The days of rushing to stores, getting crushed, and frustrated among the Black Friday crowds are almost over, as people are switching to the convenience of shopping online. It’s best to know what you want in advance and search for only those items otherwise you could be awash in deals and end up buying stuff you don’t really need. So get the kids to start their Dear Santa letters early, and keep in mind what other members of the family have on their wish lists. We have highlighted just a couple of popular items from the various retailers to give you an idea of what’s on offer. If an item is no longer on a special with one store you’re bound to find a deal through an aggregator or through a retailer. Happy hunting.
DEAL: Magformers are fun educational toys that encourage kids to use their imaginations as they build, starting with two-dimensional structures, and then move into creating three-dimensional forms. The brightly colored, sturdy, plastic magnetic ‘blocks’ come in 14 shapes including squares, triangles, and pentagons, and in various sizes. They’re magnetic so they just click together and become the kind of toy that you just keep adding to, with limitless possibilities for creating. When all the other toys have been thrown out these will still be around. There are various sets of Magformers available – a toy that has won numerous awards since its introduction a decade or so ago.
AGES: 2 upward. Watch the teens get involved in “helping” the youngsters.
PRICE: $25.55- $398.29
DEAL: Of the thousands of toys to choose from we thought the LEGO Speed Champion Bugatti Chiron 75878 was pretty well priced.
Have fun building this quad turbocharged hypercar. The wheels have rubber tires, the windshield is removable, and there are other realistic details.
AGES: 4 up. One of those parent and child toys where the youngster will want to do it ‘by myself’ but may need some guidance.
DEAL: It’s hard to choose just one – it all depends on a person’s age and interests – the deals are up to 40% off for Cyber Monday and range from cameras to laptops, desktops, gaming consoles and a whole lot more. Browse the site to see what appeals. For photographers there is the Canon EOS 5D DSLR Camera with 24-105mm IS lens at $2899.
AGES: Something for all ages.
PRICE: A Garmin Vivofit 3 activity tracker is $99, or a black Samsung Galaxy E Lite, 7 inch; 8GB (Wi-Fi) tablet is also priced at $99.
DEAL: JC Penney is advertising over 100, 000 deals between November 25th and 29th. For sports fans there’s the 25% off Nike athletic wear and shoes; those who have an eye for fine jewelry can get between 40% to 65% off on gold or sterling silver and diamond items; fastidious timekeepers can score 40% off Invicta watches, and there are loads more deals like 50% off slippers for the kids and grandparents – just in time for winter. Don’t miss the 5-piece travel set if you’re planning an escape to sunnier shores, or the microfleece sleep pants for winter nights.
AGES: All ages – they have deals for everyone from the youngest member of the family to great grandparents.
PRICE: Stafford Microfleece or flannel sleep pants for men just $12.99. Protocol Garrison 5-piece luggage set at $39.99 (you can score an extra 20% off with the JC Penney credit card) – this set usually costs $180.
DEAL: For the big girls and little girls in the family there are awesome Cyber Monday make-up and beauty deals from Macy’s – just in time for the holiday season. There are also grooming and fragrance deals for guys. The sets from designers and celebrities often come with free gifts for qualifying purchases – a chance to get your festive shopping done online and score something special for yourself at the same time, while saving big time! The doorbuster deals for Black Friday include ladies designer coats at up to 60% off – to keep winter chills at bay. Carter toddlers clothing is up to 40% off too – and there are plenty more deals.
AGES: All ages
PRICE: Carters’ toddlers clothing $12 to $56. Ladies cashmere sweaters $39.99 – $59.99.
DEAL: A deal for the whole family is the Sharp 55-inch 4K Smart TV. Free 2-day shipping on orders over $35 is included. Kids may want the Hover 1 Freedom hoverboard. My first trampoline is an 84” indoor trampoline, ideal to keep toddlers bouncing, and active during bad weather. There are lots more deals to view on their site.
AGES: All ages for the TV. Ages 6 upwards for the hoverboard. From 12 months for the trampoline.
PRICE: Sharp TV $298. Hoverboard $148. My First Trampoline $79.99
DEAL: At the time of writing, the tech-focused e-retailer, Newegg’s deals were not live online yet – but there will be super deals on PCs and laptops, software, gaming and toys, and hobbies. The deals are available online from 1:00pm PT November 20th through 11:00pm PT November 25th. If you cant wait for Black Friday then check their daily deals – available every day during November.
AGES: All ages
PRICE: Samsung UN50MU6300FXZA 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with HDR Pro for $479.99.
DEAL: Pokemon Ultra Sun, and Pokemon Ultra Moon, Nintendo 3DS, due for release in November can both be pre-ordered. There are of course plenty more specials on their site.
AGES: Age 6 upwards.
PRICE: Pokemon Ultra Sun, Pokemon Ulta Moon $39.99 each.
DEAL: Deal aggregators like Dealnews takes the hard work out of price comparisons and give you the latest updates on pricing and deals – for kids the Ghostbuster, Rowan the Destroyer 6” figure will make a great stocking filler. Then there is the Disney Pixar Cars 3, Thomasville 70piece Set, plus lots more deals depending on the interests of the people you are buying for.
AGES: 3 upward.
PRICE: Disney Pixar Cars 3 set $60, Rowan the Destroyer $3.
DEAL: Highlighted on this site is the JC Penney deal of the Levi’s Women’s 545 Super Skinny Jeans, Select Styles for $36.99. There are a lot more deals in various clothing and household items for Cyber Monday.
DEAL: BuyVia has loads of retailers. Fancy some classy wear from Nordstrom Rack? Perhaps you’re interested in deals from Bonton, Sam’s Club, Microsoft… and lots more. What about a cross-body bag from Marc Jacobs at 50% off?
PRICE: Nordstrom Rack have boots under $90 and sweaters under $30.
DEAL: Woot was an independent e-retailer offering a special deal a day. This Cyber Monday, Woot (now an Amazon Company) is offering the Apple MacBook 12 inch 512GB with Intel Core 5M 1.2 Ghz processor.
PRICE: $999.99 – a good deal compared to the usual price of $1599 for the current new model from the Apple Store.
DEAL: The site has over 700 retailers with various offerings. You can get the usual clothing and electronics deals but what about a travel deal – does escaping winter and reclining on a beach over the holidays sound appealing? Hotwire will send travel deals to your inbox – just let them know your intended destination and the number of adults and kids going.
PRICE: For example, Hotwire has a 4-star resort in the Grand Bahama Island area at $128 per night for 2 adults and 2 kids sharing, that is a recommended favorite from those who have stayed there.
DEAL: There are deals on all sorts – from clothing to accessories but dressing up the bed for long cold winter nights with lovely new colors will make you want to slip between the sheets – especially when the cost is reduced by 50% Go Boho with the Kingsley Floral Paisley Luxury Quilt Collection, or go for the Hampton 10 piece bed in a bag comforter set in classy grey and white
AGES: Kids to adults.
PRICE: $9.98 to $29.98 for the Paisley, or $44.98 – $49.98 for the Hampton
DEAL: This site offers deals by brand on make-up and beauty – shop MAC, Stila, Laura Gellar and Smashbox among others – awesome stuff for the girls in the family of all ages. What little girl doesn’t enjoy a bit of sparkle over the festive season and to pretend she’s the Christmas fairy? Try the Smashbox 6 mini lipstick set, allowing you to use matter color alone or to blend – comes with a lip- brush and shade-blend card. The hydrating lipstick matte shades contain shea butter and vitamins C and E so they won’t dry out. Enjoy the bold colors from Screen Queen Matte, to Jam On It Matte!
AGES: Lipsticks wearers of all ages.