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The Top 10 Best-Ever 2017 Black Friday Deals (and Where to Nab Each Item)

11.17.17
Black Friday Deals

You feel the shopping pressure as soon as the first Black Friday subject line arrives in your inbox: What do I need? What DON’T I need? How much of this holiday frenzy can my wallet take?! 

With so many deals and savings to comb through, it can feel so daunting to know where to start. But if you’re going to get up at the crack of dawn—or get in line at midnight on Thanksgiving when your belly is still full of turkey and stuffing—you at least want to be organized about it, right?

To make your shopping easier, we narrowed the savings down to the top 10 best deals of the day. Whether you’re looking for a new TV or a new cashmere sweater, there are lots of savings to be had.

10. Amazon Echo (Save $40)

Black Friday Deals: Amazon Echo

If you’ve been holding off on joining the voice assistant revolution, now’s your chance to add the all-new Amazon Echo (second generation) to your home for under $100. The Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make hands-free phone calls, set cooking timers, tell you the weather and more. The latest model features a new speaker complete with Dolby processing for extra crisp sound, not to mention seven internal microphones so that your commands are heard from every direction. Also cool: The fact that the device now syncs with more third party devices and apps (think Sonos and Uber) than ever before.

Amazon ($79.99)

9. Sonicare Series 2 Plaque Control Rechargeable Toothbrush (Save $50)

Black Friday Deals: Philips Toothbrush

You hem and haw over this splurge every time you hit up the dentist. Now’s the time to invest given that on Black Friday it will be half off. The dynamic pulse of the brush drives fluid between teeth for a deeper clean while the angled brush head enables easier access to back teeth. There’s even an automated timer to help make sure you meet the recommended brushing time. 

Kohl’s ($49.99)

 8. Motorola Video Baby Monitor (Save $70)

Black Friday Deals: Baby Camera

Top-notch tech aside, new parents gravitate toward this baby monitor from Motorola thanks to the video quality and 2.8-inch display, which allows you to see detailed crib movement at a glance and with infrared night vision so you don’t have to turn on a light and wake the baby up. This baby monitor also comes with two-way audio and the ability to monitor the temperature of the nursery from afar.

Best Buy ($79.99)

7. J. Crew Cashmere Zip-Front Hoodie (Save $95)

Black Friday Deals: J. Crew Hoodie

The retailer is offering 40 percent off everything on Black Friday this year, plus 50 percent off final sale items—aka now’s the time to scour the racks (or shop online) for not just cashmere sweaters, but a new wool coat, hat, boots and more. The sale goes from November 22 to 28, so you have a bit of a buffer if you can’t make it to the store day of.

J.Crew ($143)

6. Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones (Save $120)

Black Friday Deals: Bose Speakers

Holiday travel never felt this good—especially when you can block the sound of irritating passengers and crying babies out. These noise-cancelling headphones are not only lightweight, they cancel out the sound of a roaring engine on a plane. Even better, if the AAA battery runs out, you can still enjoy music without noise reduction. A win-win.

Microsoft ($179)

5. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera Bundle (Save $25)

Black Friday Deals: Instax Camera

This throwback camera—modernized with new features like a selfie mirror—is an easy gift for the Instagram-loving crowd. This bundle includes a Macro lens attachment for close-ups, but you’ll have to buy the film to print your pics separately.

Target ($60)

4. AllModern Area Rugs (Save Up to 70 Percent)

Black Friday Deals: AllModern Rugs

It’s a home décor necessity, but one that can do some serious damage to your wallet. On Black Friday, plan to have the square footage of your living space (or any other room you’ve been desperately seeking an area rug for) at the ready so that you can take advantage of savings on a range of rugs ranging from distressed to braided and more. (FYI, the 70 percent discount applies to select styles site-wide.)

AllModern ($20 and up)

3. Nikon D3400 DSLR Bundle (Save $400)

Black Friday Deals: Nikon Camera

It’s all about the bundle. On Black Friday, package DSLR deals—like this one from Nikon—include everything from AF-P DX 18 to 55 millimeter and 70 to 300 millimeter lenses to a free memory card and camera bag. When you think about it, that’s all gear you’d eventually be shelling out for separately. Buy it all together and save.

Best Buy ($499.99)

2. Samsung 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV (Save $300)

Black Friday Deals: Samsung TV

4K TVs are the future and, while you can grab similar deals this Black Friday on 1080p TVs, there’s no better day to upgrade to the latest technology in your home. This 4K model features a 4K color drive, 2160p resolution for picture perfect (and eerily sharp) HD images, built-in Wi-Fi so you can seamlessly stream TV shows and movies and more.

