9 tips to making the most of the Boxing Day sales

Stephanie Panecasio 25 December 2017

BOXING DAY LEAD

Christmas is almost done for the year, but don’t let yourself slack off yet - there’s shopping to be done!

Congratulations, you’ve almost made it through the biggest gifting day of the year. So we think it’s about time you treated yourself! The Boxing Day sales aren’t far away, and it’s time to prepare yourself for making it in and out in one piece. Some brands exclusively go on sale for Boxing Day, so it’s worth knowing what you’re up against now that the Christmas rush is winding up.

1. Make your list the night before

Here’s the thing: there’s no point writing your list super early if you’re going to end up receiving everything on it for Christmas. If you’re a keen list-writer, draft up your must-haves and amend it on Christmas night once all the gifts have been exchanged. Colour coding and prioritisation isn’t just for the pros - make sure you know what you’re after.

2. Shop online

Boxing Day is a public holiday, and after a long Christmas adventure you’re probably not too keen to get out of bed. But you’re in luck, because you can definitely get your hands on all the goodies online. That’s right, grab your laptop, check our list (twice!) and get back into bed, because you’re doing all your shopping in your pyjamas (and breakfast in bed if you’re lucky).

3. Know your times

If you’re 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 don’t want to be caught unawares so do your research and know what’s coming up.

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 planning like you do. The Boxing Day sales are a great opportunity to plan for the year ahead. Birthdays coming up? Valentines gifts to buy? School equipment? It’s all there, all on sale.

5. Know your measurements

I know we probably sound like a broken record by now, but make sure you know your measurements! This is crucial when shopping online - especially if you’re shopping somewhere new. Do you know how long your legs really are? Different stores have different size guides and measurements, so you gotta know what’s up.

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 tacky or impersonal to request a gift voucher for Christmas, but it affords the other person the opportunity to get you something you actually want - and on Boxing Day, you might even be able to get more out of it after all!

7. Know all the best sales

It goes without saying that you've got to know exactly what you're looking for. If you're not sure what's on yet, we've done the hard yards to find out the best sales on for fashion, homewares, beauty and more. Check out these lists and figure out your plan of action to tackle the sales - you're bound to smash it.

8. Use the opportunity to return unwanted Christmas gifts

This might seem harsh, but sometimes people just completely miss the mark when it comes to Christmas presents. If your favourite aunty has given you something awful and you’ve decided to physically go to the shops for Boxing Day, take it along with you and use it as an opportunity to exchange it for something a bit more ‘you’.

9. Wear the right clothing and shoes

If you do decide to go to the shops instead of shopping online, make absolutely certain that you’re wearing the right gear. This is like suiting up for battle - not only are you preparing to face swarms of eager shoppers, you’re also facing a test of endurance, stamina and determination. Wear baggy clothes for easy changing, and flat shoes.
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