Black Friday shopping doesn't have to be all about the big box stores. There are plenty of other options out there. Many of them will save you more money than the traditional retailers.
Thrift Stores. Your local thrift store has a variety of items at incredible bargains. Many times you can find barely-used to brand new/never worn clothing. Shopping at a thrift store requires that you accept that you may not find what you want. Unlike standard retailers selection may be limited. But you may find that you discover a perfect gift you would never have planned on giving.
Craft shows. Many cities and towns have craft shows on Black Friday. These venues offer unique and handmade gifts to give your loved one. Crafts can range from crocheted items to jewelry to wooden furnishings. Most craft shows have a good selection of different types of crafts. You may find some yummy food treats too.
Farmer's Markets. One normally thinks of fruits and vegetables and summertime when discussing farmer's markets. Many markets open for the Christmas season too. You can find delectable food treats as well as fresh wreaths for your home decor. Local artisans and crafters may be showing their wares as well. Perhaps you may find homemade soaps and lotions. One of a kind gifts are easy to find at farmer's markets as well.
Small boutique stores. Small boutique stores offer unique and original gifts. Some boutiques are expensive, but others offer substantial discounts on Black Friday. They want to get you into their stores to shop. Boutique stores may have a theme related to the store such as country style items. You may wish to choose one that relates to an interest that someone on your list has expressed.
Dollar Stores. Dollar stores are a perfect location to get stocking stuffers and holiday cards and gift bags. You can find small ornaments here as well. Plus, stock up on tape to wrap all those packages this year.
EBay and Craigslist. It pays to check out Craigslist and EBay to see if you can find deals on any items you are planning to give. You may find slightly or never-used items available for a fraction of the retail price. Both locations may have unique gifts. EBay is a great place for that collector on your list. Just about every collectible is available in some form on EBay. Craigslist is a great place to check out for larger, hard-to-ship items such as a bike or piece of furniture.
Black Friday shopping is widely available. Take some time to look around before you purchase. You may find the perfect gift in an unusual place.