As the holidays approach, you must be thinking about your shopping list for your loved ones. As such, be ready for great deals and bargains the day after Thanksgiving!
Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping events where you get massive discounts everywhere. And if the weekend is not enough to fulfill your list, then there’s Cyber Monday for the rest of your shopping spree.
In light of the global pandemic, this year’s shopping experience might be different than what we were used to. Some stores have launched early deals online and in-store to avoid long lines, shipping holdup and to lessen store crowds. If you're shopping from your home for your loved ones, we’re here to help you sort where to buy what with this list of the best Black Friday deals this year.
To begin, here are some Black Friday facts to help you get familiar with the huge annual shopping event.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday starts the day after Thanksgiving where many brands and retailers give out deals and sales on lots of merchandise.
What can I buy on Black Friday?
You can buy virtually any kind of product on Black Friday! Because so many retailers are already advertising their promos now, it’s not necessary to wait until Black Friday to get a good bargain. So if you see something on your shopping list that’s discounted now, it may be worth getting, especially if it’s something where the inventory might run out.
What should I not buy on Black Friday?
Basically, you should avoid old generations if you're buying electronics like smart phones, gaming systems and Apple devices. They will most probably be very cheap, but will soon be outdated and you’ll end up with an old device not capable of updating anymore. You may also want to watch out for out-of-season clothings and fashion accessories, which might be outdated by the time you get to wear them next season (although we can always be creative with fashion, right?)
Ready to start your online shopping? Read on for everything we know about the best Black Friday deals so far!
Amazon has yet to announce its official Black Friday deals, but it still has a massive seasonal sale happening. Amazon’s “Holiday Dash'' is happening now until November 19, offering up to 70% discounts and “epic deals daily”. They are expected to launch their Black Friday deals once the Holiday Dash ends on November 19. In the meantime, here are our finds from the shopping website:
Someone from your list just got the latest iPad model? This stylus works just as well as the more expensive iPad Pencil at half the price. The pen offers an accurate writing and sketching experience and specially designed for creative work, making it the perfect gift for someone who’s into digital arts or simply an iPad lover.
Perfect for someone who has pets or has just gone to college and needs help with cleaning, The Roomba e5 Robot Vacuum is packed with performance for powerful pickup. This device cleans the dirt and pet hair you see. What’s more, it’s easy to control and put on schedule through the iRobot HOME app.
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Walmart is hosting three early sale events before Black Friday, which began on November 4 to 7 at Walmart.com, followed by a second sale on November 11 to 14 with more deals available online and in stores. The final event begins online two days before Black Friday, on November 25 that features cashback to your card, free gift packaging and more, with additional deals online and in store on November 27. So far, we found these items that tops our list:
With Google's ultimate speaker, you get deep bass along with crystal-clear sounds.You can play songs from YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and more, or stream music over Wi-Fi. Since it's part of the Google Home family and powered by the Google Assistant, you can also ask it questions, manage your smart home devices and so much more. This is perfect for someone who’s into music and has a lot of gadgets.
The Magic Bullet is a countertop helper that chops, blends, and mixes to create an endless array of delectable dishes in seconds. No mess, no cuts, no cleanups -the perfect kitchen companion for foodies!
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Target has also launched their early Black Friday deals. New deals will be added each week, and shoppers can preview upcoming sales every Thursday through Saturday by signing up for their newsletter.
Bonus tip: Target is extending its 14-day Price Match Guarantee for the holidays, so if you purchase something that drops in price, you can request a price adjustment through December 24. For now, we present our favourite items from their online store:
We found the perfect item for coffee lovers! Great for dorm rooms or off-campus apartments, this appliance takes care of your coffee fix while making your space look neat and organized. Did we mention it comes in pastel colors too?
Anyone on your list into scrapbooking or keeping photo albums? This compact photo printer features a small, compact rose-gold design that you can easily carry in a handbag, backpack or luggage — making it perfect for on-the-go photo printing. You can easily connect to it via micro-USB or Bluetooth, and it comes with rechargeable batteries so you can print your favorite memories day in and day out. Never miss a memory with this handy device!
Looking to increase your (or someone’s) water intake? The Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker turns plain water into sparkling water in seconds, without the use of any plugs or electricity. It even comes with extra bottles that’s easy to carry and will fit in a purse!
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The department store is releasing its Black Friday deals early. Macy’s kicked things off by running a Black Friday early access sale from until November 9, featuring thousands of sale items. Later on, customers will be able to start shopping additional Black Friday deals on November 16, with even more sales being unveiled each week through Saturday, November 28. We’ve taken a peek at their early access Black Friday Sale items and this is what caught our eyes:
Who wouldn’t love to cozy up in plush comfort with this mink blanket from Ralph Lauren? With its sumptuously soft texture, this blanket is perfect for curling up on the couch or for an extra layer of warmth on cold nights. Winter is coming, so this should be perfect!
Bring karaoke nights home and make it handy! This Bluetooth-enabled microphone comes in a dazzling shimmery design that’ll make anyone sing like a true diva. If someone on your list loves karaoke parties, an aspiring singer’ or simply loves to belt out those notes, then this is the gift to get.
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Black Friday deals are now ongoing at Best Buy, which is offering discounts on almost all items. Customers who sign up for their loyalty program will get early access to early Black Friday deals on November 16 and 17. All shoppers can expect most of Best Buy’s Black Friday deals to be available by November 22 and this is our pick for that adventurous person on your list:
With its water-resistance and sturdy build, the GoPro Hero 8 is the action camera to get. So far, this is the company's best action camera to date, offering excellent stabilization and video quality in a rugged, waterproof body.
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Slick Case welcomed November with a Flash Sale that offers 28% discount, happening now until November 13. This is followed by a Black Friday Sale where we can expect even more discounts on iPhone cases, MacBook cases, iPad cases and other tech accessories.
Virtually everyone owns a smartphone nowadays, and the most thoughtful gift to give is a case -which they can customize for a more personal touch. Our best pick from the shop are as follows:
This iPad case is the one accessory to protect the device and showcase favourite photos. Especially since iPads now function like a portable computer, a case is important on-the-go for your device to last as long as possible. This cover is also available in other designs such as marble for a more classic look, and floral patterns for a chic and casual look.
This cute and simple case is for someone who likes pastels and girly stuff. Add to that the functionality and protectiveness of the case is best for protecting new gadgets.
A handy gadget that ensures a clean and safe environment for travelers, students, and moms with young kids who touch almost everything. This "magic" wand kills off germs and bacteria in seconds, allowing you to work safely wherever you go.
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There you have it, we hope this list helped you cross out some things on your Black Friday shopping list! If you want to really get the best deals this year, you have to shop smarter than ever. If you didn't get the product you wanted on Black Friday, don’t forget to keep checking over the weekend until Cyber Monday to see more deals!
What are your best Black Friday shopping tips?