Boxing Day and January sales are coming up fast, and we're already seeing sales going live across the UK with the likes of Asos, Harrods and Simba all offering early discounts. We're looking forward to some excellent TV, laptop, Chromebook and fitness tracker deals as well this year, so be sure to check out the top offers below for more.
While most Boxing Day sales will be officially starting at midnight, 26 December, we expect to see plenty of early Boxing Day deals dropping in the days before. With the high street opening its doors to most areas in the UK, you might be able to grab some offers in-store as well, though online sales are going to be a big deal this year and is a much safer way to shop as well.
So if you don't think you've got that perfect present under the tree, there's another way to make sure you end the year with some new gadgets, and that's all before we see the massive furniture sales of January as well.
As usual, there will be a lot of offers to sort though. That's why we're bringing you all the best Boxing Day sales we expect to see right here, with an alphabetised list of all the retailers you should be keeping an eye on just below. We'll also be keeping this page stacked with the latest January sales as well.
First though, for anyone who can’t wait for the Boxing Day sales, here are the best sales happening now…
Google Nest Mini: Â£49 Â£19 at Currys
Save Â£30 - If you've already set up a Google Assistant ecosystem for your smart home, you can grab another smart speaker for just under Â£20 right now. That's excellent news if you're stocking up to raise the IQ of multiple rooms. View Deal
New Amazon Echo Dot + 6 months Amazon Music Unlimited free: Â£49.99 Â£29.99 at Amazon
Save Â£20 - The new Amazon Echo Dot tooks its first price cut last month. You can still grab it for just Â£30 - not bad considering the smart speaker was only released in October and usually comes in at Â£50. Plus, you're even getting six months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free as well. You're unlikely to find this item cheaper in the Boxing Day sales. View Deal
Fitbit Charge 4:Â£129.99Â£99.99 at Argos
The Fitbit Charge 4 is one of the best fitness trackers you can buy today, and was only released earlier this year. It's the first Fitbit Charge to feature on-board GPS to track your outdoor activities without a smartphone. It also offers all-day heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring, contactless payments via Fitbit Pay and a lot more, all in a sleek, lightweight watch. View Deal
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Â£199 Â£129 at Currys
Save Â£70 - It may be slightly older now, but the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active still offers plenty of fitness and smartphone features at a great price, especially with the Â£70 in this week's Boxing Day sales. Plus, you're getting Samsung Pay in here as well. View Deal
AirPods Pro: Â£249 Â£195 at Laptops Direct This is the lowest price we've seen on the AirPods Pro ever, and it's Â£4 cheaper than the Â£199 price we saw over Black Friday. That means you're getting a steal in these early Boxing Day sales, so if you've been waiting for just a little extra to be shaved off these premium buds now's the time to pounce. View Deal
Astro A50 gaming headset: Â£300 Â£200 at Currys
Save Â£100 - The Astro A50 is a super sleek and convenient gaming headset, packed with 7.1 surround sound, a noise-cancelling microphone and that all-important base unit. The base station makes pairing and charging super easy and connects through WiFi for a super low latency experience as well. Linked here is the PlayStation model (compatible across both generations), but you'll also find the Xbox version available at this price as well. View Deal
Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones: Â£330 Â£219 at Amazon This is close to the lowest deal we've ever seen for these Sony headphones. With over Â£100 off the original RRP, Amazon is giving you the chance to pick up Sony's excellent, top-of-the-line wireless and noise-cancelling cans for a fraction of the price. View Deal
Nintendo Switch Lite | Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Â£219 at Currys This Super Mario 3D All-Stars bundle can save you just under Â£25 over the price of both the console and game separately. That's excellent value for the recent release, and one nostalgia fans should have no hesitation in taking advantage of.
