If your Christmas presents this year don’t float your boat or you’ve been holding out until the seasonal sales to splash the cash, you might be looking to plan your Boxing Day sales shopping with precision. To help, we’re going to take you through which stores are taking part this year and where to get the best deals.*
Instead of waiting for one day to reduce its stock, Amazon is going to be slashing prices daily from Christmas Eve until December 31st. In the build-up to Christmas it’s still running daily discounts and flash deals, so check the website if you want to see what bargains you could nab.
Department store Debenhams is set to open its doors at 7am on Boxing Day, so that you can take advantage of their sale first thing. Or if you’d rather avoid all the pushing and shoving (plus the early start) you could log onto their website on Christmas Eve to get a head start on some early-bird discounts. Last year, the retailer offered discounts of up to 50% online.
Unlike other big department stores, John Lewis are not open on Boxing Day (excluding Trafford Centre) which means that you’ll have to wait until the 27th to take advantage of up to 50% off products – this was the case last year.
If you can’t wait until then, the John Lewis sale starts online at 5pm on Christmas Eve.
Marks and Spencer
M&S tend not to wait until Boxing Day to lower their prices – for example, last year their sales begun on the 18th December and it’s expected that this year will be a similar setup. To make sure you’re prepared for the sale, continue to check their offers page.
When it comes to the Next sale, you’re going to have to be prepared to queue if past sales are anything to go by. The retailer has kept quiet about specific details of the day, but it is expected that the sale will start at 6am on December 26th, with at least 50% off selected lines.
Argos are kicking off their end of year sale on Christmas Day, meaning that you’ll be able to pick up a few bargains as soon as the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve. Last year, the retailer reduced items by as much as 60% as part of the sales, so this could be a good chance to pick up a few discounted bargains.
With only four stores in the UK – London, Birmingham, Manchester Exchange Square and Manchester Trafford Centre – Selfridges tend to open at their normal hours on Boxing Day. Last year for example, the Oxford Street flagship store opened at 9am.
You can get more information on the Selfridges sale and when it will start on their website.
If you’re looking to get a few bargains on technical gadgets in the sales, then Currys could be your best bet. They start their sale at 7pm on Christmas Eve and you should expect money off a variety of items, including printers, desktop and potentially Apple products as well –although you’ll have to be quick to nab these, of course!
In the run up to the sales, be sure to check the websites of the stores you’re interested in to find as much information about their sale as possible. You shouldn’t feel pressured into spending for the sake of it, research the items you want beforehand and try to stick to a budget!
Remember, when shopping on Boxing Day that you probably won’t be able to return items that you’ve got for Christmas, as most stores won’t do returns until after the sale is over.
*Information correct at time of writing – 21/12/15