Early Black Friday Sales + Tips to Help You Find the Best Deals

Empty Nest Blessed by Suzy Mighell
woman over 50 wearing a black faux fur vest carrying tory burch micro handbag and black faux leather pants and

I’m not sure how to feel about all of the early Black Friday sales we’re seeing this week! It’s NOT your imagination! You really are seeing sales super early this year. It’s a little crazy! Part of me wanted to ignore them completely. But part of me wanted to check them out and share them with you. Read on to see why!

My Outfit Above: Similar Cashmere Turtleneck | Faux Fur Vest | Similar Faux Leather Flare Pants | Black Pumps (Also available in wide widths.) | Tory Burch Mini Bag (Comes with a strap so it can be worn crossbody.)

Don’t get me wrong — I’m all about the gratitude of Thanksgiving. But I get emails and DMs from you all every day asking for gift advice and help, so I know you’ve started to shop! (I have too!) I want to be sure you know how grateful I am for each one of you! Whenever you encourage me with your comments, tell me how I need to improve (!), or shop with one of my links, you bless me! Thank you for all you do to make my life so rich and enable me to continue to do this job I love!

That said, I do think Christmas and Thanksgiving can peacefully coexist! And I’m all for however you want to manifest that in your holiday decor. I have one friend who puts up her tree the day after Halloween and puts nothing but pumpkins underneath until the day after Thanksgiving! 🤣 (I think that’s kinda genius —right?) 🎃🦃🎄

What’s With the Early Black Friday Sales This Year?

That is a very good question! I read the Wall Street Journal nearly every day (Yes, I’m nerdy like that! 😂), and my understanding is, with fears of recession looming, brands are trying to push their sales earlier in the year in the hopes of capturing our dollars before the reality of high inflation sets in fully. (Sounds depressing, I know!)

If you plan to spend less on holiday gifts this year, you’re not alone! Hopefully, these early sales will allow you to plan your spending thoughtfully and capture some bargains while you’re at it. (Not to mention, they should free up your December to let you better celebrate the season with your family and friends.) Today, I’m sharing tips to help you find the best deals.

How to Shop the Early Black Friday Sales

We all love our smartphones, but your online holiday shopping will be optimized and easier from a desktop or laptop. Images will be clearer, keeping you from potentially purchasing something you didn’t check out well enough. Also, retailers’ sites are usually optimized for larger devices. The sites will be easier to navigate, which will save you lots of time. Trust me on this!

When to Shop the Early Black Friday Sales

I’ve gotten a couple of DMs asking if it’s better to shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Typically, Cyber Monday deals are not as good as Black Friday deals. Based on the brands I’m personally working with right now, and what they’re telling me, I’d go with Black Friday or before. That’s what I’m doing!

Be sure to bookmark this post, and keep checking back often this week, because I will do my very best to keep it updated. Also, be sure to use the promo codes I provide. Sometimes they’re exclusive for Empty Nest Blessed readers!

Where to Start Your Shopping

I’d start with the Empty Nest Blessed Holiday Gift Guide, of course! Why? Because I’ve given you a huge headstart! The Empty Nest Blessed Holiday Gift Guide has nearly 1000 gift ideas in 12 categories that I personally curated for you! I’ve said it before, but I’ll repeat it: You’ll see lots of gift guides out there this year, but only the ENB Holiday Gift Guide is specifically for empty nesters and all of the precious people in the lives of an empty nester. From your grandkids and fur babies to your senior-aged parents—and everyone in between — I’ve got you covered!

I update the Empty Nest Blessed Holiday Gift Guide all the time, doing my best to remove products that are sold out and add new ones. Please let me know if you click on a link, and it doesn’t work, okay? Although it may look pretty simple, there’s a lot of technology involved, and sometimes there are glitches that aren’t anyone’s fault — they just happen! I can’t fix them unless I know about them, so please feel free to reach out via email ([email protected]) if something doesn’t work the way it should.