JVC 40-inch 4K TV: Â£319.99 Â£259.99 at Currys
Save Â£60 - This cheap JVC is an excellent way to upgrade to 4K for less this Christmas. You're getting a 40-inch display here, with a 50Hz panel and HDR 10, but you can also upgrade to 50-inches for Â£60 off at Â£319. View Deal
Hisense 55-inch 4K TV: Â£399 Â£369 at Currys If you're looking for a larger display, you'd be hard pressed to find one cheaper than this. Â£369 is a fantastic price for a 55-inch TV, and with Hisense's reputation for quality in budget pricing, you're not skimping on the specs either. View Deal
Asus Flip C433 14-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: Â£499 Â£399 at Currys
Save Â£100 - It's rare to find a cheap Chromebook with a 2-in-1 design, but that's exactly what you're getting in these early Boxing Day sales. If you don't want to deal with the faff of Windows but still need a flexible laptop / tablet you'll find 64GB of storage (expandable with an SD card), 4GB RAM and an Intel m3 processor in here. View Deal
Where to find the best Boxing Day sales
Abercrombie & Fitch The Abercrombie & Fitch Boxing Day sale is now live, with up to 30% off sitewide and free delivery on orders over Â£75. You'll find a range of men's and women's fashion here as well as the Fierce fragrance line as well.Â
Adidas The Adidas Boxing Day sale is now offering up to 50% off a range fashion and footwear. You'll find everything from joggers to popular trainer designs featured in the sale - across men's, women's and kids.Â
Affordable Mobiles If you're after the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy device, you might be able to score a discount on top contracts from the likes of EE, O2, Vodafone, and Three here. Not only that, but you can also score cheaper contracts on older models and pick up refurbished units here as well.
Alienware If you're looking to stock up on PC gaming gear, or simply after a whole new rig you'll want to take a look at Alienware's line of turbo-powered gaming laptops and accessories. Prices are dropping on M15, M17 and Area-51M machines right now, but you'll also find plenty of cheap accessories as well.Â
Amazon Amazon's massive range of categories and frequency of sales means it's an excellent retailer for grabbing some super cheap tech, homeware, kitchen accessories, and more this year. Not only that, but Amazon has been in savings-mode for a while now, with events running since its delayed Prime Day October date.
AO If you're after electronics, AO's selection of TVs, laptops, consoles, headphones, smartwatches and more will serve you well. However, you'll also find large appliances with frequent discounts over sales events here as well, and installations run seven days a week.
Argos From toys to tech, furniture to fitness equipment, you'll find a fantastic range of goods at Argos this year. Plus, with same-day instore pickup you can get all your Boxing Day deals even faster as Argos will be open from 10am-5pm on the day itself.
Asos We've seen Asos offering up to 70% off in recent weeks, so you'll be able to score some major discounts on fashion across a number of brands and labels in this year's Boxing Day sales. Plus Asos has also extended its returns window to January 31 as well.
Base.com Base is your home for all things cheap entertainment. From cheap games to smart home devices, PC peripherals to Blu-Rays there's plenty to get your hands on here and a range of sales live at the moment as well.
Boohoo If you're browsing men's and women's fashion, Boohoo's regular site-wide sales and discounted delivery rates make for an excellent shot. Boohoo is less brand-focused, but there's a good range of categories to browse.
Box From smart home devices to electric scooters you'll find plenty of gadgets up for grabs at Box. Not only that, but we usually see a good selection of laptop deals hitting Box's shelves over the sales period, so if you're after a cheap machine (or a stacked gaming PC) you'll be served well here.
BT BT's tech shop is stocked full of the year's hottest items, from the Nintendo Switch to AirPods Pro. We usually see pretty competitive prices from BT all year round, which means you'll find some excellent offers here come the Boxing Day sales.
Carphone Warehouse If you don't think there's an iPhone 12 or Samsung Galaxy S20 under the tree this year, Carphone Warehouse's wide selection of phone contracts or SIM-only deals will help you set that right. Not only that, but you can save on accessories, tablets, and TV and broadband packages as well.
CDKeys Looking to get some cheap games for your new console? CDKeys is a well recognized seller of PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC codes. With regular sales you can often pick up some pretty cheap titles, especially if you're buying for a new Windows machine.
Chitter Chatter Chitter Chatter often has some of the best phone contract prices on the market, collecting offers from 3, EE and Vodafone to help you switch your provider for less. Plus, we regularly see free gifts included with your contract here, with the Nintendo Switch even making an appearance over the year.
