Britain’s high streets were empty on Black Friday this morning as people were expected to spend more online this Christmas than in the high street for the first time thanks to the closure of non-essential stores.
The major shopping thoroughfare of Oxford Street in London’s West End was very quiet as shoppers stayed at home with the four-week national coronavirus lockdown for England not ending until next Wednesday.
Shoppers are still predicted to spend £2billion more than last year this weekend, but much of this is shifting online – and experts warned that some bargains may not be quite as attractive as they appear.
Barclaycard Payments, which processes nearly £1 in every £3 spent in the UK, reported a 13 per cent fall in the volume of payments from midnight to 9am this morning, compared to the same period on Black Friday last year.
It said transactions would be down year-on-year over the day with retailers spreading out online discounts throughout the month – before a predicted surge next Wednesday on what it has dubbed ‘Black Wednesday’.
The developments come amid a dire forecast from the chief executive of Fortnum & Mason who predicted today that a third of British brands will disappear by the end of the first quarter next year.
Many internet retailers, including Amazon and eBay, have been running Black Friday deals for weeks. However, a dramatic surge is expected today through the weekend to Cyber Monday.
A study by the Centre for Retail Research estimates spending at online stores over the three days will hit £5.75 billion – up by 53 per cent on the £3.77 billion for the Black Friday weekend last year.
People outside JD Sports on London’s Oxford Street at 7.45am on Black Friday last year (left), but it is shut this morning (right)
Oxford Street in London’s West End is very quiet this morning as Black Friday gets underway across the country
A very quiet Oxford Street in London this morning as the four-week national lockdown for England continues
New Bond Street in London is deserted on Black Friday this morning as the country continues through a four-week lockdown
A small number of shoppers walk down Oxford Street in London this morning as non-essential stores remain closed
A very quiet Oxford Street in London’s West End today as England continues through a four-week lockdown
Fleets of delivery drivers will be needed to meet the demand, leading to fears that the courier system will not be able to cope, threatening delays and disappointment.
Many supermarket delivery slots for the week before Christmas are already booked and there is a shortage of qualified drivers to deal with the tsunami of online orders.
Fortnum & Mason boss says a ‘THIRD of UK retail brands will disappear’ by MARCH after 80% plunge in footfall
Ewan Venters, Fortnum & Mason chief executive
The Fortnum & Mason CEO today gloomily predicted a third of British retail brands will disappear by March after an 80 per cent plunge in footfall due to lockdown and shoppers avoiding the West End.
Ewan Venters said the Government’s new strict tier system, which bans people meeting anyone outside their household indoors, would restrict the number of shoppers venturing into stores over the crucial Christmas period.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I predict that by the end of the first quarter of next year up a third of British retail brands will disappear.’
Mr Venters, who will leave his role in the New Year, said the lack of footfall would hurt Fortnum’s, the upmarket Piccadilly department store established in 1707.
‘It puts the business in a fragile position because so much of our sales and profitability comes from the month of December, and in a large part, November,’ he said.
‘Fortunately we have a strong balance sheet and good cash reserves so we’ll see through this storm but for a number of retailers the lack of Christmas trade would put them in a perilous position.’
The Shopping for Christmas study predicts online spending will peak on Black Friday itself when £1.34 million will be spent every minute.
Because much of the high street is closed, the report – commissioned by Vouchercodes.co.uk – predicts that spending in bricks-and-mortar shops over the weekend will be down by 63.7 per cent on last year, from £4.79 billion to £1.74 billion.
The figures suggest the total spent this weekend online and on the high street could be £7.5 billion.
Black Friday, a US custom in which shops slash prices to lure Christmas shoppers, falls the day after Thanksgiving, which is celebrated on the last Thursday of November.
Rob Cameron, chief executive of Barclaycard Payments, said: ‘Black Friday has always been a primarily in-store event. In a typical year, about 2/3 of the transactions we process on Black Friday come from in-store sales, with the rest coming from online.
‘This year, with non-essential businesses unable to open across large parts of the UK, and retailers spreading out their online deals throughout the month to avoid a bottleneck, it’s no surprise that transaction volumes are not living up to last year’s record-breaking highs.
‘Instead, we predict that Wednesday, December 2 – the end of the national lockdown in England – will see a surge of shoppers heading back to the high street to hunt for bargains in-store, with transactions likely surpassing what we’re seeing today.
