2020 is finally winding down, and while we’re all relieved to see the back of it, those of us still looking to nab a deal before the year ends still have Boxing Day and January sales to look forward to. In fact, a few retailers have already started Boxing Day offers!
While Black Friday and Cyber Monday have overshadowed Boxing Day’s glory in recent years, it’s still an excellent opportunity to pick up a discounted smartphone, laptop, TV, Fitbit or gaming console. It’s also a great time to exchange gifts that didn’t really light you up with joy on Christmas morning – just as long as you have the gift receipt.
Here we’re taking a look at where to get the best Boxing Day deals on your favourite tech along with how to deal with returns and refunds after Christmas.
When is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day arrives a day after Christmas, which means this year it’s on Sunday 26 December. It’s likely that sales might arrive before the day itself, given how Black Friday sales start earlier and earlier every year.
What is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is a 19th-century English tradition, where the rich would offer gifts in boxes to the poor, typically to servants who would have the day after Christmas off.
While that might be the origin, the event is now wholly a commercial one. Now retailers worldwide participate in Boxing Day, particularly in Commonwealth countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Best Boxing Day 2020 tech deals and January sales
We’ll be updating this section with more deals as we head closer to the day itself, but in the meantime, check out some of the best Christmas tech offers we’re seeing in the UK below:
1. Apple iPhone 12 mini
From: Currys PC World
Was: From £699
Now: From £679 (£20 off)
Currys PC World has kicked off its Boxing Day deals early, with £20 off the iPhone 12 mini. The same offer is also available from Amazon. See the best iPhone 12 deals for more bargains.
2. Google Pixel 4a (5G) with 18GB data
Now: £26 per month, £29.99 upfront
Carphone Warehouse has launched its January Sales. Right now, you can get the Pixel 4a 5G at the price of the 4G model. We’re looking at all the best Pixel 4a 5G deals here.
3. Dyson V7 Total Clean
From: Currys PC World
Now: £199 (£120 off)
The Dyson V7 has an incredible £120 off from Currys right now.
4. CDKeys Seasonal Sale
Now: Up to 90% off all platforms
CKKeys’s Christmas Sale runs until 27 December, giving you plenty of time to snap up a deal on your favourite games. Get up to 90% off games from all platforms.
5. Google Nest Mini
From: Currys PC World
Now: £19 (£30 off)
6. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB, 128GB)
Now: £735 (£164 off)
The i5 Surface Pro 7 with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD is now down to £735 from the Amazon, saving £164 on the RRP. The same model is available from the Microsoft Store for £739.
7. NordVPN 2 Years + 3 Months Free
Now: £68.53 (£2.86 per month) (£152.27 off)
Browse in complete privacy on your Mac. NordVPN protects your connection with next-generation encryption, automatic detection of malicious sites, a kill-switch, and more. Stay safe online — anywhere, any time.
Get 68% off now as a part of Nord’s Christmas deal, with includes 3 additional months for free, on top of the standard 2 year plan.
8. Oppo Find X2 Lite with Nintendo Switch
Now: From £20 per month (no upfront cost)
This excellent offer from Virgin includes a free Nintendo Switch with the Oppo Find X2 Lite.
9. Apple iPhone SE with 50GB data
Now: £25.99 per month (no upfront costs)
Here’s an excellent deal from Mobiles that gets you 50GB data (4G) on the iPhone SE for under £30 per month, with no upfront costs.
10. Apple AirPods Pro
From: Appliances Direct
Now: £195 (£54 off)
The AirPods Pro are Apple’s ultimate in-ear headphones. They offer active noise cancellation and three sizes of soft flexible silicon tips for a customisable, comfortable fit. Right now you can get £54 off the usual price with Appliances Direct.
11. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet (16GB)
Now: £34.99 (£15 off)
12. Mi Smart Band 5
Now: £19.99 (£20 off)
13. Beer52: 8 Beers, magazine and snack
Now: £5.95 for Delivery (Free, with code b52googfree2)
Just pay delivery on this offer from Beer52 that gets your first crate for free. Use code b52googfree2.
