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. Oppo Find X3 Pro (12GB RAM, 256GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £1,099

Now: £809.99  (£289.01 off)

Oppo's intriguing 2021 flagship – the Find X3 Pro – benefits from on of its biggest Amazon discounts yet, in this latest deal, which sees almost £300 knocked off the original RRP.

2. Adobe Creative Cloud - 1 Year Subscription to All Apps

From: Adobe

Was: £596.33

Now: £476.98  (£120 off)

Adobe has £120 off a year of Adobe's Creative Cloud All Apps – but only until 19 October!

3. Apple TV+ (3 months) with Currys Perks

From: Currys

Was: £4.99 per month

Now: Free with membership  (Free to sign up to Perks)

Currys' new membership loyalty program, Currys Perks, includes three months of Apple TV+ for free. Sign up to Perks for free.

4. Dell XPS 13 7390 (2019)

From: Dell

Was: £1644

Now: £1399  (£245 off)

This may be an older model from 2019, but this Dell XPS 13 still packs a Core i7 processor, 15GB RAM, and 512GB storage with £245 off. See our hands-on review.

5. Samsung Galaxy A52 (SIM-free)

From: Carphone Warehouse

Was: £399

Now: £299  (£100 off)

The ever-popular budget Galaxy A52 is now even cheaper at £299 – save £100!

6. Microsoft Surface Go 3

From: Microsoft

Now: £369

The Surface Go 3 ultra-portable affordable 2-in-1 is now on sale in the UK and US. You can buy it directly from Microsoft or these retailers.

7. OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB)

From: Amazon

Was: £469

Now: £399  (£70 off)

OnePlus' superb re-entry into the mid-range market in 2020 – the OnePlus Nord – is already a great example of value-for-money, but this discount on the higher RAM/storage SKU found on Amazon makes a good deal even better. (There's also currently a discount on the 8GB RAM model and other colourways too.) See our full coverage.

8. Microsoft Surface Pro 8

From: Tech Advisor

Now: Where to buy in the UK & US

Microsoft's latest premium 2-in-1, the Surface Pro 8, is now available to buy the US and pre-order in the UK – here's where you can buy one.

9. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 with 12GB data

From: Tesco Mobile

Now: £37.50 per month, £19.99 upfront  (with free Galaxy Watch 4)

Get the Flip 3 on Tesco Mobile with 12GB data  for £19 upfront, and claim a free Galaxy Watch 4 while you're at it!

10. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (41mm, LTE)

From: Amazon

Was: £439

Now: £309  (£130 off)

The 41mm casing size of LTE/Wi-Fi build of the Galaxy Watch 3 enjoys a rather significant price cut in this latest Amazon deal. Check out the full Samsung Week event for even more discounts.

11. Smarty 50GB (SIM Only)

From: Smarty

Was: £15 per month

Now: £12 per month  (20% off)

Smarty has slashed its rate on the 50GB data SIM to £12 per month. Contracts last 1 month at a time, and you can cancel at any time. 4G only.

12. Apple Watch Series 6 (44mm, GPS + Cellular) - Refurbished

From: BT Shop

Was: £509

Now: £399  (£110 off)

This refurbished Apple Watch 6 with cellular connectivity has over £110 off as a part of the BT Shop's Big Tech Sale. BT has listed it as returned stock that's still sealed in the box making it an even more appealing deal. See our full coverage.

13. Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB) + free Mi Band 5

From: Xiaomi

Was: £229

Now: £199  (£30 off + free activity tracker)

Our favourite budget phone of the moment, Xiaomi's Poco X3 Pro already represents phenomenal value and enjoys an extra discount, direct from Xiaomi. The company's also throwing in its superb Mi Band 5 activity tracker on top for free too.

14. Oppo A54 5G with free Nintendo Switch

From: Virgin Media

Now: From £20 per month  (plus 6 months of Google One)

This excellent offer from Virgin includes a free Nintendo Switch at rates as low as £20 per month (2GB data, 36 months).

15. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)

From: Amazon

Was: £899

Now: £680.32  (£218.68 off)

The Surface Pro 7 might have launched in 2019, but it remains an excellent 2-in-1 PC. That's especially true in this deal, which drops the i5 model with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD to £699 thanks to the launch of the new Surface Pro 8.

16. Apple iPhone 13 with free AirPods

From: Virgin

Now: From £34 per month

Grab the brand new iPhone 13 and bag a free pair of Apple AirPods while you're at it! We're separately looking at where to buy the iPhone 13 and the best pre-order offers.

17. Apple 10.2in iPad (9th gen, 2021) - 64GB

From: KRCS

Was: £319

Now: £312.62  (£6.38 off)

It's not a big discount, but considering the 9th gen iPad only released this month, it's a welcome discount from KRCS.

18. Fitbit Sense

From: Amazon

Was: £299.99

Now: £244.95  (£55 off)

Save over £50 on the top-end Sense from Amazon. 

19. Apple iPad Air (64GB, 4th Gen, Wi-Fi + Cellular)

From: Amazon

Was: £709

Now: £575.73  (£133.27 off)

Amazon has the cellular iPad Air at a temptingly low price, with £133 off the £709 RRP. An excellent saving - but it only applies to the silver finish.

20. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB)

From: Xiaomi

Was: £269

Now: £239  (£30 off)

A fantastic screen, a 108Mp camera and awesome battery life make this discount on the budget Redmi Note 10 Pro difficult to ignore.

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