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Fresh Design Guide: Best of the post Christmas and January sales

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Yes, it’s the return of the Fresh Design Guide to the best of the Christmas and New Year / January online shopping sales!

Lots of retailers have had good sale offers and shopping bargains throughout the Christmas shopping period, but once the full extent of shopping for Christmas presents has gone, the next load of sale clearances start.

Doing your sale shopping online has several major benefits – you don’t have to battle with crowds, stand for ages queuing to pay for your goods, be out in the cold or battle with finding a space in a busy car park.

Even better is that some sales tend to start online before they do in store, so you get the pick of the bargains without leaving the comfort of your own home. Some of these have already kicked off before Christmas, whilst others are due to start just after.

Whether you’ve been waiting to make a special purchase for your home, or want to treat yourself to something new, we’ve got the lowdown on the best of the December 2011 and January 2012 New Year sales.

1. At John Lewis, their ‘biggest every clearance,’ starts online at 5pm on Christmas Eve and in the shops from Tuesday 27th December. An online sale preview is available in advance.

2. At Not On The High Street, the sale starts on Boxing Day.

3. There’s up to 50% off selected items, including china, teapots, coffee makers and gifts, in the Whittard sale.

4. Homebase have up to 60% off a wide range of items, including bathrooms, kitchens, fitted bedrooms, flooring and tiling, plus up to half price on loads of other items.

5. The winter sale is now on at Habitat, with up to 50% off.

6. The sale at Marks and Spencer starts at 5pm on Christmas Eve.

7. The Ikea sale starts on 27th December, with up to 50% off. But if you’re an Ikea Family Member (you can pick up a card in store to join), then you can get early access to the sale preview between 17th and 23rd December.

8. All items are half price or less in the Next end of season sale. Rumour has it that it starts online on Christmas Eve and in store at 6am on 27th December. VIP previews are available earlier.

9. The winter sale has started at Furniture Village, with lots of furniture reduced by up to half price.

10. Debenhams have up to 70% off in their sale. It starts in store on Boxing Day, but online shoppers get an early start now. If you have a Debenhams card, you can get an extra 10% off for one week, if you use your card and the promo code, “VX99”.

11. The up to 50% off sale at Heal’s starts online on Christmas Eve. The in store sale starts on Boxing Day at Tottenham Court Road and Redbrick only and in all other stores from 27th December. The sale can be previewed online now.

12. At Lombok, there’s up to 40% off furniture and home accessories.

13. Harrods have some great reductions on a range of products in their home sale. A sale preview can be viewed online now.

14. The sale at Emma Bridgewater starts at 1pm on Wednesday 28th December. If you’re a member, then a preview event starts at 9am on the 28th.

15. Matalan have up to 75% off homeware and other items in their sale.

16. Graham and Green have up to 30% off all Christmas decorations.

17. The half price sale at Magnet, the kitchen specialist, starts on Boxing Day.

18. The sale at Harveys, the furniture store, gets started on Boxing Day.

19. The end of year clearance and January sale has commenced at Amazon.

20. The sale preview can be viewed online at Monsoon, where there are great reductions on homeware items such as cushions, Christmas decorations, curtains, candles and trinkets.

21. The sale at Designers Guild has up to 50% off a wide range of items, including fabric, bedlinen, towels, cushions, candles, rugs and porcelain. A sale preview is available online now. There’s free delivery on orders over £30.

22. The sale is on at Cargo, with up to 50% off selected furniture, towels, mirrors, bedding and other homeware items.

23. The online sale at Harrods, with up to 50% off, has started.

24. The online sale at Tesco Direct has started, with up to 1/3 off.

25. The BHS sale has kicked off online, with up to 50% off a wide range of products, including lighting, furniture, gifts and homeware. They’re offering free delivery on orders over £30.

26. Urban Outfitters have launched their sale online, with up to 50% off.

27. The sale is now on at H&M, with up to 70% off homeware and other items.

28. The sale is on at Laura Ashley, where you can get up to 50% off wallpaper, sofas and armchairs, plus up to 30% off made-to-measure curtains.

29. The sale at Wilkinson starts on Christmas Eve, but there are some sale bargains to be had on their website already.

30. The Boots 50% off sale is rumoured to start on Boxing Day.

31. The end of year clearance sale at QVC has started.

32. The sale is now on at Comet. Deals include up to £300 off large kitchen appliances, up to 60% off upright and cylinder cleaners, up to 50% off computers, cameras and audio and up to 40% off TVs and home entertainment.

