As retail outlets close their doors on Christmas Eve, they are usually gearing up for the biggest event of the trading calendar - the Boxing Day sales.
However, due to the unforeseen national lockdown on non-essential businesses across Scotland, this will not be the case in 2020 and so shops may be more enthusiastic about encouraging shoppers to spend before they close.
It may come as no surprise then that retail giants, Next will be launching their post-Christmas clearance event before 25 December. Here is how you can grab a bargain.
When is the Next winter sale in 2020?
While the sale is set to be in full swing on 26 December, there are already a host of best buys in the Clearance section of the Next Website, as of 21 December.
VIP customers signed up to receive emails from the store will get first access to the sale before it officially launches.
From 21 December, VIP members already registered will be able to shop 50% off Next clearance items.
You can check if you are a VIP member by logging into your Next account through this link.
If you do not have a Next account, you will not have access to the early-bird sale.
However, all is not lost if you are not on the VIP list.
Sales are expected to start slightly earlier for everyone, with money expert Martin Lewis predicting a 50% discount will be available on Next’s main site from Christmas eve.
Will the Next sale be online and in store?
It is expected that customers will be able to shop the sale on Christmas Eve, should it launch early.
However, due to coronavirus restrictions, there will be no stores open in Scotland on Boxing Day and those who visit shops on Christmas Eve may need to wait outside in queues as social distancing continues despite the Christmas rush
The online sale will continue despite lockdown restrictions.
What items have the biggest reductions?
Homeware and designer brands have already seen price cuts of up to 50% - with selected leather sofas reduced by over £500.
Some of the best bargains are in women's clothing, such as:
Brown faux fur Calvin Klein coat
reduced by over 50% - from £270 to £120.
Kurt Geiger's tote bag
was £249 now £120
Ralph Lauren Black Mock Croc Leather Carlyle Tote Bag
was £299 now £89.
Women’s L.K.Bennett Gainsbury Block Print Dress
was £450 now £255
L.K. Bennett Garland Floral Silk Dress
Was £350 now £175
Mens tailoring have also been significantly reduced, including:
GANT jersey pique blazer
Was £245 now £120
Hugo Boss Hareltu Jacket
was £269 to £120
Hugo Boss Grey German Jacket
Was £249 now £120
G-star multi pocket parka
was £225 now £95
Kids won’t miss out either:
Hucklebones Gold Spot Ruffle Shift Dress
Was £192 now £95
AllSaints Lia Crop Lace-Up Calf Boots
Was £248 now £95
Older Boys North Face Youth Andes Jacket
Was £90 now £45
The full list of sale items can be found on the Next website clearance section.
What other stores are launching pre-Christmas sales?
Martin Lewis has announced his sale predictions, and he proved right last year with some great early price slashes.
The following stores have launched an early Christmas sale:
- ASOS Boxing Day sale - up to 70% off
- Harrods Boxing Day sale - up to 50% off
- H&M Boxing Day sale - up to 50% off
- John Lewis Boxing Day sale - up to 70% off
- Marks and Spencer - up to 50% off
- River Island Boxing Day sale - up to 50% off
- Simba Boxing Day sale: - 35% off
However, it is anticipated that sale percentages will increase as we enter the New Year, so you might get a better deal in January.