‘As a result, the milestone that retailers should start focusing on is not Black Friday, but Black Wednesday.’
Research by e-commerce platform EKM has projected that online Black Friday sales will be 53 per cent higher this year.
Online marketplace eBay has said it expects a surge of sales as people continue to complete their Christmas shopping early.
Murray Lambell, general manager of eBay UK, said: ‘This year, the country will experience its biggest Black Friday yet with people across the UK gearing up to take advantage of the incredible deals eBay has on offer to save on Christmas shopping and shop ahead where they can.
‘We predict online baskets will be filled with items such as gym equipment, toys and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy as we stay home more and put an increased focus on keeping our minds and bodies healthy.’
Pippa Wicks, executive director at John Lewis, said it will ‘undoubtedly be a Black Friday like no other’, with 39 of its 42 shops closed as a result of lockdown measures.
A pedestrian walks past a taped-off entrance to Oxford Circus station in a deserted Central London this morning
Quiet roads in the Oxford Street area of Central London are pictured this morning as Black Friday gets underway
Northumberland Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s busiest shopping street, is quiet on Black Friday today due to the lockdown
The street is quiet outside Debenhams in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Black Friday this morning due to the national lockdown
An empty car park at Tesco Extra in St Helens, Merseyside, before dawn this morning Black Friday begins this year
People queue outside a Primark store in Cardiff city centre on Black Friday today. Non-essential shops can open in Wales
Shoppers queue to enter Primark on Queen Street in Cardiff city centre today, after Wales exited its ‘firebreak’ lockdown
She said: ‘We are offering hundreds of Black Friday deals at John Lewis and are also continuously monitoring the prices of our high street competitors as part of our commitment to being never knowingly undersold.
Next, M&S, Wilko and B&M shun Black Friday
Four major UK retailers have announced plans to shun Black Friday.
Next, M&S, Wilko and B&M say they will not take part in the annual sale event.
They have pledged to focus on offering good value all-year round instead.
An M&S spokesman told the BBC that it hadn’t offered any ‘specific Black Friday deals’ for the last few years.
The spokesman added: ‘We focus on offering great value and deals throughout the whole festive season.’
Bosses at discount variety store B&M have also criticised the annual sale event, saying consumers are often ‘chasing largely deceptive offers that do not represent real savings, or are only available in very limited stocks.’
They added that not having a Black Friday would help to ‘avoid excessive crowds on any one day.’
‘This means that our customers can be sure we offer the best value on the high street throughout the Black Friday period and in the run-up to Christmas.’
However, analysts at EY said that early Christmas shopping and restrictions have impacted the importance of the sales event.
Silvia Rindone, EY UK & Ireland retail partner, said: ‘Once a big event for the retail industry, the reality is that Black Friday’s significance has diminished.
‘This year, retailers have brought offers forward due to the national restrictions put in place earlier this month so it’s unlikely there will be significant new discounts this week.
‘Now, retailers need to look beyond festive deals in order to aim for recovery and a positive start to 2021.
‘What would have been a 10-year transition from physical to online sales has happened in less than a year, and retailers need to understand and adapt to likely permanent shifts in consumer behaviour.’
However, experts warn that many Black Friday deals in the UK are not what they seem.
Research by Which? reveals that 85 per cent of products promoted as Black Friday deals last year had been on sale at the same price or cheaper in the weeks before.
The consumer group said shoppers should also look out for duds that come at a tempting price but still aren’t worth the money.
Which? identified a range of bargain goods, from toasters to TVs and car seats, that are of such poor quality it deems them ‘Don’t Buy’ products – some of them sold by the likes of Amazon, AO.com, Currys PC World and John Lewis.
It said: ‘Dud deals include a stairgate that failed a key safety test, a tepid toaster and a vacuum cleaner that fails to do the dirty work.’
For example, the Hisense 65A7100FTUK LED TV, on sale at £499 at Currys PC World, had the worst picture quality Which? reviewers had seen on a 65in TV for years.
Amazon warehouse workers in UK are set for £300 Christmas boost as online giant hands out £375million in bonuses
Amazon is dedicating $500million (£375million) to Christmas bonuses for its frontline staff after the firm recorded a stellar year of sales during the pandemic.
In a blog post, senior vice president of Amazon Worldwide Operations Dave Clark said the money would go to full-time and part-time staff who are employed by the company between December 1 and December 31.
