Brave the thronging crowds as you're jostled every which way, standing in long queues and trying to figure out what is left on jumbled shelves and racks? Not on your nelly. I have far too many traumatic childhood memories of shops on this day of the year for that. My mum's family believed in getting all the crackers, cards and wrapping paper for next year's Christmas on Boxing day.
I'm shuddering just thinking of it.
Thank goodness for the internet. Seriously. I'm sitting here kissing my screen right at this moment. I can do all my shopping sat at the dining table with a tin of Quality Street on one side and a big pop of freshly brewed coffee on the other. From the smells and sizzles wafting out of the kitchen my husband is making bacon sandwiches for lunch. Who would want to leave this?
According to the internet trade body IMRG, we were going to spend £550 million on Christmas Day and Boxing Day online this year. It will be interesting to see if reality meets the expectations. Apparently many stores started their sales early online, on Christmas Eve, taking advantage of the lack of opening hours on the internet.
Our sister site, HUKD, has a brilliant Boxing Day Dashboard, where you can see all the latest and best deals available at a glance. Be quick though, they won't last long!
Read on to find out about some of the sales you won't want to miss, all of which are either just starting today or with newly added items/stock. The focus is on treats for mum, and for dad too. I'm betting that the chances are, you don't tend to buy nice things for yourself. Well in the sales, you can do just that, guilt free.
Up to 60% off at JD Williams
A whole pile of new stock was added to the JD Williams clearance sale this morning.
The store has sections for men, and women as well as lingerie, home & garden, health & beauty, and gifts. You could save a huge £39.60 on this mulberry or black hooded leather coat, now priced at £59.40 (for a size 14).
Up to 50% off at Uniqlo
Keeping true to the literal meaning of Boxing Day sale, the Uniqlo sale started today.
I've always had an admiration for the simple lines, and unfussy designs of the clothes sold by this Japanese retailer. For something tailored and smart there's this Wool Tweed Jacket, down from £69.90 to £39.90
There's nothing like getting a good night's sleep when you're a parent. And when you're a parent, there's often nothing like getting a good night's sleep!
When it gets chiller, a good pair of warm pyjamas keeps them in bed a bit longer, especially when it gets colder in the early morning just before the heating comes on. And a pair of fun pyjamas that are cosy and comfortable to wear will help encourage them to get changed in the evening. To get the discount, use the promotional code SALE20 when you go to checkout.
USC, a branded fashion and footwear retailer, has added new lines to its sale today. The store has reduced prices by up to half price.
This fabulous pair of Link Nugget Cloggs has been reduced from £75 to £40. Or this Firetrap Dimension Dress down from £75 to £37. The site sells men's and women's clothes and shoes, but also shoes for children.
Up to 80% off at Zavvi
Zavvi has added to its sale today as well. The store has up to 80% off on selected items.
The sale runs right across all Zavvi's departments, including DVDs, CDs, games, and toys. You can get bargains like this Toy Story 3 View-Master 10th Anniversary Edition reduced by £8 to £6.99. Hang on a minute, has it really been ten years since Toy Story 3? I feel old ...
Up to 60% off at La Redoute
La Redoute has also added to its sale for Boxing day. There's up to 60% off on selected lines.
The online retailer has departments for men, women and children. As well as shoes, accessories and homeware. If you're quick you can snap up items like this Teen Girl's Plain Reefer Jacket, down from £39 to a much more reasonable £23.40.
What did you get?
Snag yourself a bargain in the Boxing Day sales? If you did then let me know here. Let's see who managed to get the biggest bargain this year!