A lot of people are looking forward to the long weekend, not only because of Thanksgiving but also because of Black Friday. Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday season and it is also the perfect time to start working on your Christmas gift wish list because of the Black Friday sale. If you want to get the best deals, you better be ready to camp out as early as midnight to be able to get the first dibs on the items you want. Make sure you do your research first on which stores to hit and what time they are opening. Also do comparisons and see which store offers the more drastically reduced prices compared to the other. Lastly, prepare your checklist of gifts you are buying for the important people in your life. Here are some gift ideas that should help fill your checklist.


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Black Friday is the best time to invest in technology as the prices of appliances marked down, which means customers get huge discounts. If your parents have had the same television set for decades, now would be the perfect opportunity to invest in a new one and present it as a gift on Christmas day. Or if your mother loves to bake and has an ancient oven that could go out any day, you can get her a new one so she can keep baking and exploring new recipes. Another gift idea that’s also a nice alternative to the oven is a washing machine. That way, it’s easier for her to get the laundry done and she won’t need to go to the laundromat anymore. You can also choose an eco-friendly model that won’t waste water and help you save on water bills.


Other worthy investments to be made during Black Friday sale include cell phones–take your pick from Apple or Samsung–and laptops. You can opt for a desktop if you work from home and don’t need to take your work anywhere else. A new desktop would also benefit your kids if they are still studying and need one to get their homework done. Some people might not think of Wii or Playstation as good investments, but if you buy it bundled with games that help you keep fit, then it is worth buying. This way, you won’t need to go to a gym to workout and you can save on the membership fee.


For some people, jewelry is an indulgence, but I believe otherwise. Jewelry make great gifts and are also worthy investments that help commemorate special occasions. You can take advantage of the Black Friday sale to buy jewelry at a fractionally lower price from the original. You can get pearl studs for your mother or perhaps for your daughter. You can also buy jewelry as a gift to yourself. If you’re wondering which type to purchase, you can look at sites like David Yurman for ideas on what designs would be best for your loved ones.

Based in San Diego California, Tiffany Matthews is a professional writer with over 5 years of writing experience. She also blogs about travel, fashion, and anything under the sun at wordbaristas.com, a group blog that she shares with her good friends. In her free time, she likes to travel, read books, and watch movies. You can find her on Twitter as @TiffyCat87.