2020 is finally winding down, and while we're all relieved to see the back of it, those of us still looking to nab a deal before the year ends still have Boxing Day and January sales to look forward to. In fact, a few retailers have already started Boxing Day offers!

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday have overshadowed Boxing Day's glory in recent years, it's still an excellent opportunity to pick up a discounted smartphone, laptop, TV, Fitbit or gaming console. It's also a great time to exchange gifts that didn't really light you up with joy on Christmas morning – just as long as you have the gift receipt.

Here we're taking a look at where to get the best Boxing Day deals on your favourite tech along with how to deal with returns and refunds after Christmas.

When is Boxing Day?

Boxing Day arrives a day after Christmas, which means this year it's on Sunday 26 December. It's likely that sales might arrive before the day itself, given how Black Friday sales start earlier and earlier every year.

What is Boxing Day?

Boxing Day is a 19th-century English tradition, where the rich would offer gifts in boxes to the poor, typically to servants who would have the day after Christmas off.

While that might be the origin, the event is now wholly a commercial one. Now retailers worldwide participate in Boxing Day, particularly in Commonwealth countries like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. 

Best Boxing Day 2020 tech deals and January sales

We'll be updating this section with more deals as we head closer to the day itself, but in the meantime, check out some of the best Christmas tech offers we're seeing in the UK below:

1. HIde.me two-year VPN subscription (plus 3 months free)

From: Hide.me

Was: $268.65 / £269.73

Now: $69.95 / £69.99  (74% off)

Hide.me is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and offering a great two-year deal as part of it.

As with so many of these deals, the 'free' extra three months are factored into the monthly price shown, meaning they're not free at all. Or the real monthly price is actually higher ($2.91 / £2.91).

Regardless, you'll pay for the entire 27 months upfront and it's a good deal compared to the prices Hide.me usually charges. Plus, the subscription renews at the deal price, which is a bonus.

2. Apple iPhone 12 Mini + Nintendo Switch

From: Mobile Phones Direct

Now: £50 per month for 24 months (£9.99 upfront)

If you're in the market for a new phone, then you can grab this iPhone 12 Mini on an O2 contract and bundle a Nintendo Switch in with the price. This deal also includes three months of Apple TV+ for free. Mobiles.co.uk has similar offers with other mobile phone contracts

3. Apple 11in iPad Pro (2021, M1, 128GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £749

Now: £699  (£50 off)

Save £50 on the M1 iPad Pro 11in on Amazon. 

4. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G with 100GB data

From: Mobile Phones Direct

Now: £27 per month  (£200 trade-in cashback + 6 months of Disney+)

Pick up the Galaxy S21 FE from Mobile Phones Direct for £27 per month with no upfront cost.

Samsung's current promotion also allows you to claim £200 when you trade-in any any Android phone in any condition (until 30 May, 2022). You'll also be eligible for 6 months of Disney+. Claim here.

5. Samsung Galaxy S22 (128GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £769

Now: £730  (£39 off)

Amazon has one of the best prices on the Galaxy S22 right now. See all the best Galaxy S22 Series deals.

6. Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 (15in, Ryzen 7, 8GB, 256GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £1299

Now: £1098  (£201 off)

Save £200 on the 15in Surface Laptop 4 from Amazon - the offer ends soon!

7. Ivacy five-year VPN subscription

From: Ivacy

Was: $597 / £480

Now: $71.64 / £57.59  (88% off)

Ivacy's deal is one of the best around, knocking a whopping 88% off the usual monthly price.

It's a five-year subscription that works out at $1.19 per month, or 96p if you're in the UK. The up-front payment of $71.64 / £57.59 is a real bargain, as that's what most VPN services charge for two years, or even one year.

Ivacy offers a great service which supports P2P downloads, unblocks streaming services (including Netflix and Disney+) and, like any VPN service, gives you security when using public Wi-Fi and privacy when browsing the web.

You can use it on up to 10 devices at the same time, but even if you use it only on one or two, it's still one the cheapest VPN deals around. Plus, as a bonus, you also get a password manager included for the first year!

8. Trend Micro Internet Security - 1 Year, 3 Devices

From: Trend Micro

Was: £49.95 / $79.95

Now: £19.95 / $29.95  (60% / 62% off)

Trend Micro's online protection for up to three devices is 60% off the first year for those in the UK and there's a slightly higher 62% discount if you're in the US (get the deal here).

In AV-Test's latest report, Trend Micro earns maximum points for protection, usability and performance, making this not just an affordable deal, but top-notch protection as well.

9. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 (8+128GB) - Refurbished

From: GiffGaff

Was: £949

Now: £449  (£500 off)

GiffGaff has £500 off a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 phone. The handset is unlocked and comes with a 12 month warranty.

See the best Z Flip 3 deals around in our dedicated round up.

10. Voxi SIM-Only with 25GB data

From: Voxi

Now: £12 per month  (with uncapped social media & video)

Grab 25GB of data for the price of 20GB along with Endless Social Media and Video (TikTok, YouTube, Prime Video and Netflix).