Currys Your go-to for cheap tech and appliance deals, Currys always comes in strong over the Boxing Day sales. You'll find a massive range of gadgets and devices here, and the Price Match Guarantee means that you can always ensure you're getting the best deal possible.
Dell If you're after a durable laptop with the latest Intel 11th generation processors, Dell's frequent PC deals can certainly help you out. You're, obviously, limited to Dell's own lines here, but the Inspiron makes for a great cheaper machine while the premium XPS certainly impresses with its high-end build quality and features.
Disney Fancy dress, stationery, toys, and Disney+, it's all up for grabs at the official Disney Store. So, if you're looking for a little more magic to round out the Christmas season, you might just find some perfect discounts here.
DJI There's plenty more to DJI's store than mind blowingly expensive drones. You'll find discounts on everything from Osmo action camera gear to mid-range quadcopters and the Pocket line of accessories as well.
Dyson Dyson vacuums have proved themselves to be particularly popular this year as more of us spend our time at home. That means we've seen some excellent discounts over the last few months, and expect to see similar offers over the Boxing Day sales as well. You'll also find haircare accessories and smart home gear as well as vacuums here.
Ebay You can find pretty much anything under the sun on eBay, and with plenty of high street retailers like Currys and Argos offering cheaper stock on the marketplace site, the face of eBay has certainly changed over the years. You'll find an eBay Money Back Guarantee in place, as well as regular site-wide discount codes.
Ebuyer If you're looking to pick up some cheap PC gaming components, accessories or pre-built rigs and laptops, Ebuyer's Boxing Day sale should work well in your favour. We see frequent discounts on everything from high end laptops to peripherals and components from Razer, Corsair, Seagate, Intel, AMD, Nvidia and more.
EE The UK's fastest network not only offers up excellent phone contracts on the latest handsets, but we also regularly see discounts on top accessories like Samsung Galaxy tablets, AirPods, and smartwatches as well.
Evans Cycles You'll find up to 50% off the price of clothing and cycling accessories available at Evans Cycles right now, as well as some excellent discounts on electric scooters and bikes themselves. Fitness trackers, lights, and muscle massagers are also on sale here, making this a one stop shop for cycling fans.Â
Eve Sleep If you're looking for a new mattress, Eve has a massive range of builds, materials, and features to make sure you find the perfect surface. Plus, you can regularly save cash on these memory foam or hybrid mattresses and sales events that apply discounts across the store, or throw in free pillows on top.
Fitness Superstore 2020 may have been the year of the home gym, but if you're looking to start the new year with a healthier lifestyle, Fitness Superstore is an excellent place to start looking for some new gear. From home exercise machines to weights and boxing equipment, there's plenty on offer here and regular clearance sales as well.
Fonehouse Fonehouse is a well trusted online phone store, with regular discounts on everything from the cheapest Samsung devices to the latest iPhones. Not only that, but you can also take advantage of their new trade-in scheme as well.
Footasylum Nike, Adidas, Puma, and all the rest of your favourites are here, with trainers, fashion and accessories all up for grabs. Browse clearance discounts or excellent prices on the latest releases.
Furniture Village If you're looking to renovate the house for the new year, you'll find some excellent discounts in the regular Furniture Village sales. You'll find living room, dining room, bedroom and bathroom furniture, fittings and accessories here.
Game From consoles to merch, and all the games in between, you'll find plenty of discounts on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo and PC gear at Game this Boxing Day. Plus, we do sometimes see sales on digital product codes here as well - perfect if you need a new PS Plus or Game Pass subscription.
GoPro With the latest GoPro Hero 9 Black now on the shelves, we'd recommend looking to GoPro for discounts on the older Hero 8 model and the Hero 7 Black as well. We've seen GoPro regularly offering its latest devices in bundle deals as well, which will send you home with plenty of gear to make the most of your action camera.
GO Outdoors You can save well over half price on a massive range of outdoor clothing, boots, backpacks, and tents at Go Outdoors in the latest Boxing Day sales. If you can't wait to get back out there, this is the perfect chance to stock up on essentials during the quieter season.Â
Habitat The Habitat Boxing Day sale is here and you can save up to 50% on a range of homeware lines right now. Whether you're redecorating the bedroom or the living room, you'll find some excellent discounts on everything from sofas to bedding here.Â
Halfords If you're planning on getting back on your bike soon, the Halfords sales are often a good place to seek out some cheap accessories and repair gear. Not only that, but you'll also find plenty of car goods as well.