Best Buy ($399.99)

1. iPhone 8/8 Plus (Save $250)

Black Friday Deals: iPhone

The bottom line: Apple really doesn’t offer too many sales. Still, retailers are finding ways to up the ante for upgrading your smartphone on Black Friday. Case in point: Target is offering a $250 gift card to anyone who buys an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus on Black Friday this year. So, if you’re planning to splurge on a new Apple smartphone, now’s the time to do it—then relish the $250 in-store gift card you can put together groceries, more gifts or any other incidentals you need year-round. 

Target (Price varies)

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2017 Gift Guides: Gifts for the Guys

11.17.17
gift guide for guys

After gifts for me (and all you ladies) and gifts for the kiddos, I’m finishing  up the week with a list of things you might consider for the man on your list: Some practical things, some grooming things, some libations and some gadgets that he’ll love playing with. My husband lives in the blue track suit below (it’s THE softest thing you have ever felt) and those Chelsea boots look chic yet furry enough for a romp through the snow. Happy Friday, and happy shopping! Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts for the Guys

1. Polaroid OneStep 2 Instant camera | 2. Declan Microfiber pocket square | 3. Claus Porto spiced citrus shaving cream | 4. Clinique for Men cleansing brush | 5. Fizzics draft beer system | 6. Happy Socks Holiday Set | 7. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier | 8. Outdoor Voices Weekender Hoodie | 9. Outdoor Voices New Weekender Sweats | 10. Ugg Austratlia Suede Chelsea Boot | 11. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus | 12. DJI Spark Mini Drone | 13. Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones | 14. Essential Phone with 360 Camera | 15. American Eagle Outfitters Pom Pom Beanie | 16. GoPro Hero 6 | 17. Felix Grey Computer Glasses | 18. Bonobos Italian Wool Overcoat | 19. Rome Industries Waffle Iron | 20. F*ck, That’s Delicious Cookbook | 21. Ratio Eight Coffee Maker | 22. Whisky Me Subscription

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2017 Gift Guides: Gifts for the Kiddos

11.15.17
gift guide for kids

After indulging myself with a gift guide full of things that I want myself (how outrageous!) I’m now turning my attention to the kids in my life, who have no shortage toys and things that have captured their attention this holiday season. Here’s just a few of the things that I’ve heart them talking about, along with a few that I might scoop them on — anything on this list will satisfy your smalls.

gift guide for kids

1. Plush reindeer | 2. Flybrix Lego Drone Kits | 3. 20th Anniversary Tomagotchi | 4. Samsung HMD Odyssey Mixed Reality Headset | 5. Chipolo lost & found tracker | 6. Bomber with fur liner | 7. Nintendo Switch | 8. Louboard Electric Skateboard | 9. Girls Gold Snowjoggers | 10. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 | 11. Philips Sonicare Smart Toothbrush | 12. Talkies by Toymail Unicorn | 13. Tech Will Save Us Electro Dough Kit | 14. Lumee Duo Selfie iPhone case | 15. The Land of Nod Furry bear sleeping bag | 16. Fingerling Interactive Pet | 17. Luckies Smartphone Projector | 18. Audio Pro Addon T5 Bluetooth Speaker | 19. Littlebits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit | 20. Teenage Engineering Pocket Synthesizer | 21. Rainbow neon sign | 22. Artiphon Instrument 1 | 23. MakeWonder Cue | 24. Public Supply notebook

 

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2017 Gift Guides: Gifts I want all for myself

11.13.17
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At this time of year, I’m usually more concerned with what’s on everyone else’s list, but making this gift guide prompted me to come up with the gifts that I, myself, would be stoked to receive, and I think I put together a pretty stellar pile of goods. We’ll be running gift guides all week, so there’s plenty more to come. Enjoy! Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Gifts for me

1. Samsung Frame 55″  TV | 2. Welleco Alkalizer Greens | 3. Cherry Bombe Cookbook | 4. Loeffler Randall Leopard Bootie | 5. RMS Gift Set | 6. Cuyana X La Ligne Hobo bag | 7. Google Pixel 2 XL | 8. Away Bigger Carry-On in Sand | 9. Lively Long-Lined Lace Bralette | 10. Leica C Camera | 11. Clare V. Angie Perfume | 12. Kule The Ship Sweater | 13. A Gold E Distressed Jeans | 14. J. Hannah oval signet ring | 15. Glossier Boy Brow | 16. Urbanears Stammen Multi-room Speaker | 17. Blockshop Pillows | 18. J. Hannah Nail Polish in Ghost Ranch.

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