The UK January sales 2022 are here, and if you didn’t bag a bargain on Black Friday, now’s your chance with deals on Apple AirPods and more
For some of us, Christmas Day is the most highly anticipated day of the year – with millions of people waking up at the crack of dawn to see what Santa left them, stick the turkey in the oven and pop open a bottle of champagne for breakfast.
For others, it’s the subsequent sales season that takes centre stage, with many of our favourite retailers kicking off their Boxing Day and January sales – Amazon, Currys, Argos and John Lewis and Partners, we’re looking at you.
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If you’ve got some Christmas money you just can’t wait to spend this may be the perfect excuse. So, whether you’re after a new bedside table to house all your new goodies, a weighted blanket to soothe anxiety from a day spent with your entire family, or a sparkly top for that New Year’s Eve party, then it may be worth taking a peek at some of best deals on offer.
As always, we’re on hand to find you the hottest offers as they drop, so read on for everything you need to know about this year’s event and to how shop the best offers.
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Best deals in the January sales 2022
Apple AirPods pro with MagSafe charging case, 2021: Was £239, now £189, Argos.co.uk
“The AirPods pro are a high-end pair of earphones that are difficult to find much fault in,” said our writer when we reviewed Apple’s latest earbuds back in May. And now you can pick them up with 20 per cent off. These were the most comfortable earbuds we tried, and they have active noise cancellation, better battery life and much-improved sound quality compared to their predecessors. Our reviewer added: “If you’re a member of the iOS family, the AirPods pros are the best in-ear earphones you can get on the market, and will continue to be until Apple decides to release a successor.” It’s rare to find Apple products in sale, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Apple iPhone 13 pro 128GB: Was £71 per month, now £35.50 per month, Three.co.uk
In the market for a new iPhone without the eye-watering price? Three has delivered the goods as part of its end of year sale, offering the Apple Phone 13 pro 128GB with unlimited data and unlimited minutes for just half price for the first six months, with an upfront payment of £69. Upon testing the iPhone 13 pro in our review, our tester was impressed by its camera quality and battery life, noting “the swathe of photographic improvements alone are worth upgrading for, made possible by a faster processor and better camera sensors.”
Peloton bike+: Was £2,295, now £2,025, Onepeloton.co.uk
It’s not often we’re treated to such brilliant deals from Peloton – but right now you can save £270 on the brand’s bike+. Pedalling its way into our best exercise bikes review, it was touted by our tester for its large screen size which allows you to “feel more involved in whatever class you’ve decided on”, while the boosted surround sound offered “ear munching volume and clarity”. In our more in-depth review, our tester noted that the upbeat instructors offered “the perfect amount of motivation needed”.
Ninja foodi max dual zone air fryer: Was £229, now £179, Very.co.uk
Level up your home cooking in the New Year and opt for this hefty offering from Ninja, now on sale with a very tempting £50 off. Not just for frying, it’s a serious all-rounder, taking on roasting, reheating, dehydrating, and baking. Though we haven’t tested this particular fryer, a very similar model from Ninja made it into our best air fryers review, in part thanks to the “kitchen game changer” of having two separate cooking zones. Our tester also found the device a doddle to use, “with a digital control panel, countdown timer and variable temperature controls you can tweak to make every meal perfect.”
M&S light up snow globe gin liqueur & Conte Priuli prosecco, mixed case of 6: Was £80, now £60: Marksandspencer.com
Top up the festivities this Twixmas and beyond with this case of gloriously extravagant tipples from M&S, which will now set you back just £60. Featuring the retailer’s highly coveted snow globe gin liquors (with no less than 23-carat edible gold leaves might we add) the case includes the new spiced sugar plum liquor plus the Christmas limited edition Conte Priuli Oro prosecco and Conte Priuli Oro prosecco rosé. Need a new cocktail for the New Year’s celebrations? M&S recommends adding a dash of liqueur to your flute of bubbly and garnishing with pomegranate seeds, raspberries and fresh thyme.
