If you think sample sales bring out aggressive types, stay far away from any stores discounting electronics on Black Friday. Instead, opt for the sartorial and beauty routes, which tend to be slightly calmer even at heavily discounted retailers like Banana Republic (though mentally prepare yourself for long fitting room and check-out waits). Don’t forget to check opening hours as some stores are opening Thanksgiving eve or, better yet, cozy up with your laptop and shop Black Friday deals on the web.
Here are some of the most notable online and in-store Black Friday deals.
Alice + Olivia: Bring in a new or unused children's toy, book, coat, package of diapers, or buggy and get 15% off your purchase. Proceeds will go to Baby Buggy.
Bloomingdale's: Spend $100 and you'll get a $15 gift card valid through December 24.
Macy’s: Storewide and online discounts (see here).
Ikea: 50% off select merchandise.
Earnest Sewn: 25% off all purchases.
7 For All Mankind: 30% off all purchases.
Amazon: A number of limited-supply deals (see here).
Crabtree & Evelyn: A special 18-piece Weekender Collection is being offered for $150 and it includes an overnight tote, a fleece robe, and a variety of hand and body creams.
DKNY: Sales storewide plus an additional 50% off on Black Friday.
All Saints: 25% off select merchandise in stores and a variety of online discounts.
Chantecaille: With every $150 purchase, enter SHOPCHIC at checkout, and get the Les Macarons Palette along with shipping for free.
Woodley & Bunny: Get 15% off your entire purchase and free shipping on orders over $49.
Cyntia Rowley: Stores will be marked down 30%.
Philip B: 20% off all luxurious holiday gift sets with the code NOV 2011.
As U Wish Nail Spa (in Hoboken, NJ): From Noon to 6 PM receive any Manicure and Pedicure Combo for $40, a $100 value (the salon is owned by celebrity manicurist, Skyy Hadley). To book an appointment, call (201) 420-5959.
Bath & Body Works: Spend $40 at any Bath & Body Works store and get a VIP Black Friday Tote, a $130 value, for $20.
H&M: Select stores will be opening at 5 AM and the first 100 people in line will get scratch-offs valued at up to $300. Fashion finds start at $5.
GAP: Until noon, Gap stores will have $19 women's jeans and sweaters and $15 GapKids and BabyGap pro-fleece Gap arch hoodies.
Banana Republic: Until 1 PM, Banana Republic shoppers will save 40% off their purchase and 25% off for the remainder of the day.
Barneys New York: Stores will start their first seasonal markdown on Black Friday. Save up to 40% off regular prices on RTW, shoes and accessories for women, men, and children.
Kiehl's: $20 off your $65 purchase with code HOLIDAY at checkout. This offer runs through the end of 2011.
Esprit: 40% off entire store and site. Early Bird – midnight Wednesday to noon, 50% everything.
Uniqlo: The final +J collection up to 30% off.
Havaianas: Free shipping on all products.
Piperlime: 20% off site wide.
DANNIJO: 20% off site wide.
3.1 Phillip Lim: 40% off clothing, shoes, and selected accessories from the Fall 2011 collection.
Old Navy: Black Friday “Lucky-In-Line”– while you’re waiting on line an Old Navy “host” will ask a combo of trivia questions, hold something up, and “dares”. For example, “the first customer to hold up a tube of chapstick gets to pick out of the bag” or “first person to sing their favorite holiday song gets to pick a discount out of the bag.” The loot bag will be full of coupons valid instantly in the following amounts: $1 off, $3 off, and $5 off. On top of that there will be deals throughout the store.
Intermix: 20% off when you buy two accessories, 25% off three accessories, and 30% off four or more accessories.
DL1961 Premium Denim: To fete their new blog, The Indigo Standard, the brand is offering 25% off their entire website. Enter INDIGO25 at checkout.
Hanky Panky: Thongs as low as $11.99, boyshorts and panties up to 50% off, camis and tops up to 50% off, and free shipping.
Henri Bendel: $25 off every $100 you spend in stores and a Bendel striped cosmetic bag when you spend $150 or more.
Alternative Apparel: 25% off all items from this casualwear brand and free shipping.
Topshop: Spend $100 and you'll get a bespoke bow headband, while supplies last and enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree and personal shopper appointment. Selected items are 30% off.
VS Pink: $25 crew neck hoodie.
Opening Ceremony: 20% off outerwear and shoes and 30% off select collections.
Judith Ripka: $100 off any silver purchase and $1000 off any gold purchase.
Marshalls: 60% off from 7 AM to 10 PM.
Tibi: Womenswear and shoes are up to 60% off through Monday and there's an extra 20% off already marked down styles from Friday to Sunday.
Theory: 30% off all Theory, including Theyskens’ Theory.
Saks Fifth Avenue: 50% off all sale items before 12 PM; 30% off after.
Hayden-Harnett: 30% off on all purchases up to $500 and 40% off any purchase over $500 Thanksgiving day and 20% on all purchases up to $500 and 30% on all purchases over $500 on Black Friday.