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. Fitbit Versa 3 with Google Nest Mini

From: Currys PC World

Was: £223

Now: £179  (£44 off)

The Versa 3's full price is £199. Currys' offer not only saves you £20 on the RRP but also includes a Google Nest Mini for free.

2. Fitbit Charge 4 with Google Nest Mini

From: Currys PC World

Was: £133

Now: £109  (£24 off)

Our favourite all-round Fitbit, the Charge 4 not only has a £20 discount from Currys but also includes a free Google Nest Mini.

3. Lenovo 14in Yoga Slim 7 Laptop (8GB RAM/256GB storage)

From: Currys PC World

Was: £749

Now: £629  (£120 off + £60 off McAfee LiveSafe Premium)

Currys' deal on the excellent Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 outdoes Amazon - though the price is the same - with £60 off McAfee LiveSafe Premium, £175 with trade-in, or 3 extra months of Microsoft 365 Personal or Family. The deal also includes free next-day delivery!

4. Apple MacBook Air, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2020)

From: Amazon

Was: £1249

Now: £1,029.97  (£219.03 off)

Save over £200 on the MacBook Air with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU from Amazon.

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (128GB, cellular)

From: Very

Was: £719

Now: £499.99  (£219.01 off)

This 4G LTE 11in Tab S7 is an absolute powerhouse, despite being on the lower rung of Samsung's 2020 Tab S ladder. Best of all, it's available with a sizeable £219 discount from Very, which is currently the best deal on the market.

6. Asus VivoBook L410 with Microsoft 365

From: Amazon

Was: £249.99

Now: £199.99  (£50 off)

If you need a laptop for under £200 then you're unlikely to find a better deal. This VivoBook has basic specs but can get the basics done, plus includes a 1-year Microsoft Office subscription worth £59.99.

7. Amazon Echo Dot 4

From: Amazon

Was: £49.99

Now: £34.99  (£15 off)

Save £15 on the Echo Dot 4 ahead of Prime Day 2021. The smart speaker received 4/5 stars in our review and comes recommended from our editor Jim Martin. Amazon is also selling the older Echo Dot 3 for £24.99. 

8. Google Nest Hub Max

From: Currys PC World

Was: £219

Now: £159  (£60 off)

Pick up the Google Nest Hub Max with £60 off from Currys, which is cheaper than buying directly from Google. The deal also lets you get Nest Mini for £10.

9. Amazon Echo Buds

From: Amazon

Was: £119.99

Now: £49.99  (£70 off for Prime Members)

Amazon's Echo Buds are its answer to the Galaxy Buds and Airpods. Find out more in our Echo Buds review.

10. Amazon: Free £10 Voucher for Prime Day

From: Amazon

Now: With £10 spend on small businesses now  (For Prime members)

Amazon just brought back its offer from last year that gives Prime members £10 back to spend on Prime Day for £10 spent on small businesses between now and 20 June. Sign up for the free 30-day Prime Day free trial

11. Fitbit Sense

From: Amazon

Was: £299.99

Now: £247.85  (£52.14 off)

Get over £52 off on the latest, top-end Fitbit Sense. If Amazon sells out, get a similar deal from Currys.

12. Fitbit Versa 3

From: Amazon

Was: £199.99

Now: £169  (£30.99 off)

Save over £31 on the new Fitbit Versa 3 from Amazon. The same deal is available from Very.

13. Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months)

From: Microsoft

Was: £10.99 per month

Now: Join for £1  (£32.97 off + Free Disney+ for 30 days)

Get three months of Game Pass Ultimate for £1, along with 30 days of access to Disney+ for free. The price returns to £32.99 after the first three months unless you cancel.

14. Audible: 3 Months

From: Amazon

Was: £7.99 per month

Now: Free  (£24 off for Prime Members)

The deal is back! New customers can get three months of Audible for free ahead of Prime Day.

15. Apple iPad Air (2020, 64GB, cellular)

From: Amazon

Was: £709

Now: £672.18  (£36.82 off)

Amazon has 2020's iPad Air range on offer with the benefit of expedited Prime delivery.

16. Battlefield: 4 (Standard Edition)

From: Amazon Prime Gaming

Was: £17.99

Now: Free  (£17.99 off)

Amazon is offering Amazon Prime members Battlefield 4 for free ahead of Prime Day.

17. Kindle Unlimited for 3 months

From: Amazon

Was: £7.99 per month

Now: Free  (£23.97 off)

Kindle Unlimited allows unlimited reading across over a million titles, along with access to audiobooks and magazine subscriptions. Prime members can now claim three months for free.

18. Amazon Prime Video

From: Amazon

Now: Up to 50% off films and shows  (For Prime members)

Prime members can now get up to 50% off shows and films on Prime Video as an early Prime Day deal.

19. Amazon Music Unlimited for 4 months

From: Amazon

Was: £9.99 per month

Now: Free  (£39.96 off)

In the run-up to Prime Day, Amazon is offering four months of Music Unlimited for free to new customers. The service now also includes hi-res audio for free.

20. Oppo Find X3 Neo

From: Carphone Warehouse

Was: £699

Now: £599  (£100 off)

The Find X3 Neo has £100 off from Carphone Warehouse. This 5G-enabled phone offers a strong low-light camera and super-fast wired charging.

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