Cyber Monday is nearly upon us! And if you're like me and greatly valued the rare opportunity to sleep in on Black Friday, some last-minute Cyber Monday deals are a welcome alternative to fighting retail store crowds at the crack of dawn. Early retail reports indicate Black Friday sales were down around $1.2 billion this year compared to last year. As many business analysts have predicted and been proven true year after year, the downward slope in retail sales during the holiday season stems from an increasing uptick in online shopping and mobile purchases. An estimated $1 billion worth of online sales took place on Thanksgiving between midnight and 5:30 p.m. Eastern alone.
And then there's online retail behemoth Amazon, who's turned Cyber Monday into an entire week of steep discounts and sales, just as it did for Black Friday this year. Even without all the anticipation and sales buzz, 2015 marks an important milestone for the shopping bonanza: The great Thanksgiving holiday weekend shopping tradition celebrates its 10th year since the "Cyber Monday" term was first coined in 2005.
Many online retailers have already begun their Cyber Monday deals, so put on your favorite pair of sweatpants and comfy slippers, curl up with a cup of tea, and log on to these online stores to check out all the great last-minute savings throughout the day on Cyber Monday.
ALEX AND ANI
Need to add a few more bangles to your charmed arm? Save 15 percent sitewide at ALEX AND ANI and enjoy free shipping on all items.
Kohl's fans can enjoy a ton of savings both online and in-store for Cyber Monday: Take an extra 20 percent off with code DEALSEEKER and free shipping on all orders over $25.
Melissa & Doug
The more you spend, the more you save: Get 10 percent off orders $25–$49, 20 percent off orders $50–$99, and 30 percent off orders $100 and up with code HOLIDAY2015; plus get free shipping with code FREESHIP at checkout.
6pm.com promises Cyber Monday deals up to 70 percent off major brands, new mystery deals will be revealed every hour beginning at 12:00 a.m. Eastern. Their Cyber Monday ad hints at deals from brands including Coach, Converse, and Oakley.
The entertainment and appliance retailer has been pretty tight-lipped about their Cyber Monday offerings, but we do know this: Best Buy promises an entire week of savings starting Monday. It seems as though many of the sales will be an extension or some variation of Best Buy's Black Friday deals. As an added bonus: free shipping now through Jan. 2, 2016 and as always, free in-store pickup.
Like Amazon and Best Buy, Cyber Monday kicks of an entire week of sales at Walmart, with free in-store pickup on all available items.
Macy's kicks off Cyber Monday a day early on Sunday, with specials through Monday. The stylish retail giant promises massive savings on everything from clothing, jewelry and home goods, including: BOGO Free Select Women’s Boots, BOGO Select Bras, and 60 percent off Charter Club Cashmere.
Cyber Monday deals at eBay include awesome savings on some great techie and gadget gifts, including $100 off Apple Watch 42mm Steel Case and 25 percent off the GoPro Hero4 Action Camera (pictured above).
Another retailer getting a jump on Cyber Monday: JCPenney's Cyber Monday sales actually start Sunday. While specific steals and deals are as yet to be revealed, you'll be sure to find something as the department store promises over 50,000 online deals.
If you sign up for their email, get a 10 percent off coupon from Overstock.com that can be used for their Cyber Monday deals. Deals can be found on everything from furniture and home decor to jewelry and electronics.
Looking to get or gift a tablet this holiday season? Staples has great deals on tablets for Cyber Monday including up to $100 off select Samsung tablets and a Amazon Fire 7” tablet bundle $54.99 (regularly $79.99).