Full-time frontline employees in the UK and the US will receive £300 or $300, while part-time staff will be eligible for £150 or $150.
The e-commerce and technology giant recorded a net income of $6.3billion (£4.73billion) in the three months to September 30 – up from $2.1 billion (£1.58billion) in the third quarter of last year.
By the end of the year, Amazon will have recruited 10,000 extra UK staff to cope with the uptick in sales stemming from the pandemic.
The company faced criticism over work conditions earlier this year, with the company hit with strikes from workers in France and Italy over virus safety concerns. In April, a row over sanitary working conditions forced the company to temporarily shut six of its warehouses in France.
Amazon has since said it has made more than 150 ‘significant’ process changes to ensure the health and safety of its staff, from enhanced cleaning and social distancing measures to the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the implementation of temperature checks. The company has also rolled out a pilot programme offering Covid-19 testing for its frontline workers in the UK.
Natalie Hitchins, of Which?, said: ‘Don’t dive in when you spot a tempting deal or you could end up with a dud. Save money and time by steering clear of these Don’t Buy products.
‘To nab a quality product that will last the test of time, look beyond the special offer and check independent, thorough test results.’
There was a slide in retail shares this morning, with Marks and Spencer down 2 per cent, Dixons Carphone dropping 1.9 per cent, Next slipping 1.6 per cent and Frasers Group falling 1.8 per cent.
Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: ‘The Black Friday bun fight between online retailers is even fiercer this year with lockdowns forcing shoppers online.
‘That’s helped send retail shares lower amid fears higher competition will mean lower profits. The fight for clicks could see many more loss leaders pushed by retailers – those big ticket items with massive reductions – which are aimed at luring people into digital stores in the hope they will fill up their baskets with other items as well.
‘Far from getting a Black Friday bounce, shares in Frasers Group and Curry’s owner Dixons Carphone have fallen. Marks and Spencer and Next have ducked out of promotions this year and their shares are on the slide, as inboxes fill with offers from other retailers.
‘Given the competition online, it’s looking likely that these discounts will be around even longer than in previous years, squeezing margins during this crucial Christmas shopping period, which many retailers count on to push them from the red into the black.
‘Inevitably Black Friday is another chance for Amazon to demonstrate how it’s the king of e-commerce, and it has already waded in to try and dominate deliveries with its recent Prime Day promotion and pre-Black Friday discounts.
‘High demand though could see sought-after items selling out very quickly and there is likely to be huge pressure on fulfilment centres to get the products out of the warehouses to our front doors.
‘As the shift to online shopping is set to accelerate once again, big delivery operators like Royal Mail, DPD Group and Hermes, tasked with the final mile of fulfilment, should also see an upswing in business.’
Meanwhile a consumer psychologist warned shoppers to do their homework before rushing to buy what looks like a bargain during Black Friday.
Dr Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, reader in consumer psychology at Anglia Ruskin University, revealed why it is very easy to get carried away when finding what we think are reduced prices.
‘The part of our brain that controls pleasure responds quickly to the sight of a ‘bargain’, helping us experience a rush of excitement,’ she said.
2019 — Thousands of shoppers pack into a shopping centre in Birmingham as Black Friday on November 29 last year
2019 — Shoppers take advantage of Black Friday deals at stores on Oxford Street in London’s West End on November 29, 2019
2019 — Student Chu Long spent £1,600 on shoes from Size & The Hip Store in Leeds on Black Friday in November last year
2019 — Shoppers walk past the Topshop store on Oxford Street in London on Black Friday on November 29 last year
‘Fearful of missing out on what we think is a good offer, this can lead us to make rash decisions.
How Black Friday goes back to a plan in 1869 by US financiers to buy mass amounts of gold
The origins of Black Friday can be traced back more than 160 years to the US.
Wall Street financiers Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, decided in 1869 to buy up as much of the nation’s gold as they could.
Their aim was to drive the price up so high that it would give them huge profits.
However the gold market crashed causing mass financial chaos, with the stock market dropping 20 per cent and farmers seeing the value of their harvests plummet.
Police officers in Philadelphia then gave the shopping frenzy this name in the 1950s after chaos when hoardes of shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of a big American football game, causing mass shoplifting.
The term was used each year, with some retailers trying to change it to ‘Big Friday’ to remove negativity around it, but it did not get used until more widely in the US until the late 1980s.