33. The sale is now on at WHSmith, with up to 80% off books, up to 60% off stationery and lots of other great offers.

34. There’s up to 50% off selected homeware in the M&Co sale.

35. The sale is on at Sainsbury’s with up to 60% off a wide range of products, including furniture, cookware and tableware.

36. There’s a sale on at Oliver Bonas, with up to 50% off selected items.

Updates will be added when we receive news of more sales, so check back!

Fresh Design Guide: Last online Christmas shopping order dates

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Christmas is only a week away, but if you’re not yet organised, there’s still time to get your last minute Christmas shopping done online, without the stress of having to battle crowds and queues on the high street.

As the last order dates for retailers seem to vary considerably, we’ve put together a guide to the Christmas order deadlines of 20 popular online shops – happy shopping!

1. John Lewis – Order by 3pm on Wednesday 21 December 2011 for Christmas delivery from John Lewis.

2. Amazon –  For large items, the day to order is Monday 19th December. For standard, free first class delivery, get your orders in by Wednesday 21st December. But if you’re lucky enough to have an Amazon Prime account, or want to pay for express delivery, you can order on Friday 23rd December for next day delivery on Christmas Eve.

3. Marks and Spencer – If you’re buying a hamper, the order needs to be placed by Monday 19th December. For flowers, orders need to be in by 6pm on Thursday 22nd December. For gifts, home items, wine, entertainment or clothing purchases, the deadline for last orders at M&S is 6pm on Wednesday 21st December (for standard delivery) or 7pm on Thursday 22nd December (for nominated day delivery).

4. Heal’s – Get your order in at Heal’s by 19th December for delivery in time for Christmas.

5. Debenhams – The last day for free Christmas delivery to UK addresses is 12 noon on Tuesday 20th December.

6. Not On The High Street – Place your orders by 11am on Tuesday 20th December for standard delivery, or by 11am on Thursday 22nd December for express delivery to addresses in the UK.

7. House of Fraser – The last order date for UK standard delivery in time for Christmas is 5pm on Sunday 18th December. For UK nominated day delivery or nominated evening delivery, you can order up to 5pm on Tuesday 20th December. And if you’re pay for UK next day delivery, the last chance to order is 5pm on Wednesday 21st December.

8. Bouf - The last date for most Christmas orders is 11am on Tuesday 20th December (in the case of made-to-order items, the deadline may be earlier).

9. Selfridges – For standard UK delivery, place your order online by 6pm on Monday 19th December. If you’re ordering a hamper, you’ve got until 1pm on Tuesday 20th December. For nominated day or nominated timed day deliveries, the deadline is 12 noon on Thursday 22nd December. And if you’re opting for nominated Saturday deliver, then the last order day is 12noon on Friday 23rd December.

10. Urban Outfitters – The last time to order goods for Christmas from Urban Outfitters is Monday 19th December.

11. Whittard – The deadline for standard UK deliveries is 5pm on Monday 19th December. For UK next day delivery, you can order until 12noon on Wednesday 21st December.

12. Lombok – Place your order by Sunday 18th December in time for Christmas delivery from Lombok.

13. Hotel Chocolat – The last day for standard chocolate delivery is 2.30pm on Tuesday 20th December. If you opt for next day delivery, you’ve got up until 4pm on Thursday 22nd December. Or for Saturday delivery, the final deadline is 4pm on Friday 23rd December.

14. Monsoon – The deadline at Monsoon for orders placed with standard delivery is Monday 19th December. If you’re ordering with a next day delivery option, the deadline is 2pm on Wednesday 21st December.

15. Argos – At Argos, Christmas orders for large items need to be in by Sunday 18th December. For smaller items, the deadline for Christmas posting is 1pm on Thursday 22nd December.

16. BHS - For standard delivery in time for Christmas, order online at BHS by 12noon on Wednesday 21st December. For express delivery, the final deadline is 2pm on Thursday 22nd December.

17. Oliver Bonas – At Oliver Bonas, the last order date for standard delivery is Tuesday 20th December. For express delivery, the final deadline is Thursday 22nd December.

18. Next – At Next, the last order date for pre-Christmas delivery is 9pm on Thursday 22nd December.

19. I Want One Of Those - The deadline for free first class delivery is 12 noon on Monday December 19th. For express next day delivery, the last order date is 2pm on Thursday 22nd December and for Saturday deliver, the deadline is 12noon on Friday 23rd of December.

20. DotComGiftShop – The last posting dates for Christmas delivery for orders made at DotComGiftShop are 2pm on Wednesday 21st December for standard delivery and 12am on Thursday 22nd December for next day delivery.

 
 
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