Gymshark vital seamless 2.0 leggings: Was £40, now £20, Gymshark.com
Gym bunnies, get your skates on – Gymshark is now offering 50 per cent off its vital seamless 2.0 leggings. Available in a range of pretty colours, including pink, blue and of course, sunny yellow, this pair of high-waisted leggings is now just £20. Built using sweat-wicking material, they’re also crafted with sustainability in mind, by using a dying technique that cuts down on the amount of water, energy and chemicals needed.
Fitbit sense: Was £279, now £179, Very.co.uk
Heads up fitness enthusiasts, you can now save 35 per cent on Fitbit’s sense smartwatch courtesy of Very’s festive price drop. In our review of the sense, it was dubbed a solid rival to Apple and Samsung’s wearables. Clearly fitness focused but with a holistic edge, the device features a heart rate monitor, oxygen saturation tracker and stress management features. Our tester also noted how comfortable it was to wear, while “the face size is in the goldilocks zone of versatility – we could see this working for everyone from bodybuilders to ballerinas.”
Shark lift-away upright vacuum cleaner with TruePet NV602UKT: Was £269.99, now £149.99, Sharkclean.co.uk
If you’ve got a (very) furry friend at home, this upright model from Shark could be just the thing. Said to suck up pet hairs from stairs to sofas and curtains, it can also be transformed into a portable vacuum, thanks to its Lift-Away Technology. This means you’ll no longer be lumbered with the whole machine, say, if you needed to clean the stairs or under low-lying furniture. Though we haven’t tested this exact model, two of the brand’s vacuums earned a spot in our best pet vacuum cleaners review, so we’d say you’re in good hands.
Ugg fluff yeah logo slides, butterscotch: Was £76.98, now £61.59, Johnlewis.com
Like “swaddling your soles in a silky wonderland”, said our tester, when describing the feeling of these gloriously fluffy sheepskin sleepers from Australian brand Ugg. It’s no wonder then, that these slides won top spot in our best slippers review. Our tester added that “they keep your feet wonderfully warm despite the slide shape, while the logo band keeps feet firmly in place.” Now with 20 per cent off, there’s no better time to expand your loungewear collection.
Amazon Echo dot, 4th generation: Was £49.99, now £28.99, Amazon.co.uk
Chances are you’ve seen one of these Alexa devices in action – and that’s because they’re just so good – so now’s the time to join the party. Promising crisp vocals and balanced bass, you can use it to listen to music and the radio while also controlling your entertainment by asking it to play tunes, podcasts and audiobooks from streaming services. The device earned a spot in our round-up of the best smart speakers, with our reviewer saying Alexa is “easy to set up, simple to navigate and the speakers themselves are of a high quality”.
Mela eucalyptus silk weighted blanket: Was £150, now £120, Melacomfort.co.uk
Crowned the best buy in our best weighted blankets review, this offering from Mela was touted by our tester as a “super breathable, ultra-comforting blanket that somehow always keeps our tester at the perfect temperature in bed for a restful, restorative night’s sleep.” What really won them over, however, was the luxurious eucalyptus silk and high thread count, with the eucalyptus silk feeling “buttery soft and smooth” against the skin. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, Mela is now offering 20 per cent off first orders when you use the code WELCOME20.
Lululemon free to be serene bra, highlight orange: Was £38, now £28, Lululemon.co.uk
Add a splash of colour to your yoga kit with this highlight orange sports bra from Lululemon, a bestseller from the cult Canadian brand. To see if it lived up to expectations, we tried it out in our review of Lululemon’s bestsellers – and we were not disappointed. Praising the bra for being “supportive yet not restrictive, meaning it’s perfect for stretching”, our tester was also a fan of its “longline design, which means you can forgo a T-shirt, while the back detailing adds something a little different.” Now on sale with £10 off, there’s no time like the present.
