It’s that most wonderful time of the year—and no, we’re not talking about Thanksgiving, although that’s pretty great, what with the spatchcocked turkey, dressing, sides and pie. No, we’re talking about Black Friday, the day after the feasting, when America gets down to the serious business of shopping for the holidays.
The Black Friday Craze
Black Friday—when retailers provide deep discounts on all sorts of items to lure people off the couch and into their stores—has even spawned a number of ancillary events. There’s Small Business Saturday, where a spotlight shines on, well, small local merchants, and Cyber Monday, a day devoted to shopping strictly online for exclusive deals.
Stores have even gone so far as to start Black Friday festivities a day early, opening for business in the late hours of Thanksgiving night. In recent years, retailers have opened their stores earlier and earlier, playing a game of “top this” with their competitors: “We’ll open at 11 p.m.!” “Well, we’ll open at 8 p.m.!” “Oh, yeah? We’ll open for 36 hours straight! No—48!”
Why all the mania? Well, there are fantastic deals to be had, and often the retailers center their promotions around doorbusters, in-demand electronics like TVs and must-have toys, such as the latest video-game console. In fact, a cottage industry has sprung up around these Black Friday deals, with websites touting sneak peeks at retailers’ circulars ahead of the date, so people can plan their go-go-go shopping schedule accordingly.
What’s on Sale?
Fear not, dear reader—we’ve done all the legwork for you. Here are the 36 best Black Friday deals for home cooks around the country.
Instant Pot—it’s the culinary craze sweeping the nation. It’s a pressure cooker! It’s a slow cooker! It’s a rice maker! And the retailing giant is offering it for $49 in-store. While you’re there, snag a Farberware electric griddle for just $9.88. It’s perfect for the 12 Days of Pancakes to kick off the holiday season.
Target is featuring a host of kitchen accoutrements for only $10 each: a Lodge 10.25-inch cast-iron skillet (perfect for Maple Glazed Pork Chops); a Bodum French press coffeemaker; a George Foreman two-serving grill (Zesty Grilled Ham, anyone?); and a West Bend Air Crazy popcorn maker.
Get an eggcellent start to your holiday shopping with a Hamilton Beach egg cooker for only $9.99. Kohl’s is also featuring a Hamilton Beach quesadilla maker, ideal for Bacon Quesadillas, for $9.99. It’s also offering a limited-quantity doorbuster deal on the NuWave 3-quart digital air fryer for only $79.99—a 33 percent savings. It’s ideal for making Picnic Fried Chicken all year long. Round out your gifts for that home cook on your list with a Bella electric spiralizer—one of those cool gadgets to make fun veggie shapes—for $29.99.
The chain featured in the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street significantly ups the ante on deals. How about FREE merchandise? Macy’s is offering Cellar Basics 12-piece glassware sets for zero, zip, nada, after a rebate. It’s also offering a Bella 1.5-quart slow cooker and a Bella 4-cup coffeemaker for free after rebates. If you actually feel like paying for stuff, Macy’s is featuring a Bella panini maker (great for Chocolate Paninis) for only $7.99 after mail-in rebate, which comes out to a whopping 82 percent discount from the usual price. And the retailer will have KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart stand mixers for $279.99 until 1 p.m. Black Friday. To top it off, select dinnerware sets will be 70 percent off for the day.
The retailer is offering a bevy of home cook gifts from Cooks for only $7.99 each after a $12 mail-in rebate: an immersion blender; nonstick griddle; 6-quart slow cooker; 10-speed hand mixer; four-slice toaster oven; flip waffle maker; 12-cup programmable coffeemaker; 16-cup rice cooker; stainless-steel kettle; and power blender. No partridge in a pear tree, though.
Bon-Ton stores—including Boston Store, Younkers, Bergner’s and more—start Black Friday at 11 a.m. Thursday with a variety of West Bend and Toastmaster electrics, like a deep fryer and a four-slice toaster, for $9.97, no rebate required. It also features a Cuisinart 8-cup food processor for $79.97 and Presto Pizzazz pizza oven for $39.97—a 50 percent savings and an ideal way to make Saucy Thai Chicken Pizza.
Belk is taking Black Friday very seriously—its behemoth 72-page circular brims with gifts. Here are just a few of the bargains listed for the day after Thanksgiving: a Dash mini grill for $9.99, which is half off; an Oster rechargeable wine opener for $14.99; a Sunbeam stand mixer for $49.99; Farberware 16-piece cutlery sets for $19.99; Corningware 10-piece French White bakeware sets (ideal for Chicken Potpie Casserole) for $29.99 (a 60 percent discount); and Lenox fine china at up to 60 percent off, so you can entertain in style.
Of course, with all retailers, it pays to check for price adjustments and availability on the day of the deal. Happy hunting…and happy holidays!