The annual shopping tradition known as Black Friday is upon us. Nov. 26, 2010, is the day shoppers will be up before the sun in order to get the best deals for holiday shopping. For some of the best deals and how to get the most out of your shopping day, here are some tips and tricks to have a successful Black Friday when you shop for children.
When shopping for Black Friday deals it is often helpful to organize your list. You can choose to go by the items you are looking for or the people for whom the gifts are being bought. Sometimes it helps your organization skills to do both–start your list by the age of the kids you are buying for and then go with the stores and items.
When you shop for children it is helpful to figure out what stores are best for the age of the children. While many younger children will love toys, the same may not be true for your tween or teen. It’s important to know if your shopping will include general items you can find anywhere or niche items available only at particular stores.
If you are buying gifts for babies or anyone under the age of 10 you probably should start at a toy store. For Black Friday that means Toys R Us. Stores will be open at 10 p.m. on Thursday night with doorbuster specials lasting until 1 p.m. Friday. Yes, that’s right, Black Friday is no longer just on Friday for Toys R Us. Your shopping now begins on Thursday night for the national toy chain.
Many items are 50 percent off in the store including Lego sets, V-tech learning laptops for younger kids, Hexbugs, Barbie dolls, Transformers and more are going to be half off. Starting at 5 a.m. Friday more specials come into play including video game controllers.
Tween girls are going to be into make up and clothes and there’s no better place to shop than Macy’s for fashion and style. Macy’s has a coupon in their circular or printable online for an extra 15 percent off any store-wide apparel already on sale. If you have a boy in your life who needs some clothes there are choices for boys and men. The store will already have 20 to 60 percent off and you can take even more off on items with your coupon. Macy’s opens at 4 a.m. for Black Friday specials.
Best Buy is the place for tween boys who love their video games. Doors open at 5 a.m. and be sure look at video game consoles like new black or white Wii video game consoles for only $169.99, which is 30 bucks off. While you’re there, a Blu-ray disc player from Toshiba is only $60 so grab one while you’re there. Games are also on sale for $35 after taking $25 off.
Teens are all about cell phones so don’t forget about cell phone stores and Black Friday deals. CNET lists where to find the best deals between Black Friday and Cyber Monday for AT&T phones in the store. One great offer is to buy a refurbished phone for a penny with a service contract. If you just want a sensible phone this is a great deal.
Teen boys will love their new tech gadgets and PC World is keeping an eye on what Apple plans to do with the iPhone and iPad. Although devices usually don’t go on sale through Apple stores or online themselves, the iPad at TJ Maxx is going to be $100 off if you are in the mood for getting one cheap for your teen boy.
Speaking of Apple, make sure to check out their Black Friday app which gives you a rundown of all the best sales. The download is free from DealTaker, Inc. on the Apple website.
In addition to Toys R Us, Sears is another major retailer offering Thursday sales. Sears will actually be open from 7 a.m. until Noon on Thanksgiving to get major sales off to an early start.