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So much has changed over the past year, including the way we shop.
John Lewis has just announced the most popular products of the year and there are quite a few surprises in store.
Even though we spent most of the year trying to get our heads around travel restrictions, we were still able to embrace the great outdoors with swimwear, hot tubs and camping gear all in high demand over the summer.
During the lockdown, online shopping was a lifeline for many of us as we sought to redecorate our homes, buying more furniture, cooking equipment and big TVs than in 2020.
Plus, we chose comfort above everything, opting for a pair of Crocs as our favourite shoes.
In case you missed out on any of these, we've put together a list of ten of the best items available to buy now.
Our Top Pick: Crocs Classic Clogs, Pink | £32.99
Hate them or love them, Crocs saw a 58% increase in sales this year. They were popular around the Love Island villa this summer and were even spotted on the red carpet at the Oscars at the beginning of the year. Why not join the trend with these Crocs Classic Crogs? You can enjoy a custom fit, water-friendly design and ventilated forefoot for breathability. They're currently available in pink, electric pink and green.
2. Hot Tubs
Our Top Pick: MSpa Nest Quick-Heating Inflatable Hot Tub with Filter Pack, Chemicals & Cover Bundle, 2 Person | £749.99
Since John Lewis started selling hot tubs last Christmas, shoppers just can't get enough. Sales rose by an impressive 200% this year. You too can treat yourself to an affordable home luxury with this MSpa Nest Quick-Heating Inflatable Hot Tub. It has space for two people making it the perfect romantic gift this Christmas.
Our Top Pick: Vango Joro 450 4-Person Tent, Moroccan Blue | £308 (Was £440)
Thanks to the return of festivals and a huge increase in the number of people going on 'staycations', sales of tents increased by a massive 650%.
It's not too late to get your hands on one, such as the Vango Joro 450 4-Person Tent. It uses Vango's AirBeam® technology, ensuring quick inflation and a sturdy and reliable structure. Plus you can currently enjoy 30% off.
4. Air Fryers
Our Top Pick: Ninja AF160UK Max Air Fryer, Grey | £129
Air fryers were an unexpected triumph this year, seeing a 400% increase. Safe, clean and odour-free, they use only a small amount of oil which makes them perfect for frying your favourite meals in a healthier way. This Ninja AF160UK Max Air Fryer, Grey allows you to fry, roast, bake meals and reheat your leftovers easily.
5. Corner Sofas
Our Top Pick: John Lewis & Partners Barbican 5+ Seater LHF Corner End Sofa | £2,399
Spending more time indoors at the start of the year encouraged many of us to redecorate our homes. The corner sofa saw a 95% rise in sales. You can still get this Barbican 5+ Seater LHF Corner End Sofa which has a distinct curved silhouette and stitched back detail for a retro inspired look. It's supported by fibre wrapped foam seats for extra comfort, making it perfect for relaxing, dining or even working from home.
Our Top Pick: Speedo Check Leisure 16" Swim Shorts, Navy/Black/Dragonfire Orange | £30
The trend of wild swimming led to a jump in demand for Speedos. This was boosted further by Tom Daley winning a Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, with a 100% increase in sales of men's swim briefs compared to last year. These Speedo Check Leisure 16" Swim Shorts are only £30 and come with a tailored front with semi-elastic waist, a welt pocket on back right and a mesh inner brief which provides ample support.
Our Top Pick: Jumpking 7 x 10ft Oval Trampoline | £265
As exercise routines took off during the lockdown, so did sales of trampolines which went up by 270%. This Jumpking 7 x 10ft Oval Trampoline received an impressive 5 star rating on the John Lewis website. It’s perfect for smaller gardens and it has three different bounce areas that stop the jumper from being pulled back into the middle.
Our Top Pick: Ring Smart Video Doorbell 1 (2nd Generation) with Built-in Wi-Fi & Camera, Venetian Bronze | £89
With more of us spending time at home, video doorbells saw a 10% rise in sales as security became top priority. A Ring Smart Video Doorbell is a good option for protection against intruders and unwanted guests. There's also the benefit of being able to talk to delivery drivers whilst keeping a COVID-safe distance. Plus you can speak to visitors from your smart phone, tablet or PC so you don't have to get up in the middle of a Zoom meeting.
9. Pizza Ovens
Our Top Pick: Ooni Koda 12 Gas Fuel Portable Pizza Oven | £299
Homemade pizzas became popular as we spent more time in our gardens over lockdown. In fact, for the first time ever, John Lewis' best-selling pizza oven outsold its best-selling barbecue. The Ooni Koda 12 Gas Fuel Portable Pizza Oven cooks Neapolitan-style pizzas in 60 seconds flat and can reach up to 500°C. What more could you want?
Our Top Pick: LG OLED55B16LA (2021) OLED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart TV, 55 inch with Freeview Play/Freesat HD & Dolby Atmos, Black | £1,099
Unsurprisingly, we've all spent more time in front of the telly since the start of the pandemic. Ofcom found that Brits spent a third of their waking hours watching TV in 2020. This year, we wanted even bigger screens with a 146% increase sales of big TVs.
The quality doesn't get much better than this LG OLED HDR 4K Ultra HD Smart TV which has four times the number of pixels than Full HD TVs, delivering stunning realism, natural motion and incredible detail.
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