OK Gang, I could start with “happy holidays” and some sort of sentimental story…but if you’re here, at this particular page, I know what you’re lookin’ for (ummm…Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, maybe?). Below you’ll find our very top picks, as well as all of our editor guides to the best of Black Friday. If you like your sales with a dose of nonsense, check out our little YouTube video on the best Black Friday sales (it’s short, I promise).
*For more holiday joy when you’re done shopping here, head back to Holiday Central, our one-stop-shop for all the sparkle, sales and presents we have to offer. Browse holiday outfit inspo here and get inspired with gift ideas and guides here. After Christmas, check out the Boxing Day/post-Holiday sales here. Happy, happy holidays. Smooch. xo, Team TME
Top Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales Picks (all retailers)
2021 black friday & cyber monday sales, at a glance
If you just want a quick overview of the sales, be sure to check out our Black Friday Cheat Sheet, or our latest Weekly Sales Report. Because Black Friday Sales tend to occur throughout the month of November, our highly-edited Weekly Sales Reports are a good way to stay on top of the best sales finds. Most importantly — since we’ve been in this business for 10+ years — we have strong opinions on which retailers tend to have the best Black Friday or Cyber Monday Sales. For those retailers, we’ve not only rounded up their best sales picks (below), but we’ve included links to our try-on articles (because we think that’s a much easier way to shop). Lastly, most of us use Black Friday / Cyber Monday to find the best deals in home and beauty, too. So it you’d like to just jump down to those sections, go ahead and use the jump links, below:
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Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sales (by retailer)
Nordstrom’s Black Friday Sale has been getting bigger (and more exciting) every year. There’s usually an assortment of our favorite brands on sale, think: Vince, MOTHER, Free People, as well as a solid selection of activewear. Personally, I’ve gotten lucky browsing through Nordstrom’s jewelry on sale; that’s where I often find the deepest discounts. For the luxury-minded, Nordstrom has started curating a special sale section of designer goods. We’ve found that Nordstrom typically adds to their sale section throughout the month of November, and then the official Black Friday Sales go live the week of Thanksgiving. But check back — they’ll often add new sales pieces into the mix on actual Black Friday.
Top Nordstrom Sales Picks
Ahhhh…it’s hard for this team to not LOSE their MINDS when Saks has a big sale. There’s no doubt that Saks carries the most beautiful, splurge-worthy items — the type of stuff that haunts my dreams – -so when they go on sale, we rejoice. But from a practical perspective, if you do nothing else…go check out Saks’ denim on sale. Easily the best selection we’ve seen (and it’s not just skinny jeans on sale, either). I also love using Saks’ sale to grab interesting, elevated basics from brands like Alice + Olivia, the French-girl sisters, Sandro and Maje, as well as A.L.C. Oh, and my new fav — Staud! See? Losing my mind already.
Top Saks Sales Picks
We totally believe in the play hard mentality, and for clothes (and snowpants and mittens and goggles and sleeping bags and backpacks and headlamps and socks) that fit that lifestyle…our first stop is Backcountry. Backcountry usually has a range of sales on different brands throughout November. Of course, we’re waiting for our favorites: Patagonia, The North Face, Smartwool, Darn Tough socks, Rumpl, YETI, Arc’teryx…the list goes on.
Top Backcountry Sales Picks
J.Crew is on fire this year, with the addition of more sustainable materials, and an extension of their size range (almost all of J.Crew styles now come in XS – 3XL!) And while J.Crew’s winter coats have been longtime favorites of this team, their latest cashmere offerings are some of the best they’ve done in recent years. The colors are well-chosen and gorgeous, and most have matching bottoms (whether cords, or a slip skirt) for an easy, monochromatic holiday look. Lastly, don’t overlook J.Crew’s latest shoes & boots. The quality is surprisingly high, especially for the price.
Top J.Crew Sales Picks
Gap has recently been on our radar for cute, affordable and surprisingly on-point options. Some of our particular favs include their outerwear section, as well as their loungewear. We’re HUGE fans of their cute sweats. Also appreciated? Gap’s new teen section, for those in-between, hard-to-buy-for kids.
Top Gap Sales Picks
While Amazon is always full of surprise finds, I use Black Friday to stock up, replace or upgrade old Kindles (the Oasis is my personal fav, but the Paperwhite is easily the best value), Nest thermostats, Ring doorbells or Nespresso machines. There are usually some seriously good toy deals, too, as well as the occasional fashion find. And if you haven’t yet gotten an Instant Pot, that’s a big team fav and is usually on sale (although I’m still a Crockpot kind of girl). Also be sure to check out our latest livestreams on The Mom Edit’s Amazon shop. We’re talking about things like Entertaining Essentials for the Casual Host.
Top Amazon Sales Picks
The Best of Black Friday & Cyber Monday Beauty
The beauty deals game is STRONG on Black Friday. My first stop? Colleen Rothschild, to stock up on that game-changing oil-based cleanser, my daily eye cream, and uber-moisturizing extreme recovery cream. Next I hit Biossance for their glow-inducing rose oil, pore-minimizing toner and lactic acid night cream. Lastly, I swear by Elemis’ eye revive mask a few times a week (especially to combat tired eyes during the holidays).
This is also your friendly PSA that Sephora’s VIP sale will happen BEFORE Black Friday. It’s the only way to score discounts on Dyson Airwraps, Hair Dryers or Corrale straighteners. We’ve tried all of them, and the team’s consensus is that Dyson’s hairdryer is amazing, and the Airwrap yields gorgeous results on long hair, but shorter hair might prefer the Corrale straightener. Also worth considering? Dr Dennis Gross’ LED Light Mask. The results of these LED Masks are jaw-dropping. I actually prefer The Light Salon’s Boost LED mask (it lays flat for travel) but it’s not available at Sephora. Fingers crossed that it also goes on sale.
Top Sales Picks: Beauty Products
Linen. Sheets. If anyone is considering picking up these truly luxurious (yet wildly durable) sheets, we’re all raving about Parachute’s linen sheets. Parachute has only two sales per year, and Black Friday is one of them. They make ah-mazing towels, too — highly recommend.Otherwise, here are a few of our most-loved kitchen gadgets, most of which go on sale for Black Friday:
- Nespresso coffee machines (I love this one)
- Breville’s Toaster Oven/Air Fryer (Laura seriously won’t stop talking about this thing)
- KitchenAid’s Stand Mixer (even Em, our kitchen minimalist swears by this…and a few other pieces)
- Instant Pot (Laura, Em, Linzi and Lex all use theirs on the regular)
- Crock Pot Cook & Carry (I swear by this for get-togethers)
- Blueland’s Cleaning Set (A recent eco-friendly fav)
Top Sales Picks: Home
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