Fast becoming the shopping event of the year, Black Friday is famous for amazing savings, offers so good they will take your breath away and discounts that your bank balance will love. Let us be your guide to the best ways to save this November.

Use Black Friday to your advantage when it comes to stocking up on thoughtful gifts for your friends and family. Whether you have special occasions in mind or simply want to be prepared for an unexpected birthday or occasion that slipped your mind, some of the deals we found can help.


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When is Black Friday?

This year Black Friday falls on Friday, November 23rd. If you want to mark your calendars for future years you should know that Black Friday always falls on the 4th Friday of November, the day after the USA’s annual Thanksgiving celebrations.

Black Friday originated in the USA where many people have both Thanksgiving and the day after (Black Friday) off from work. Historically it marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season with some people doing half of their shopping for Xmas on that one day – talk about getting organised!


What stores have Black Friday deals on gifts?

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Black Friday is becoming popular in more and more stores, which is good news for all the bargain hunters out there! Read on for our top Black Friday Gift store picks to look out for:


  • Flying Flowers*: There is nothing quite like fresh flora and fauna to brighten up someone’s day. Flying flowers is famous for its beautiful carnation bouquets and season plant gifts, which you could customize with a box of chocolates or a lovely teddy bear. Get them for less with free delivery and delightful deals on subscription services.


  • Buyagift*: Not all presents are things you unwrap, why not give the gift of an experience – a spa day to relax, the opportunity to drive a race care or a delicious Michelin starred meal.


2 for 1 deals and discounts up to 50% off days out and £100 off short breaks are just some of the deals** that could help you save on one of Buyagift’s 4,500 experiences.


  • Loot Crate*: Give the geeks and gamers in your life a gift they won’t be able to stop talking about! Loot Crate sends a specially curated box of pop culture and fandom goods to the recipient of your choice. Last year saw discounts of 30% and free mystery bundles!**

Loot Crate boxes contain the coolest merchandising items, like Marvel superheroes Q-Figs, incredible gadgets like the Predator Bottle Opener, t-shirts inspired by your favorite videogames, movies, comics and TV shows and so much more they’ll have to find out by themselves!

  • NotOnTheHighStreet*: We all have one of them – someone who seems to have everything and is impossible to buy a gift for. At NotOnTheHighStreet you can shop through a huge range of ideas and items to find unique gifts, handmade items and personalized goodies.

Check in here to see if last year’s deals of a third off** thousands of products will be topped this year. You might just be able to find everything you need in one fell swoop, from a pair of personalized angel wings kids socks, a Prosecco Advent calendar or even a beautiful handmade bracelet.


  • Godiva Chocolate*: The gift of chocolatey goodness is hard to beat! At Godiva, choose from truffles, bars, chocolate squares and even biscuits. Their hampers are ideal for when you want to treat someone extra special or thank hardworking employees. Take advantage of their bundles for even bigger savings.
  • Chewbz*: Those with a sweet tooth will love this blast from the past! Retro sweets that will take you back to your childhood tuck shop are all on offer for less at Chewbz. Choose from Flumps, flying saucers and classic fried eggs to name just a few!


Can I find Black Friday deals for birthday presents?


Use the Back Friday sales to your advantage by stocking up on gifts for friends and family now so all you need to do before the big day is wrap them up.

Look for gifts that won’t go out of trend or style if you have a couple of months before the special day. Crayola tools from The Entertainer* are ideal for creative kids, while a classic handbag will fit the bill nicely for a fashionista. 

If someone’s birthday falls around this time of year, take advantage of offers for last minute getaways or on a delectable gourmet gifts from Donut Bouquets* that will have them watering at the mouth when they unwrap your gift.

Whether you’re shopping for a 1st birthday present, a 31st or a 101st there’s bound to be a Black Friday deal to fit the bill.


There’s a new baby in the family, are there any Black Friday offers I should know about?

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Celebrate the arrival of a little bundle of joy with a gift to help the new parents out. My 1st Years* is the ideal spot to go to get something special for the wee one.

We especially love the adorable sibling sets on offer. What could be better than matching Big Bro and Little Sis dressing gowns? Not only does the new baby get something but the older siblings feels include too!

For a truly sentimental gift, why not opt for a personalised item that the whole family will cherish? Getting Personal* offers everything from fun bibs to bespoke editions of classic nursery rhymes and silver plated piggy banks that can be tailored to include the name of the new wee one.


Can I stock up for Christmas with Black Friday?

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Absolutely! Make a list (and check it twice if you like) of all the people you have to shop for and keep it handy while browsing the Black Friday sales.

You’re sure to find something for everyone this year. The cute collectibles from L.O.L Surprise are set to be a winner this Christmas with tweens, while older kids can try their hand at programming with the Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit, check here for the latest deals on toys*.

If you have a budding star baker on your hands the personalised cookie stamps from* make for a thoughtful gift that will hopefully result in a supply of tasty treats for you throughout the year. 

Not everyone needs an individual present; knock two people off your list at once by getting a single gift from Virgin Experience Days* that a couple can share like a session with a photographer for a professional family portrait or even skydiving for those who like an adrenalin rush.


Is it alright to treat myself this Black Friday?


Of course! You’ve been working hard all year long and deserve to splurge a little.

Use this time of year to your advantage and find a deal that will make you smile. Why not Pamper yourself with a spa day from Spabreaks.com8 or turn your favourite photo into a work of art to be admired with Hellocanvas*?

What if I miss Black Friday?


Black Friday happens just once a year, but if you find yourself otherwise occupied on this deal buster of a day don’t worry!

Many retailers have extended Black Friday deals, not to mention Cyber Monday is literally right around the corner and don’t forget, you can always browse year round deals for gifts here*.

**offers correct as of 06/11/18