8 things you didn’t think about buying on Black Friday
We value our editorial independence, basing our comparison results, content and reviews on objective analysis without bias.
But we may receive compensation when you click links on our site. Learn more about how we make money from our partners.
Go beyond typical savings on this shopping holiday.
Black Friday is one of the best times to shop for fashion and electronics. But there are a few things you might not think about buying on Black Friday that you should consider picking up.
With sales across every retail category, we have a feeling you’ll be updating your shopping wishlist before Black Friday rolls around.
This one really should be a no-brainer but many people only shop for themselves on Black Friday.
Make a list of gifts for your loved ones and try to knock out as much as you can on Black Friday. You’ll save yourself hundreds of dollars, and a whole lot of end-of-holiday panic. Shopping on Black Friday is a surefire way to afford gifts your family will love.
You might not have known, but there are some insane travel deals offered on Black Friday. And while the average Joe might be out to snag a cheap TV, the savvy travelers are taking advantage of flight sales and deals on luxury escapes.
Seriously, Black Friday is one of the best times to book travel all year. In fact, check out our page on Black Friday travel sales to find countless competitive travel deals. If you’ve been dreaming of a winter getaway, start thinking about buying flights and hotels on Black Friday. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save.
3. Your New Year’s Eve outfit
Fashion is one of the biggest categories for Black Friday sales, and there are plenty of dreamy dresses and denim to grab at bargain prices. But, have you thought about how close New Year’s Eve is? It’s only a month or so away.
Many of us love to go all out and buy something a extra special for NYE, so why not find your perfect outfit on Black Friday? Otherwise, you’ll be buying an expensive dress after all the sales are over. Check out our tips for fashion queens this Black Friday to make the most of the sales.
4. Prescription eyewear
Consider keeping a lookout for deals on your glasses and sunglasses. Retailers like Sunglass Hut are known for having sales around this time of year, making this one of the best times to save on glasses.
If you’re in the market for a new pair of specs, make sure you check out our list of Black Friday deals to see how you can get a great deal on prescription eyewear.
Sheets and duvet covers aren’t exactly fun to buy, plus the cost can add up. So why not buy them all on Black Friday? Stock up now and you won’t need anything new for a while.
Black Friday is a great time to purchase packages for activities like wine tasting, helicopter rides and golf. There are sure to be big sales coming from experience retailers, but unfortunately we can’t tell you about any specific deals just yet.
We can assure you, however, that this is one of the best times of year to purchase an experience package. Some options make perfect gifts for that person in your life who’s impossible to buy for.
7. Beauty treatments
Snapping up all your must-have beauty products on Black Friday is common, but you probably didn’t think about buying your beauty treatments at local salons on Black Friday.
If you regularly get your nails done, you love facials or you want laser hair removal, put these services on your Black Friday list. There’s likely to be sales on these treatments and more. Check out what what beauty treatments are on sale this Black Friday with our deals round up page.
8. Expensive stationery
Planning a wedding, a birthday party or maybe a baby shower? Buy your invitations now!
Trust us. There are going to be some bargains on posh stationery and customizable invitations. Add paper goods to your list and make sure to check out the Black Friday deals page this Friday to see where the sales are.
top 10 ways to make the most of your Black Friday shopping.
Frequently asked questions about Black Friday
With roots in 1950s Philadelphia, the term Black Friday started when hordes of people would flock to the city from the suburbs for the Army-Navy football game held the day after Thanksgiving. Philly police unofficially referred to this day as “Black Friday” because of the chaos, traffic and shoplifting.
The 1980s put a more positive spin on this day offering the super sales we’re familiar with now on Black Friday. Today, it refers to retailer’s profits being up — or, in the black — because of the high volume of shopping on that day.
The National Retail Federation estimates around 136 million people shop the weekend after Thanksgiving to get the great deals.
Top deals December 2018
Up to 40% off online and in store
Coats, boots and luxury knitwear are our winter must-have
Amanda Swan is a shopping writer for finder.com. She loves face masks, rain, cheese and traveling. Her favorite places are London, Disneyland, Portland and anywhere near the ocean. She loves finding great deals on cute dresses and makeup palettes, and she's kind of addicted to two-day delivery and her iPhone.
How likely would you be to recommend finder to a friend or colleague?
Very UnlikelyExtremely Likely
Thank you for your feedback.
Our goal is to create the best possible product, and your thoughts, ideas and suggestions play a major role in helping us identify opportunities to improve.
finder.com is an independent comparison platform and information service that aims to provide you with the tools you need to make better decisions. While we are independent, the offers that appear on this site are from companies from which finder.com receives compensation. We may receive compensation from our partners for placement of their products or services. We may also receive compensation if you click on certain links posted on our site. While compensation arrangements may affect the order, position or placement of product information, it doesn't influence our assessment of those products. Please don't interpret the order in which products appear on our Site as any endorsement or recommendation from us. finder.com compares a wide range of products, providers and services but we don't provide information on all available products, providers or services. Please appreciate that there may be other options available to you than the products, providers or services covered by our service.