Few shopping events can compete with the magnitude of Black Friday - and now it's finally upon us. In case you had somehow forgotten, Black Friday is the annual bonanza that sees prices slashed across tech, beauty, home appliances, fashion, toys and more. And all our favourite retailers take part - from Boots and Amazon to Very and Currys.

The main event has kicked off today, and will run right across the weekend, culminating with Cyber Monday on 29 November.

Throughout the 2021 sale, we'll be bringing you expert shopping advice, the best deals and all the details you need to navigate the giant event. Argos did not disappoint in 2020 and remains one of our go-to retailers for bargains across big-ticket brands, including Lego, Apple and Nintendo.

After slashing its prices last year on games consoles, home appliances, TVs and more, here are the exciting savings you can snap up in the Argos Black Friday sale for 2021.

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The red and blue neon version of the Nintendo Switch is our favourite colour variant, and now this bundle with Mario Kart 8 is on sale at its lowest ever price. As usual, you get the neon colourway with its contrasting joy-cons, as well as the black Switch dock. With this early Black Friday deal, you're essentially just paying for the console and getting Mario Kart and a three-month Nintendo Switch Online membership for free. Pick it up now and you'll be racing around Rainbow Road (online) in no time.

If you've been lucky enough to get your hands on the new PS5, or even if you're still battling through with your old PS4, a deal on a PlayStation Plus membership is hard to beat. Plus lets you take on your friends in online multiplayer games and gives you access to your saved games on any console. You'll also get two hand-picked PlayStation 4 games each month to download and access, and exclusive member offers. There's a third off right now.

It never hurts to be prepared when it comes to accessories. This case has 25 per cent off right now and has room for accessories and around 14 games, and could fit either a full-sized Switch, or the more travel-friendly Switch Lite. Its sturdy, durable casing will protect your console wherever you go, and £12 is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

This wired stereo headset is specifically designed for the Nintendo Switch. They're powered by 40mm speaker drivers, have a noise-cancelling, flip-up microphone and also feature some handy on-ear volume controls. These are also compatible with PC so all-round gamers can enjoy too.

Usually a pretty pricey investment, these sleek buds from Apple are reduced to just £99, courtesy of Argos's Black Friday sale. In our Apple AirPods review, our tester was impressed with their level of comfort saying that while "the one-size-fits-all bud design might not suffice, but for us we found them to be a great fit, staying in place during workouts and walks".

TV never looked so good. This full HD LED model ensures viewers enjoy crisp, clear images. The HDR technology also makes whites brighter, intensifies colours and enhances the overall picture for an epic cinematic effect. It has a slim design with a very narrow bezel, which the brand says makes it look elegant from every angle. It also includes Dolby digital sound plus and Samsung TV plus - a service which provides instant access to lots of extra free TV channels, movies, sports and more, with no subscriptions or credit cards required. Make sure to add "TV10" at checkout to get your extra 10 per cent off the Black Friday price.

Unsurprisingly, Argos has also dropped a ton of deals across Amazon devices, and this kids tablet is just half price. It's one of Amazon's newer offerings and though we have since reviewed the HD 10, we still think it's a great piece of tech. It's a high-performance tablet for school-age children and will allow them to access thousands of apps, games, books, videos, songs and Audible audiobooks too. For fun, learning and play, this tablet will do it all.

This is the cheapest Amazon's smart doorbell has ever been, and while it's the entry-level model, it packs in all of the most important features you would expect. It can be hardwired into your existing doorbell's electrics, or into a socket. It alerts you to visitors as they approach your door and allows you to see and speak to them live through your smartphone or home smart display, no matter where in the world you might be. You can also subscribe to Ring Protect for more features, such as rolling recordings stored in the cloud.

This lightweight 1kg laptop, which comes with 8GB RAM, an i5 processor and 512GB storage capacity, has 25 per cent off right now, which we think is a flipping good deal. The device is said to be a great all-rounder, with an outstanding 16-hour battery life and an impressive touchscreen display. It should suit emailing, reading, watching and writing, as well as more processor-intensive tasks.

Like most of Garmin's devices, the vivoactive 42 is designed with your fitness in mind. With 20 preloaded sports apps and the option to stream strength, cardio, yoga and pilates workouts right to the watch screen, getting moving has never been so easy. There are also free 5k, 10k and half-marathon training plans ideal for runners. If rose gold isn't your colour, it also comes in black and grey.

