colourways (we love the Kalamata best). Crafted from warming recycled wool, it’s cut into a regular fit with a V-neckline and ribbed hems, for a more structured silhouette. Reduced by more than 40 per cent in Ganni’s winter sale, now’s the time to invest.
Myvitamins omega 3 essentials: Was £7.49, now £3.67, Myprotein.com
Wellness editor Madeleine Spencer wrote an entire piece on why she swears by omega 3 – and it’s made the whole team want to invest in these relatively affordable supplements. “It took about a fortnight to notice the difference,” she wrote, adding that her “skin wasn’t so volatile, getting spotty less frequently”, and when it did break out she “found the redness and swelling subsided more quickly”. The other benefits included her hair being shinier and her nails stronger. We’re sold.
Olaplex no.3 hair perfector: Was £28, now £16.33, Amazon.co.uk
From dullness to dryness and split ends, it can feel like an endless struggle to take good care of your locks, but this cult treatment could be the answer to all your hair prayers. In our review of Olaplex’s no.3 hair perfector, our tester said it “worked wonders on their split ends and made their hair visibly shinier.” They added: “We found it to be a really effective at-home solution, so much so, we’d go as far as to say it produced results that were far better than other at-home treatments we’ve used in the past.” Now, you can save 42 per cent on a bottle.
Amazon Fire TV stick 4K: Was £59.99, now £39.99, Amazon.co.uk
You can binge-watch all your favourite shows with Amazon’s bestselling Fire TV stick. Plus, Amazon has sliced the price of its streaming device by 33 per cent, so you can watch Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus and more for less (as long as you have a subscription to each service). It should also work to enhance your viewing and audio experience, with vibrant 4K Ultra HD, support for Dolby Vision, and more. There’s no better time to invest.
This bright blue Percival knit has a saving of more than 50 per cent. Perfect for those who like to be loud with their fashion finds, it’s an eye-catching design. Plus, crafted from cotton, we’re expecting to be impressed with the quality, too.
When do Boxing Day sales start in 2023?
It’s a date baked into everyone’s consciousness. The Boxing Day sales take place on the same date every year – 26 December.
While many retailers don’t start their Boxing Day sales until, well, Boxing Day, many kick things off with pre-Christmas discounts that last until the day before Christmas. Amazon, for example, is already offering up to 60 per cent off tech and home appliances, while Argos has up to half price off toys, games and fitness equipment.
One of the biggest outliers is high street retailer Zara. The brand always launches its Boxing Day sale a few hours early on Christmas Day. Over the past few years, it’s kicked off its sale on its app and website at 9pm and 10pm respectively.
How long do Boxing Day sales last?
Traditionally, Boxing Day sales lasted just one day, but the deals now run through to the end of January, meaning you don’t have to rush to pick up a bargain.
Are the Boxing Day sales better than the January sales?
There isn’t too much difference between the Boxing Day sales and the January sales – just a name change when 1 January rolls around. You’ll find the exact same savings between 26 December and 31 January, so don’t panic. There is one reason you might prefer to shop closer to Boxing Day than the end of January, however. If you’re searching for clothes, you might struggle to find a broader range of sizes as the post-Boxing Day sales roll on. The size of the discount is usually unaffected though, especially when it comes to tech, so don’t worry about rushing into a purchase.
What Boxing Day deals can we expect in 2023?
While we won’t know what kind of stuff will be discounted in the Boxing Day sales, we can make some educated guesses by turning back the clock and looking at the savings seen in the Boxing Day sales in 2022, as well as the more recent Black Friday sales in November.
There was a lot to choose from when it came to household appliances and kitchenware. This Le Creuset cast iron casserole soup pot (£199, Johnlewis.com) was discounted by a whopping 40 per cent in the John Lewis Boxing Day sale, while Amazon had discounted the Ninja foodi flexdrawer air fryer (£269.99, Amazon.co.uk) to just £219.
Where tech is concerned, the Black Friday sales saw Apple’s AirPods Pro (£219, Amazon.co.uk) reduced to their lowest ever price at £199, while those after a Fitbit Charge 5 (£129, Amazon.co.uk) were treated to a hefty 42 per cent discount. Elsewhere, LG’s 48in OLED48A26 TV (£999, Ao.com) was reduced to just £799 at electronics retailer AO.
And in terms of fashion and jewellery, we saw Ugg’s “oh yeah” slides discounted by a huge £50, while a Monica Vinader disco chain bracelet was slashed in half.
There are plenty more Boxing Day savings to get excited about ahead of the big day. We’ll be rounding up some of the best early Boxing Day deals as we get nearer to Christmas.
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