Here’s what shopping experts say you should add to your Black Friday list — and what to skip

Tanya Edwards
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Black Friday shopping is a huge deal, and even in our unusual times, 2020 is no exception. According to the National Retail Federation, while many people have changed their travel plans this year, 53 percent of them plan on spending more on shopping to make up for it.

What are the hot Black Friday deals shoppers should look for?

“Appliances,” says Sara Skriboll, shopping and trends expert for deals site RetailMeNot. “These are some of the best things to buy on Black Friday since retailers make more orders than they usually stock, so prices will drop 40 to 50 percent lower than normal retail.”

Not surprisingly, electronics are a hot pick as well, and Skriboll says, “Our advice? If you see a good deal on TVs — Apple TVs and 4Ks are the rage — phones or computers, pick them up right away!”

Skriboll also advises this is the time to pick up bigger ticket clothing items, like outerwear, explaining, “Winter clothes, like jackets, are some of the perfect items to buy as well. Much like appliances, retailers will drop prices dramatically over the holiday to help clear the overstock.”

There’s also a few things Skriboll suggests skipping, like furniture, saying, “Indoor furniture is at its lowest in January (so skip the holiday) and July through August. If you're looking for outdoor furniture, then the best discounts on patio furniture will happen between August and September.” She also told us to skip airfare deals. “Contrary to popular belief, buying airline tickets far in advance does not always yield the best airfare.”

You can also find great deals on beauty bundles! Find more Black Friday shopping ideas and bargains below.

If it seems like everyone is making bread right now, it’s because they are! If you want to jump on this fun DIY trend, but are a little nervous, this bread maker will take all your worries away. Just pick your settings — even how toasty and crusty you want your bread — add ingredients and let this amazing appliance do the work. It also has a timer, so you can come home to the smell of fresh baked bread.

The coffee fanatic in your life will be beyond thrilled with this stunning machine from Nespresso that brews coffee and espresso to order with just a quick push of a button. And at 30 percent off, you can pick them up a few coffee capsules as well. Happy caffeinating!

Get a flawless look with your makeup application and grooming using this illuminated mirror. Offering dual magnification of your face, it’s ideal for perfecting those close-ups. The lighting system can simulate daylight or candlelight, so you can get the right look for all those special moments.

The essential accessory to pair with all your Apple products, these wireless earbuds connect to your laptop, iPad or phone and let you tune in to your favorite music, podcasts and make phone calls, all without having to plug in to a single device.

This smart TV is a major bargain with built-in Alexa capabilities that allow you to easily launch apps, search for TV shows, play music, switch inputs, control smart home devices and more, using just your voice.

Scoop up a great deal on a cozy puffer coat with a removable hood and two zipper pockets at the hips. Available in seven shades, including red, winter white and navy, this coat packs up small for easy stashing.

Shopping for someone who’s stylish but always feeling a little chilly? Your shopping stops here, with this ankle-length wraparound sweater with a cozy turtleneck. Available in six sophisticated colorways, this sweater isn’t just cozy, it’s stylish. Dress it up with heels and leggings for a perfect patio dinner look.

Spoil them with this calming weighted blanket that will keep them warm and comfy on those cold winter nights. Available in six soft hues, the blanket works by mimicking deep pressure stimulation, creating feelings of comfort, just like a hug.

Get vitamins, protein and natural relief from healing honey. Keep them healthy and happy with this self-care kit from Savannah Bee Company, that includes a jar of Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis Throat Spray and Saw Palmetto Honey. Delicious and fresh, what better gift?

Let them sample this cult favorite clean beauty line with this set that features full size product, including CC Me Serum, Lip Butter Balm and a mini (it’s not that mini) of the brand’s beloved Jet Lag Mask. All products are vegan, cruelty free and rated “clean” by Sephora.

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