Harrods You'll find a massive range of high end fashion, homeware and personal care goods in the Harrods sale right now. With stores currently closed, you'll have to head to the website to shop this year.
HP Those working from home will be pleased to hear that HP regularly discounts its own range of laptops, PCs, accessories, and monitors. We usually see some excellent value in all-in-one machines as well, which send you home with everything you need for a desktop setup at a great price.
Hughes Online retailer Hughes offers a massive range of electronics and appliances at some excellent prices. Whether you're after a TV, fridge-freezer, some new headphones, or a vacuum the widespread savings across the site are likely to offer up a fantastic deal.
Interflora If you're sending flowers to those you can't be with this Christmas, Inteflora's Christmas collection is an excellent way to do so. Plus, come the Boxing Day sales we expect these prices to plummet as well.
Jabra The Jabra Elite Active line offers powerful true wireless earbuds with a focus on fast lifestyles and a fitness-first design. However, you'll also find over-ear headphones here as well as camera and audio equipment designed to make those work VCs a little easier as well.
Jacamo Jacamo has expanded its range from men's fashion to include tech, gaming and grooming products as well. That means you may find discounts on the latest iPads sitting next to Adidas trainers, and with December deals running throughout the month, Boxing Day sales are proving popular.
JD Sports JD Sports regularly features big brands and the latest releases in its sales events, as well as fashion and accessories as well. That means you may find those perfect trainers after all, and save some cash while doing so.
John Lewis The John Lewis Boxing Day sales are some of the most fabled in the land, and 2020 looks set to be bigger than ever. With John Lewis competing against the likes of Amazon over the Winter sales season so far, we've already seen some excellent discounts on homeware, fashion, and tech.
Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope specialises in women's fashion, but you'll also find a good supply of home and garden goods as well as beauty products on sale here as well. Featured brands include Paperchase, DKNY, Monsoon and more.
Kapersky If you're unwrapping a new laptop or tablet this Christmas, you might want to check out Kapersky's deals on security software. Designed for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android operating systems, you'll also find a handy tool on the site to point you towards the software you need.
Laptops Direct Laptops Direct may specialise in computers and accessories (and regularly at some excellent prices as well) but we've also seen some of the best deals of the year on AirPods, Apple Watches, and the Nintendo Switch Lite here as well. Their Boxing Day sales are now live, which means you can save on all the latest tech right here.
Lakeland If your kitchen's looking a bit worse for wear after the Christmas rush, you could always treat yourself to some discounted accessories and equipment in the Lakeland Boxing Day sale. From baking ingredients and utensils to cooking accessories, you'll find an excellent supply here.
Lego The official Lego store can keep you well stocked with the latests sets, miniatures and accessories, and often offers free gifts when you spend over a certain amount during sales events as well. Plus, you can earn points on your purchases to store up those savings as well.
Lenovo Lenovo laptops often pack a good punch in a more industrial looking ThinkPad design, but you'll also find more fashionable Yoga models here as well. There's always discounts to be found, and Boxing Day sales should prove no different this year, plus you'll also find deals on Lenovo's tablets and smart home gear as well.
Menkind If that dream gadget wasn't sitting under the tree this year, you'll want to head over to Menkind. Stocking everything from cheap gaming accessories to Pop Vinyl figures, merchandise and RC Toys you'll find regular sitewide discounts here, with extra savings on Menkind's own Red5 line as well.
Microsoft Microsoft's best sales usually sit with their Surface products, with the tech giant regularly discounting Surface Pro tablets and throwing in a free keyboard case to boot. Nevertheless, you'll also find Xbox discounts in this year's Boxing Day sales as well, with games, controllers and consoles up for grabs (though next-gen is still scarce).
Mixbook Create the perfect photobook with Mixbook, and save all your favourite memories in the form of a high quality album. Discount codes are regularly available, and you can also use your images on a range of cards, calendars and home decor as well.
