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Everything you need to know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2021
Since kicking off in the UK in the early 2010s, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become UK institutions, and for good reason, too. With British shoppers expected to splash out nearly £7 billion over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, there will be bargains to be had on millions of items.
But, we know that the sheer amount of Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals available can be daunting. Which ones are really worth it, and where are the best places to shop? Well, don’t worry about it. We’ve rounded up all the best Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals in the UK in all the most important categories. And, we’ve got a handy list for each one, letting you know where the best place to buy each item is:
- TV deals
- Phone and broadband deals
- Laptop deals
- Apple deals
- Holiday and flight deals
- Clothing sales
- Accessories sales
- Sports and trainer sales
- Furniture sales
- Home appliance sales
- Best Cyber Monday deals
- Gaming deals
Black Friday and Cyber Monday: dates for your diary
Black Friday 2021 falls on November 26. Usually, the deals on Black Friday itself are time-limited, coming online or in-store on the day (sometimes at midnight), and ending when the calendar flips to the 28th. Cyber Monday 2021 falls three days later on Monday 29 November. Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday deals tend to spill out into the rest of the week.
Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Coronavirus: will everything be different?
You’re probably wondering if Black Friday and Cyber Monday will be different this year because of Coronavirus. Cyber Monday shouldn’t be much different, because that’s all online anyway. Black Friday, on the other hand, is likely to be more online than usual, with less of an emphasis on in-store deals. Certainly, there won’t be able to be crushes in shops, and all the usual social distancing rules will still need to apply. But, that really shouldn’t affect how many fantastic deals there are. Now, onto the bargains!
These shopping events are a great opportunity to update your gaming kit ahead of the long winter. In previous years, shoppers have been able to save upwards of £50 on Black Friday on Nintendo Switch bundles, and as much as £200 on the Xbox One X on Cyber Monday. Our top shop picks are Currys PC World and Game.
TVs are another Black Friday/Cyber Monday staple. The best Black Friday TV deals last year included £1,000 (yes, £1,000!) off a state of the art LG OLED TV in the Black Friday TV deals, and £200 off the LG 55” Smart 4k TV in the Cyber Monday TV sales. Let’s hope for more of the same in 2021.
In previous years, the Black Friday phone sales have brought bargains as good as £250 off an Apple iPhone XS (John Lewis, last year). And the same goes for broadband – in the Cyber Monday broadband sales last year, Vodafone offered Superfast broadband for just £24 a month, and threw in a free Google Nest Hub Max.
You don’t want to miss the Black Friday laptop sales. In 2019, you could snap up an HP Chromebook for just £172; a Lenovo IdeaPad for just £399 – a saving of £130 – or a Dell XPS 13 Core i7 for £269 less than its normal price. Cyber Monday is equally promising, with John Lewis slashing £250 off on Apple MacBook Pros last year.
Apple are not known for big sales, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save serious cash on their products at Black Friday. Previous Black Friday Apple deals have included a £500 saving at Currys PC World on a Macbook Pro, while Cyber Monday has brought 30% off on Airpods.
A lot of us probably haven’t been on holiday this year, but that is no reason not take advantage of the killer holiday sales Black Friday and Cyber Monday will bring for a break next year. If 2019 is anything to go by, we can expect 40% off hotels worldwide at Booking.com and flights from London to Dubai for as little as £290 per person at TUI.
Whatever you need to freshen up your wardrobe, you should be able to get it for a bargain price in the Black Friday clothing sales. Previous years have brought 25% off at Topshop and 50% off at Gap. The best Cyber Monday clothing sales can be found at purely online retailers like ASOS, who offered 75% off everything for Black Friday 2019.
If you’re looking to pick up some jewellery or a new watch for someone special before Christmas, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the time to do it. For watches, last year’s Black Friday sale at Fossil offered 50% off more than 800 different styles, while for jewellery, Swarovski’s Black Friday sale offered 25% off on earrings.
What with everyone’s yearly trip to the gym coming up in January, it’s a good idea to pick up some high-quality sports kit on Black Friday. Previous years have offered everything from 30% off sitewide at Nike, with their Black Friday trainers sale including £50 off Nike Air Vapor Max shoes, and 50% off sitewide at JD Sports.
While not usually considered a staple of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can actually pick up some great stuff for your house over the sales. John Lewis have been known to offer 20% off all big brands in their Black Friday furniture sale, while the Cyber Monday furniture sales have brought £400 off 3-seat sofas at Wayfair.
We are all going to need some serious kitchen appliances for Christmas – Black Friday and Cyber Monday are when you should buy them. Why? Well, just as a taster, last year Currys PC World took £170 off their LG washing machines and £450 off American Style Fridge Freezers. John Lewis did the same in their Cyber Monday fridge sale.
As you’ll have seen, there are plenty of great Cyber Monday deals, but there are a few areas where they really have the edge over their Black Friday counterparts. In previous years, that’s been particularly true in three key product categories: Cyber Monday gaming deals, the Cyber Monday broadband deals, and the Cyber Monday clothing sales.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the largest shopping event of the year, when shops across the country drastically reduce their prices.
Why are they called the Black Friday sales?
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in America, which has always been a big day for shopping. The American police nicknamed the day Black Friday because of the amount of traffic accidents that happened on that day.
Will the Black Friday sales be different this year because of Coronavirus?
Probably a little, yes. The usual scrums and rushing around in shops won’t be allowed because of social distancing, although most shops will still be opening. There’s likely to be a move towards more online offers.
What are the best Black Friday 2021 deals?
The best deals on Black Friday are usually in electronics, so if you really want to save as much as possible, you could do worse than looking for Black Friday TV deals or Black Friday phone deals.
What deals can I get on Cyber Monday?
There isn’t usually that much of a difference in products on sale in Cyber Monday compared to Black Friday – the main difference is that you’ll exclusively find Cyber Monday deals (especially in 2021) online.
When is Cyber Monday 2021 in the UK?
Cyber Monday 2021 will be on Monday 29 November. It is worth knowing that unlike Black Friday Cyber Monday sales usually last for a few days – sometimes, it’s actually now called Cyber Week.
Are Black Friday deals better than Cyber Monday deals?
Not necessarily. Purely online retailers often save their best deals for Cyber Monday. If you’re looking for a cheap holiday for example, you’ll often find that the Cyber Monday holiday deals on Booking.com are better than those in their Black Friday sale. The same goes for online clothing retailers like ASOS – their Cyber Monday clothes sale is better than its Black Friday equivalent. It's worth downloading their app ahead of Black Friday and checking it over the course of the week.
Is Cyber Monday worth it?
Yes! Even if in some product categories Cyber Monday deals aren’t quite as good as they are on Black Friday, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Cyber Monday deals can often save you 100s of pounds.
Why is it called Cyber Monday?
A lot of people assume that it’s called Cyber Monday because of the killer Cyber Monday gaming deals or the Cyber Monday TV deals. But actually it’s not. It’s called Cyber Monday because back in the day when everyone had rubbish internet at home, people would go into work on the Monday after Black Friday and take advantage of the last of the deals there on the good work internet.