14. Bush Record Player
Now: £29.99 (Same Day Delivery Available)
Here’s a great retro gift idea from Argos for music lovers. And at an affordable £29.99 with same-day delivery, it’s even more welcome!
15. Fitbit Charge 4
Now: £99 (£30.99 off)
16. Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
Now: £17.99 (£12 off)
The new Fire TV Stick Lite is the cheapest way to convert your TV into a smart TV – and now it’s even cheaper. The Lite model doesn’t have any TV controls, but you can use the voice remote to search and launch shows across various apps, including BBC iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Now TV, Disney+, ITV, All 4 and others.
17. Oculus Rift S
Now: £299 (£100 off)
18. Theragun: Christmas Sale
Was: From £175
Now: From £150 (£25 to £149 off)
Therabody is offering up to £149 off its Theragun percussive massage guns this Christmas, which means you get another shot at its Black Friday pricing. See our full coverage.
19. SIM: Smarty Unlimited Data
Was: £20 per month
Now: £15 per month (for 12 months)
Smarty’s unlimited data plan normally comes at a palatable cost of £20 per month, and is now reduced to £15 per month for Christmas.
It’s not on contract, so you can stick to the package for as long or as little as you want. There are no speed restrictions either. Smarty operates off of Three’s network and you can use its tool to check your coverage.
You get up to 20GB at no additional cost if you’re abroad in the EU. There is a usage cap of 1000GB generally, which prevents commercial use of the SIM (which Smarty doesn’t allow).
Pros: ✔Not on contract ✔No speed restrictions ✔Tethering ✔EU roaming ✔No credit check
Cons: ✘4G only ✘20GB data limit abroad
20. Vodafone 100GB data (SIM-Only)
Was: £16 per month
Now: £11.50 per month (£54 off with cashback)
This incredible SIM-O deal from Vodafone includes 100GB of data for £11.50 per month. Just remember to claim the cashback! Not sure how cashback phone and SIM deals work? See our full guide.
Where to find best Boxing Day tech deals – best sales on now
Here are best tech and software sales on right now ahead of January:
Amazon – Discounts on smart home, tablets, laptops, phones, software, beauty and health and more. See its dedicated Boxing Day page
AO.com – Deals across white goods, home and kitchen appliances, TVs, laptops, £51 off Apple Air Pods Pro, and more
Apple – For best Apple deals visit Macworld.
Argos – Deals across tech, smart home, home and furniture, appliances, and more
Appliance City – Fridge freezers, cookers, washing machines, kitchen appliances and more.
Appliances Direct – Discounts on bathroom, white appliances, kitchen appliances, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and TVs.
Box.co.uk – Deals across TVs, Laptops, Desktop PCs, components, monitors, and accessories.
BT – £50 off AirPod, £20 off iPad
Carphone Warehouse – Big data SIM deals, Pixel 4a deals, Free Fitbit Versa 2 with iPhone XR – see full January Sale
CD Keys – Up to 90% off across all platforms (PC, Xbox, PS, Switch) until 27 December
Currys PC World – £130 off Apple Watch 5, Lenovo Smart Clock for £19 (£30 off), £200 off HP Envy, TV deals, gaming, smart home, white goods, and more. We’re separately covering the best Currys deals here
eBay – 15% off with code PRESENTS15
ESET – January Sale with 25% off ESET Internet Security until 18 January
Fitbit – Best Fitbit deals.
GAME – Gaming gift guides, £5 off with £50 online purchases
365Games – Discounts on PS4 games, smart home, DVDs and more
Green Man Gaming – Winter sale with PC Games Discounts
John Lewis – Offers across home, fashion, electricals and gifts
Laptops Direct – Deals across laptops, phones, PCs and TVs
Lovehoney – Couple’s bundles (adult content).