How to Find the Best Early Black Friday Sale Deals

1. Shop Already-on-Sale Items

Use my list below to scope out the sale sections of your favorite brands and retailers. Most will offer a sitewide discount this weekend, and some will offer additional discounts on items already in their sale sections. Don’t leave their websites without checking those sections!

2. Use the Promo Codes

Click the pink links to go straight to the sites and be sure to use the promo codes I’m sharing! Pay special attention to the deals marked with a yellow highlight, as those are either deals that I have early access to, or they are exclusive to Empty Nest Blessed followers!

3. Add to Cart (Even if it’s Not on Sale!)

If you know there is something you specifically want from a brand, and it’s not on sale yet, I recommend that you click through on my link NOW, and add it to your cart! Often, the brand will send an email straight to you, reminding you that the item is in your cart and offering a discount.

4. For Extra Savings…

To snag extra savings from brands:

  • Subscribe to the ENB Newsletter – Every time I publish a new post, and often on the weekends, I send out a newsletter! I often share exclusive deals just for my followers.
  • Join Brand Email Lists – This will often snag you an extra 10-20% off your first purchase — even on sale items. You can always unsubscribe after the holidays if they drive you crazy!
  • Subscribe to Brand Text Alerts – Same as above!
  • Join Brand Loyalty Programs – They often offer special discounts just for members.

Early Black Friday Deals

ACADEMY | 3-Day Deals up to 50% off. Check out what’s on sale HERE. Ends 11/19.

AMAZON | So many amazing Early Black Friday deals! Check out what’s on sale HERE. Remember to use the filters on the LEFT sidebar of the page to find what you’re looking for easily and efficiently!

ANN TAYLOR | 40% off 3+ full-price styles; 30% off 2 full-price styles; 20% off 1 full-price style with code GLOWON. Ends 11/20.

ANTHROPOLOGIE | 30% off 1000s of items, including in-stock furniture, decor, and more. Check out what’s on sale HERE. This sale includes their best-selling Gleaming Primrose Mirror!

AVARA | 15% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY15 Also, take an additional:

BAUBLEBAR | 20% off all custom gifts with code HURRY. (I think so much of custom gifts, I wrote an entire post about them!

BEST BUY | Start saving with Black Friday prices today! Think appliances, Apple devices, computers, and more! Check out what’s on sale HERE.

BODEN | Take 30% off sitewide with code V3F8. Ends 11/21, 11:59 pm. I love this feminine British brand!

BOMBAS | Take 20% off items in their Gift Guide with code COMFORT20! THESE slippers Bob and I use when we travel (because hotel room floors are gross!😬) are ENB Holiday Gift Guide Best Sellers!

CHICO’S | 25% off select styles (priced as marked). This sale includes some great holiday party styles like THESE velvet pants and THIS gorgeous velvet tunic! Check out what’s on sale HERE.

CITY BEAUTY | My favorite beauty brand is having a 40% off sitewide sale exclusively for Empty Nest Blessed followers! Click through HERE and use code ENB at checkout to take 40% off sitewide. To see me rundown 3 of my favorite City Beauty products, check out THIS Reel I just published on Instagram!

COACH | Their best-selling Madison Bags are on sale for under $250. Plus, 25% off select styles.

COLUMBIA | Early Black Friday Doorbusters start now! If you’re heading somewhere cold on an empty nester getaway soon, you won’t want to miss this sale!

DAYSPRING | Take 30% off sitewide with code FRIDAY in their Festive Friday Sale. This is my favorite place for faith-based gifts, Bibles, and more! Ends 11/30.

DISNEY | 40% off toys, collectibles, and more! If you have a Disney lover in your family, as I do in mine, don’t miss this sale! Things tend to sell out quickly at Disney! Check out what’s on sale HERE.

DRAPER JAMES | 30% off sitewide + up to 50% off sale items

DSW | 30% off best-selling, favorite brands like Kelly & Katie, Vince Camuto, Mix No. 6, Crown Vintage, & more with code EXCLUSIVE

FABLETICS | Cyberdeals start now! 2 for $24 bottoms + 80% off everything else sitewide for VIP loyalty program members (FREE to join.)