When we rounded up the best tablets for kids, this model easily made the cut. "The tactile bumper cover survived many drops, scrapes and even being thrown down in toddler rages. The screen size is 7in, but that feels about right for little paws to grab on to and swipe around." Wrote our reviewer. And as with all Amazon's kids' tablets, it comes with a year's subscription to Amazon kids+, which has a mind-boggling amount of apps on it. With 50 per cent off it seems a good choice for Christmas 2021.

The newest version of Google's Chromecast streaming dongle is being sold with an £11 discount in Asda's Black Friday sale. The Jammie Dodger sized device plugs into a free HDMI port on your TV, enabling you to stream video entertainment, music and pictures from your phone, tablet or laptop. If you can watch or listen to it on your phone, you can pop it on your TV at the press of a button or with a voice command.

If you're finding it difficult to encourage your kids to get reading, then perhaps something a little techy could help them get interested. While we've not reviewed this exact model, Amazon's Kindle comes highly commended in our guide to the best ereaders, with our writer praising the high-resolution screen for being "extremely easy to read" and the design for being "elegant with the screen flush to the frame". This model comes in a bright colour and with one year's Amazon Kids+ included, giving your little one access to Harry Potter, Geek Girl and more.

The Facebook portal is less than half price in Argos's Black Friday sales event. This is the much-improved second-generation portal, which finally lets you make video calls with your WhatsApp friends, rather than restricting you to just your Facebook Messenger contacts. Call quality is great and the face-tracking camera ensures you or your entire family are always in frame. When not in use, the portal fades into the background by becoming a digital picture frame displaying a rolling slideshow of Facebook memories.

"Amazon's Fire TV collection has been at the forefront of streaming since the first product arrived on the site in early 2014," noted our round-up of the best Android TV boxes. Our tester praised it for being "very smart" and found that navigation was "smooth", with apps opening "almost immediately". It is also "probably the best-value mainstream streaming device on the market", and with the current Black Friday saving, it's even more pocket-friendly.

This watch appeared in our round-up of Garmin products as we found it to be one of the best for runners. "Accurate GPS tracking means you know your distance and speed, while your heart rate is measured from your wrist so you know how hard you've pushed," wrote our reviewer. It is also versatile enough to track other activities, including cycling, swimming and yoga. True, it doesn't have the race day features our writer wanted, but she still praised it for being her "go-to watch".

When we rounded up the best cordless vaccuums for our review, this one easily made the cut. "It's easy to move along carpets and wooden floors, while the max setting has incredible suction," praised our writer. We loved how easily it picked up animal hair from carpets and upholstery and we actually found it relatively quiet for such a powerful device. Our only niggle was the price, but now that Argos has sorted that, there's nothing to stop us from adding it to our basket.

This cordless vacuum from Shark has £160 off right now. It's perfectly designed for homes with pets and has two brush-rolls that work together in one floorhead, meaning it can pick up hair and glide from carpets to hard floors without stopping. It also has a run-time of up to 40 minutes so you can whizz around your home without having to pause and re-charge, and the flexible wand bends to reach under furniture. On top of that, it transforms into a handheld vacuum with attachments. Perfect for cleaning up any surface, everywhere and anywhere.

There's 20 per cent off this glass kettle at Argos right now. It won the top spot in our review of the best kettles, with our writer saying that it made "one of the best cups of tea we've had in ages". They said this was down to how the water is purified before boiling and that, despite being a little fussy to set up and fill, it was all worth it for the final result.

Ticking cleaning off your chores list could become more convenient with this cordless upright vacuum that Gtech claims can glide across all kinds of floors without changing settings. The lightweight appliance bundle comes equipped with additional attachments to reach tough areas, such as stairs and upholstery, while both the AirRam and multi have easy-empty bins. Plus, both vacuum heads are fitted with LED lights. In our review of a similar model, we thought this LED addition was a "clever design, which really impacted how we cleaned, especially on hardwood flooring".

