The best Boxing Day sales 2018: what to expect before the January sales

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The Boxing Day sales have turned into a special event to finish off the year in style for all those last-minute bargains. But with so many stores shouting about new deals it can all turn into a bit of a blur, or maybe that’s the eggnog and excessive amounts of turkey lulling us into a slumber.

The short version: you’ve got better things to be doing on the Christmas break than checking all the usual retailers and shifting through deals. So let us do it for you and roundup the finest ones right here!

When do the Boxing Day sales start?

Not a silly question at all. We actually saw lots of retailers push the button (probably with gravy on their fingers) quite early on Christmas Day. But it’s not unusual to see some stores unleash new deals a few days earlier too. With so many super fast delivery options available now, or in-store pickup, retailers are keen to keep the deals going right until the last possible moment before Christmas Day. And a good thing too given how many of us tend to buy late – we’ll start soon, honest. Maybe next week. 

If just before Christmas is the time to scramble for last-minute gifts, anytime from the day itself onwards is the chance to treat yourself or use those gift vouchers to make a great deal a truly spectacular bargain. Let’s do this!

When do the January sales start?

Expect an early start here too. Although if we’re going off the last few years, the January sales haven’t been particularly special. It’s been all about the Boxing Day deals really, although we’re pleased to report some of the better ones stayed online a good few days into January. January sales are more of a continuation of the Boxing Day sales so you can probably expect to see many stores simply rebrand the sales to ‘January’ ones from the day after Boxing Day on December 27th. 

Given many workplaces are off until around January 2nd, retailers are keen to show you the best deals as soon as possible while you’ve got time off at home rather than try to push deals on you while you’re heading back to work or nursing that New Year’s Eve hangover.

Who’s having a Boxing Day sale?

All the big stores get stuck in. With so many keen shoppers going online over the Christmas period in recent years, it’s just too good a chance for them to finish 2018 off with some extra money in the bank. Let’s take a look at the big hitters below and what you can nab from each.

The Amazon Boxing Day sale is a great place to start. Amazon has been on a discounting rampage since mid-November and it certainly won’t be slowing down any time soon. We usually get an early look at the deals a few days before so we can prep highlights of the best ones in advance and then tell you about them as soon as they go live. And seeing as Amazon has a lot of deals going on at once even on a quiet day, getting straight to the good ones will save you a lot of time browsing through tat.

View today’s deals: Amazon

Currys impressed us in the Boxing Days sales last year (and more recently on Black Friday) with big discounts on TVs, laptops, gaming consoles, Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners, kitchen electricals and more so expect something similar around Boxing Day. Keep an eye out for the TV ads showing off the best ones too. 

View today’s deals: Currys

Very.co.uk has been a regular on our deals pages throughout the year and we expect it to have tempting offers on TVs, laptops and consoles once again along with other gadgets. Very is also a top fashion, home and beauty item retailer too so expect a wide gamut of deals.

View today’s deals: Very

AO is one of our go-to retailers when we’re scouring the net for cheap TV deals or laptop deals all year round. AO really specialises in home electrics though and it’s a fantastic time of year to upgrade with a new fridge, freezer, washing machine, kettle, microwave and the like.

View today’s deals: AO

John Lewis doesn’t really like sales, but it does like to nab customers from other retailers by offering a price match service. Why bother with the faff? Because John Lewis offers a two year guarantee on a huge selection of items at no extra charge, which is great for peace of mind when buying electrical items. Despite its disdain for sales, we saw JL unleash some sweet TV, laptop and electrical item deals on Black Friday and it’ll get involved again during this sales period. 

View today’s deals: John Lewis

Argos is one of those retailers who always seem to be having a sale. So it’ll be sure to a song and dance for the Boxing day sales. Annoyingly, much of its stock is region-based, but you can check availability by entering your postcode before going through the checkout process. Discounted prices on laptops, TVs, toys and console bundles are still well worth a look.

View today’s deals: Argos

CDKeys.com is one of the cheapest places on the net for PC games all year round and offer fantastic prices followed by instant delivery of the code, with major platforms like Steam, uPlay, Origins and Battlenet supported. It’s not all about the PC crowd though as CDKeys have some of the best deals going on PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold memberships too. 

View today’s deals: CDKeys

The Zavvi Boxing Day sales are usually worth a look, especially for film and TV fans. Zavvi has a huge range of exclusive steelbook editions of movies old and new too. Pop culture merchandise is a big seller there too.

View today’s deals: Zavvi

Mobiles.co.uk is taking advantage of the growing trend to buy and upgrade phone contracts online rather than on the highstreet. This site offered the very best mobile phone deals back on Black Friday so you can expect more of the same from this trusted mobile phone seller – and we’ve seen a couple of great iPhone / Samsung Galaxy deals this year if you’re thinking of an upgrade.

