Some people decide to not shop this week because they look over the Black Friday sales ads and think, "none of this is for me." In that sense, the potentially long lines or hyper-fast sales might seem unnecessary. But let's not forget! The holidays are right around the corner, and this year there are fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There really is no time to waste!
So rather than sleeping through the busiest shopping week of the season — not to mention all the potential savings — and likewise, not to waste any more time thinking what to buy your nearest and dearest, we've put together the ultimate Black Friday gift guide! From secret Santas to significant others, here are some of the best Black Friday deals that will make great gifts and keep you on budget.
Gifts Under $30Not every gift needs to be a doorbuster. These quick gift ideas are designed to pad the holiday stocking or just let people know you're thinking of them.
- Up to 21% off Select Gift Cards at Best Buy, Toys "R" Us, more at Raise.com
- Unsure of what to get that certain someone? Let them decide and save up to 21% while doing it with these popular gift card discounts. Stores include Best Buy, Toys "R" Us, PetSmart, Target, and Starbucks.
- Movies & TV Shows on DVD: Breaking Bad, World War Z, more from $1
- From modern-day shows like The Walking Dead to children's classics like Frosty the Snowman, give the gift of entertainment without hardly opening your wallet.
- MOGA Wireless Gaming Controller for Android for $15 at GameStop
- Mobile gaming has hit the mainstream and this nifty controller turns select Android smartphones into mini consoles. Better yet, it's 50% off our previous mention.
- Martha Stewart Women's Bath Robe for $25 at Macy's
- Not all Black Friday items are tech related. This plush robe from the Martha Stewart collection is proof you'll find great apparel deals during Black Friday.
- Ciao 3-Piece Luggage Set for $25 at Sears
- For the frequent flyer, this 3-piece luggage set is the second-cheapest set of its kind that we've seen this year. (It's just $3 short of our all-time low.) Don't like the zebra design? For $5 more Kmart offers a similar set in red.
- Google Chromecast for $30 at Best Buy
- While some people will know the Chromecast sells for $35, what they won't know is you only paid $30. Simply put, it's the cheapest way to turn a regular TV into a smart one.
Gifts Under $100From secret Santas to your office coworkers, gifts in the lower end of this category will keep you from arriving empty-handed at any holiday party. Meanwhile, we've got some sizable options for some special friends and family.
- Magic Bullet Blender for $40 at Macy's
- For your health-conscious friends, both Macy's and Kmart are offering the Magic Bullet blender for $40. That's $10 under our September mention and the lowest rate we've seen this year for this blender.
- Mr. Coffee Single-Cup Brewer Powered by Keurig for $65 at Amazon
- We're all for giving out Starbucks gift cards, but with this single-cup coffee maker both giver and receiver will wind up saving money as its within $5 of the lowest price ever.
- Canon PowerShot SX160 16-Megapixel Digital Camera for $79 at Walmart
- We all know a budding photographer in our lives, so why not free them from the confines of their smartphone camera with the $79 PowerShot SX160. It's $46 under our best mention and should help them take pictures of more than just food.
- Seiki 32" 720p LED LCD HDTV for $98 at Amazon
- You're not hallucinating. We have not one, but two LED LCD TVs in our "under $100" category. Both are the cheapest 32" LED LCD TVs we've seen this holiday season. Amazon offers the above Seiki, whereas Walmart has the Funai 32" 720p LED LCD for the same price in stores.
Gifts Under $250
For those family members or close friends who have always splurged on you, now it's time for you to make it look like you splurged on them. These items all offer savings, without ever appearing to be "on a budget."
- 0.5-Total Carat Weight Diamond Ring in Sterling Silver for $189 at Macy's
- It's not often we see 0.5ctw diamond rings under $250, yet at $189 this ring is the second least expensive one we've seen this year.
- Apple iPod touch 16GB MP3 Player for $219 at MacMall
- The iPod touch is the king of MP3 players and there's little that the latest generation can't do. At $10 off, MacMall currently offers the best deal on this device. Though it's worth mentioning that Target offers the same player for $229 (list price) with a $50 gift card.
- Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16GB Tablet with $25 Gift Card for $229 at Staples
- Thanks to the bundled $25 gift card, this is the best deal we've seen on Amazon's latest tablet. Don't want to spend your gift card at Staples? For a buck more, you can get the same tablet and a $25 Visa gift card at Home Depot.
- Element 50" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $229 at Target
- Gifting a 50" HDTV isn't what we'd call easy. But when they're this cheap, there's little reason not to. This TV is the cheapest big-screen TV we've seen and one of the best Black Friday TV deals.
Gifts Under $500
Surprise your significant other with a gift that will leave them thinking you spent above and beyond what they spent on you. (We won't tell, we promise.)
- Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet for $479 at Target
- No gift guide is complete without an iPad, and though we've recently seen the iPad Air for as low as $449, if you use the $100 gift card in this offer you're essentially snagging Apple's latest tablet for 24% off Apple's list price. A $500 tablet and a $100 gift card? How thoughtful of you. Live near a Fry's? You can go pick up this deal today.
- Movado Juro Men's Stainless Steel Watch for $380 at Overstock
- A classic watch will never go out of style, and Overstock is offering the Movado men's or women's Juro watch for $380. Although it's only $5 off our September mention, it's the lowest price we've seen for this watch and the first time we've seen a discount on the women's version as well.
- Lenovo IdeaPad G510 Intel Haswell 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop for $449 at Lenovo
- Does your sig-o need a new laptop? This IdeaPad G510 is certainly a good option. It's the cheapest G510 we've seen that uses Intel's latest Haswell processor, and even better: it's available now.
Naturally, there might be people on your gift list who wouldn't want any of these items. Fortunately we'll be seeing slew of Black Friday deals in the coming days, so make sure to keep an eye on our Editors' Choice deals page; you'll close out your list early, while still saving a bundle.