Best Boxing Day clothing and beauty sales: Best offers to expect from Zara, Next, and more
The turkey has yet to be tinkered and our gifts are still safe from prying eyes, but we’re already looking forward to one of the biggest shopping events on the calendar: Boxing Day.
Your last chance to get a bargain before the New Year starts, Boxing Day sales are notoriously big. In the past few years, hundreds of eager buyers have queued in front of the stores. However, expect things to be a little different this year.
While online shopping has been on the rise for some time, the coronavirus pandemic has been booming and more of us have chosen to stay at home and dodge large crowds.
The good news is that whether you want to shop safely in person or from the comfort of your home, you have plenty of great deals, especially when it comes to fashion and beauty.
Traditionally a time when stores want to get rid of excess winter inventory, the Boxing Day sales are a great time to get a good deal on something you kept an eye on but didn’t quite get under the Christmas tree.
Favorite fashion brands like Zara and Asos always have big sales, while luxury e-tailers like Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion make it easier to invest in a designer winter coat for the cool season.
Similarly, some of the most popular skin care and makeup brands, as well as retailers, are participating in the holiday season, including Mac Cosmetics, Fenty Beauty, and Lookfantastic. So if you want to improve your beauty routine, try a new brand or are you dying to replace your favorite mascara. Now is the time.
This year we expect stores to offer more bargains than ever before. To save you from ceaseless scrolling, we will do the hard work for you by bringing together the best fashion and beauty deals. Read on for everything you need to know about Boxing Day sales, including or predicting which deals will be in.
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When does the Boxing Day sale start?
Boxing Day sales traditionally start on December 26th, but in recent years many stores have started their stores even earlier, with some running all month.
Although December is generally a good time to buy something at a discounted price, the discounts tend to get better as the month goes. Therefore, pay close attention to your favorite stores in the days leading up to the event.
How to get the best deals on Boxing Day
Preparation is key to getting the most out of sales. It can be easy to get carried away. So we recommend making a preliminary list of the products you want to buy and setting a budget that will help you exercise some restraint.
It is also worth researching these products and their prices so that you can determine if a store is really a bargain or not. For this purpose, you can use websites like PriceSpy or CamelCamelCamel to check the original price of the products.
Don’t forget to also check the return policy and conditions before purchasing.
Tips for online shopping on Boxing Day
If you want to shop at major retailers like Amazon or John Lewis & Partners, we recommend signing up for an account beforehand. This way, your address and delivery details will already be saved, which will make checking out faster.
It is also worth signing up to Amazon Prime as such a wide range of items can be delivered next day and same day for free. It costs £ 7.99 per month, or an annual fee of £ 79, but you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial of Prime which you can cancel after it is sold.
If you want to be one step ahead of the game, sign up to email newsletters from your favorite brands as these often include discount codes for early access or extra cash. However, you should be extra careful with emails you receive during the sales period to make sure they are legitimate.
Which stores are participating in the Boxing Day sale?
Below are a few retailers to look out for and quick links to their sites with huge discounts expected:
All saints – Known for its elegant leather jackets, the retailer had impressive discounts last year with 20 percent off all full prices and clearance items. We hope the same this time.
Amazon – Last year the online retailer was one of the biggest participants in the Boxing Day sale, which it calls the end of year sale, with huge savings on everything including fashion and beauty.
Arket – The Scandi brand offered up to 50 percent off their fashion items last year, with discounts on everything from knitwear to tailoring. We expect similar offers this time.
Asos – Asos is home to more than 850 brands and is known for its massive fashion and beauty sales. A pre-Christmas sale is currently on offer, with discounts of up to 50 percent on “gift items” including sweaters, bags and shirts.
anthropology – Anthropologie, known for its fashion, housewares and furniture, offered up to 50 percent discounts on selected lines last year and we forecast something similar for 2020.
Boots – Last year, the health and beauty retailer had up to 50 percent off fragrance, make-up, skin care and electronics.
Cult beauty – An online retailer that stocks some of the best beauty brands in the business. This is a sale not to be missed. Last year Cult Beaty offered discounts of up to 50 percent on selected products.
Debenhams – Known for impressive discounts during Black Friday and Boxing Day sales, thousands of products await price drops. It already offers discounts of up to 70 percent on final sales.
Fifty beauty – Available in the UK at Boots and Harvey Nichols, we expect impressive discounts across the range. The brand is launching its Fenty Skin range in stores and online in the UK on Boxing Day, as well as the new Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Powder Foundation. Even when there is no savings, dedicated Fenty fans should keep their eyes peeled.
HM The fashion brand cut its prices on fashion and homeware by 50 percent on Boxing Day sales in 2019. You currently receive up to 50 percent discount on selected items.
Fraser’s house – The department store launched 50 percent discounts on a number of its product lines last year, including women, men, beauty, home and kids. At the moment you can buy the pre-Christmas sales with up to 50 percent discount on fashion and beauty and 20 percent of the full price items with the code “GIFT20”.
John Lewis & Partners – Last year, John Lewis & Partners sales included fashion, technology, electrical and beauty. It also confirmed its promise to never knowingly be undersold, and we hope it will continue to do so in 2020.
La Redoute – The French brand is known for both fashion and furniture. Last year up to 50 percent of the selected products were offered online.
Lookfantastic – Lookfantastic, another popular beauty retailer, had huge sales over the past year, from electronics like ghd hair tools to makeup brands like Urban Decay and Benefit.
Mac Cosmetics – If you wanted to upgrade your makeup supply, now is the time for you. Last year, Mac offered 20 percent off its Christmas collection and a selection of bestsellers.
MS – During last year’s Boxing Day sale, M&S offered up to 50 percent discounts on selected furniture, cookware, fashion and beauty products.
Next – The sale of Next is a huge hit with buyers and usually starts at 6am on Boxing Day and lasts until January last year. Make sure to set your alarms as we expect something similar this year.
River island – River Island’s January sale included 70 percent off select lines. So have your shopping basket ready for this year.
Selfridges – There were many designer items in the post-Christmas sales in 2019. We hope that this will also be the case this year.
Super drug – Whether you hit the high street or shop online, Superdrug’s beauty sale is a must. In the past year, some brands such as Spectrum, Dove, Revolution and Simple were able to achieve savings of up to 50 percent.
Topshop – The fashion retailer has started its pre-Christmas sales with up to 50 percent discounts on selected lines such as coats, dresses, shoes and bags. Bigger discounts are expected on his Boxing Day sale.
The white society – Known for its minimalist, high-quality clothing, from pajamas to cozy sweaters to great housewares, the brand offered up to 50 percent off its “white sale” last year. There is currently a 30 percent discount on selected lines in the pre-Christmas sales.
Urban Outfitters – Last year, up to 75 percent of Urban Outfitter’s vintage pieces were available. There is already a 50 percent discount on fashion and housewares.
Very – With impressive discounts on fashion, home decor, tech and gifts, Very should be on your shopping list this year.
Zara – Last year, fashion favorite Zara offered huge discounts on its winter items, including coats, dresses, shoes, jeans and accessories.
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