I have never gone shopping on Black Friday, ever. The crowds, the pushing and shoving, it’s not worth it for when I can get awesome deals on the same items without leaving my home; or getting out of my pajamas. I thought that shopping the week after Thanksgiving in Australia would be different; I mean there is no Thanksgiving (unless you count the one I threw for us) so there shouldn’t be as many people at the mall, right? Wrong!
Ben and I went to the mall Sunday so he could get a hair cut and I could find a dress/fascinator to wear for his company holiday party. While he got handsome, I got annoyed. I pushed through crowds, listened to babies cry, and became utterly overwhelmed with all of the Aussie stores, lack of sales, and general holiday hustle and bustle. It was everything I dislike about Black Friday on a regular Sunday.
Once we got home I got straight to work planning a shopping list… an online Cyber Monday shopping list so that I didn’t need to step foot in a mall again.
I love Cyber Monday because I can make a clear list, I am not dragged into stores I wasn’t planning on going into, shopping is fast, shipping is fast (and sometimes free), I don’t need to push through crowds, I can spend what I planned, oh and the sales! Apparently Cyber Monday sales are 10% better than their Black Friday counterparts. Better deals and no crowds to fight through?! Count me in!
Last year I got some great deals on clothes with the Cyber Monday sales, and this year is no different. I am not only buying my families gifts from American shops and having them sent through the country (no need for international shipping), but I am also buying some gifts for Ben from Amazon and having them shipped to Australia (because they do that now!)
If you are stuck on what to get the bloggers, food lovers, or need some stocking stuffer ideas, take a look at my gift guides and then check out the stores with the best deals below. Don’t change out of your pajamas, in fact don’t worry about pants at all, just get on these deals before they run out.
updated 12/01 at 6:30am est.
The Cyber Monday Sales
The Catch All Shops:
Amazon: thousands of deals on everything from electronics to clothing (updated every 10minutes), be sure to look at the deals on Kindle Fire
Best Buy: Big deals on electronics, check out their featured cyber deals, and FREE shipping on $35
Kohls: 20% off your purchase and FREE Shipping on $20
Macy’s: 15% off your purchase
Target: Big deals, check out the KitchenAid Mixer for $224.99, and FREE shipping through Dec. 20
Walmart: 500 deals on the website, with FREE shipping on $50 through Friday (12.5)
Men’s and Women’s Fashion:
American Eagle: 50% off any order and FREE Shipping
Anthropologie: 20% off sale items and FREE Shipping with code EXTRAJOLLY
Banana Republic: 40% off any order
Bloomingdales: 25% off any order and FREE Shipping
Express: 50% off any order and FREE Shipping
Forever 21: 20% off $60, and 30% off $100 plus FREE Shipping
Gap: 40% off any order
Golden Tote: Extra surprise in $49 and $149 totes, and FREE shipping on $250
J.Crew: 30% off full price styles with code MONDAY
J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything PLUS an extra 10% off and FREE Shipping with code YOUVEGOTSALE
The Limited: 60% off online exclusives, 50% off everything else, FREE shipping with code THANKS
Modcloth: 25% off everything with code CYBERMONDAY
Nordstrom: up to 40% off everything
Old Navy: 40% off any order
Piperlime: 30% off everything, and an extra 40% off sale items with code CYBERSALE
Shop Ruche: So many sales it’s just too much to fit here. Check them out!
Stella & Dot: An additional 25% off all sale items
Topshop: 50% off select items and FREE INTERNATIONAL Shipping
Uggs: 30% off and FREE Overnight Shipping
Urban Outfitters: Tiered discounts starting at $15 off $75
Victoria’s Secret: $20 off $125 and FREE Shipping on $50 plus 2 free rewards cards
6pm: up to 65% off brands like UGG, Coach, Oakley, and The North Face
House and Home:
Minted: 20% off holiday art and photo cards, 25% off all wedding
One Kings Lane: FREE Shipping on orders over $100 on the discount website
Pottery Barn: up to 30% off holiday cozies, mercur décor, and more
Provisions by Food52: Spend more, earn more and FREE Shipping
Tiny Prints: save 40% on all holiday cards, and bogo on gifts
Williams-Sonoma: Spend More, Save More on everything plus FREE Shipping
West-Elm: Get 25% off everything with code SUPERSALE
Yankee Candle: 75% off fragrance lovers tote, buy 2 get 1 free holiday candles
A few Cyber Monday tips:
Do make a list ahead of time.
Do shop early, and by early I mean first thing in the morning (most sales are up by 5am).
Don’t wait until the evening to purchase – supplies and sales are limited.
Do not worry about getting dressed – there’s time for that when your new clothes arrive.
Do be careful with your credit card information, only purchase from stores you trust.
What’s your favorite sale?
Are you a Black Friday shopper or a Cyber Monday shopper?