What does Boxing Day mean?
When is all is said and done, Boxing Day means an extra day off to spend with your family and friends, visit another side of the family you didn’t get time to see on Christmas Day and put your appetite to the test by ploughing through those leftovers.
But these days we also celebrate Boxing Day bargain hunting, as major stores drop their prices to clear stock before the new year. We like to think of it as the day you give a gift to yourself!
What are Boxing Day sales?
Boxing Day is a shopping holiday where many retailers reserve some of their best sales for the year. It has become the most popular day for shopping in commonwealth countries. Discounts can range anywhere from 25% to 80% off during a Boxing Day sale – which is why shoppers find it worth waiting for.
How did Boxing Day get its name?
Competing speculations about where Boxing Day got its name are many. The prevailing theory is that Boxing Day quite literally refers to “Christmas boxes”, another word for presents. The idea is that domestic workers and servants who worked on Christmas Day had the next day off to celebrate, and would give and receive boxed gifts for the occasion.
Are shops open on Boxing Day?
As a rule stores, shopping centres and retailers keep their doors open and their prices down on Boxing Day and wait for the crowds to come. There might be a few exceptions, as these days Boxing Day sales can start closer to New Year’s Eve, so it’s always best to double check if you are after something specific. If your favourite store is not open on Boxing Day, or if you can’t stomach the crowds, take a look online instead.
When do Boxing Day sales end?
It really varies from store to store. Some shops will keep on reducing the price of their old stock until it’s all gone, while others will keep the sales to a strict deadline. In most cases, the best sales are available from 26 December until the first week of January.
Does Apple do Boxing Day sales?
Yes, Apple does Boxing Day sales each year. It’s always tricky to know beforehand what will be on sale and where you can pick up the best deal but we would suggest making a list of your top three must-haves and subscribing to a sale alert so you can find the discounts as soon as possible.
In previous years we’ve seen discounts of up to 80% off all kinds of items on Boxing Day – including electronics, fashion and beauty products. While nothing is guaranteed, we’re we’re expecting large discounts again in 2018.
Despite the massive savings you get from Boxing Day sales, there is still one negative side – the crowds. Boxing Day sales are usually associated with chaos, massive crowds and women fighting over the last pair of shoes in their size, so why put yourself through that pain again this year?
finder.com/NZ features a number of retailers that provide Boxing Day sales, offering the same items at the same prices, without the queues. By shopping online, there’s no need to wake up at 5am just so you can get the right size. Simply log on when the sale starts and click “Add to Cart” on the item you’d like, then wait for it to be delivered to your door. You might even find coupon codes for your order so you can get even further discounts. Your favourite retailers might even offer free shipping which is really an excuse for you to buy more.