You'll be able to whip up everything from cakes and pastries to perfect pizza doughs with this stand mixer. There's a 1,000W motor, a 5l heat-resistant and dishwasher-safe glass bowl, and three attachments - a K-beater, whisk and dough hook - included as standard. Best of all, you can continue to add to your stand mixer with 10 more available attachments, which include everything from pasta rollers to meat grinders. It's one of the more versatile mixers out there and, at £200, we see no reason not to invest.

If there's one thing you can say about us at IndyBest, it's that we love an air fryer, especially when it's as well-priced as this model. It may only have one cooking compartment, but this 4l fryer should still whip up enough crispy-yet-fluffy chips to feed four people. And like most of Tower's devices, it can not only fry, but bake, grill and roast too, making light work of almost any kitchen conundrum. Though it didn't quite make it into our review of the best air fryers, the Tower rose gold vortx model did, and we were certainly impressed with that.

This clever espresso machine promises to give you exceptional coffee every time. While we can't attest if that is true for this model, the De'Longhi dinamica plus certainly impressed in our review of the best bean-to-cup coffee machines. Of course, it was on the pricier end of the spectrum, so we're not expect this purse-friendly option to have all the same bells and whistles. However, it does still claim to be able to make all your coffee shop favourites and includes a milk steaming wand.

Take the stress out of renovating your home with this Black & Decker cordless combi drill. The kit contains 80 accessories, including an assortment of the most common screwdriver bits to tackle any DIY project and two 18v batteries. Perfect for drilling and driving fixings, the drill has two speed settings and a hammer function, which can be used for concrete and masonry drilling. A similar model featured in our round-up of the best cordless drills, with our tester saying it is "a lot more than just a kitchen drawer drill and is more than capable of completing most medium-sized household jobs, from putting up hooks to installing some baby gates".

Taking the top spot in our round-up of the best hot air brushes, there's a reason Revlon's one-step went viral on TikTok last year. A two-in-one tool that gives the power of a dryer and the volume of a styler, our tester said the brush is simple to use on all hair lengths. "We loved the way it dried and styled our hair with such ease - its bristles glided through and left us with a salon-worthy blow-dry at an affordable price," they said.

Stuck in a hairy situation? You can save £45 on this Philips lumea corded IPL hair removal device that claims to prevent unwanted hair growth on your legs, underarms, bikini area, stomach and arms. With five different light energy settings and a sensor to suit all skin tones, we were impressed by how "lightweight and simple to use" the device was in our review. Plus, it really does work fast. Our reviewer noticed that "after two treatments, we began to see hair growing back thinner - particularly along the bikini line - and after the third treatment we started to see less regrowth every week".

This 10-piece brush collection is an eyedeal gift (sorry) for make-up lovers. It includes brushes to help them create all their favourite looks, from cut creases to smoky eyes. There's also an under-eye reviver that can be used for applying eye creams and serums, as well as under-eye shields to help lock in moisture and catch eyeshadow fallout. It's a great, travel-sized set all for less than half price.

With a large 28mm barrel, this claims to be the perfect device for creating long-lasting, soft waves. There are three temperature setting to choose from (160C-180C) but thanks to the brand's micro heating matrix heaters, it should evenly heat hair for effortless wave formation even at lower temperatures. The best part is that this is cordless, so simply charge up before use and then you're away - no awkward manoeuvres to avoid getting tangled in wires.

Claiming to cut more hair per stroke - thanks to the 90,000 cutting actions per minute - this Philips wet and dry shaver will be an essential part of your grooming routine. The brand claims it automatically adapts to your hair density, promising no more pulling and snagging when you shave. There's also a pop-up precision trimmer, which makes it even easier to maintain a moustache and sideburns. Enjoy a great shave and get £80 off at Argos right now.

This hair styler promises to create a multitude of looks. Simply choose between wave mode, for long-lasting soft curls or waves, and smooth mode, for perfectly sleek, shiny hair. There's three temperature settings to choose from, with the maximum being 230C, and it'll heat up in just 15 seconds. It automatically shuts off after 72 minutes too, so not only will getting ready be a breeze, but you won't have to think "did I remember to turn off my styler" while you're out on the town.