View today’s deals: Mobiles.co.uk

Carphone Warehouse is an established highstreet retailer and is also one of the best online phone retailers now. We’ll picked out the best mobile phone deals,  whether they’re standalone smartphones, contract phones, voucher codes or whatever else looks like a great mobile deal to us.

View today’s deals: Carphone Warehouse

Ok, admittedly not the most ‘techie’ retailer on this list, but we try to be helpful if we know there are deals to be had out there. And we all wear clothes right? Well you should, especially at this time of year. Next is one of the UK’s most popular clothing retailers and are known for massive sales at this time of year. But why queue outside when you can check out the Next Boxing Day sale and clearance deals at home? This could be a great chance to spruce up your wardrobe ahead of New Year’s Eve.

View today’s deals: Next

More a fan of browsing through the sales for your own special deals? Well, let us give you a head start. The links below will take you through to a wide range of retailers we’re used to seeing get stuck into the Boxing Day and January sales spirit.

The best Boxing Day sales and deals from last year

Want a little taste of what to expect in the upcoming Boxing Day sales? Directly below you’ll find a selection of some of the best deals we saw last year. Naturally, these prices expired a long time ago, but they they could be even cheaper now too! We’d certainly keep our fingers crossed for lower prices each year too. 

New iPad 9.7-inch model £314 (after voucher) @ Currys
Use voucher code IPAD25 at checkout to get this super price on the latest version of the 9.7-inch Apple iPad. This is the successor to the iPad Air 2. It’s a fraction thicker but contains an improved A9 chip with an M9 coprocessor for enhanced performance.

Hisense H55N5500 55-inch Smart HDR 4K TV | Now £499 | Amazon
It’s always great to see great 55-inch 4K TVs going under £500, but it’s especially rare to find one with a High Dynamic Range (HDR) display too for such a low price. Well worth a look at just £499 down from £619.

LG 49UJ630 49-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV | Now £399 | Amazon
Looking to get in on the 4K revolution on a budget? This LG set may not boast HDR (it’s TV’s favourite buzzword right now), but has one of the most intuitive and broad smart-TV operating systems built in.

HP 14-inch Intel Pentium £319.99 @ Argos
This is one of the best-selling laptop deals on Argos’ site right now. Not only is the price cut down for this decent machine with an Intel Pentium processor, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, but you also get a subscription to McAfee Internet Security and a carry case to make sure you start 2018 off the right way.

Sky Entertainment | £20 setup fee | £20 a month
Sky has ditched the old format of multiple tiers of Sky TV packages. The new Sky Entertainment pack is only £20 a month. After clicking the link below, you’ll also be able to add on extra channel add-on packs from just £5 a month (which works out cheaper than the old format and ensures you don’t pay for extras you don’t want). This pack includes a wide variety of dramas, comedies, documentaries, music and Sky Originals. Top channels include Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Nat Geo wild and more.

iPhone X 64GB | £99 upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 4GB data | £50pm
Fonehouse has taken the iPhone X market by storm with this lowest ever price – and it’s EXCLUSIVE to us. You get 4GB of data per month and unlimited calls and texts with Vodafone. £50 tariffs are few and far between, especially when you’re paying less than £100 at the outset. No iPhone X deal can better this one for value right now. Total cost over 24 months is £1299 @ fonehouse.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 | £175 upfront | 15GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £37.99pm
With monthly bills now coming under the £40-mark, this 15GB tariff from e2save is really tasty. Go back a couple of months and this kind of tariff would have cost you a fortune. It now seems much more reasonable, considering the sheer size, power and quality of the brilliant Note 8. 15GB of data will be plenty for most people. Total cost over 24 months is £1086.76 @ e2save.

Get 3 Google Home Minis for £99 @ Currys
Use the link and then scroll down a little and you’ll see a mention of a special offer on Curry’s page where you can get three of these excellent smart speakers for £99, which essentially gives you one for free considering they’re £49 each at the moment. This is a super way to get a cheap multi-room audio setup going.

Apple MacBook Air 2017 £773 (with voucher code) @ Argos
Use voucher code: MAC10. The newest Apple Macbook Air laptops can be frightfully expensive, but Argos has a belter of voucher code deal today on this 13-inch model with an i5 processor and 128GB SSD. Instead of £859, the voucher knocks it down to £773.10.

GoPro Hero 6 Black £399.99 @ Amazon
That’s a massive £100 discount today on the newest GoPro action camera on the market.  4K recording has never been better in the GoPro range, as the new GoPro Hero 6 Black now records at a super smooth 60 fps (frame per second) and the image stabilisation has been improved too.

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