The festive holidays are coming! Which means spending money that you don’t necessarily have… Christmas decorations, gifts and sprucing up the home to ensure its suitability for hosting – it all costs. Fortunately, since the holidays have become so large, they’ve grown into an entity that requires three dedicated shopping days: Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day.
Black Friday is an American holiday that we’ve decided to take on board. But, unlike a lot of the Americanism that we take on, Black Friday is one that’s actually useful – since it has the potential to save us lots of cash.
Black Friday has been the busiest day for shopping in the U.S. since 2005, each year more revenue is being made. In fact, UK shoppers are expected to spend over £10bln this coming weekend – wowzah!
But, wait, what even is Black Friday?
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the name given to the day that follows Thanks Giving in America (the fourth Thursday in November). Like the Boxing Day sales in the UK, the day following this national holiday became infamous for promotions, flash sales and slashed costs. However, unlike Boxing Day, Black Friday is before Christmas making it ideal for picking up gifts and other festive related necessities… like cheap home décor!
So, where does the name come from? It’s rumoured that the name Black Friday began in Philadelphia when the local police force dubbed the day due to the heavy traffic that resulted from it. Others believe the name cross from the high-revenue that brings shops from the red into the black. Either way, the nickname has stuck.
What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is the Monday that follows Black Friday and is often the busiest day for digital sales. This is because retailers slash their prices online in hopes to continue their profitable few days with online sales from work-returning customers.
These sales are often specific to websites and can’t be found in-store, hence why it’s so important to be prepared and clued up on what brands are getting involved in the shopping mania.
How to Get the Most Out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday:
To get the best out of the up-coming sales requires a strategic approach. This may sound extreme but often, when faced with so much choice, it can become overwhelming. You’ll end up either flustered and not buy anything, or (often my approach), putting everything in your basket and spending way more than you intended.
These are A Fancy Home’s top 3 tips for getting the most out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday:
Tip #1 – Set a Budget
And don’t go over (even if it’s a really good deal). Set aside what you can afford and allow yourself to indulge in that amount. When searching sites for the best deals most will have a filter in either the left or righthand column that’ll allow you to filter out items above a certain price. Filter. Them. Out.
Tip #2 – Decide What You Want
Since December can be an extremely expensive month, limiting yourself to what you need is a good idea. Having a budget is one thing but knowing what you want to get will allow you to rule out stores that don’t match up and go directly to others that do!
Tip #3 – Research Participating Stores
Knowing that you want to spend £30 on Christmas decorations is great and getting your laptop up first thing on Monday 27th is also great – but wasting your time hopping from website to website because they’re not running sales isn’t!
We can’t set your budget and we can’t decide what you need but we can help with your research. If you’re looking to bag some home décor items ahead of Christmas, these are the stores that are definitely running discounts:
Black Friday Deals
La Redoute is offering a huge 40% discount this coming weekend to celebrate Black Friday. The offer extends to a whole host of stuff on their home décor range, so why not update the bedding in your guest room ready for staying family and friends? Or, replace the rug in the lounge to impress every visitor!
Use code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout.
John Lewis really comes to life at Christmas with their hotly-anticipated advert and soaring sales across the festive period every year (their Christmas home décor is just the best!). And, every year the very British retailer gets involved with the Black Friday fun with a whole bunch of discounts.
While the Black Friday deals at John Lewis tend to be better for gadgets, their Never Knowingly Sold policy could help you out regarding their home décor. The policy is a price promise and has been in action since 1925; it’s valid all year round (not just at Christmas!), which simply means if you find one of their products somewhere else at a lower price then they’ll match it.
Feather & Black
The lovely guys over at Feather & Black are offering a HUGE 60% off this coming weekend – our hats are off to that reduction. That’s an excuse to replace the bath towels, right? A plush, warm towel will make your guests feel right at home this Christmas.
Okay, so Waterstones haven’t yet confirmed if they’re participating in Black Friday this year but they did so last year. In fact, they hadn’t had a sale until the Thanksgiving weekend last year so it’s fair to surmise that they take it seriously.
Buying someone a good book or bestseller makes for a great gift and updating your coffee table reads in time for Christmas could stave off boredom (dare we say it). Waterstones often run a 3 for 2 offer on but they are also running an extra promotion that you can find on their wonderfully fun virtual Christmas market.
Wayfair is getting involved with Black Friday in a big way by offering discounts on a bunch of home décor items, so the amount discounted will be based on the item that you’re looking to get hold of.
The already cheap Wayfair is offering up to 65% off items (madness!) and their sofas are starting from £199.99, this weekend is definitely the best time to grab some new pieces for your home.
Black Friday is the perfect time to get your hands on some luxury items that you might not normally allow yourself. Julien Charles, for instance, is offering 20% across the board – even on top of items that are already discounted!
Graham & Brown
Looking to spruce your home before welcoming guests this Christmas? A feature wall with statement wallpaper from Graham & Brown is a great idea; you can even learn how to hang it here.
While they’re not calling it a Black Friday discount and opting instead for the title “The Great Decorating Event”, you can grab 20% off a load of products this week and up until the end of Friday! (i.e. so it basically is Black Friday)
So, not only are Furniture Village mucking in with a Black Friday sale, but they’re doing so with the promise of delivery before Christmas – now that’s something to write home about. A new coffee table anyone?
Littlewoods is another retailer that has already started their promotions in the week run-up to Thanksgiving. From home décor to gadgets, kitchenware and games, Littlewoods has a lot on offer this weekend.
If you, like me, haven’t prepared a budget for Black Friday then Littlewoods offers a “Shop Now & Pay 12 Months Later” scheme where you can split the cost of your items over the next year; and ensure you pay the total cost before the 12 months is up then it’ll be interest free.
Even the Queen of plush home décor, Laura Ashley, is getting involved with Black Friday this year. The furnisher is offering customers 30% off everything other than wallpaper and fabrics where the discount is up to 50%! Alongside this, you can grab free delivery, and like Littlewoods, you can split the cost over a number of months to make the purchase more manageable. Time to grab your coat and head over we’d say!
Thankfully, everyone’s favourite department store is running Black Friday discounts all week too. They’re promising at least 30% off marked prices in every department but up to 65% off their furniture and bed ranges.
Since Debenhams stocks so many brands they could be a go-to centre for lots of people, so, we’d advise checking them out online to miss the queues.