Tips to shop smart during the Boxing Day sales 2023
Christmas may be over, but that doesn't mean you can rest with the Boxing Day sales.
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Christmas is a holiday for spending time with family and friends, gifting or giving presents and eating plenty of food. If you've recovered from the 24-hour long food coma, you may want to think about tackling some shopping.
Navigating Boxing Day sales can be a tricky business. From huge crowds to stores ruthlessly competing to outdo one another, it's easy for the day to feel like complete chaos.
Luckily, our shopping team has been through it all so you don't have to. Here's our top tips for a satisfying and stress-free Boxing Day experience.
1. Stay up-to date
If you are after a specific item that you know will be crazy popular, you need to know the moment it goes on sale. If you're shopping online, be aware that some sales will start the second the clock strikes 12.01am - or even start the day before! You need to know when to start shopping the Boxing Day sales and you don't want to be caught unaware of the deals that are happening.
You're in luck because we have a handy Boxing Day deals page that has all the sales listed that you could possibly ask for. Thanks us later.
2. Make your list the night before
if you trick yourself into thinking you'll be fine without a list and won't go over budget, we can assure you that it won't end up that way. You'd be surprised by how quickly you can convince yourself that you 'need' something you've never even thought about before (we're looking at you, Kmart).
Our advice is to plan in advance and make a beeline for your most coveted items. This way, you won't miss out on what you really want and you can keep an eye on how much you've spent before deciding whether to keep shopping or call it a day.
3. Shop online
Boxing Day is a public holiday, and after a long Christmas Day you’re probably not too keen to get out of bed. But you’re in luck, because you can still take advantage of the Boxing Day sales online. You can shop from your mobile or laptop from the comfort of your own bed because for some reason, shopping in your pyjamas is just so much more fun. Saves you having to stress about finding parking, waiting in long queues and dealing with the overcrowded shopping centre.
4. Plan ahead for the New Year
Some people wonder why you need to go shopping on Boxing Day considering Christmas is done by that stage, but these people don’t understand how to plan like a pro. The Boxing Day sales are a great opportunity to think of the year ahead and score discounts at times when you need them. Birthdays coming up? Valentines gifts to buy? School equipment? It’s all there, all on sale.
5. Know your measurements
It's happened to the best of us... you order something online and when you try it on at home, it just doesn't fit right. Looking at the store's size guides and doing your research is crucial when shopping online. It can make or break a purchase and can make for a very unhappy Boxing Day. Boxing Day can be a time to experience a lot of emotions, so prepare to stress the least amount possible.
6. Ask for gift vouchers for Christmas
It’s last minute, sure, but now’s your chance to request something that will really help you out. It might seem rude or impersonal to request a gift voucher for Christmas, but some people actually prefer you to tell them what you want. It saves them the hassle of trying to guess what to get you AND it helps you with your Boxing Day shopping. Everyone is happy!
7. Don't fall into sales traps
It can be disturbingly easy to max out your credit card when you're convincing yourself that everything you buy is a bargain, but try and think logically. If there's an item that you've been wanting for a while and it's on sale, now is the time to get it. However, if you wouldn't buy the item at full price, there's a good chance that you don't really want it and you're just being seduced by the sale sticker. Remember, even a huge discount doesn't necessarily mean something is worth the price. Stay strong and know when to walk away.
8. Know the returns policy
Checking the returns policy before you shop is key, as this will help you make more effective purchasing decisions. If you're not 100% sure about an item, shopping at a store with cashback returns and free postage can take the pressure off. If you change your mind, you can send it back for free!
There's nothing worse than buying something, deciding to return it and realising that you can only get store credit and the return is going to cost you $15.
You can check out a list of stores with both free delivery and free returns here. And if you're not fussy about free delivery and free returns, at least check that the store offers returns at all. Because some just don't.
Things we can expect to see on sale
Every year at Boxing Day there are a few standard items we always see on sale.
- Beauty gift packs always make their way to the sale shelves. You know those pretty boxes of hand cream sets and lipstick packs you always see in department stores in the lead up to Christmas? These inevitably end up in the bargain bin on 26 December. If you're in need of some new beauty products, you can find great deals by looking at the discounted gift packs.
- You can usually find game console bundles on sale on Boxing Day too. Many stores will bundle up a bunch of games with a console to entice Christmas shoppers. Once Christmas shopping is done though, these bundles hit the sale section.
- Other pieces with slashed prices include the laptops and TVs released in 2020. These are discounted to clear the way for the new models arriving in the new year. Also, seasonal furniture also ends up on sale so stores can clear the floor and introduce the new season stock.
See a snapshot of the sales
Up to 30% off + FREE shipping on select Christmas gifts
Shop, save and get FREE shipping on selected products on sale at MyDeal. Limited time offer and while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Hair and beauty gift packs as low as $8
Save when you order value-for-money multi-packs of products from the leading beauty brands at Oz Hair & Beauty. Limited time offer and while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Up to 50% off sale jewellery pieces
Enjoy big discount on jewellery pieces at Trollbeads. Hurry while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Christmas food gifts and hampers from $9.99
Shop and save more on selected food gifts and hampers on sale at Myer. Limited time offer and while stocks last. T&Cs, exclusions apply.
Up to 39% off select Lego toy sets
Grab Lego toy sets for as low as $58 at Amazon for a limited time only. While stocks last. T&Cs, exclusions apply.
