Your Holiday Shopping Guide

November brings Thanksgiving. The smell of roasted turkey, stuffing and baked pies lingers. It’s a time for turkey, family, friends and being thankful. Before you even have time to finish your dinner, retailers are opening shop with the top door-busters for Black Friday. You would think that tryptophan from all of that turkey would make everyone too tired to go anywhere but that is not the case! Some Americans prefer the Thanksgiving evening shopping while others are early birds waking up at 3:00am to get to their first store before it opens! Many would still rather forego the Black Friday fiasco and shop on Cyber Monday from the comfort of their home. So where to start? Here are some things to know before you come up with your shopping plans.

Let’s start with who will NOT be open on Thanksgiving Day. The following retailers have decided to close for Thanksgiving Day to allow their employees to enjoy the holiday with their families:

  • Ace Hardware
  • American Girl
  • At Home
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • BJ’s
  • Bloomingdales
  • Burlington
  • Costco
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Dillard’s
  • DSW
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • IKEA
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Menards
  • Nordstrom
  • Publix
  • REI
  • TJ Maxx

Other retailers may be closed as well. Always call ahead of time before heading out! If you would rather sleep in than shop bright and early, we don’t blame you. You can still count on plenty of deals for Cyber Monday! will release Cyber Monday ads as they are published here.

Next, let’s talk about the deals.

The ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday are released on different days every year but you can rely on the same general mid-November timeline from previous years. Here are the hot-ticket items that you should wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to find a bargain.

Savings on electronics are a given.

Amazon smart home devices, TV sets, tablets, gaming consoles and smartphones are highly likely to have major door-busting deals at large retailers such as Walmart, Target and Amazon.

When it comes to toys, these are the top 5 to watch:
  • Owleez – The interactive owl that can fly! Once the owl is nurtured enough, it will blast off similar to a drone!
  • Kindi Kids – Designed for kids between preschool and kindergarten, there are animated episodes to go with the brand.
  • Nintendo Switch – Also a fit in the gaming console category, these are predicted to be a huge sell for 2019.
  • Blume Dolls – The doll is hidden in the packaging and remains a mystery until you water the top. The water causes the doll to bloom out of the packaging!
  • Paw Patrol Mighty Lookout Tower – Paw patrol is a hit among the toddler age groups. This tower will keep them entertained.

Curious as to when you can get the Black Friday ads? Check out this Ad Leak/Release Timeline with predictions as to which retailers will drop their ads and when courtesy of

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