Mobiles.co.uk Owned by Carphone Warehouse, Mobiles.co.uk is one of the biggest UK retailers when it comes to phone contracts. It is frequently the cheapest place to go for both iPhones and a host of Android devices.
Mobile Phones Direct Mobile Phones Direct is one of the many UK phone retailers that is active over the Boxing Day sales period. Recently it has been providing some of the best and cheapest iPhone deals, including on the 12 series.
Natural Collection Natural Collection specialises in fair trade, organic, and eco friendly beauty and wellbeing products with regular sales available through the Offers section of the site. That's excellent if you're looking to refresh the cabinet before the new year.
New Look New Look frequently offers category-wide discounts on everything from coats and jackets to jeans and accessories, however we do see site-wide sales available during larger events. That means you'll be able to shop a range of discounts in the Boxing Day sales.
Nike You can find some excellent discounts on Nike shoes, fashion and accessories when you shop direct. Over Black Friday we saw some excellent savings here, with some of the most popular items included in the sale as well.
Nintendo With stock levels so low over the last few months, the official Nintendo store hasn't seen too many discounts. However, we are seeing more and more Switch bundles up for grabs direct from Nintendo right now, with Ring Fit Adventure and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit included in recent deals as well.
Norton If you've just unwrapped a new laptop, you'll want some decent protection on it. Norton has cut prices on a range of anti-virus and VPN services, which means you can bundle up and save big this week.
O2 If you're looking for a new phone or cellular smartwatch or tablet, O2 frequently offers discounts that could sway your decision. With big data SIM-only plans and refurb offers as well, there's plenty on the shelves here.
Office Whether you're after some new trainers or something a little more formal, you'll find plenty available at Office in the Boxing Day sales. You can browse by brand here if you already know what you want, or you can just head straight to the sale to feast on all those discounts.
OnePlus OnePlus is well known for affordable tech that surprises with its power and feature sets. That means you'll find its well respected range of smartphones and earbuds up for grabs here, and we regularly see discounts hitting even the latest releases as well.
Otty From luxury memory foam mattresses to handy storage-creating bed frames, Otty offers up a wealth of options with regular discounts as well. Plus, we've seen free deluxe pillows and bedding being included with these purchases in the last few weeks as well.
Paperchase With plenty of stationery, accessories, and gifts on the shelves, there's a massive range of seasonal designs up for grabs right now. Paperchase usually runs three for two offers over sales events as well as straight discounts as well.
Plusnet If you're looking to switch broadband providers, Plusnet frequently offers plenty of incentives to bring you over to their affordable plans. From direct discounts on monthly costs to gift cards and extra perks, there's a lot to get excited about here.
Portal Facebook's Portal video calling device has become even more popular in 2020 and now that the end of year sales are here you're likely to find bundle deals on two or more devices as well as straight discounts as well.
PRC Direct If you're after a cheap TV, especially a 2020 OLED, a new soundbar or a whole AV setup, PRC Direct is an excellent first port of call. Not only that, but you'll also do well for larger kitchen appliances here as well.
Puma Puma has been offering as much as 50% off its range of trainers and sportswear products in the last few weeks, which certainly bodes well for these Boxing Day sales. With discounts across men's, women's and kids' fashion, there's plenty to browse as well.
Pure Electric Electric scooters are starting to take over, and you can grab yours with some excellent cash off with Pure Electric. We've been keeping an eye on these sales all year and found some of the best prices with this retailer. Plus, if you're near a storefront you can click and collect as well.
Ray-Ban Ray-Ban has been cycling through various discount codes and sales over the last few months, resulting in some excellent prices on some of the most recognisable sunglasses on the market. Not only that, but the customisation studio also allows you to create your perfect pair as well.
Red Letter Days It may be a bit of a pipe dream right now, but Red Letter Days often offers some excellent discounts on days out, restaurant vouchers and experiences over the holiday season. These vouchers are valid for 20 months as well, so you can pre-book for a better time later on in the year.
Rem-Fit The Rem-Fit range of hybrid mattresses offer pressure relief, and advanced temperature regulation - perfect if you're looking to correct years of bad sleep. Plus, you'll also be able to take advantage of a 100 night sleep trial and a 15 year guarantee.