Google Pixel 6 with Pixel buds a-series: Was £45, now £37 per month, EE.com
You’ll save £192 on the new Google Pixel 6 phone over the course of your contract when you take advantage of EE’s January deal. After an upfront cost of £3 you can pay £37 per month for the 10GB data plan, which comes with 5G connectivity. EE will also throw in a pair of the latest Pixel buds, which are designed to work seamlessly with the phone. Check out our Pixel 6 versus Pixel 6 pro comparison, where our reviewer recommended the phones to “Android fans who want to experience the first truly premium handset from Google, a high-end luxury smartphone to rival the best that Apple and Samsung can offer.”
Samsung galaxy buds 2: Was £139.99, now £99, Johnlewis.com
If Apple’s AirPods don’t do it for you, why not try Samsung’s Galaxy buds2 – currently reduced in the John Lewis January sale. With ambient mode, active noise canceling and a three-mic system, they’re packed with savvy features that helped land the pair a spot in our round-up of the best wireless earbuds. “The neat little Galaxy buds2 are light, making them very comfortable to wear,” praised our reviewer. “Samsung has come up with an appealing design, including snazzy colours such as lavender, that make these earbuds stand out from their rival,” they added.
ghd rise hot brush: Was £169, now £135, ghdhair.com
Struggling to get your hands on the cult hair styling product, the Dyson airwrap? Ghd’s rise hot brush could just be the next best thing. After putting both styling tools head-to-head in our review, our tester noted how the ghd rise helped their hair stay “wavy and bouncy late into the evening – something we thought only existed in our wildest beauty dreams.” They went on to add: “If all you’re looking for is reliable volume and glamorous waves, the ghd rise is just as worthy an investment.” And right now, it’s on sale with 20 per cent off.
Theragun elite: Was £375, now £279, Cultbeauty.co.uk
Soothe tired muscles and promote healing with Theragun’s elite massager, now reduced by £100 thanks to Selfridges. One of our favourite models, it earned a spot in our round-up of the best massage guns where our reviewer said: “If you want to be guided through your recovery, Theragun’s elite model is the ideal top-end device.” They also praised the closed grip that helps you handle it with ease and reach difficult spots on your back. “It has five speeds, a long-lasting battery, excellent attachments and a quiet motor all of which add up to make it a luxury pick,” they added.
Simba hybrid pro, king: Was £1,499, now £899.40, Simbasleep.com
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, Simba is a brand to know when it comes to comfortable mattresses. When we reviewed the hybrid pro model, our tester said that this particular one is thick and deluxe. They also noted that it’s “the kind of mattress you’d sleep on in a boutique hotel where you wake up thinking: ‘I have to get one of these’“. It features shock absorption, so you won’t annoy your partner if you roll around a lot in your sleep and it’s “exceptional at keeping sweat at bay”. With such rave reviews and 36 per cent off, it’s a no brainer.
Mamas and Papas my first playmat & gym: Was £80, now £40, Mamasandpapas.com
If you’re looking to stock up on baby tech and essentials for your little one, Mamas and Papas is now offering up to 50 per cent off baby mats, car seats and more. Although we haven’t tested this particular mat, this is a brand we’ve featured in many of our baby tech round-ups, including our review of the best play mats. So we reckon this padded mat – dangling stars, mirror, teddy and all – could be a real steal.
Apple AirPods, 3rd gen: Was £169, now £157, Very.co.uk
The third generation AirPods might lack some of the features of the AirPods pro, such as active noise cancellation, but they strike the perfect balance between comfort, function and audio quality.
In our AirPods 3 review, our tester noted that they were a “very big step up from the second generation model”, adding that the “improved audio is noticeable, especially with spatial audio and the new shape”. It’s rare to find a deal on the all-new AirPods, so grab this discount while you can.
