For many people across the UK, it’s time to start thinking about buying Christmas presents for loved ones. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner, savvy Christmas shoppers are gearing up to take advantage of the best deals and offers on the high street and internet.
So, read on to discover a few hints and tips for buying Christmas gifts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
What gifts should I be looking out for?
Last year, Black Friday's top sellers included Apple Airpods, Nintendo Switch, Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick. With game consoles, smart home tech, appliances and TVs taking the top spots, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for these types of products when you hit the Black Friday sales. As they tend to be the most popular, many retailers will run offers on tech products.
Amazon, Currys, John Lewis, Argos and Jessops are a few retailers known to run generous Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, so starting here is a good idea if you’re looking for discounted tech.
However, Black Friday can also be a good time to shop for a new wardrobe. Last year, Boden offered up to 40% off select styles, whilst Ghost, Mango and Aspinal of London offered up to 50% off sitewide. Whilst tech tends to come out on top, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is also excellent time to shop for discounted fashion and accessories.
However, Black Friday may not be the best time to shop for certain items - check out this article to find out if fashion is cheaper on Black Friday or in the January sales.
Set a budget
With so many excellent deals and discounts at your fingertips, it can be easy to go over budget. So, we would recommend setting a budget before you brave the Black Friday deals. It doesn’t have to be particularly strict, but knowing how much you can afford to spend on your friends and family will massively improve your shopping experience. While it may be tempting to go overboard and treat your loved ones to the entirety of their Christmas wish list, it’s important to be sensible and only spend what you can afford.
Similarly, it can be helpful to write a shopping list to help you stick to a budget. This way, you’ll have a rough idea of the items that you’re looking for, meaning you’ll know which deals to take advantage of.
If you’re shopping for little ones this year whilst trying to stick to a budget, take a look at this article on 7 Christmas gifting rules for kids.
Do your research
Few people will think to compare prices and deals, and doing so will automatically set you apart from the crowd. We would recommend starting your research in the week leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday; this way, you’ll be able to monitor how prices change to get a clear understanding of whether you’re actually getting a good deal.
It can be easy to see discounted items and instantly assume you’re getting an amazing deal, but sadly this isn’t always the case. In fact, some sneaky retailers have been known to bump up their prices in the weeks before Black Friday, meaning their seasonal discounts reduce the item to its regular price. Using price comparison sites such as CamelCamelCamel is a useful way to ensure that you’re buying the cheapest item on the market.
And if you want to double-check that you’re saving money, check out this article on how to be sure you’re saving on Black Friday.
Use promo codes
Yes, we may be slightly biased, but checking out the MyVoucherCodes website is a great way to find a promo code that will make you some extra savings on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Simply browse our page and if one catches your eye, feel free to copy and paste it into the promo code box when you go to checkout.
During the end of November, we tend to offer specific Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and coupon codes, but you will also be able to find regular deals that you might be able to add to your order to grab some extra money off.
Whilst you may not be able to apply promo codes on top of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, it’s worth a try - trying out various discount codes is a great way to find out which retailers allow stacking promotions on top of their Black Friday deals.
Subscribe to email newsletters
Whilst subscribing to a retailer newsletter can often be a great way to bag a welcome offer promo code, it’s also a handy way to stay in the know about the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and offers. Simply enter your email address into the email newsletter box that appears on most well-known retailer websites, and watch your inbox for the latest Black Friday news.
In the past, some retailers have been known to offer early access to Black Friday sale events to their newsletter subscribers, as well as exclusive promo codes, information about new product launches, and access to members-only events. As signing up tends to be free, this is a great way to stay in the know about everything Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
And if the cold weather has got you craving a bit of sun, check out this article to find out if Black Friday is the best time to book a holiday.
So, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are both great opportunities to save money while purchasing Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Whether you prefer to shop online or in-store, these handy tips and tricks will ensure that you make the most out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year.
Hi there! My name is Mazy and I’ve been a part of the vouchers world since November 2022. After studying English Literature with Creative Writing at university, I realised that I would love to incorporate writing into my career - so here I am!
You could say that I have a mild addiction to online shopping, specifically second-hand shopping; you probably won’t find me spending thousands on a brand-new outfit, but you will find me deep into a browse of my favourite second-hand clothing apps, including Depop, Vinted, eBay, Preloved and Vestiaire Collective.