The idea by then was to define it as retailers going into the ‘black’ – or in profit – on the day after Thanksgiving marked the occasion when stores finally turned a profit.
‘Therefore it’s really important that consumers do their homework before making purchases.
‘Make sure you know what an item normally costs so it is clear whether the reduction really is a bargain.
‘Having as much information as possible can help your brain ‘put the brakes on’, allowing you to engage in more sensible decision-making.’
A tip Dr Jansson-Boyd recommends is going to grab a cup of tea if you feel uncertain about a possible purchase.
‘A really good technique is if you are looking at something and you don’t feel dead certain instantly that you need or want this. then say to yourself, ‘I’m going to go and make a cup of tea, have a think about it for 10 minutes and come back to it’ – and often you’ll find you don’t come back to it,’ she explained.
The consumer psychologist said big retailers are well aware of tactics to make people want to buy and hire specialists like her to tap into our desires.
‘They will have messages like, ‘you only have 12 hours’, they’ll show you a countdown clock to put extra pressure on you because that means you will be concerned that the time’s coming to an end you might be missing out, it might say there’s only two left or there’s one left, or there’s ten people watching this one item, it kind of fuels this idea that you could genuinely be missing out so, yes, they’re very much aware,’ she said.
‘They work often with people like me, they understand this, they know what to do, marketing, bigger marketing companies who work with bigger brands usually know this too.’
Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch, Loft 25 Bean Bag Gamer Chair, Black Friday 2020 is finally here! Annual shopping extravaganza hits the UK with Amazon leading the way – and there is more than 50% off everything from tech to children’s toys
With all but essential shops still shuttered for lockdown in England and other parts of the UK, there will be no scenes of bargain-hunters fighting in the aisles over discounted flat‑screen televisions today.
Instead, the battle for Black Friday deals this year is a cyber one — with consumers heading online as they look to save money.
Experts predict record sales — £750 million today alone — and record price cuts, with shops trying to avoid being stuck with a mountain of unsold stock as the year’s second shutdown has robbed them of four weeks’ peak pre-Christmas trading.
‘This Black Friday has the potential to be the biggest yet, sitting one week closer to Christmas and coming just after pay day for a lot of people,’ says Kyle Monk, head of insight and analytics at the British Retail Consortium. ‘Nonetheless, it poses a dilemma for retailers this year, who must weigh up whether significantly reduced margins are worth the additional volume when deciding on the discounts they will offer, particularly given that stores are closed this year and that online performance this golden quarter might be make or break for some.’
And that is not the only way that lockdown is likely to influence the bargains for which we are looking.
Gadgets are top of the UK’s wish list, followed by fashion, toys and home products.
The first lockdown saw sales of bread-makers and freezers boom as panic buying set in, followed by working-from-home kit such as printers and webcams.
But now it’s all about home entertainment and shopping for Christmas presents. Indeed, online electricals retailer AO World says it is expecting to more than double the amount of televisions it sells during this year’s Black Friday event compared with last year. Chief executive John Roberts predicts his firm will sell more than 100,000 TVs, with customers able to get more than a third off some sets.
Meanwhile, eBay is expecting traffic to its website to eclipse last year, when 18 items were sold every second. Murray Lambell, general manager of eBay UK, predicts toys and entertainment items the whole family can enjoy will be particularly popular.
Inevitably, the move from physical shops to online purchases also increases the risk that shoppers may fall foul of fraudsters.
Consumers are being advised to only buy from official websites, rather than to click on links sent in scam emails designed by fraudsters to look like they come from big-name companies. Consumers are also being told to shop around for the best deals.
According to a survey by Lloyds, nearly two-thirds of consumers who intend to shop in the sales this year have actively delayed a purchase to see what discounts become available. But Which? advises that if customers don’t like the deal on offer, they would do well to wait a little longer. Research by the consumer rights’ champion found that some ‘deals’ are not all they seem, with prices actually dropping further in the weeks after Black Friday. Ahead of the sales, some firms also inflate prices to make the Black Friday discount look greater still.
Websites such as Pricerunner, PriceSpy and CamelCamelCamel (Amazon only) can be used to check a product’s price history, revealing if what has caught your eye is a genuine bargain. Feast your eyes on these welcome discounts on toys and tech.
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If it’s versatile, economic cooking you’re looking for, then this smart black-lidded version of the bestselling Standard Remoska will fit the bill. Ideal for those times you don’t want to switch your oven on, it cooks, it bakes, and even makes puddings in its 2 litre pan.