Up to 30% off: Christmas Sale
Save up to 30% on Christmas gifts for travellers at Trtl. Limited time offer and while stocks last. T&Cs, exclusions apply.
Up to 90% off sale
Score huge discount on adult toys if you get them at Adulttoymegastore. Hurry while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Extra 10% off: Cyber Week Sale
Shop now and apply the code EXTRA10 to grab an extra 10% off at Chain Reaction Cycles. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
Buy 1, get 1 FREE at Corecolour
Don't miss out on Corecolour's buy 1, get 1 offer. Valid for a limited time only and while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Extra $20 off $150+ on clearance items
Shop now and apply the code CLEAR2023 at checkout to enjoy the discount at Chain Reaction Cycles. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
22% off all flights from Australia to Asia and beyond
Available for travel from 8 January - 30 September 2024. Destinations include Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and many more. T&Cs apply.
Extra 10% off all Black Friday
Shop now and apply the code EXTRA10 at checkout to enjoy an extra 10% off sale at Wiggle. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
$100 off when you spend $1000
Apply the promo code at checkout and score your $100 discount. Limited time only at Bed n Dreams. T&Cs apply.
50% off Wills with code CYBER50
Create your own Will with savings of up to 50% when you use the code CYBER50 at Safewill. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
FREE 3-day trial + $1/mo for 3 months
Start your FREE 3-day trial at Shopify and get your first 3 months for only $1 monthly. T&Cs apply.
Up to 56% off Philips kitchen and home appliances
Shop Philips home and kitchen appliances at Amazon and save up to 56% for a limited time only. While stocks last. T&Cs, exclusions apply.
Up to 90% off ultimate travel essentials
Save up to 10% on Good Riddance Deet-Free insect repellent, up to 50% off sunscreen and up to 90% off rapid antigen tests at Aussie Pharma Direct. Limited time offer, while stocks last. T&Cs, exclusions apply.
Cyber Monday DNA Sale at $33 only
Grow your family tree, find new relatives, and explore billions of historical records for only $33 at MyHeritage. For a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
15% off every car, everyday
Available on all dates in select locations including Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. T&Cs apply.
40% off at Bonds: Cyber Week Sale
Enjoy 40% off clothing and underwear for men, women, and kids at Bonds. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
20% off sitewide + free gift with orders over $75
Don't miss out on huge savings at MAC Cosmetics. Plus, receive a 4-piece gift when you spend $75. Valid for a limited time only and while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
$552 off Dyson V15s Detect Submarine Complete
Get the Dyson V15s Detect Submarine™ Complete now for only $1,097 - down from $1,649. An all-in-one machine. Removes dry, wet debris, fine dust, and stains.Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
Up to $300 off selected Apple products
Discover huge discounts on selected Apple products only at Amazon. Valid for a limited time only. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.
30-50% off sitewide
Shop now at Boody and enjoy huge savings on sustainable bamboo clothing, underwear, accessories, and more. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
$40 and under on almost everything
Shop women's dresses, tops, pants, tunics and more for only $40 or lower at Noni B. Limited time offer and while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Extra 20% off sale
Save an additional 20% on your orders at Farfetch for a limited time only. T&Cs, exclusions apply.
30% off sitewide + FREE shipping over $50
Enjoy sitewide discount and FREE shipping at Kyla Skincare. Hurry, promo valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
25% off sitewide
Apply the promo code at checkout and score 25% discount on newborn clothes, kids pajamas and more. Limited time only at Caden Lane. T&Cs apply.
Up to $640 off teeth aligner kits with code NOW23
Save up to $640 on teeth aligner and essential oral care kits at Byte. Limited time offer and while stocks last. T&Cs, exclusions apply.
Over 50% off sitewide
Score big savings on premium memory foam cushions at Fine Foams. Limited time only. T&Cs apply.
20% off Essential Business Security
Save 20% on Avast Software's Essential Business Security annual package. Limited time offer. T&Cs apply.
Linenly Black Friday Sale: Up to 60% off
Don't miss the biggest Black Friday sale ever at Linenly. Shop up to 60% off bamboo sheet sets, bamboo quilt covers, bamboo fitted sheets, and bamboo cot sheet sets while stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Up to 60% off Lenovo laptops and 2-in-1s
Shop and save up to 60% off Lenovo laptops and 2-in-1s. Limited time offer. While stock lasts. T&Cs apply.
lululemon: We Made Too Much Sale
Save on tops, bottoms and accessories for women and men at Lululemon's We Made Too Much clearance sale. Prices start at $4. T&Cs apply.
Up to 70% off hair and beauty products
Enjoy up to 70% off Fanola, Nak Hair, Pureology, Inika, Lancôme and more at Oz Hair and Beauty. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Up to 70% off at City Beach
Shop and enjoy up to 70% off sale styles from City Beach. While stocks last. T&Cs apply.
Up to $500 off selected Samsung TV
Valid for a limited time only at Samsung. The sale includes the 65-inch QN85C Neo QLED 4K Smart TV - down from $3499 to $2,999 (save $500). Exclusions, T&Cs apply.
Black Friday Sale: Up to 90% off at Temu
Save up to 90% on select products sold for as low as $0.89 at Temu. Limited time offer and while stocks last. T&Cs, exclusions apply.
30% off when you spend $100
Enjoy great savings on clothing, shoes, accessories and more at The ICONIC. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.
Up to 40% off on selected LEGO sets
Enjoy up to 40% off when you shop at Lego. Valid for a limited time only. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.
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