How to get all your Christmas shopping done on Black Friday

Stephanie Panecasio 18 November 2017 NEWS

BLACK FRIDAY CHRISTMAS LEAD

Use one of the biggest sale days of the year to knock out all that pesky Christmas shopping.

If you’re anything like us, shopping for Christmas presents can quickly turn into an expensive affair, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Black Friday is one of the biggest sale days of the year, and it’s close enough to Christmas to be perfect timing for a sneaky gift shopping session. The best part? If you're not keen on the crowds, you can even do it all from the comfort of your own home!

Mastering the Black Friday sales is an art, but never fear – we've got you covered. So muster up some Christmas spirit because it's time to get started!

Step 1: Prepare in advance

Santa has a list and he checks his twice, but we’re insisting that you make your own and check that list at least three times before the sales hit – and make sure you have back-up options for everyone!

There’s nothing worse than settling on the perfect gift then being disappointed when it’s sold out. We recommend finalising this list in the days (or even hours) before Black Friday starts, so you're less likely to pick an item that won't be available or included.

Once you've got your list sorted, it's time to get yourself physically prepared. Non-negotiable elements include waking up bright and early, staying hydrated and well-fed through the process (snacks are a must), and remembering to take a minute or two for self-care every so often – it's a stressful time, we get it.

Step 2: Stick to a firm budget

We've all been there – the shopping haze kicks in and we find ourselves clicking at the first item we see, suddenly obsessed despite not wanting anything like it 30 seconds ago. And naturally, it's way out of our price range. This urge gets even stronger on Black Friday.

Avoid this dilemma by budgeting for your Christmas shopping well in advance. If you've got a big family, this is even more important. Trust us, you don't want to spend big on one family member and then realise that everyone else is getting stuck with keyrings because you didn't manage your money – it makes for a very awkward Christmas dinner.

If you're shopping online, make sure you're setting the price range value to your maximum spend for each person you’re buying for, and stay strong on it. We also recommend saving a little cash for a sneaky present to yourself – I mean, after all this, you know you deserve it.

Step 3: Know where to find the best Black Friday deals

With so many retailers participating in the Black Friday sales, we know it can be a bit overwhelming to navigate. But never fear! We're here to save the day, and we've collated a whole list of the best Black Friday deals so that all you have to do is grab your card and go!

With over 300 deals on the page, we're pretty confident that you'll find something for every single person you're buying a gift for – yes, even that second cousin you only ever see around the holidays. It's also filtered by category, so you can refine your search to the exact type of product you're after.

It's also great as a reference tool when you're in the midst of a shopping spree. Found an item but think you might find a better price at a certain store? Simply enter the store name into the search bar and find all the best deals! It's as easy as that. What can we say, except you're welcome!

Step 4: Choose the right store

If you've got a particular item in mind for your mum or sister that you just KNOW she's going to love, do the research and figure out which retailer is going to give you the best deal. If you can find a similar item at a store offering 30% off instead of 20%, you've earned a gift of your own.

If you can manage to get all your presents sorted at one retailer, even better! Some stores offer free shipping for large purchases, and when it comes to Christmas shopping, any extra discount is welcomed. Plus, you'll find it far more manageable if you're heading to one place – Black Friday is manic enough without added stress!

The big takeaway is to be totally aware of which stores are going to suit you best. And don't worry – no matter what you’re after, there’s a sale that will cater to your needs. If ever you need a reminder, just have a glance at Step 4 and you'll find all the best deals.

Step 5: Set the mood

Last but not least, if you're not blasting Mariah Carey and revelling in the Christmas decorations, are you even Christmas shopping? It's meant to be a fun process, so grab some tinsel and embrace the holiday cheer. It'll make the day go faster – we promise!

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