As we edge closer to Black Friday, Luke Fitzgerald takes a look at six of the best Irish Black Friday deals this year.

Given the turbulence of the past nine months, many Irish businesses have begun sales earlier than ever this year, with some fantastic deals to be had by the nation’s surging army of savvy online shopping enthusiasts.

The biggest shopping event of the year, Black Friday, will take place on Friday, 27 November this year, closely followed by Cyber Monday on 30th November which is traditionally the online-only day of the sales.

This year, because of all the Covid-madness, the best deals on offer from ‘non essential’ retailers will naturally be found online and there’s huge demand expected, with a dramatic shift in Irish consumers’ shopping habits, with 90 per cent of people now regularly buying goods and services online and 47 per cent doing this more than they ever did before.

Here, we bring you six of the best, from familiar household names and some lesser-known indegenous Irish brands, all vying for your attention over the coming days and weeks as we approach the Christmas period. Fill your boots – and stockings too – while the deals are hot!

Active Iron

Active Iron are a leading Irish-owned supplement company that offer a number of products such as their easily absorbed iron supplements, B vitamin complex, pregnancy range and immune supplements.

Active Iron’s Black Friday special is buy one month, get one month free, on all products across our website. You just need to add the code “AIMONDAY” when going through the checkout process and they will add an extra month’s supply to your order for free.

Check out the Active Iron Black Friday Sale

Araya Beauty

Araya’s Leopardstown-based beauty salon specialises in microblading, eyelash extensions and traditional massage treatments while their aesthetic clinic features cutting-edge mesotherapy, microneedling and hi-fu treatments.

To give something back to their clients while the salon is closed throughout the pandemic, the Araya Beauty crew are offering 15 per cent extra free on top of all gift card purchases between now and Friday, November 27th.

Check out the Araya Beauty Black Friday Sale

Campsited

Irish-based European camping booking specialists Campsited are offering up to 72 per cent off their French camping holidays starting today with special offers and discounts running right through to summer 2021.

Book your stay at top campsites throughout Vendée, Provence, Bretagne and the whole of France and save when you book online.

Check out the Campsited Black Friday Sale

RashR

RashR are on a mission to reclaim our oceans by removing as much plastic waste as possible and recycling it into something new; eye-catching, fashion forward and boldly designed active wear and product ranges for businesses and consumers.

In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, they’re also producing face masks made out of recycled ocean plastic. The face masks come in adult and children’s sizes with a range of ocean themes.

RashR’s Black Friday deal is site wide with 20 per cent off all masks and activewear. Use the discount code RashR20 at checkout to receive 20pc off your purchase.

Check out the Rashr Black Friday Sale

Smyths Toys Superstores

The eagerly-anticipated Black Friday deals are back at Smyths Toys, so there’s no need to wait. You can get great value on toys and games now with their Black Friday toy specials. They have offers on a huge range of toys, from L.O.L. Surprise! dolls to Marvel action figures.

The Smyths Black Friday toys special includes action figures and dolls, arts and crafts, fun-filled playsets and so much more. Shop preschool toys for tots, gadgets for gamers and everything in between. As Smyths will be rammed from the day stores re-open til Christmas, now’s your chance to get in online ahead of the rush and find the perfect gifts.

Check out the Smyths Toys Black Friday Sale

The Sweater Shop

Dublin, Galway and Kilkenny’s finest Sweater Shop are offering up to 50 per cent off across selected stock on their website, including premium quality Irish fisherman jumpers, cardigans, Aran knitwear and gifts from Ireland at unbeatable prices.

Shop online from the comfort of your home where the team of quality Irish knitwear experts will be ready to help you find your perfect deal and choose the ideal gifts for yourself or loved ones. 

Check out the Sweater Shop Black Friday Sale

Enjoy Black Friday responsibly

Of course, while we all love a good bargain, it’s important not to get carried away on your spending sprees. We’re all backing Irish businesses to succeed this winter and there’s many worthy initiatives such as ShopLocalOnline to try and keep the flow of e-commerce local more than ever this year.

To help ensure you are shopping safely online, be sure to check any sales emails you receive properly before clicking links to make sure they’re safe and trust your gut on the old adage of if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.

If you’re shopping online from a desktop, tablet or mobile, it’s also a good idea to ensure your anti-malware software is up to date so you don’t fall foul of any phishing scams which are rife this time of year.

Above all, spend wisely, don’t break the bank for any fancy offers and use credit wisely; you don’t want to be paying off your Black Friday expenses well into 2021. Happy shopping. 

By Luke Fitzgerald

Published: 16 November, 2020

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