Draped dress with shoulder pads: Was £49.99, now £29.99, Zara.com
If you’re still on the hunt for an outfit to ring in the new year, this could be it. The mini dress comes covered in party-ready sequins and features a high neck with long sleeves, 1980s-inspired shoulder pads and draped fabric detailing. A similar style from the retailer (was £59.99, now £39.99, Zara.com), which is unfortunately now out of stock, was chosen as the best buy in our round-up of the best outfits for NYE. Worn by Claudia Winkleman during an episode of Strictly Come Dancing this year, this dress became an instant hit with our tester who said: “It has a weightiness to it that makes it feel much higher end than the price tag suggests, while the wrap silhouette cinched us in at the waist perfectly. We certainly think it’ll get you in the mood to groove.”
The North Face women’s gosei puffer jacket: Was £110, now £88, Thenorthface.co.uk
If you’re yet to jump on the trend for North Face puffers, you’re in luck as the outdoor brand is offering January discounts on a number of designs, including this women’s gosei jacket. Reduced by 20 per cent right now, the puffer boasts synthetic insulation and elasticated cuffs and hems to block out the cold. The practical piece has a contemporary streetwear feel to it with its block beige and black colouring, while the slightly cropped design makes for a flattering fit.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4: Was £299, now free with phone contract, EE.com
New and existing EE customers can claim a free Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 4 when they sign up to a 24 month phone plan. The offer is available with the flagship Samsung Galaxy S21 and S20 smartphones, the former of which we rated highly in our review. The laptop itself is fast and secure, and runs on Google’s own web-based Chrome OS operating system. That means it’s always up to date, with a long-lasting battery, and perfect for everyday tasks such as writing, editing and browsing.
Charlotte Tilbury magic serum secrets: Was £45, now £31.50, Spacenk.com
We’re big fans of Charlotte Tilbury here at IndyBest and this set allows you to try the brand’s skincare. Its magic serum received high praise when we reviewed it, with our writer noting that it’s “silky, lightweight and not at all oily”, and has been created to “completely rejuvenate your face, offering visibly younger skin with daily use”. They also found that their skin “was left glowing, and it also showed a significant improvement in texture”. The lip oil, meanwhile, is said to provide instant hydration.
Apple MacBook pro, 13in 2020 touch bar, space grey: Was £1,999, now £1,599, Johnlewis.com
Offers on Apple products tend to be few and far between, so this discount on Apple’s 2020 MacBook pro model is worth your attention. Currently reduced by £400, the 13in device boasts a speedy 10th-gen Intel core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage for all your files and media, as well as a touch bar and touch ID button. John Lewis & Partners is also offering up to £450 off the model and three months of Apple TV if you trade in your old Macbook.
Bare Biology skinful pure marine collagen powder 300g: Was £35, now £29.75, Libertylondon.com
Not just for the anti-ageing, this skin-boosting elixir from British brand Bare Biology is also said to improve joint pain and prevent bone loss – claiming to be virtually flavourless too, you can simply add it to your AM latte or smoothie. Bagging a place in our best collagen supplements review, our tester found “it worked really well mixed into yogurt with some berries and nuts on top to maximise the skin benefits.” Right now, Liberty London has blessed us with over 17 per cent off – so bag it while you can.
Fitbit versa 3, black: Was £199, now £159, Currys.co.uk
Fitbit’s versa model is among its most successful and it’s easy to see why, with the third iteration of the range offering everything you’d want from an everyday smartwatch and fitness tracker. “This is the smartwatch for fitness-focused users that still want a good-looking, contemporary-styled product with enough smart features to help in everyday life,” praised our reviewer. And while the versa 3 definitely has its main focus on the fitness market, there’s also heavy investment in general wellness through ECG, sleep and blood-oxygen saturation sensors.
Foreo luna play smart 2 cleansing brush: Was £79, now £63.20, Boots.com
If you’re looking to up your skincare game for the New Year, Boots has kindly knocked 20 per cent of the price of Foreo’s luna play smart 2 cleansing brush. Essentially, the gadget measures the health of your skin to deliver a more bespoke cleanse. Pretty snazzy. In our review of the gadget, our tester said: “There is no denying that adding this Foreo brush to a skincare routine, encourages a much more thorough cleanse. Partly, because it’s such a pleasure massaging your skin with it, but also because it is timed for you so you’re not tempted to cut the routine short.”