FANATICS | Up to 70% off Sale with code SLED24! Fan apparel makes a great gift! Put in your team HERE and see what you can find at a good price!

FRONTGATE | Up to 50% off sitewide + FREE shipping. Check out everything on sale HERE.

GAP | 40% off sitewide with code FIRSTDIBS + extra 10% off for Gap Rewards members (FREE to join.) with code MEMBER. (Gap lets you add multiple discount codes for additional savings.)

HARRY & DAVID | $75 OFF $249; $50 OFF $199; $20 OFF $129 with code EARLY75. Need to send corporate gifts or ship something special to someone far away? Harry & David has so many good options! Ends 11/22.

woman wearing green hillhouse home dress holding gift wrapping products from joy creative shop

The Crepe Ellie Nap Dress | Glorify Bootie in Off White (also in brown & black) | Pearl Monogram Necklace | Pearl Drop Small Hoop Earrings | Lipstick | Joy Creative Shop Red & White/Green & Mint Double Sided Gift Wrap | Joy Creative Shop GWrap Gift Bags | Joy Creative Shop Christmas Bag of Tags (Makes a great host/hostess gift!) | Holiday Hustle To-Do List

HILL HOUSE HOME | 30% off sitewide with code 30FORYOU at one of my favorite brands! They never have sales, so don’t miss this one! I fell hard for their Ellie Nap Dresses this year, and in this sale, I bought THIS lace top to wear underneath the green Ellie Nap Dress you see above! (Voilà! Christmas dress!). I also bought THIS sweet wool cardigan to wear over my black nap dress! (Voilà! Another Holiday dress!). Finally, I bought THIS long sleeve Millie top to wear under sweaters (or nap dresses!). I love the touch of femininity it lends with the neck & sleeve ruffles peeking out at the neckline and wrist!

IT COSMETICS | Up to 50% off select sale items. This sale includes their popular 12 Days of Confidence Beauty Advent Calendar, which is 50% off right now and includes full-size products! Their makeup brushes make great stocking stuffers!

J.CREW | 50% off sitewide with code SHOPEARLY. This is an amazing sale!

J.CREW FACTORY | 15% off $100+ purchase of new arrivals with code NEWPLEASE; 20% off $125+ purchase of new arrivals with code NEWPLEASE

JOY CREATIVE SHOP | Take 10% off sitewide with code ENB10. This is THE spot for Holiday Gift Wrap! It really is my favorite place for high-quality paper goods and gifts. Joy Creative Shop’s gift wrap coordinates perfectly with their gift tags. If you prefer stickers, they’ve got those too!

KENDRA SCOTT | 30% off sitewide, including fine jewelry, demi-fine jewelry, and watches.

LANDS’ END | Up to 70% off sitewide with code SWEET. Y’all know I’m a big fan! Lands’ End is my secret source for silk long underwear (I wear it from approxomately October-March because I’m always freezing!🥶🤣). It’s also my favorite source for cashmere and high-quality, well-priced outerwear. (I wrote an entire post on their outerwear!) I just bought THIS fleece dress ($27.47), which I will wear with THESE fleece-lined tights from Nordstrom! Ends 11/23, 11:59 pm.

LEGACYBOX | Take 65% off E-Deals! Give the gift of a Legacybox E-Deal and help someone you love digitize old photos, videos, and more! Here’s how it works: Once you check out, they email you the Legacybox E-Deal along with instructions on how to use it! You’ll redeem your E-Deal on Legacybox.com for a Legacybox.

LOFT | 40% off full-price styles (some exclusions apply) with code SHINE. Ends 11/19.

MARK & GRAHAM | 50% off THESE Early Black Friday deals with code CHEERS. Check out what’s on sale HERE. This is a fantastic spot for super-classy holiday gifts! (I think they are usually really high, but this sale makes them more affordable!)

