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The Top 10 BEST Things to Buy This Black Friday

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Planning to shop on Black Friday?

We all know that there are things that you should NOT buy on Black Friday if at all possible, usually because there are better sales throughout the year on these items. However, if you’re wondering what are the best things you SHOULD buy on Black Friday (or watch for sales on), check out our top 10 best deals to buy!

Here are the top 10 best things to buy on Black Friday:

1. Small Kitchen Appliances

woman holding Toastmaster small kitchen appliances at Kohl's

Small kitchen appliances like air fryers, toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, slow cookers, and stand mixers almost always go on sale during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Whether you’re wanting to take your coffee brewing to the next level, need a KitchenAid mixer, or just know someone who wants an Instant Pot for Christmas, this is a great times to shop for these items.

In 2018, we were able to score small kitchen appliances at Kohl’s (blenders, hand mixers, waffle makers, slow cookers, and more!) for better than FREE after mail-in rebates and Kohl’s cash! 😱 In addition, Walmart offered up a 6-quart Instant Pot for only $59 shipped last year!

I’m guessing Black Friday 2019 will have similar sales and rebate offers, making it a great time to snag a few appliances for your own kitchen or to give as housewarming gifts!

2. Cookware

Rachael Ray 14-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set

If you’re in need of new pots and pans for Christmas dinner, Black Friday is a great time to buy. You’ll find fantastic deals on name-brand cookware sets at stores like Kohl’s and Macy’s.

Last year, we saw a 30-Piece Taste Heavyweight Non-Stick Ceramic Cookware Bundle deal go on sale for only $99 (regularly $230) from Walmart that included a Google Home Mini ($49 value)! We also saw 50% off The Pioneer Woman Cookware sets at Walmart, and many more cookware deals.

3. Tablets and e-Readers

Women holding Amazon Kindles

Whether you’re in the market for an Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, or Samsung Galaxy, Black Friday is one of the best times to score a great deal on your favorite tablet.

In fact, electronics are usually discounted up to 40% off on Black Friday, so you’ll want to hit the stores early if that’s what you’re shopping for. To avoid wasting time, be sure to know exactly which model you’re looking for before you hit the stores as they tend to sell out quickly.

4. Amazon Devices

hand holding echo dot

If you’re shopping for an Amazon Device, there’s no question that Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl’s, and Target will offer major savings on these and other devices during Black Friday.

In the past, we’ve seen doorbuster deals on the Amazon Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Amazon Fire, and other devices that usually meet or beat Amazon’s Prime Day deals! 😱

5. Gaming Consoles

Xbox One Console

Shopping for a gamer? Gaming consoles like the PlayStation or Xbox are highly sought-after holiday gifts. In previous years, we’ve seen retailers like Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy offer $100 off the Xbox One S or PlayStation 4, as well as include store gift cards with purchase.

Plus, the latest gaming systems (the Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch) are a year older with no new major console releases. This means we may see bigger discounts on these systems in 2019 that we didn’t see last year! Plus, the new PlayStation 5 is expected to release in 2020, so we may see deeper discounts on the older PlayStation 4 on Black Friday.

6. Video Games & Movies

Not only can you score deep discounts on gaming consoles on Black Friday, but you can get great video game deals, too. While many stores will offer video games bundled with consoles for an additional discount, individual video games will be on sale as well.

In the past we’ve seen select Nintendo, PlayStation 4, and Xbox video games for under $17 at Best Buy that regularly sell for $59.99 or more!

Also, Black Friday is a great time to snag your favorite DVD or Blu-ray movie, as some DVD titles can go on sale for under $2 and select Blu-ray titles for as little as under $4. These inexpensive movies make great stocking stuffer ideas, too!

7. Fitness Trackers

fitbit versa Costco

Want to get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions? Black Friday is a great time to shop the deals on fitness trackers like an Apple Watch, Garmin vivo series, Fitbit, and other brands.

You’ll find deals on everything from your basic Fitbit to your high-end smartwatch at retailers like Kohl’s, Target, and Best Buy. Plus, if you’re willing to get a previous year’s model instead of the latest (i.e. the Apple Watch Series 3 versus Series 5), you’ll be able to score better deals!