Crumbs and cereal packet spills on worktops and tables; trod-in dirt and dust on stair carpets; pet hair… everywhere! For quick, dry clean-up jobs like these, it’s not worth getting your big vacuum out.
This 5 piece set Stellar Knife set. Designed in collaboration with James Martin, it offers the superb performance you would expect from one of Britain’s top chefs.
Ideal for any coffee lover, the Espressimo coffee machine from Salter allows you to make the perfect cup of coffee in minutes. From espresso and cappuccino to latte and macchiato, make all your coffee shop favourites with ease in your own home!
A stylish addition to any kitchen, the Lumi Chiller provides cold, filtered water at the touch of a button. Ideal for those setting new year’s resolutions to drink more water or stop buying bottled water!
The Quick Dry Luxury Towel features exclusive Nanospun technology. This innovative technology spins extremely fine cotton yarns, allowing for a higher density weave with an incredibly light weight feel. The result is a highly absorbent and exceptionally quick drying, light weight towel with a luxurious soft and plush feel. Saving time and energy, this towel is perfect for active lifestyles.
Short product description Lumie Halo is a multifunctional light therapy lamp for your wellbeing am-to-pm, all year round. Halo simulates sunlight in Day Mode to improve mood, energy, focus and to help treat the symptoms of winter blues. Reduced-blue light content in Evening Mode promotes rest and relaxation.
This Ooni Fyra Pizza Oven has all the benefits of a wood fired pizza oven but without the faff. Ready to go in as little as 15 minutes the Fyra will reach temperatures of up to 500°C and cook an authentic stone baked style pizza in just 60 seconds
The Remoska 2 Litre Electric Cooker is ideal for those times you don’t want to switch your oven on, it cooks, it bakes, and even makes puddings in its 2 litre pan.
Low-effort and high-quality results go hand in hand. This Kenwood mixer is able to prepare small to large quantities/batches of fresh food quickly and easily.
Glide from carpets to hard floors with DuoClean’s unique double brush-roll design, combining a bristle brush-roll to clean deep into carpets and a soft front brush-roll to actively pull in debris and lift dust from hard floors.
Explore a full range of coffee sizes and styles, with or without milk. Including larger cups at the touch of a button. This contemporary and sleek design will fit into any kitchen.
This Dyson vacuum cleaner can be used to remove dirt and allergens from mattresses and upholstery around the home within minutes.
Family sized Multi Cooker with large 4L non-stick inner pot, designed for easy, versatile cooking. From steaming chicken, to stews and soups, cook delicious dishes to perfection. With 6 functions and a handy delay timer, you can cook at your convenience.
The Bosch MS6CA4150G hand blender is ready to smooth your soups, perfect your purees and shimmy your shakes. It combines 800 watts of power with a host of helpful attachments, giving fantastic results time after time.
With two speeds to choose from plus an automatic vacuum & blend setting, this blender also has an independent vacuum function available so that you can vacuum seal your travel tumbler to extend the life of your food.
Equipped with an innovation ceramic soleplate, the Tefal Fasteo Steam Generator Iron glides easily over a whole host of fabrics, without snagging or pulling – meaning fantastic results, whatever the garment.
With a powerful 600W motor and an impressive rotation speed of 20,000rpm the 600 Series NutriBullet breaks down stems, seeds and skins for ultra smooth, nutritious drinks.
By purging cold water though the heating system, the Duo-Temp Pro is able to perform optimal coffee extraction. This combination of low pressure pre-infusion and temperature control ensures balanced flavors in your cup.
The Russell Hobbs Crepe Maker, with its easy to operate heating system and non-stick 30cm plate, is easy to master and helps you to create crepes that are ready to top and eat.
Enjoy a feast of entertainment with the Samsung QE55Q60T 55 inch QLED 4K HDR Smart TV
Designed to fit seamlessly into your everyday, the super social Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera makes sharing the frame easy, bringing joy to any moment. The bubbly, super social and delightfully small instax mini 11 loves nothing more than bringing friends and family together.
This stylish, silver 46mm model boasts up to 7 days of battery life, so you can take calls and read messages on the go without worrying about running out of juice. Whether you’re sweating in the gym or sleeping, you can monitor every step and heartbeat. Track your runs using built-in GPS, and sync everything to Samsung Health where you can view all your stats in one place.