Microsoft – Boxing Week Sale begins with £219 off Surface Pro 7, £290 off Surface Book 3, £199 off Surface Laptop 3, 50% off Xbox games.
Mobiles.co.uk – Cheap Apple iPhone SE deals, Google Pixel 5 deals and more
Mobile Phones Direct – High data plans available across Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy devices with no upfront costs
Nintendo Switch – Best Christmas and Boxing Day discounts online. Ring Fit deals can be found here.
NordVPN – 68% off and three months free if you sign up for two years. NordVPN is our top VPN pick.
O2 – Discounts on iPhone, iPad, and Samsung phones
Park Cameras – Discounts and cashback on cameras and lenses
PlayStation 5 – Where to buy PS5 before Christmas
Samsung – £100 cashback on select phones, additional £30 cashback when you buy more than one, Farewell 2020 sale includes 15% off S20 and S20 Ultra
Sky – TV and broadband packages with up to £20 off
Smarty – Cheap SIM Only deals
Smyths – Discounts on gaming and toys
Tesco Mobile – Deals across iPhone, Samsung and SIM-only
Three – Unlimited SIM deals and bundles
Very – For deals across tech and lifestyles head on over to Very. It’s prices aren’t always the most competitive so we’d thoroughly recommend comparing its discounts against the top dogs Amazon and Currys before heading to check out.
Wex Photo Video- Discounts on cameras. microphones, lighting equipment, rigs and more
Xbox Series X & Xbox Series S – Best deals across the web
23andMe – 50% off Health and Ancestry kits. Ends 26 December
Can you get a refund on Boxing Day?
If your purchase is within the refund policy window then you’re in luck! Make sure you have your receipt, which shouldn’t be too difficult if you’ve ordered online.
In the past, some UK retailers have refrained from processing refunds in-store on Boxing Day due to high in-store traffic, but given the restrictions around gathering in masses this year, it’s unlikely to be an issue this year.
Instead, most retailers are extending their returns policies up to late January, giving you plenty of time to get your money back. In fact, Currys PC World will even pick up the item you want to return from your doorstep!
Which retailers have extended holiday returns over Christmas and Boxing Day 2020?
Boxing Day also gives you an opportunity to return gifts that you received over Christmas or bought over the end of year sales season. You might also want to return an item you bought on Black Friday for instance, if you spot a better deal on the same item on 26 December.
Whatever the case, this year, with so many physical store locations closing down due to COVID, many retailers are offering extended holiday returns well into January 2021. In most cases, the extended holiday return policies apply to purchases made in November up until Christmas Eve.
We’ve outlined the extended Christmas returns for major retailers and brands below:
Argos – Purchases made between 18 October 2020 can be returned up to 24 January 2021.
Amazon – Purchases that are eligible for return and are shipped between 1 October and 31 December can be returned until 31 January 2021. The standard 30-day period applies to items delivered after 31 December, 2020. Head to Your Orders on your account to make a return.
AO.com- AO offers a free 100-day return policy
Asos – Purchases made between 1 November 2020 to 24 December 2020 can be returned until 31 January 2021, for a full refund. Returns after 31 January 2021 within 29-45 days of it being delivered qualifies for a refund via gift voucher
Apple – Purchases that are received between 10 November and 25 December can be returned until 8 January 2021. The standard 14-day return request policy applies to purchases made after 25 December.
Currys PC World – Purchases made between 29 October and 24 December can be returned up to 14 January 2021. Online orders from Currys can be collected from your home or returned at selected stores.
Fitbit – Purchases made in November and December can be returned up until 31 January 2021, or within 45 days of shipment (whichever is longer).
GAME – No cash refunds or exchanges, but purchases made on or after Sunday 1 November can be returned by Sunday 3 January 2021 for an equivalent credit note or gift voucher.
John Lewis – Purchases made after 8 October can be returned until 28 January 2021
Microsoft – Purchases made until 31 December 2020 can be returned until 31 January 2021
Further reading – Our guides on how to get refunds