Hip Tip: If you’re not sure which one to buy, check out what we think of the Fitbit Versa!

8. Digital Cameras & Lenses

Stetson digital camera

If you’re shopping for a DSLR or new point-and-shoot camera, many times you can find nice bundle deals when shopping the Black Friday sales. Many retailers include free accessories like lenses, bags, straps, or SD cards as part of a bundle deal at a reduced price.

In 2018, we saw great bundle deals on brands such as Nikon, Canon, and Sony at retailers like Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club, Costco, and Kohl’s.

Shopping for a kid or tween? If you’re looking for a kids camera like a Fujifilm Instax, you’ll likely be able to find a nice sale on these, too. Last year, we spotted bundle deals on these Polaroid cameras at Walmart, Best Buy, and Target that included free film or a gift card with purchase.

9. Headphones


If you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones or know someone who is, you’ll be able to shop the Black Friday sales and score significant savings.

In 2018, we saw huge discounts on Apple AirPods, Beats, Bose, Jabra, JBL, Sony, and other brands at retailers like Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, and more.

10. Ride-On Toys

12v kids ride jeep

Ride-on toys are fun for toddlers and small children to ride around on in the spring, which is why many retailers offer discounts on them during the winter, especially on Black Friday. In the past we’ve seen Powered Ride-on toys at Kohl’s for under $60-$70 with $15 Kohl’s Cash.

Because these toys are highly sought-after and take up a lot of space, retailers usually only carry a limited number of these ride-ons, so you’ll want to shop the sales sooner than later.

Be in the know! Check out our 2019 Black Friday ad release predictions!

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Comments 22

  1. Lynn

    I’m so glad to read this! My 13yo daughter loves to take pictures and has the instant camera. I’d love to get her a ‘real’ camera this year. But I have no idea what specifications. Looking forward to the ads.


    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome, Lynn!

  2. Casey

    I’m really hoping the new Amazon Echo buds are a deal on BF. I’ll have to buy them myself and let my husband wrap them. LOL

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea, Casey! 💖🤞

    • Nikki

      That’s what I do every year and have him wrap it. The surprise is in his wrapping and his note. His skills get better every year.. hahaha

  3. Lisa

    Do you know of any deals for a new iPhone ? Thanks

    • Laura

      Target’s BF ad has a gift card with activation.

  4. Tammy Jo

    Hopefully you can find us another great deal on Fitbit versa around Christmas time again 🙂

    • marty

      Costco is having $50 off fitbit versa right now or very soon, can’t remember the exact date

  5. Em_WanKenobi

    My son issuch a gamer. His Nintendo Switch has been acting funny lately! Time for a new one! The other thing that’s really good to get on Black Friday is pajamas. Walmart always has pajamas for super cheap on Black Friday. Pajamas are a really good gift to stock up on and donate. I try to buy bigger sizes as well. My kids have already begun to wear last year’s pajamas, (that were still new in package), this year. Happy Shopping, and as always, thanks Hip2save! 🤗

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! I like to grab the Pajamas from Walmart each year too!

      • SB

        Me too.. 🙂

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)


  6. sturgissaver

    Beware of any rebates offered by Belk. I bought an air fryer last year on Black Friday and never received my $20 rebate.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Darn! Sorry to hear about that. Thanks so much for the warning!

  7. ArielaBehnken

    Please do one on cyber Monday items because I’m lost on what to get BF vs CM lol

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the request! I’ll be sure to pass that along to the team!

  8. Dreadinny

    Call me the odd man out on what I am seeking, but I am hoping to land a great deal on a home security camera system from Lorex or a good brand.

    • Aliese

      You are not the odd man out…we too are looking for home security cameras and system for both indoor and outdoor.

    • Wendy K

      We got a great deal on a Lorex system last year during Black Friday- we purchased it directly from their site.

  9. Brittany

    And don’t forget cat litter!

  10. Ingrid Stevens

    If anyone has suggestions on the ROKU Television, I would appreciate it. I have to ship it to Arizona as a gift for my son.

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