In December 2020, it was announced that British department store Debenhams is set to close permanently after 242 years of trading, having been in administration since April of the same year.
The struggling retailer had already cut approximately 6,500 jobs as the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent months-long lockdown dealt a devastating blow to the high street, for businesses big and small alike.
Before it closes its doors for the final time on 15 May 2021, Debenhams will be reopening 97 of its high street stores in England and Wales on 12 April, when lockdown restrictions will be lifted on all non-essential shops (you can find the full list here). Its 15 Scottish stores and the flagship on London’s Oxford Street will not be reopening.
However, there won’t be only big bargains to shop in-store: Debenhams has already kicked off its sale online, and we’ve handpicked the best deals to get your hands on while stocks last.
Currently, for any items bought online, its 14-day return policy still stands, and full details can be found on the retailer’s website. From furniture to fashion, there are some deals just too good to miss, so don’t get left behind and hope our sale guide.
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Philips high speed vacuum blender: Was £260, now £156, Debenhams.com
If you’re keen to whip up smoothies and milkshakes for breakfast or a 3pm energy kick, make sure you add this great deal to your shopping basket. Promising fewer bubbles, less foam and less juice separation, it’ll finely blend fruit and vegetables for tasty, fresh drinks to enjoy. The detachable parts are also machine washable, so keeping it clean will be easy peasy.
BaByliss midnight luxe hair dryer: Was £35, now £21, Debenhams.com
Had your eye on a new hairdryer but been putting off splashing out? There’s no better time than now to treat yourself to a new one while there’s 40 per cent off. Lightweight and with three temperature settings, it promises to control frizz and smooth strands as you go, while making blowdrying your hair a speedier process.
Wallis pink hooded colourblock jumper: Was £30, now £12, Debenhams.com
With it still unclear if, and when, we’ll be returning to the office, refresh your loungewear wardrobe with this cosy piece. The pale pink shade is still colourful and light while the asymmetric hem keeps it from being just another boring hoodie. Perfect for Zoom calls, dog walks and catch-ups with friends in the park, you can save £18 if you snap it up now.
Lancôme galatee confort cleansing milk: Was £41.50, now £22.30, Debenhams.com
In our guide to the one product that make-up artists swear by for the Baftas red-carpet, Alex Babsky singled out this cleanser. “A good amount of it massaged firmly around the face and wiped away leaves skin softened, nourished looking, gleaming, and improves the look of any foundation from the glare of a flash photo,” he said. If it's good enough for A-list celebrities, it’s good enough for us.
Nespresso red vertuo next pod coffee machine: Was £150, now £90, Debenhams.com
For a stylish addition to your kitchen counter, don’t miss out on this Nespresso pod coffee machine for a barista-style caffeine kick from your own home. Whether you love espresso or a flat white, it can make many different varieties of coffee with milk and will automatically switch off after two minutes without use, so it’s energy-saving too. Not only that, it’s made from 54 per cent recycled plastic.
Urban Decay stoned vibes eyeshadow palette: Was £46, now £36.80, Debenhams.com
If you’re planning on emerging from lockdown with new make-up skills and taking full advantage of long-awaited social plans to get to wear them, this palette is a perfect treat. With a mix of matte and richly pigmented shimmer and glitter shades, ranging from a royal blue to copper pink, you can create statement or subtle looks.
Tefal black easy fry compact digital air fryer: Was £90, now £54, Debenhams.com
This compact air fryer will allow you to cook up a feast without much oil, providing a healthier alternative when cooking foods such as chips. It fits two portions, making it ideal for couples and smaller households, with six preset programmes and touchscreen controls that will be easy to navigate. Anything that saves us cooking is a win, we reckon.
The similar Tefal actifry genius XL 2in1 healthy air fryer topped our review of the best air fryers, with our tester saying: “This beast of a machine is the latest version of the extremely popular Tefal actifry which, in our opinion, makes the best chips ever with cloud-like fluffiness and a golden brown crispy casing.”
Tog 24 black garrick waterproof parka: Was £150, now £90, Debenhams.com
A parka is a classic coat designed to withstand blustery, wet British weather and will keep the warmth in and chill out when you’re out of the house. Available in sizes S to 4XL, it has a water-repellent coating and taped seams that will keep you dry at all times. Its fill is synthetic and the faux-fur hood is detachable too.
For more great deals, read our guide to Babyliss’s blow-dry hot brush that currently has 40% off