Bobbi Brown golden glow favourites gift set: Was £40, now £26.66, Boots.com
As we enter 2022, there’s no better way to add a little extra glam to your make-up look than with this Bobbi Brown set. It includes the brand’s bestselling mascara, a moisturising balm and a cream shadow stick. The latter landed a spot in our guide to the best eyeshadow sticks, with our writer noting that it “feels creamy and nourishing on the lid, without feeling too heavy”. While the mascara was included in our guide to the best and praised for its “long-wearing, flake- and smudge-free formula”. All in all, this set is a sure-fire way to feel glam in January and beyond.
Dyson V10 animal extra vacuum cleaner: Was £399, now £299, Ao.com
Make light work of your floors with Dyson’s V10. While it may not be the newest model, the design is just as slick, stylish and bang on the money as the brand’s more recent launches. Rated the best for big families in our guide to the best cordless vacuum cleaners, our reviewer said: “It’s easy to move along carpets and wooden floors, while the max setting has incredible suction. As the name suggests, it’s great for picking up animal hair from carpets and upholstery – and we found its direct-drive cleaner head best for this job.” They also loved that it didn’t distract pets and that is proved easy to charge, by either plugging it in or keeping it attached to the wall mount when not in use.
Google nest mini, 2nd gen: Was £49, now £18, Currys.co.uk
Thanks to Currys you can now save more than 50 per cent on the Google nest mini smart speaker that seriously impressed our reviewer in our round-up of the best smart speakers. “This is a case of a good thing coming in a small package,” they said. “The nest mini is small – it fits in the palm of your hand – but produces strong sound and clear voice responses. This would fit seamlessly into almost any home and perform admirably.” For just £18, it’s difficult to find anything that can touch it.
Amazon Fire stick lite with Alexa voice remote lite: Was £29.99, now £14.99, Amazon.co.uk
The Amazon Fire stick lite is the most affordable TV stick that Amazon has on offer. With 50 per cent off, the device comes with an Alexa voice note remote, plus thousands of apps and channels including BBC iPlayer, Disney+ and Netflix. It’s also simple to set up – just plug this nifty Fire stick into the back of your TV and let the binging session commence.
Online fashion retailer Asos is offering up to 80 per cent off across selected styles, including dresses and tops, jeans, shoes and accessories, with discounts available across menswear, gifts and beauty too. Right now, you can bag Calvin Klein’s mid wash blue baggy jeans for just £65 (were £100, Asos.com), or save on beauty buys like Skinnydip’s rose gold eyebrow tools kit (was £18, now £9, Asos.com).
AllSaints is a brand to know when it comes to wardrobe heroes, and its sales are not to be missed – it’s currently offering 20 per cent off everything. At the top of our wishlist is the balfern leather jacket (was £319 now £223, Allsaints.com), which was named best buy in our guide to the best women’s leather jackets. Our writer noted that “it’s made from a soft leather and is finished with the typical silver hardware you’d expect from a biker jacket”. They added that “you simply cannot beat AllSaints’s craftsmanship and style, making this a standout purchase you won’t regret”.
Samsung AU8000, 43in: Was £549, now £368, Amazon.co.uk
This entry-level 4K television uses an LED display that produces a vibrant colour palette and a dynamic contrast ratio. It has Alexa built-in, so you can change the channel with your voice, making it ideal if you frequently lose your remote control. And with a 43in display, it’s a great size for watching all your favourite films and TV series.
Oral-B genius electric toothbrush: Was £279.99, now £69.99, Amazon.co.uk
When it comes to gnashers, it’s no secret that Oral B knows it’s stuff. And you can now save a whopping 75 per cent on this electric brush, which is said to not only remove up to 100 per cent of plaque, but alerts you when you’re brushing too hard – overzealous brushers we’re looking at you. When testing a similar model, which earned a spot in our best electric toothbrushes review, our tester appreciated its AI capabilities, and said that their “teeth felt thoroughly cleaned”.