A fun and portable karaoke machine for any occasion. And it lights up, too!
The TomTom Start 52 5′ Sat Nav UK and ROI Lifetime Maps has everything you need to ensure a smooth and safe journey. You can easily find where you want to go from the search menu or just by touching a point on the map.
Experience rich colour and contrast with dark blacks with the QLED Q65T 4K TV.
This Anker Nebula Projector allows you to view every detail of your favourite shows, games and movies in stunning clarity thanks to the 200 ANSI lumen DLP lamp and expansive 100′ image.
ASUS VivoBook S14 is an unconventional take on daily computing, with unique colour-blocking design that tells the world that you go against the grain. It features the innovative ASUS ScreenPad™ 2.0 to improve multitasking and change the way you work with your laptop.
The GoPro HERO6 Black makes sharing life as you live it, easier. It boasts 4K60 video, voice sound control, one button simplicity, touch display, optimised GP1 processor and incredible QuikStories right on your phone. It also offers ultra-smooth stabilization, crystal-clear audio and pro-quality photo capture, with faster offload speeds to create and share while on the move.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core is a lightweight and durable gaming headset with a noise cancelling microphone. You can optionally add in virtual 7.1 surround sound powered by NGENUITY software. Surround sound adds another level of immersion that also helps you pick up sounds of in-game enemies with more accurate positional audio.
There’s so many ways to play with the Nintendo Switch console, which adjusts to fit around your lifestyle. For those in search of seriously epic entertainment, snatch up the best priced Nintendo Switch yet (24% off), of which recently sold 1 every 7 minutes on eBay, to keep that PS5 FOMO at bay.
Combining everything you need for work and play, the elegant and powerful Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 delivers extreme portability, a premium FullView display, cutting-edge performance and smart connectivity. The perfect companion to remote working, the device is equipped with a sensitive touch screen allowing you to scroll, zoom and interact efficiently. Thanks to the new EMUI 10.1 operating system, you can also simply touch your smartphone to your laptop to create one collaborative device to easily transfer files.
Enjoy cinema quality sound and straightforward connections with the Panasonic SC-HTB8EB-K 2.0 Sound Bar.
It all starts with ‘Hey Google’. Listen to your favourite music, podcasts, radio stations, and audiobooks on the Google Home. Official Google Manufacturer Refurbished product with full 12 month warranty.
A Refurbished Apple iPhone – a sustainable choice that means you get the phone you want at a lower price.
Lucky Voice’s at-home Karaoke Kits are the ideal antidote to nights stuck at home – with singing scientifically proven to boost the mood and get those endorphins pumping. Each one contains a fancy microphone, you simply connect your laptop and speakers to the kit, create an account and start singing.
Get friendly guidance and serious motivation to build healthy habits and embrace your weight and fitness goals with activity and sleep tracking, calories burned & more on Fitbit Inspire HR.
Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming. Launch and control your favourite movies and TV shows with the Alexa Voice Remote. Use the dedicated power, volume and mute buttons to control your compatible TV, soundbar and receiver
With four times the resolution of Full HD, this 55-inch 4k TV from LG delivers pictures bursting with vivid colour and striking details. The Quad Core Processor enhances the colour and contrast, upscaling images to near 4K quality.
This SONY car stereo will impress you with its smooth and simple control, it is equipped with a fast and responsive 7′ touchscreen and provides immersive audio by powerful amplification with 4 x 55w dynamic reality amp 2 for clear and detailed sounds.
The Galaxy watch from Samsung boasts up to 4 days’ battery life, so you’re free to take calls and messages on the go. Pay for your morning coffee using Samsung with the tap of the wrist, or order an Uber using the built-in GPS. Do all this while listening to your favourite playlists.
The Hive Thermostat works seamlessly with your existing heating system. Control it with your voice or from your phone. So wherever you are, it’s easy to make sure your home’s warm when it needs to be, without wasting energy.
Bring the power of Google and the convenience of voice-interaction into the living room with the Google Nest Mini hands-free smart speaker. Powered by Google Assistant, you can ask it questions, and tell it to do things.
The durable, battery-powered smart speaker for outdoor and indoor listening, provides brilliant sound anywhere. Control with your voice, the Sonos app, and Apple AirPlay 2 at home, and stream via Bluetooth when WiFi isn’t available.
