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Black Friday – live: Early deals from Nintendo, Ugg and more

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With just four days until Black Friday officially kicks off, hundreds of brands and retailers have already launched thousands of Black Friday savings. And we’re here to help you find the best discounts right up until Cyber Monday on 27 November.

While the deals extravaganza isn’t technically supposed to start until Friday 24 November, we’re already seeing deals on everything from technologyTVs, laptops and gaming gear to mattressesbeautyfashionhome appliances and much more. If you can buy it online, chances are Black Friday has a discount on it.

The likes of AmazonNintendo, SharkDysonJohn LewisNinjaVeryCurrys and Boots have already started cutting prices, with Apple, Zara and more set to join the fun in the coming week. We’ve been covering the Black Friday sales for years and years here at IndyBest, and we know when a deal’s a steal and when a deal’s a dud. Stick with us, because we’ll be rounding up only the very best Black Friday offers all month.


This cold-busting electric blanket is on sale

Feeling the chill? May I suggest an electric blanket. A cost-effective alternative to turning the central heating on, these nifty throws are a winter must-have.

Silentnight comfort control electric blanket, king size: Was £42.99, now £30,


Reduced by 30 per cent in Amazon’s sale, Silentnight’s king size design is fitted with three heat settings. The blanket is made with a cosy fleece material for extra comfort appeal – plus, it features easy fit straps so you can fit it to your bed.

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 15:30


John Lewis has slashed its price on the Apple Watch series 8

From tracking fitness to monitoring health, there are many benefits to owning a smart watch, and Apple’s range of wearables are arguably some of the best.

Apple Watch Series 8, GPS, 45mm, red: Was £549, now £489,

(John Lewis)

This Apple Watch comes packed with lots of new functionality, including temperature sensing, crash detection and sleep stage monitoring. It’s a huge upgrade over the Series 7 and still contains all the step-counting, calories and workout tracking. In our review of the smartwatch, our reviewer said: “It has a heart-rate monitor so that it can warn you if your heart rate goes unexpectedly high or low, or tell you if you have an irregular heart rhythm, along with notifications of cardio fitness.”

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 15:15


This Amazon TV deal is one of the best we’ve seen

Amazon Fire TV 55in 4-series 4K UHD smart TV: Was £549.99, now £149.99,


Looking for an incredible deal on a 4K TV? Look no further. Not to be confused with the Amazon Fire TV streaming stick (the dongle that plugs into your telly’s HDMI port to give you access to streaming apps), the Amazon Fire TV is a complete television set designed and built by the tech and retail giant. Naturally, it runs on the same slick interface you’ll find on the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The catch? It’s limited to Amazon Prime members with invitations. First thing’s first, you need to be a Prime member. If you’re signed up, you can request an invite to shop the deal – you’ll then receive an email from Amazon confirming your acceptance if you’re one of the lucky few. Good luck.

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 15:00


The Dyson airwrap is reduced to just £239 at Ebay

Searching for a Dyson airwrap? You’re in luck as Ebay has reduced its price on a refurbished model to the lowest I’ve ever seen. Offering an extra 40 per cent off the already-discounted airwrap complete, you can pick it up for just £239.

Dyson airwrap multi-styler complete long, refurbished: Was £399.99, now £239.99,


Naturally, we’ve reviewed the Dyson airwrap multi-styler. In the review, our tester noted that it’s “definitely better than the original”, praising the “improved attachments” for feeling “well thought out”. While “the curling barrels are still a little bit faffy to use (albeit less so than having to switch them), being able to change the direction of airflow almost instantly is much appreciated, and it does make using it easier”.

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 14:48


Clean up in Shark’s month-long Black Friday sale

With the brand having skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, Shark’s sale is a Black Friday highlight. It leads the way when it comes to gadgets, with everything from upright vacuum cleaners and steam mops to spot cleaners and even hair tools in its roster.

Plus, the brand is an IndyBest favourite, having taken the top spot in many of our round-ups, including the best cordless and best corded vacuum cleaners, proving Shark’s products are bestsellers for a reason.

From the cult flexstyle hair tool to steam mops and vacuums, find the best Shark Black Friday deals below:

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 14:30


The best Apple Black Friday deals in 2023

While Apple doesn’t like to get too involved with Black Friday, from Black Friday, 24 November, anyone who buys an eligible Apple product will receive a gift card worth up to £160 to use towards a later purchase.

If you’re after a particular product with a discount, fear not, as third party retailers including Amazon, Very, John Lewis and more all have stellar savings up for grabs. True to form, Alex has rounded up the best in his guide:

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 14:15


This Currys’ air fryer deal is sizzling hot

I’ve fully bought into the air fryer hype and can tell you I have zero regrets. Streamlining meal times with the option to cook everything from vegetables to meat or chips in a fraction of the time, air fryers can also help you save on your energy bills as they use less energy than your typical oven.

Named best overall in our air fryer guide, this Salter model received five stars and a glowing review from our tester. Now, it’s £40 cheaper in the Currys sale.

Salter CUR4692BLK dual cook pro air fryer: Was £149, now £109,


“This Salter style covers all bases with its relatively large baskets, countless cooking options and incredibly easy-to-use design,” our tester shared, adding: “This model can make everything from steaks and shrimp to cakes, and can even bake bread, making it a one-stop shop for almost any foodie, no matter what you’re after.”

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 14:00


Why is it called Black Friday?

Black Friday is an annual shopping event that originated in the US to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season.

The first use of Black Friday dates back to 1950s Philadelphia, where the local police department coined the term to describe the huge traffic jams, overcrowded pavements and mobbed stores in the city on the day after Thanksgiving.

While it was once just a one-day sale, it’s now evolved into a four-day bonanza, with deals across tech, beauty, home appliances, fashion and toys. This year looks bigger and better than ever before, with deals up for grabs both online and instore.

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 13:45


The PS5 console is at its lowest-ever price

Gamers, you don’t want to miss out on this deal. From now until 30 November you can get up to £100 off Sony’s PlayStation 5 console thanks to the Very Black Friday sale.

PlayStation 5 disc edition: Was £479.99, now £379,

(Sony )

The PlayStation 5 gets a surprise discount for Black Friday, plummeting to just £389.99 between now and 30 November across most retailers. Very has dropped even lower than most, offering Sony’s next-generation console for just £379, the cheapest the PS5 has ever been.

The Independent’s tech team were impressed with the performance of the PlayStation 5 in the review of the best gaming consoles. “One of the first things you will notice about the PS5 is how games feel in your hands, thanks to the dualsense controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers,” praised the review.

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 13:30


The Gymshark Black Friday sale has landed with up to 70% off

Joining the likes of Amazon, John Lewis and Lookfantastic, Gymshark has kicked off its Black Friday sale early with up to 70 per cent off across a huge range of fit-kit favourites – sports bras, leggings, training tops and more are all included.

Ahead of the game, Gymshark’s sale went live at 4pm on 16 November, offering savings site-wide over a week in advance of the official Black Friday date. To save you scrolling, Lauren’s rounded up the best Gymshark Black Friday savings below.

Daisy Lester20 November 2023 13:15

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