River Island With plenty of lines across men's and women's fashion and accessories, there's a lot to browse at River Island. Thankfully we see some strong discounts here over the Boxing Day and January sales period.
Robert Dyas Specialising in home and kitchen appliances, Robert Dyas also brings a massive range of Boxing Day sales to the table every year. From Bluetooth speakers to blenders, slow cookers to hair straighteners, if it's got a power cord you'll likely find it here.
Roku If you're struggling to find something new to watch, you'll want to take a look at the latest offers from Roku. The streaming box offers plenty of channels from Starzplay to BT Sport, and you can save some cash on streaming bars and sticks right now as well.
Samsung If you're after cheap tablets, smartwatches, headphones, or a great price on some of the best flagship smartphones on the market, Samsung's range of Galaxy gear is regularly on sale at the manufacturer's site.
Scan If you use your PC for more than just everyday browsing - media editing, gaming, or AI deep learning, for example - you'll already know about Scan. You'll find discounts on specialised software here, alongside some excellent PC gaming gear, creative-inspired laptops, and music production tech as well.
ShopTo ShopTo is your go-to for cheap games, accessories, PC equipment and peripherals. You'lll find everything from consoles themselves (though the next generation is still out of stock) to discounted in-game currency and DLC.
Simba The Simba Hybrid and Hybrid Pro mattresses offer the best of both coil and foam worlds, and we regularly see discount codes offering cash off the final price across the whole site. Not only that, but over previous sales periods we've also seen free pillows thrown in for good measure as well.
Smarty Smarty is a relatively new entry to the world of SIM plans and yet, it is rapidly becoming a top choice. It specialises in flexible, cheap contracts, using 1-month rolling contracts so you can leave at any time. Because it runs on the three networks, you can rest assured when it comes to coverage as well.
SpaceNK You'll find a massive range of beauty brands on the shelves at SpaceNK, with a healthy supply also available in the sale section on the site. Not only that, but you'll also find exclusive free gifts over sales events here as well.
Sports Direct Sports Direct is your one stop shop for big sportswear brands at low prices. Featuring everything from Nike to Puma, Champion to Adidas you'll find excellent discounts on apparel, trainers, and training gear here.
SteelSeries When it comes to gaming mice, keyboards and headsets - SteelSeries makes some of the best in the market. From the Arctis Pro line of headphones to Apex keyboards, you'll find frequent sales here as well as an excellent range of limited editions from the likes of Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and TC Six Siege.
Studio The Studio winter sale offers some excellent prices on everything from the latest gaming gadgets to home furniture and jewellery. That means you'll find a massive range of products and gadgets on sale here, though home electronics are a particular strong point.
TalkTalk TalkTalk is one of the biggest names in internet in the UK and is frequently pumping out some bargain options when it comes to fibre. TV and ADSL packages are also readily available and often come with big cash incentives.
Ted Baker Ted Baker's end of year sales can save you as much as 50% off right now with extended returns running until January 31st as well. Whether you're after fashion or homeware there's plenty to browse through here.
Tempur Tempur's pressure relieving materials allow for some excellently designed mattresses, cushions, and even travel gear. You'll find a range of customisable mattresses available as well, so you can get that perfect night's sleep.
The Game Collection If the game you were after wasn't under the tree this year, The Game Collection may be able to offer up a great price on that PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo or PC title. We regularly see some market-leading deals on software here, as well as rare discounts on consoles and accessories as well.
The White Company You'll find a range of luxury goods discounted at The White Company in this year's Boxing Day and January sales - from candles and fragrance to homeware, beauty and spa, and fashion as well.
Three One of the four main networks, Three is frequently the cheapest provider of both SIM only deals and phone contracts. With a Â£16 a month unlimited data SIM and a load of 100GB of data phone contracts, this will be the place to look for big data users on a tighter budget.
Tile If you're constantly losing your phone, keys or wallet then start 2021 off right with a set of Tile item finders. Tile regularly joins in with big sales events, so you may find some extra discounts on these handy Bluetooth tags when you shop direct.
