If standing in line in the freezing cold half the night waiting for the store doors to open isn’t your idea of a good time, don’t worry. There are plenty of better things to do on Black Friday than doing crazy stuff just to get the deal. Here are some ideas.
Go see a movie. Movie makers often put out great movies the week of Thanksgiving to take advantage of the long weekend. It still might be a bit crowded, but probably less so than your favorite store.
Eat out. You just finished demolishing then reassembling the kitchen so get out of the poor, overworked kitchen and make a tradition of going to a favorite restaurant—the same one, year after year. It’s a tradition after all.
Gaming. Many video game producers release new video games in November and early December. If you’re lucky enough to get it before Thanksgiving, stay in and cozy up with your console for a day of the latest and greatest gaming. If you’re not so lucky, get in line early so at least part of the day you can binge-play your new game.
Early presents. Some families and friends have a tradition of giving an early gift on Black Friday. Whether you get the gift before Thanksgiving or pick it up on Black Friday, it’s a fun way to begin the holiday season.
Cyber Monday. Do all your shopping on the Monday following Black Friday and do it in your PJ’s to boot. A few years ago, stores started offering deals for online shoppers the Monday after Thanksgiving. It’s awesome.
Decorate the tree. Some families haul out all the Christmas décor and put it up with holiday music in the background. Some go out to select their tree. Others pull out the ladder and put the lights up on the outside of the house.
Eat. Again. Sometimes the leftovers are better than the main event. Make a tradition out of all the fun things you can do with the remains of Thanksgiving—turkey cranberry sandwiches, turkey soup, pot pie . . .
Get the Elf Out. With Thanksgiving out of the way it’s time to get the elf out and plan your strategy. There are endless ideas so it’s more a matter of deciding which your favorites are and getting together the supplies.
Go Small. Get out and go shopping but hit the small businesses. Boutiques and small shops often offer unique items that make great gifts.