How to prepare for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Eliza McGowen

While it's tempting to get the newest versions of electronics on sale for Black Friday, older generations usually have even better discounts.

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means that two of the biggest shopping days of the year - Black Friday and Cyber Monday - are almost here as well. But when they arrive, will you be ready? With so many companies now participating, it's easy to get lost in thousands of products that will be on sale.

That's why we're here to help you with our top tips for preparing for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Whether you're going to be shopping for people on your list or just shopping for yourself, don't go at it alone. With this preparation, we can guarantee your holiday shopping season will be a success.

1. Get wishlists early

Shopping for family and friends can be stressful, especially when you don't know what they want. We suggest reaching out to anyone you'll be gift shopping for well ahead of the big days. That way you know what you get them will be appreciated and you can cross presents off your to-do list. Also, many stores offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals as final sales only, so you don't want to get a gift that someone doesn't like and can't return.

2. Check CamelCamelCamel before you buy

While there are hundreds of fantastic deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, not all of them are as good as they appear. Websites like CamelCamelCamel actually track the price of products on e-commerce sites like Amazon and can tell you what the actual lowest prices have been. You can also check out our deals page to find out the sales we've jumped on at

3. Don't be afraid to shop for summer

While most people are thinking ahead to cold days and winter sports, you can be smarter and plan for summer. Many products that go on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday are spring and summer products that companies need to get rid of before next year comes. Most of the time, these are some of the best deals we see.

4. Get it gift wrapped

Imagine not only being done with your gift shopping but also being done wrapping and prepping your gifts. We've seen a fair amount of stores that have offered free gift wrapping during these big holiday shopping days and you should take full advantage. Even if the stores you're buying from don't offer gift wrapping, be sure to get gift receipts for all the presents just in case.


Eliza McGowen is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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