‘Fifa 22’ for Xbox one: Was £59, now £35, Ao.com
EA dropped the good news of the new edition, plus the official reveal trailer, just hours ahead of the Euros final back in July, while also confirming a number of new gameplay features including “hypermotion” technology, described by the EA as “the biggest animation refresh in Fifa history”. There’s also a brand new goalkeeper system and highly anticipated updates including player “humanisation”, composed ball control, new attacking tactics, real-world data, an option for explosive sprints, attacking tactics and over 100 of football’s all-time giants, meaning the latest edition of Fifa may just be the best yet. And you can save £24 on the game right now.
Sound the fashion alarm: the Swedish high street giant if offering up to 50 per cent off every category, including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, home and beauty. Case in point is this gorgeous draped skirt, also available in a deep red, which will now set you back just £15 (was £29.99, Hm.com).
Zara shimmery mid-heel slingback shoes: Was £59.99, now £39.99, Zara.com
If you struggle to get Carrie Bradshaw’s blue crystal-embellished Manolo Blahnik’s off your mind, but don’t have a casual £800 to blow on a pair of heels, consider these dupes. Strikingly similar to the designer pair, these heels come in both cobalt blue and magenta pink, and feature a crystal buckle, with a pointed tip, square sole and slingback. Wear yours with everything from party dresses to jeans and a nice top for trips down the pub.
Le Creuset cast iron casserole dish and stoneware dish, satin black: Was £186.50, £148.20, Johnlewis.com
The ultimate culinary status symbol, Le Creuset kitchen wares are a must-have for keen cooks and this set is quite the steal at just shy of £150. Containing a 20cm cast iron casserole dish and a 29cm stoneware dish, rustle up everything from Sunday roasts to warming stews and wholesome soups. A very similar oval-shaped dish won the best buy in our round-up of the best casserole dishes. Praising its versatility, they were “most impressed by its weight” adding that it was “noticeably lighter than all the other cast-iron dishes we tested”.
Enjoy up to 60 per cent off on a wide range of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories in New Look’s end of season sale. On the hunt for a new coat? Snap up this uber-chic black check faux fur collar shacket while it’s just £16 (was £39.99, Newlook.com), or stomp into the New Year in a pair of black leather buckle lace up chunky biker boots, now just £32 (was £59.99, Newlook.com).
When do the Boxing Day sales end and the January sales begin?
Bringing you some more good news, the Boxing Day sales more often than not now merge with the January sales, meaning the discounts can last for days, weeks or even the full month depending on the retailer.
While the wording may change from Boxing Day sales to January sales around the end of December, and there’s always the possibility of more products being added throughout the month, essentially the two are the same with retailers shifting their leftover stock from 2021 to make way for the new year pieces.
Why do they call it Boxing Day?
While the sales are a great addition to the Boxing Day celebrations, of course, there’s a lot more to the 26 December than just bagging a bargain.
The name Boxing Day stems back to the 1800s when Queen Victoria ruled the country and the rich would box up gifts or money for their maids, chefs and housekeepers who would have the day off to spend with their families. The church also got involved, handing out collected money to those in need on Boxing Day. It all sounds very Bridgerton-esque to us!
Is Boxing Day only in the UK?
Just like Christmas Day, Boxing Day is celebrated all over the world in different ways.
Here in the UK some of us treat it as a second Christmas Day reserved for the other side of the family, others can’t wait to get our hands on a turkey sandwich and cold roast potatoes, and another load cram into football stadiums for those highly anticipated matches (Covid dependant of course).
Cross over to Ireland, Poland, Italy, Austria and a handful more Christian dominated countries and you’ll hear of St Stephens Day, and go even further afield to Australia, New Zealand and Canada and Boxing Day will be back on the cards.
For discounts on festive fashion ahead of the sales, try the links below:
Read more on the January sales 2022
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