Game plan to get all your shopping done on Black Friday

Eliza McGowen

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At BestReviews, we're crazy about Black Friday because of the thousands of great deals and how easy it's become to enjoy it from the comfort of our homes using online stores. But the biggest bonus of shopping Black Friday is getting all your holiday shopping out of the way before December begins - and usually at a fraction of the price than if you wait until the last minute. Of course, shopping this early on also has some risks - the person you're shopping for might buy the gift for themselves before the holidays or you might forget about a few key family members. So, here are our tips and tricks for successfully doing all your holiday shopping on Black Friday.

Get lists early

This is probably an obvious, but important, step. If you already know who you're going to be shopping for this holiday season, then reach out now to get their wish lists. If they have one on the store's website, that's even more handy as you can usually see if the price changes.

Check return rules

Most e-commerce companies have pretty relaxed return policies, but it's still worth investigating. Amazon and Walmart both use different policies for different product categories so you should double check - you'd hate to end up with a snow blower that you can't return.

Buy a few extras that anyone will like

You always end up having to buy gifts you didn't expect, whether they're for a white elephant party or just for someone who you forgot to plan for. If you grab a couple of staple gifts, like candles, small kitchen tools, and such, then you won't have to scramble when something unexpected comes up.

Look for gift card deals

Something that many shoppers don't realize is e-commerce stores also offer great discounts on common gift cards. You can usually pick up $50 gift cards for $40 and you don't have to worry about buying a gift for someone that they don't want. We usually suggest sticking to big department stores or restaurants to guarantee the most success. You can also buy them for your own personal use, of course.

Stock up on wrapping supplies

You always need more wrapping paper and gift bags (maybe cards, tape, tissue paper, and ribbons, too?), so might as well grab some while you're in the shopping mindset.

Get a folder to keep receipts and gift receipts

Keep all your receipts organized in a folder so you can easily track them down should you have to return something or if you think something in your order is wrong. Plus, if you keep your gift receipts handy then you'll easily be able to include them in cards when you're ready to start putting gifts together.


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