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what I love: black friday shopping

Do you shop on Black Friday?  My mom and I have been following the same tradition for as long as I remember – and no, it doesn’t involve standing in a crazy line at 3 a.m.  We always go downtown to Circle Centre mall.  We can hit up some of our favorite stores without the madness of some of the more popular malls.  We don’t go too early, and we always share lettuce wraps and shrimp fried rice at PF Chang’s.  It’s fun to be downtown as they get ready for Circle of Lights, and to me, it’s the official kick off to the Christmas season!

These days, most of my shopping happens online.  The deals can’t be beat, and they often have more selection than actual stores.  Plus – ahem – I have a toddler.  I’ll peruse the shops with a cup of coffee in hand ANY DAY over navigating overcrowded aisles with a stroller.

So, no matter what your Black Friday looks like – 5 a.m. fights over toys, leisurely strolls through small boutiques or pj’s and your laptop – here are some of my favorite stores and sites to score a deal:

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Loft is one of my all-time favorite stores for my clothing, but also gifts for some of the women in my life.  Their quality is great, and they are always running great sales to make it affordable, too.  If you don’t know what size to gift, sizeless gifts like scarves, jewelry and accessories are so easy, and fun to receive.  You can’t go wrong with this store!

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If you are a frequent online shopper, Ebates is a must.  This site gives you access to coupon codes to all your favorite stores, plus you earn cash back for every online purchase you make, just by going to that store through Ebates.  They send you quarterly checks based on how much cash back you’ve earned, or they will deposit it directly into your bank account.  It takes a little time to train your mind to go to that site first before starting your online shopping, but you get used to it easily.  It’s like paying yourself to shop!  If you aren’t using Ebates yet, you can sign up here.

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Old Navy and Gap are two of my favorite stores to shop for Corinne.  The clothing fits her well, and lasts until she’s ready for the next size.  The styles are very on trend, too!  I know they will have some great deals this holiday season.

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If you are trying to shop for a certain female in your life – and you have NO CLUE where to start – your search ends here.  Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service – and it is great fun.  You fill out a detailed survey about your body type, style, etc., and you can link up your Pinterest account so the personal stylists can see what type of clothing you are pinning.  They ship you 5 pieces – ranging from tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories – and you try them on in the comfort of your home.  Once you’ve tried them all on, you go online and pay for the ones you decide to keep, or you use the pre-paid shipper envelope to send back what you don’t.  So easy and fun!  A gift card for Stitch Fix would be the perfect gift for a special lady in your life.  To get started on your first Fix, click here!

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Guys can be so hard to shop for, but one of my trusted stores is Eddie Bauer.  Easy clothing in neutral colors…this store is right up Brian’s alley!

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We can’t talk shopping without mentioning small businesses.  I could probably do a week long tribute to some of my favorite small business sites, but one that is great for the holiday season is Opal and Aqua.  My friend Ashley is uber talented, and her Etsy shop proves it.  I turn to these cute chunky necklaces for birthdays and Christmas gifts for all the little girls in my life, and I’ve dressed up a few of Corinne’s outfits with them as well.  The delivery is prompt every time, and the packaging is very sweet.  Bonus – it looks like the store is having a sale TODAY!

I hope this shopping round up helps you as you begin planning for special celebrations with your loved ones.  Above all this season, I’m really trying to breath and not stress out about my to-do list.  The next month will fly by before I know it, and I’d much rather say I enjoyed it, rather than I stressed about it.

Happy turkey eve, everyone!

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