We here at FFD like to think of Boxing Day as Black Friday's predecessor. You know, the sale that used to really matter, but now is a secondary excuse to get up out of bed and spend those Christmas pennies. That being said, if you’ve ever braved it to the physical high street on December 26, you will already be aware that it’s not a shopping day for the faint hearted.
Boxing Day shopping most certainly requires strategy and preparation if you intend to emerge victorious. Otherwise, the potential to come home battered, bruised and empty-handed is high. So if you’re a Boxing Day shopping virgin, keep reading because you’ll thank us when you’re bringing home the bacon without breaking a sweat. Here are our top tips for navigating the most vicious shopping day of the year...
1. Dress wisely
First and foremost, dress appropriately. Boxing Day is no time to wear heels or any type of footwear that doesn’t feel like a cloud engulfing your foot. Think clothing you can slip into (and out of) easily. Skip the multiple layers (you are gonna be hotter than you think) and opt for a minimalist attire - no laces.
2. Leave the car at home
Unless you relish road rage, leave the car at home. There’s no hope for you and your vehicle on Boxing Day so save yourself the hassle and get the bus.
3. Have a plan
Know where you’re going and what you want. Aimlessness is your enemy, so do your research before you head out. It’s a good idea to map out a route so you’re not going back and forth while battling severe people rage.
4. Shop alone
Boxing Day shopping may seem more fun as a group activity but you’ll accomplish less if you’re with a gaggle of people. Go by yourself because sometimes, selfishness pays. You’ll be free to go to all the shops you want without consulting multiple people or being concerned if someone gets lost in the shuffle. Or, you know, heads wont roll.
5. Bring snacks and water
The only area more chaotic than the shop themselves will be the queues outside any eatery. You'll be going hot and cold in seconds so keep hydrated and stay away from hanger.
6. It's not the only day you can shop
If you’re not gunning for something the entire world is coveting or fall within a popular size category, be aware that for most stores, sales will typically continue the next day. In fact, some stores keep the same sale going all week and month even - who would have thought it?!
7. Stay calm and be respectful
Getting elbowed in the jaw for a piece of clothing or a flat screen is never worth it, nor is having a plague wished against your house by the sales attendant, so just breath, be nice and let's get through this horrible shopping day together.
8. Go online
Just because the shops open at 9am doesn’t mean you can’t get some of the best deals before then - or from the comfort of your own bed! Most sales are automatic on websites, so hit up your favourite online stores at 12:01 a.m. Even better, if you shop smartly online, you could potentially avoid the mall altogether!
Happy Shopping Everyone!