Which stores won’t be open on Gift Day 2021? The latest Aldi, M&S and Morrisons

Several stores have announced that they will be closed on Gift Day (Image: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty)

Gift giving day It’s usually a busy day for retailers as people hit their post-Christmas sales and start scouring the streets for the best bargains.

This year, however, will be a little different as many retailers decide to close on Gifting Day so workers can spend more time with loved ones during this year’s festivities.

This move is a response to Covid-19 pandemic This has put a lot of stress on many families during a difficult and challenging time.

With Christmas coming, some stores have informed customers by announcing their opening times.

These are the stores that have announced that they will be closed on both Christmas Day and Gift Day.

Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer Stores across the country will be closed on Gifting Day this year.

Chief executive Steve Rowe wrote to his 70,000 workers earlier this year outlining the decision, explaining it was a way to express gratitude for the effort and hard work they’ve put in demonstrated during a pandemic.

Between Monday, December 20 and Thursday, December 23, most branches will be open from 6 a.m. until midnight, leaving plenty of time for people to pick up their items. last.

M&S bosses confirmed earlier this year that employees across the country will be given a day off on Gifts Day (Image: Charlotte Ball/PA)

However, only a select few stores will be open on Christmas Eve, all of which will close earlier at 8pm.

Mr. Rowe said: ‘Across the country, our colleagues have been there for our customers in the most difficult of circumstances.’

‘As a small thank you to you for their incredible hard work, we have decided to close our Gifting Day operation again this year, to allow our colleagues to I spend more time with my family and loved ones.’

It will also apply to people working at all of its support centers.


Aldi will also be closed on Gifting Day, meaning regular customers will get everything they need before Christmas Day.

Aldi will be welcoming customers back on December 27 after a break on both Christmas Day and Gift Day (Image: Getty Images)

The decision to close on Gift Day is typical of Aldi, which has decided to close on December 26 every year since its founding 30 years ago.

Stores will be closed from 6pm on Christmas Eve until December 27th. From that date, normal opening hours will resume shortly, with most branches closing at 8pm.

On New Year’s Eve, the retailer will reopen to other operating hours, closing at 6 p.m. for workers to take a New Year’s holiday.


Morrison stores across the UK will be closed on Christmas Day and Gifts Day.

Before Christmas, most stores will extend their opening hours from December 20 to December 23, with many opening at 6 a.m. and closing at midnight.

From December 27 to December 31, regular opening hours will be reintroduced (7am-6pm) although most stores will open a little later on January 1st (9 am to 6 pm).


The discount supermarket will be closed for business on Christmas Eve, Christmas holidays and gift-giving holidays.

Normal hours will continue on December 27 until New Year’s Eve, where most shops will close at 6pm. Shops will remain closed on New Year’s Day.


All Sainsbury’s branches, including smaller convenience stores, will be closed on both Christmas Day and Gifting Holidays so staff can spend more time with loved ones during their stay. festival time.

Even the smaller convenience stores will be closed on Gift Day (Image: Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

Before Christmas, most Sainsbury’s branches will be open from 6am to 11pm until December 23, with the larger stores open from 7am to 7pm on Christmas Eve.


Unlike many other retailers, Next will remain open for customers to buy a bargain on Gifting Day.

Most branches plan to open at 6 a.m., although this will vary by location.

‘Next Winter Sale’ will start on Gift Day as usual.

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Home Bargains stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to reward employees for their hard work during the pandemic.

Branches will also close earlier than usual on Christmas Eve (5pm).

This is the third year in a row that employees will have Boxing Day off after closing in 2019 and 2020 (Source: May James / SOPA Images / REX / Shutterstock)

This is the third year in a row that the store has given employees a day off on Gift Day after making the same decision in 2019 and 2020.

A spokesman said: ‘We acknowledge how hard all of our colleagues have worked over the past year, to continue serving the local communities that depend on them so much.

For this reason, we felt it was right to reward the store groups when we made the decision to close all of our stores on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and to close our stores at the same time. early at 5pm on Christmas Eve. ‘

While many employees will appreciate the day off, it’s not yet clear if they’ll be rewarded with a day’s pay.

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