I am NOT a fan of Black Friday because crowds = awful. Seriously. That’s why I do most of my Christmas shopping back in October and avoid malls pretty much year-round.
(I had to run out yesterday for storage bins and I reeeeeally didn’t want to.)
Full disclosure: I did just make *one* Black Friday purchase today, and I spent exactly $50.16 to get the $50-and-it’s-free-shipping deal. I bought the clock radio I’d been planning to buy D (you can see the full run-down on what we’re getting the kids for Christmas here) and threw in a retro game of Twister for the whole family (from Santa) and four of those stocking-sized Skittles books (one for each of us) so I’m pretty proud of that total.
You get a passport and it’s stamped at every store or restaurant where you make a purchase, any time on Saturday. Then you get the chance to win $800 in gift cards! It is SUCH a genius idea to get people out supporting local businesses.
I also love The Local Traveler’s “The Local Wishlist,” which is a buy-local shopping guide for all things Nova Scotia: food, stocking stuffers, experiences, clothes, jewelry, home decor, EVERYTHING.
So what if you’re not in Truro … or not even in Nova Scotia?
Here are some friendly reminders of where YOU (yes, you) can finish up your holiday shopping …
Good luck finishing up your shopping, and I hope you do it locally!