Protect your home and keep watch over those you care about most. TP-Link Tapo Smart Spot Security Camera is designed to deliver clear 1080p video the moment you start streaming, keeping you connected to your home anywhere you go.
The new Apple iPad 7 features the powerful A12 Bionic chip as well as iPadOS 14, so you can work, create and edit on the go like never before. It’s compatible with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard too (sold separately), which means you can jot down notes and sketch easily.
The Nextbase 322GW Limited Edition Bundle includes Emergency SOS. In the event of an accident, an alert can be sent to the emergency services with your location, which can include important medical data such as blood type and medical history to speed up efficient treatment.
Print straight from your smartphone with the instax Mini Link Photo Printer. It’s small enough to take with you anywhere, and takes instax mini film, so you can make copies for friends and family.
Refined and redesigned, the Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 is a super-portable wireless speaker built for adventure. It rocks 360° sound and is waterproof, dust-proof and drop-proof.
Easily connect the scooter to the Mi Home App via Bluetooth to access a remote locking system, rider statistics and to customise cruise control settings.
With the Samsung 55in Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR QLED TV, all your content is upscaled to 4K – even if it’s not filmed in 4K. The intelligent Quantum Processor 4K adjusts each picture in real-time – you’ll be amazed at the level of detail.
With a debossed ear cup, classic red cable and customised linen case, the collection’s Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones deliver premium sound and defy noise and distractions with Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling.
Created with a 10th generation processor, an integrated kickstand and weighing only 770g, Microsoft’s stylish Surface Pro 7 is highly portable, powerful and useful.
These impressive wireless Bluetooth Earbuds from Sony are perfect for listening to your favourite podcasts, playlists and more while on-the-go and are comfortable for extended wear.
Answer your front door from anywhere in the world with this Nest Hello smart doorbell. When it detects a visitor, you’ll be able to talk to them remotely through your phone, computer or tablet and see them in brilliant UXGA HD quality.
Perfect for encouraging any mini musician, the Pink Wooden Toy Guitar from Kid’s Concept, would make a wonderful gift for any creative child.
The Enhance is a 3-in-1 car seat that offers both rearward and forward facing options from birth to approximately 7 years (0-25kg).
The sweatshirt has a print at the front. It has detachable, velcro badges, a regular fit, a side pocket and a brushed fleece lining. Crafted with sustainable 100% organic cotton.
The Peppa Pig Balance Bike is perfect for any little Peppa fan. Featuring Peppa Pig character graphics, a removable handlebar plaque and puncture proof tyres. The handlebar and seat height are both adjustable so it will grow with your little one.
Build up a storm with this big box of classic LEGO® bricks in 33 different colors. With lots of different windows and doors, along with other special pieces to inspire you, you can really run with your imagination.
Includes 3x Playmobil figures and plenty of role-play accessories. Awning can be opened and closed. Truck is furnished with necessary equipment, including a blender, serving utensils and a sink. Awning can be opened and closed. Rear doors can be opened and closed.
Let your little one unleash their imagination with this super cute rocking toy, perfect for adding a little magic to playtime!
The Love Writing Co. Complete Learning to Write Pack is aimed specifically at children aged 3-5 years and comes complete with a pack of five Writing Pencils, a pack of 12 Erasable Colouring Pencils, two Handwriting and Alphabet Practice Books, an Eraser Sharpener and an Eco-Gym Bag.
Packed full of activities, songs, stories, movement and phrases, this amazing toy brings one of their favourite characters to life. Youngsters can discover more than 50 In the Night Garden phrases, as well as fun songs and engaging stories.
The possibilities are endless with this Sylvanian Families Red Roof Country Home Gift Set! Perfect for any Sylvanian Families fan, this classic Red Roof Country Home is bound to inspire their imagination. The open, 2-storey design makes playing easier, and children will love all the realistic features.
if you’re wondering what toy will be topping kids wish lists in 2020, look no further than the LEGO Harry Potter Hedwig.
Blue Parking garage by Stoy. The garage has a design with three levels. It has painted parking spaces.
Your child will have a blast moulding, slicing, and shaping this amazing play sand.
The Dream Rider was designed to keep kids entertained and parents carefree while travelling. This suitcase collection for children is both fun and practical: travelling becomes play-time as kids can use their suitcases as ride-on toys.
