I have a confession to make. I’m not a Black Friday girl. As much as I love to shop, you’d think I’d live for a day totally devoted to deals and sales and shopping mayhem, but it’s just not my thing. When it comes to the holidays and buying for all of my loved ones, I’m much more of a shop in my PJs with a cup of coffee on Monday kind of girl.
For the most part, I like to hunker down with my family over the long Thanksgiving weekend and really focus on spending time together, getting the house decorated for Christmas and gearing up for the next month of holiday magic. I love Christmas and want to enjoy it for as long as possible so making sure the Miller house is decked out and full of merriment is priority number one.
This year, I did a little bit of online shopping on Friday because there were so many online deals to be had and I just wasn’t sure what Cyber Monday would look like – retailers are confusing me this year – is the better online deal on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? And will the items I most want for my family still be available online after the holiday weekend? So, I bought a few things that I felt comfortable were really good deals and I’m leaving the rest for today.
Here’s what’s on my radar and some of the sites I’m hitting up today:
J Crew Factory – I pretty much love everything they have these days for the entire family. I’m lucky to have a Factory outlet a few minutes from home but their online site is pretty great and I am just as likely to shop online as I am to head to the store. All of the plaid has giddy with excitement and they have some great stocking stuffer ideas for kids and adults. ANNND it’s 60% off everything online!
Hanna Andersson – I always let my children open one present on Christmas Eve and it’s always a new pair of Christmas PJs. They love getting an early start on present unwrapping and I love that they all match and look completely adorable on Christmas morning – it’s a win! You can find adorable Christmas PJs at any children’s retailer (Gymboree, Carter’s and GapKids are great options too) but Hanna PJs last forever and are on sale for $24 (regular $44) right now.
Amazon – I feel like this one goes without saying. Basically, I’ve put all of the small toys and goodies that I know my son wants in an online list here and I’ll use this price point for comparison. If I can’t find a better deal anywhere else online, I know Amazon is a great option for me.
Lands End – I try to be practical when it comes to gift giving and because we live in the
Tundra, err, Maine, we can never have enough hats, mittens and scarves. The outerwear sales are always great this time of year (50% off!) and I already have my cart loaded with goodies for the kids.
Pottery Barn – This is the one time I year I allow a splurge gift for the children and Pottery Barn Kids and PBTeen are perfect for finding that special something you might not otherwise buy. Sleeping bags and Lap Desks are high on the Santa Wish List in my house this year!
Swim tails – Ok, so this one is pretty specific to little girls and their dreams of being a Mermaid. And since I have 3 and we have access to a pool year round, this is a perfect Santa splurge. A rare free shipping offer and discounted designs make this item a little more affordable than usual. Two of my girls got Mermaid Tails for their birthday this summer and they were such a hit at the pool. My oldest daughter is now “dying” for one and everyone wants a matching swim top. I know several other little friends who have this item at the top of their list. It will be mermaid mania at the pool!
And if you want to treat yourself, here are few other deals going on:
Loft – 50% off AND free shipping (so rare – I hate to pay shipping!)
J.Crew – a rare 40% off!
Gap – 50% off everything!
Banana Republic – 50% off everything!
Old Navy – 50% off everything!
I may pop in later and add a few more deals if I see something really special. Do you have any special deals you are hoping to take advantage of today? Leave a comment and fill the rest of us in!