With Halloween a distant memory, it’s time to start tackling the next order of holiday business. And somewhere in between cranberry sauce and songs about the snow, this means waiting for an assortment of
2016 Black Friday deals to go live. From buy one get one (BOGO) to stackable coupons, practically every store and website will be offering mind-boggling sales. It’s enough to make any gift-giving bargain shopper swoon.
Of course, there's the debate of whether or not it’s worth the craziness. Black Friday doubles as the night of parking space hunts and long lines. As someone who has both worked and shopped in stores during Black Friday, I think it all comes down to this: play nice and take it easy. Prep yourself with a list so you know what you’re looking for. If someone else beats you to something, don’t fret –there are so many other stores out there. Plus, at that point, Cyber Monday is right around the corner.
So how does one prepare for the Black Friday insanity? It’s all about zeroing in on specific items at specific stores. Have a backup plan in case you can’t hunt down a particular
toy for your child. Make an effort to do your research, starting with this list of upcoming Black Friday deals.
Whatever you do, stick to your list and take it easy. It’s probably not a good idea to run on a stomach full of turkey, anyway.
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Although most retailers are just gearing up for Black Friday, Amazon is ahead of the game. The popular online store launched a special section of exclusive
Black Friday 2016 deals that change on the daily. Some discounts last for 24 hours, while others are valid until further notice. You can even view upcoming deals and sign up to receive notifications. Prime members will also receive early access to certain products. And since new batch of Daily Deals are added several times a day, it would't hurt to check often. Noteworthy Deals: Michaels Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
It's the most wonderful time of the year... to craft up a storm. And thanks to the
2016 Black Friday sales at Michaels, it will be super easy to unleash your inner Martha Stewart this holiday season. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the physical ad for coupons that can be used with sale items during certain time frames. What's up, holiday gift giving? Doorbusters $59.99 Fujifilm Instax 8 Mini Camera $9.99 spiral planners by Recollections $5 fashion watches $2 18" wreath and 9" garland 5 for $10 ornament frames 5 for $10 jar candles $6.99 Wilton Gingerbread Cookie Kits 70 percent off home and platinum wall frames 70 percent off Christmas ribbon 60 percent off handcrafted floral arrangements 60 percent off craft storage 60 percent off stickers, washi tape, and embellishments 50 Percent Off Pre-lit entryway trees Christmas stems, bushes, floral picks, and garlands Christmas candle collection Decorative wreaths and floral accents Baskets and decorative boxes Collectible ornaments Dimensional lighting fixtures Christmas roll wrap and jumbo ribbon Art sets and easels Select paper crafting Additional Deals 2 for $5 Christmas pine cones 3 for $10 Christmas potted arrangements BOGO 50 percent Christmas light sets BOGO 50 percent Crayola BOGO 50 percent kids' activity kits BOGO 50 percent coloring books for adults and tweens BOGO 50 percent Shopkins 5 for $10 8 1/2" x 11" value pack paper BOGO free scrapbook and photo albums 30 percent off planners and planner accessories $7.99 Canvas painting kits 3 for $5 Wilton candy melts $1.99 100-piece art set Kohl's Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images
If you're looking to shop for multiple people in one place, Kohl's is the place to be. You can find everything from activewear to fine jewelry and Barbies to toasters. But with so many options, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Prepare yourself by taking some time to carefully sift through the 64-page
Black Friday 2016 for Kohl's. Noteworthy Deals 50 percent off select toys 20-50 percent off Crayloa, Fisher-Price, Barbie, Frozen, Hot Wheels, and more $17.99 Mr. Potato Head Super Spud $19.99 Barbie Volkswagen Beetle $5.99 select Barbie dolls $99.99 select Fitbit wristbands $19.99 GPX DVD Player $29.99 HP DeskJet all-in-one printer $19.99 assorted diamond accent pendants $14.99 Disney jewelry $6.99 LC Lauren Conrad jewelry 70 to 75 percent of all fine and silver jewelry 35-50 percent off watches 60 percent off character clothes for girls and toddlers 60 percent off Carter's clothing $9.99 select small kitchen appliances 40 to 70 percent off tabletop and kitchen textiles $2.99 select bath towels 60 to 75 percent off luggage 50 percent off select Junior's clothing 40 to 60 percent off activewear and fitnesswear $19.99 Christmas sweaters 25 percent off Nike 50 percent off NCAA clothing 30 percent off NFL gifts Ulta Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Makeup junkies, this one's for you.