11. Apple AirPods Max

From: Amazon

Was: £549

Now: £409  (£140 off)

This saving on the AirPods Max used to be even better - until recently it was £399 - but Amazon currently has the best price around with up to £140 off.

12. Nintendo Switch

From: Amazon

Was: £259.99

Now: £248  (£12 off)

Amazon's price is now roughly £12 lower than Nintendo's reduced price for the Switch. The console comes with 32GB storage, and an improved battery life over the original model. 

13. Xiaomi 12 with free Eco bundle

From: Carphone Warehouse

Pick up Xiaomi's latest flagship from Carphone Warehouse from £36.99 per month with double date, was 25GB now 50GB. 

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14. Norton Norton 360 Deluxe (1 year)

From: Norton

Was: £84.99

Now: £29.99  (£55 off)

Device Security for up to 5 PCs, Mac, smartphones or tablets.

1st Year into offer, see subscription details.

15. Fitbit Versa 3

From: Amazon

Was: £199.99

Now: £145.99  (£54 off)

Save over £50 on the Fitbit Versa 3 from Amazon. Check colours for different prices.

16. Netgear Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi System

From: Amazon

Was: £329

Now: £214.99  (£114 off)

Pump up your home Wi-Fi with a massive £114 off this quality 3-pack Mesh WiFi system

17. Surfshark Best-Selling VPN Deal: 82% Off

From: Surfshark

Safeguarding the privacy and safety of you and your family has never been more crucial. Now with one Surfshark subscription for just £1.59/month, you can access the open internet while staying private with our military-grade encryption. Get Surfshark today and receive an additional 2 months for free.

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18. TP-Link TP-Link Tapo Indoor Security Wifi Camera with Night Vision

From: Ebuyer

Was: £54.99

Now: £39.99  (£15 off)

Save £15 off this 2-Pack TP-Link Tapo C100 1080P Indoor Security Wifi Camera with Night Vision – works with Alexa & Google Home

19. Apple iPhone 13 (256GB) - SIM-free

From: Amazon

Was: £879

Now: £789  (£90 off)

Amazon has a generous £90 discount on the iPhone 13 with 256GB storage.

20. OnePlus Nord 2 5G (8GB RAM, 128GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £399

Now: £329  (£70 off)

This limited time deal from Amazon slashes £70 off the excellent OnePlus Nord 2 5G.

Where to find best Boxing Day tech deals - best sales on now

Here are best tech and software sales on right now ahead of January:

Can you get a refund on Boxing Day?

If your purchase is within the refund policy window then you're in luck! Make sure you have your receipt, which shouldn't be too difficult if you've ordered online.

In the past, some UK retailers have refrained from processing refunds in-store on Boxing Day due to high in-store traffic, but given the restrictions around gathering in masses this year, it's unlikely to be an issue this year.

Instead, most retailers are extending their returns policies up to late January, giving you plenty of time to get your money back. In fact, Currys PC World will even pick up the item you want to return from your doorstep!

Which retailers have extended holiday returns over Christmas and Boxing Day 2020?

Boxing Day also gives you an opportunity to return gifts that you received over Christmas or bought over the end of year sales season. You might also want to return an item you bought on Black Friday for instance, if you spot a better deal on the same item on 26 December.

Whatever the case, this year, with so many physical store locations closing down due to COVID, many retailers are offering extended holiday returns well into January 2021. In most cases, the extended holiday return policies apply to purchases made in November up until Christmas Eve.

We've outlined the extended Christmas returns for major retailers and brands below:

  • Argos - Purchases made between 18 October 2020 can be returned up to 24 January 2021.
  • Amazon -  Purchases that are eligible for return and are shipped between 1 October and 31 December can be returned until 31 January 2021. The standard 30-day period applies to items delivered after 31 December, 2020. Head to Your Orders on your account to make a return.
  • AO.com- AO offers a free 100-day return policy
  • Asos - Purchases made between 1 November 2020 to 24 December 2020 can be returned until 31 January 2021, for a full refund. Returns after 31 January 2021 within 29-45 days of it being delivered qualifies for a refund via gift voucher
  • Apple - Purchases that are received between 10 November and 25 December can be returned until 8 January 2021. The standard 14-day return request policy applies to purchases made after 25 December.
  • Currys PC World - Purchases made between 29 October and 24 December can be returned up to 14 January 2021. Online orders from Currys can be collected from your home or returned at selected stores.
  • Fitbit - Purchases made in November and December can be returned up until 31 January 2021, or within 45 days of shipment (whichever is longer).
  • GAME - No cash refunds or exchanges, but purchases made on or after Sunday 1 November can be returned by Sunday 3 January 2021 for an equivalent credit note or gift voucher. 
  • John Lewis - Purchases made after 8 October can be returned until 28 January 2021
  • Microsoft - Purchases made until 31 December 2020 can be returned until 31 January 2021

Further reading - Our guides on how to get refunds