Target Black Friday and Christmas Shopping Guide

Black Friday is one of the most exciting days of the year. The official kickoff to the holiday shopping season, it can be exhilarating to wake up at dawn to score incredible deals on technology, appliances, games and other items.

Without a plan, however, this shopping day can be stressful. High competition for the best deals means that shoppers that don't know exactly what they're looking for may leave empty-handed. This Q4 shopping guide will point out some of the most exciting deals you can score on the day after Thanksgiving. It's also expected that the major retailer will bring back their free shipping deals with no minimum purchases and entirely free returns for online shoppers throughout the season.

Electronics

Electronics are one of the main draws of any huge sale, and Target is going to have a lot of great deals this year.

Televisions

If you've been wanting to upgrade to a smart TV or Ultra HD TV, expect to save anywhere from $300 to $500 on top name models such as Samsung, LG, and Element. You'll be able to find 32" LED TVs for under $100. Many TVs will also come bundled with gift cards for added value.

Laptops & Tablets

This is a great time of year to buy a tablet. Look out for Android tablets at rock bottom prices of under $50 – at that price, it doesn’t make sense not to add one to your cart. A basic tablet is great for checking social media, watching TV on, or reading recipes in the kitchen. Once you get one, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Great deals are also expected on the Amazon Fire line of tablets as well as Apple iPads. Amazon Kindles are expected to start at around $30, with iPads closer to $499 – if you're eyeing either of these, make sure you're prepared, as they'll likely go fast.

Smartphones

The introduction of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X to the market means that there will be great deals offered on these – potentially $0 down and coming bundled with gift cards, so people looking to upgrade will literally earn money on these devices. In addition, the new iPhones means that older models will likely be heavily discounted. Samsung Galaxy phones will also be bundled with gift card and priced very competitively.

Gaming systems

One of the most exciting purchases you can make is a coveted new gaming system. Target is expected to offer Xbox bundles at $300 or less and include a free gift card in the purchase for a savings of more than $50. The PlayStation 4 will be dropped to only $249 and also comes bundled with gift cards. Discounts are also anticipated on Nintendo gaming systems such as the Switch and the 3DS.

Video games themselves will be discounted up to 50%, making this a great time to add exciting new titles to your collection.

Kitchen Items

Everyone needs to have at least a basic set of kitchen tools at their disposal. This Q4 shopping guide will explore some of the deals on kitchen supplies offered. No matter what your skill level is, these great deals make it an excellent time to fill in gaps in your equipment or upgrade that starter set you got in college to something that will last a lifetime.

Cookware Sets

A bundled set of pans is the most efficient way to stock a kitchen, and you're likely to see deals of up to $60 off high-quality sets from Rachel Ray and T-Fal. Replace or upgrade your old pans, or buy as a gift for the recent college graduate in your life – they'll be sure to thank you.

Kitchen Appliances

A KitchenAid Stand Mixer is the unexpected must-have for anyone who bakes on a semi-regular basis, but the price can often seem prohibitive. On Black Friday, the price is expected to drop all the way down to $249 and include gift cards, bringing it solidly into the "reasonably-priced splurge" category. Once you have one, you'll wonder how you lived without it.

The popular Ninja blenders, food processors, and other appliances from the brand will be heavily discounted, with some models as low as $45.

Keurigs, too, will see steep discounts, with certain models as low as $80 and bundled with a free gift card, only increasing your savings.

A myriad of other small appliances will also be available for up to 50% off, including products from Hamilton Beach, Crock Pot, Black + Decker, and George Forman. Crock Pots are expected to drop to only $20, making it a fantastic time to add one of these versatile appliances to your life or the life of a friend.

Toys

If you have kids in your life, expect great deals on rarely discounted brands such as Disney, Barbie, and LEGO. Many toys will be on a Buy One, Get One 50% Off special, with others being discounted anywhere from 30% to 50% off of single items.

When shopping at Target on Black Friday, make sure to go in with a plan and keep an eye out for what you really want. The RedCard can help you save an extra 5% off of your purchase, and be sure to scope out other stores to take advantage of the generous price matching policy.