Topshop For women's fashion, head to Topshop where you'll find regular site-wide sales during bigger events like this. Not only that, but you'll also find accessories, shoes and major brands on sale as well.
Under Armour If you need some fitness-first fashion to get you up to speed with your new year's resolutions, Under Armour is one of the biggest names in the game. Plus, with regular discounts across men's and women's training and performance gear you'll find a great price here as well.
Uniqlo The Uniqlo Boxing Day sale offers an excellent chance to secure men's, women's and kids' fashion for less. We've been seeing some great discounts on coats and jackets in the last few weeks as well.
Urban Outfitters From vintage styles to gifts and accessories, there's plenty to browse in the Urban Outfitters Boxing Day sale. Home and lifestyle items usually take the biggest hits in price here - perfect if you're after vinyl, books or planters.
Very Very's shelves are well stocked with electronics, fashion, homeware, kitchen appliances, and more. Plus we regularly see some of the best prices on top tech here, as Very frequently price matches Amazon for the best deal around and retains its stock well after Amazon runs out as well.
Virgin Media Whether you need a new broadband contract or a TV package, Virgin's introductory offers are usually some of the best around. You'll find free gift cards, discounted rates, and some excellent internet speeds here as well as phone contracts as well.
Waterstones If that book you were looking for wasn't under the tree this year, you'll likely find it at Waterstones. Plus, there's a good selection of sale items here year round and extra discounts during bigger events like this as well. Stop here for books, games and stationery.
Wayfair With furniture for every room and accessories for every interior, you'll find some excellent decor available at Wayfair right now. Your email address is required to browse the best deals, but once you're through there are some fantastic prices regularly on offer.
Wex Photo Wex Photo offers discounts on products from Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, DJI and more all year round, but the savings get particularly strong over the winter sales period. You'll find everything from high-end lenses to the cheapest of peripheral equipment here.
Wiggle If you're looking to get back into outdoor exercise in the new year, Wiggle is your one stop shop for all things fitness. Whether you're cycling, running, swimming, or training for all three you'll find plenty of discounts on trainers, fashion and equipment here.
Xbox From controllers to games, Microsoft's dedicated Xbox store can send you home with everything you need to make the most of that new console. While next-gen stock remains limited, if you were lucky enough to unwrap a new Xbox you'll find all the gear you need right here.
Yankee Candle The Yankee Candle selection of scents is notoriously widespread, and you can shop every single on right here. Yankee Candle regularly discounts its offerings on its own site as well, so you can save some cash while you're stocking up as well.
Zavvi Good merch can be difficult to come by, so Zavvi is an excellent place to start your search. Spanning brands from gaming, music, TV and film, you're sure to find apparel, accessories, and gifts from your favorite franchises here.
What to expect in this year's Boxing Day and January sales
Boxing Day sales: TV deals
TVs have been big business in 2020, and the discounts show it. Over Black Friday we saw some excellent prices on the latest models, all offering new apps like Disney+ and plenty of smart home features and colour improvements. Sales prices on these newer releases have been mirroring what we saw with last year's iterations, but we've seen more premium QLED technology available on more budget sets over the course of the last few months as well.
As well as Samsung, Hisense's QLED displays have been dropping their prices a little faster this year, which means you'll likely find some significant discounts in the upcoming Boxing Day sales. Plus, if you're just after a good old LED 4K display, you'll get better value for your money this year as 2020 models take the place of the older versions you'll find from last year's offers below.
Boxing Day sales: Computing and laptop deals
Laptop deals have slowed a little towards the end of 2020, after the early months of the pandemic wiped cheaper models off the shelves and increasing demand meant that retailers were reluctant to shave too much cash off more budget machines. However, there have still been some excellent offers over the course of the year, and with updated components under the hood you're getting better value for your cash in 2020 as well.
Last year we saw an i5 machine with 8GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, and 32GB of Intel Optane memory going for just £499. That's a stunning laptop deal and if you spot something similar in 2020's Boxing Day sales we'd jump on it because we've only seen very few sales hitting this level of value over the course of the year.
Boxing Day sales: Headphone and audio deals
We've seen some excellent headphone deals so far this year, and with the Boxing Day and January sales approaching, we may well see some of the best prices returning shortly.