Its not just all those marmalade sandwiches that make Paddington Bear so squidgy and adorable you know – we’ve had a hand in it too! Super soft plush fur and just the stuffing for cuddles galore – Hamleys Exclusive Cuddly Paddington Bear Soft Toy is in full traditional Peruvian Bear visits London dress and is looking for a home with a comfortable bed and a satisfactory breakfast spread!
Cinderella is a vision of fairytale grace in her glittering ballgown. Your little royal can create their own rags-to-royalty adventures with the posable doll. Includes horse-drawn carriage to take her to the ball in style.
We love remote control vehicles, we love wall climbers, we love clever transforming gadgets…what else were we to do, but combine them all?! Thats right, this awetastic, megasome treat of a toy is an all-wheeling, all-climbing robot hero and he’s looking for his next vertical challenge.
The brand new Liewood Ditlev rechargeable night light is not only a friendly penguin companion but will also help soothe your little one in the dark. Looks amazing in any modern nursery too!
Let your kid get totally immersed in adventure action play with LEGO® Friends 41380 Lighthouse Rescue Center playset. This rescue center toy has a multitude of features. Rescued sea lions access the LEGO lighthouse clinic using a clever hinged pool that swings through 180 degrees to bring the sea lions into the clinic.
Become the ultimate Jedi and feel the force with this Star Wars Scream Light Saber. Recreate amazing battles from a galaxy far, far away by challenging friends to epic Light Saber battles. Little Jedis will be completely mesmerized by the exciting electronic sound FX inspired by the epic Star Wars saga.
Large Peppa Pig Glow Friend! The perfect bedtime friend! Press Peppa’s tummy to see her face light up and to hear her talk! Supersoft and cuddly toy. Says classic Peppa Pig phrases. Measures 22cm tall. For ages 18 months and over.
The Apollo Roxie Kids Bike – 16′ Wheel packs some serious power into its cool metallic BMX style frame. With colourful pink frame, powerful V-brakes and strong alloy rims, kids will feel unstoppable on this!
Ergonomically shaped seat that gives support to your baby?s back, neck and head. Choose between three different positions. The bouncer is lightweight and portable for easy use at home, but also folds flat when you’re on the go.
Giddy-up, partner! Enjoy the best playtime ever with the Woody The Sheriff Action Figure from the Disney Pixar Toy Story range. Designed using Disney Pixar digital data, this Woody action figure looks so realistic. There are so many interactive features too. Pull his string to hear classic Woody phrases, or listen as he responds to you as you talk to your favourite deputy!
Ideal for both beginner and experienced chapter book readers, Kindle Kids Edition is just for reading, which means no distractions from apps, videos or games. The bundle includes a brightly coloured cover, 1 year of Amazon Kids+ and a 2-year worry-free guarantee.
It’s a super intelligent robot! Control it with hand gestures or the radio-controlled handset. Has speech, dancing and singing functions. Programmable with over 50 actions. Charge via USB (cable included). Stands approx 27cm tall.
Keep the little ones entertained for hours with this 7-in-1 Dolu Playground. This versatile set will grow with your children, as the baby swing can be removed to access a pull up bar. Whatever their age, there is bound to be something to keep your children occupied. This playground also features a water table/sand pit, drawing table and stool, football goal, basketball hoop and a slide.
This electronic quad bike provides hours of fun and excitement. Features easy-grip handles with handlebar steering, 4 chunky wheels, front bumper bar and foot rests.
The three story house gift set is a large spacious house for the lovely Elephant Family. The top floor has a large arched window and a small balcony to look out of over the picturesque landscape of Sylvania. The second floor can be removed and used to expand the ground floor room. Reversed, it acts as a lawn or garden. All the furniture you need for a fun living room & bedroom scene is provided.
Measuring just over 1 metre long and made with over 4,700 LEGO pieces, the Ultimate Collector Series of the Imperial Star Destroyer captures all the authentic details of the starship as it appeared in the opening scene of Star Wars: A New Hope.
For Black Friday only, Joe & Seph’s have created this exclusive Ginormous Festive Bundle, crammed with loads of their best-selling Christmas treats!
A combination of your favourite classic Walkers crisp flavours in 25 g bags. Includes five mixed multipacks that each contain ready salted (three packs), cheese and onion (three packs), salt and vinegar (three packs), prawn cocktail (three packs).
Treat your loved ones or yourself to a Heinz Tomato Ketchup Chips Lover set this Christmas and be kitted out with all the equipment needed to make the perfect homemade chips.