MARLEYLILLY | Up to 75% off on the cutest monogrammed clothes and gifts! Plus, a FREE Travel Bag with a $150 purchase.

MUDPIE | Take 25% off select items with code GIFT25. Check out what’s on sale HERE.

NEW BALANCE | 20% off select full-price styles and 15% off select previously marked-down styles. Check out what’s on sale HERE. Gift yo’self to new workout sneakers! Experts say you should replace your shoes every six months if you are walking 30 minutes a day (or an average of three to four hours a week). Ends 11/23. 

NORDSTROM | Up to 60% off Black Friday Deals! Save a bundle on your favorite brands like Adidas, Madewell, Nike, and tons more! Check out what’s on sale HERE, and remember to use the left sidebar to filter for the brands and items you’re shopping for. Ends 11/29.

NORDSTROM RACKBlack Friday Deals are LIVE! Check out what’s on sale HERE.

OLD NAVY | 30% off sitewide + Black Friday Deals $20 and under. Plus, they offer Daily Deals every single day, so keep checking back! (As I write this, they have flannel joggers for just $8.50!)

OUR PLACE | Up to 30% off on so many items at the home of the Always Pan, this year’s runaway best seller for young adults, college kids, and more! It’s normally $145, but now just $95. It’s designed to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware! Click HERE to learn more about the Always Pan and HERE to see everything that’s on sale.

POTTERY BARN | Up to 50% off bedding, gifts, furniture, and more. Check out what’s on sale HERE.

SCHEELS | Up to 50% off TOP BRANDS in their Season of Savings sale. I love this employee-owned sporting goods store, and they have great deals!

SERENA & LILY | 25% off sitewide with code GRATITUDE. Ends 11/30.

SOMA | BOGO 50% off Soma Holiday Faves; Buy 3, get 2 Vanishing Panties; $5 fuzzy socks; $49+ select PJ sets. (They have darling holiday PJs!)

SHUTTERFLY | Up to 50% off sitewide with code EXTRA. Plus, 50% off Holiday Cards + FREE Shipping with code BESTCARDS. Need to order your holiday cards? Do it during this sale and save a bundle! To see my advice on how to do a holiday card when you have adult kids scattered all over, see THIS post. Ends 11/20.

SPANX | So many styles on sale! Check out what’s on sale HERE. Also, you might not realize it, but Spanx has lots of styles that are under $100! For example, check out THESE velvet leggings that I own, and THESE faux suede leggings.

TALBOTS | 40% off sweaters & accessories. Check out what’s on sale HERE. (Discount automatically appears in shopping bag.) Plus, don’t leave the site without checking on markdowns. (Think wear-now sweaters and more!)

TARGET | Shop 1000s of Early Black Friday Deals on sale now HERE.

ULTA | Early Black Friday Deals on sale! Check out what’s on sale HERE. Ends 11/19.

UGG | Up to 50% off Select Exclusives. Check out what’s on sale HERE. Ends 11/22.

VINEYARD VINES | 30% Off sweaters with code: MERRY. Ends 11/20, 11:59 pm.

WALMART | Black Friday Deals for Days! For the full list of Black Friday deals click HERE. Incredible deals on holiday gifts of all types! Check out THESE nearly 1/2ct. weight diamond earrings for just $35.97! Take away your workout excuses with THIS folding treadmill for just $279.99! In addition, Walmart is blowing it out of the water with their fashion these days! Did you see my Walmart Fashion post last week? Unreal!

ZAPPOS | Every day, Zappos reveals 3 Mystery Deals, and they’ve been amazing so far! Check out today’s deal HERE!

Don’t forget that many of the items on the Empty Nest Blessed Amazon Page and in the Empty Nest Blessed Holiday Gift Guide are on sale this week too!

I hope you feel equipped to shop the Early Black Friday Deals! Feel free to email or DM me on Instagram or Facebook if you have specific questions or need some good suggestions!

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