The industry leading Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones did see a slight price drop over Black Friday this year, but it was the previous generation that really shone in 2020. Last year prices dropped down to £239 in the Boxing Day sales, but we've already seen those costs sit closer to £209 at their cheapest 2020 positions.
Similarly, the most popular true wireless earbuds currently available have also seen some significant price cuts since Christmas last year. The AirPods Pro buds were only a few months old by the Boxing Day sales all those months ago so didn't see too much cash shaved off. However, we've already seen costs dropping to just £199, and for most of the year as well, so keep your eyes on Amazon and Laptops Direct for more.
In the worlds of mid-range Beats, Bose, and Sony headphones we've seen prices on the Beats Studio 3 and Bose QuietComfort 35 II far outperforming last year as well. With the Beats dropping down to just £149 in 2020 and more wireless noise cancelling cups getting even cheaper, those searching in the lower end of the budget should have plenty to choose from in 2020.
Boxing Day sales 2020: when will they start?
Excellent question, and while you might assume that the Boxing Day sales will launch on Boxing Day - that is, 26 December - we've seen some retailers start their Boxing Day and January sales as early as the week before Christmas in the past.
This is a trend we expect to see continuing online this year. We've seen it happening already: after all, in November, lots of UK retailers launched their Black Friday sales early. The likes of Amazon and Currys assured shoppers that prices wouldn't fall again further on the day - but if they did, people would be refunded the difference.
So while officially, online, most Boxing Day sales will be starting at midnight, 26 December, we expect to see plenty of early Boxing Day deals dropping in the days before. As soon as they start, you'll be able to find the best ones here on this page.
Will the High Street be open for Boxing Day sales?
At this stage, we don't know yet whether shops will be opening their doors for the Boxing Day and January sales. While many stores have opened again since the UK's most recent lockdown ended, there's currently little opening hour information for Boxing Day and 1 January available yet, and of course no one knows for sure how the pandemic will affect things.
Certainly, we advise shopping online if you can, rather than trawling through the Boxing Day and January sales in person. We expect to all the same deals online as would be in store - and indeed more than ever this year.
When will the Boxing Day sales end - and the January sales begin?
This will vary from retailer to retailer. While some switch their Boxing Day sales into early January sales from the 27 December, others extend their Boxing Day deals right to the end of the month. Largely, though, you'll find it's the same offers, just packaged under a different name.
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Python ransomware strikes virtual machines in 'ultra-high-speed' attacks
Cybersecurity experts have shared details about a speedy new ransomware campaign attacking virtual machines (VM) hosted on a VMware ESXi hypervisor.
Describing it as a sniper-like operation, Sophos researchers claim that it took the attackers less than three hours from breaching the target to encrypting it.
“This is one of the fastest ransomware attacks Sophos has ever investigated and it appeared to precision-target the ESXi platform,” said Andrew Brandt, principal researcher at Sophos.
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The researchers note that while malware that runs under a Linux-like operating system, such as the one ESXi uses, is still relatively uncommon, hypervisors are an attractive target since the VMs they host usually run business-critical services.
Splash and dash
Sophos researchers add that even notorious ransomware operators such as DarkSide and REvil have targeted ESXi servers.
However, two aspects of this particular attack that stand out are the swiftness shown by the attackers, and the use of the Python ransomware.
The attackers logged into the network after compromising a TeamViewer account that was running in the background on a computer that belonged to a user with Domain Administrator credentials.
Ten minutes after logging in the attackers downloaded an IP scanner to map the network. Soon after identifying the ESXi server, the attackers discovered that the target’s staff had mistakenly forgotten to disable the built-in SSH service in ESXi.
It didn’t take them long to log into the hypervisor to deploy the Python ransomware.
“Python is a coding language not commonly used for ransomware. However, Python is pre-installed on Linux-based systems such as ESXi, and this makes Python-based attacks possible on such systems,” reason the researchers, who managed to scrape the ransomware for analysis after putting in some serious effort.
In their analysis, the researchers unravel the 6kb ransomware which was pretty dexterous and offered several customizable options to the attackers, in order to help admins secure their environments from a similar attack.