Ulta Beauty's 2016 Black Friday sale offers everything from holiday makeup to winter skincare. This glorious beauty mecca is also an ideal place to snag some awesome stocking stuffers and discover new favorites. $10 and under $8 Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion $2.99 Ulta Beauty Collection 4-piece Nail Set $9.99 Ulta Beauty Collection Lip Glossary $8.99 Sebastian Shaper Hairspray $9.99 Ulta Beauty Collection Professional Hair Sampler Kits $15 and under $12 Tarte Double Duty Beauty Palette $12 Smashbox Studio On-The-Go Shadow and Mascara $15 Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick Duo $12 Philosophy Novelty Shower Gels $14.99 Ulta Beauty Skincare Sampler Kits $10-12.50 Real Techniques and Eco Tools Brush Sets $25 and under $25 Laura Geller New York Gilted Glamour 3-piece Holiday Essentials Collection $25 Philosophy The Gift of Glowing Skin Set $18 Lorac Tails & Top Hats Eye Shadow Palette $18 Black Tie Attire Eye Shadow Palette Additional Deals 2 for $12 OPI Mini Lacquer Trio BOGO free Ulta Beauty Bath Sets BOGO free OGX Hair & Bath $14.99 Ulta Beauty Holiday Fragrance Sampler for Men and Women $24.99 NYX Advent Calendar $14.99 Ulta Beauty Joyful Beauty 72-piece Collection 50 percent off select Ultra Chi Limited Edition Precious Metals Collection styling iron or blow dryer 50 percent off select Hot Tools and Bed Head styling irons 40 percent off The Body Shop 5 for $5 stocking stuffers Verizon MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Whether you're due for an upgrade or have your eye on a new gadget, it doesn't hurt to wait until
Verizon's Black Friday deals go live. And while it's easy to get caught up in the shopping rush, take some time to ask detailed questions. It's the best way to ensure that you're purchasing coverage plans and features that you actually want. Noteworthy Deals $20 off Fitbit Charge 2 $50 off urBeats Earphones $300 off iPad mini 2 32GB Up to $400 off on Samsung Galaxy S7, Pixel, Moto Z Droid Up to $200 off on LG V20, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, Moto Z Force Droid $50 off Nest Cam Security Camera Up to $250 off iPad Pro 9.7 32GB Up to $250 off Ellipsis 10 tablet Staples Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Black Friday deals at Staples are perfect for freelancers, students, teachers, and small business owners. Basically, any kind of boss lady can find practical products at Staples. To top it off, this big-name office supplier also offers basic home necessities from coffee makers to storage bins. Noteworthy Deals $170 to 250 off HP laptops $15 off FUJIFILM Instax Mini 8 Camera 2 for $35 FUJIFILM Instax Mini twin-pack film $50 off Canon PIXMA MG3520 printer $30 off Keurig OfficePro K145 Brewer BOGO free Staples brights, astrobrights, and colored card stock $70 off Omniteach 14-sheet cross-cut shredder $20 off Kindle Paperwhite 6" Wi-Fi 25 percent off novelty USBs 20 percent off Gap Inc. gift cards American Eagle Outfitters Tim Boyle/Getty Images News/Getty Images
While American Eagle has yet to release more sales, this classic clothing brand has revved up our excitement with a small teaser. Here's to hoping that we'll be able to stock up on boyfriend jeans and chunky sweaters in a few weeks. Check back soon for more
American Eagle Black Friday sales. Noteworthy Deals 40 percent off Holiday Collection Free AEO Limited Edition fleece blanket with purchase of $75 or more Dollar General Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Surprisingly, you can get more than just knick knacks and candy at this discount retailer. According the ad for
Dollar General's 2016 Black Friday sale, you can also find gifts like simple electronics and blankets. The best part? These deals will last until Dec. 24. Noteworthy Deals $20 hi-fi boom box $12 light-up headphones $25 smart watch $40 tower speaker $15 pre-lit Christmas trees $3-10 ornaments $1 mini tree toppers and tinsel $15 Christmas inflatables $1 Shopkins $12 DC Super Hero Girls doll $50 holiday motorized train $16 blankets $5 throws $2.50 inspirational mugs $1-5 wrapping paper Target Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Like Kohl's, Target is a one-stop spot for your holiday shopping. Unsurprisingly, it also boasts a cult following thanks to its quality and stylish merchandise. There's a reason why it has earned the nickname "Tarjay", after all. While the company has yet to release their official 2016 Black Friday ad, you can keep tabs on
Target's Black Friday page and read the official holiday press release. Noteworthy Deals Free shipping at Target.com (till Jan. 1, 2017) $10 off $50 purchase different product category each week (starts mid-November) 50 percent off one select toy per day (till Dec. 24) More to come. . .