Argos has been super generous with its toy discounts this year. Not only has the retailer already knocked a third off the price of this Lego Star Wars millennium falcon set, but you can also get a further 20 per cent off when you add the code "TOYS20" at checkout. Use the 1,300 included pieces to build what is perhaps the most recognisable ship in all of sci-fi fandom. You'll also get seven characters who frequent the falcon, from Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian to C-3PO and R2-D2. It may be the ship that made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, but you'll need to be even faster to grab this deal before it's gone.

Loyal and intelligent, Dumbledore's trusty phoenix companion never left the Hogwarts headmaster's side. And now, kids aged 10 and up can see the fiery feathered friend come to life with this Argos-exclusive model that has a third off right now. Fawkes looks life-like with a powerful beak and realistic "flying" wings powered by a hand-turned mechanism. Containing 597 Lego pieces, it measures more than 24cm from beak to tail.

Add some power to your Lego city universe with this Bluetooth-powered locomotive. The set comes equipped with two carriages, circular train tracks that are compatible with other Lego train sets, four minifigures and a buildable platform. You can drive the vehicle with a remote control or from your phone if you download the app. With a saving of £40, we think we can get all aboard with this train set.

In case you've been living under a rock, you may not know that the upcoming Spiderman film is all any Marvel fan is talking about. Well, with this set your little superhero can now re-enact some of their favourite scenes from the MCU thus far. The set includes six (technically seven) fan favourites such as Miles Morales's Spiderman, The Hulk and Black Panther, as well as a couple of lesser-known (but sure to be important) characters, too. The set is currently £22.50 in the Black Friday sale with an extra 20 per cent off the original price and is sure to make all their web-slinging Christmas dreams come true.

What little princess's bedroom is complete without a dressing table? Now they can get ready in style with this Frozen-inspired set. It includes a stool, two flasks and even some all-important accessories - a necklace, headband, rings, bracelet, hair clip and comb. Best of all, the mirror can detach from the dresser and be used on any other flat surface, so wherever they go, this magic mirror can go too. Use code "TOYS20" for an extra 20 per cent off.

If your little one loves pretending to drink tea just like Mummy and Daddy do, then why not give them a cuppa of their own? This tea trolley and tray contains 15 accessories, including a teapot, two cups, saucers and spoons, and means they can host one impressive tea party. It's bright, colourful and features some of your favourite Peppa Pig characters too. Remember to add code "TOYS20" to your basket to get a further 20 per cent off.

Bring the much-loved CBeebies series Bing to your home with these chunky mini house playsets. Open up Pando's house and Padget's shop and play with any one of the six familiar figures. They've been designed with children in mind which means there are no small parts, making it suitable for kids aged 12 months and up. This set was already half price, but with code "TOYS20" you can get a further 20 per cent off too.

This activity table is designed to help little ones develop their senses and their capacity for attention. There are plenty of activities - five to be exact - ranging from a shape sorter to sounds, and the central lake also lights up to keep them stimulated. It's a simply charming design and suitable for children aged from 10 months (as the table legs can be removed so they can play safely on the floor) right up to four years.

The Monday following Black Friday has come to be known as Cyber Monday and is the last day of the sales. It's named such because historically, online sales peaked on this day, at the start of the Christmas shopping period.

Now, the day is a sales event in its own right with retailers continuing to slash prices throughout the Monday. It's also the last mass sale event before the Christmas period and January sales.

A similar (yet pricier) model, the Dyson V10, earned a spot in our review of the best cordless vacuum cleaners, with our writer saying "it's easy to move along carpets and wooden floors, while the max setting has incredible suction." There was also an impressive £150 saving on the Shark anti hair wrap cordless vacuum cleaner (£189.99, Argos.co.uk).

If last year's discounts are anything to go by, there's no better time than Cyber Monday to bag a bargain on TVs. For example, there was an impressive £200 saving on this Samsung 65 inch smart curved 4K (£649, Argos.co.uk).

We also saw Argos's lowest-ever price on the Beats by Dr Dre solo 3 headphones (£129.95, Argos.co.uk) on Cyber Monday, when they were reduced down to just £130. Beats's solo pro headphones (£199, Amazon.co.uk) earned a spot in our round-up of the best wireless designs, with our reviewer saying they "sound great".

In beauty, you could save £60 on the popular Babyliss cordless hair straighteners (£199.99, Argos.co.uk) as well as £30 on the brand's super power pro hair dryer (£39.99, Argos.co.uk).

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