Average spending per person over Thanksgiving weekend totaled $289.19, down slightly from $299.60 last year, a study conducted on behalf of the federation found.
Shoppers spent an average of $214.13 on gifts items this year, the survey found.
Roughly 44 percent of shoppers bought their items online, while about 40 percent opted to make their purchases in-store, the survey found.
The most popular day to shop online was Black Friday, followed by the Saturday after Thanksgiving, according to the federation.
“It was a strong weekend for retailers, but an even better weekend for consumers, who took advantage of some really incredible deals,” the federation’s president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “In fact, over one third of shoppers said 100% of their purchases were on sale.”
Microsoft gave the Xbox One its first makeover and the result is the 40% smaller Xbox One S. Aside from its size, it’s the Xbox’s first push toward the 4K UHD revolution and includes HDR support along with 4K streaming and a 4K UHD bluray player built right in.
Gamers who like to play every hit game released will find that 500GB of storage will fill up quickly. The best Black Friday deal on a 1TB Xbox One is the $299 Battlefield One SE bundle at Best Buy which includes a free second controller.
Target and Best Buy share the lowest price on the latest entry into the Xbox exclusive blockbuster series Gears of War. Take cover, shoot stuff, and saw someone in half every once in a while are the rules here, so parents should note the M for Mature rating.
PlayStation 4 Slim
Unfortunately the 4K ready PlayStation 4 Pro is a no-show on Black Friday, but there is a great holiday bundle from Sony which includes the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB console and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Kohl’s is sort of ubiquitous this year with their Kohl’s Cash deal, and with $15 in Kohl’s Cash free for every $50 spent, the net cost will almost always be lower at Kohl’s. Protip: The $249.99 price is a penny away from another $15 in Kohl’s cash. Find something that costs only a couple of bucks and get another $15 back.
Have no use for Kohl’s cash but wouldn’t mind two free games? Best Buy is tossing in free downloads of Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us Remastered with purchase of the PS4 Slim holiday bundle. Note that GameStop’s ad which appears to have the same deal is a trap; the fine print reads that shoppers may choose only one of these two titles.
Whether fighting through a plague ridden city in Bloodborne, or fighting for survival while being hunted by a psychopath in Until Dawn, the cost of the fight is only $15 at Target this Black Friday. Parents take note that these games are rated M for Mature.
New Nintendo 3DS
The king of confusing naming conventions, Nintendo, helps keep it simple this Black Friday by offering only a single sku (in two colors) on the New Nintendo 3DS. This 3DS hardware refresh offers better control with a second analog nub, better performance, and a more enjoyable 3D experience thanks to eye tracking. Shoppers should note that New Nintendo 3DS consoles do not include an AC adapter.
With only one option for new stock, The New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition is the way to go on Black Friday if you want a 3D handheld. Not only is it one of the most stylish 3DS systems ever released, it’s also the cheapest at only $99.99. Not much competition here, so feel free to choose from a variety of retailers that have this deal including Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and GameStop.
Nothing says fun like swallowing enemies whole to take on their powers. Kirby Planet Robobot takes it to the next level by also letting you pilot mechs in a fight to save Kirby’s home planet of Popstar.
The granddaddy of first-person shooters is back in a reimagining of the game that started it all. In Doom, players fight to escape hell after scientists on Mars accidentally open a gateway to hades. Oops!
No contest here, this Toshiba 49”” 4K UHDTV is one of the best deals around, and with built-in Wi-Fi and integrated Roku streaming features, this deal takes streaming to the next level without breaking the bank.
Walmart and Target have each got the same great deal on this fully-featured Samsung 50” 4K UHDTV. HDR10 gives you lifelike color and stunning picture quality while a quad-core processor and integrated 802.11AC combine for a buttery smooth streaming experience.
Shoppers wanting a bit more screen real estate should find a spot in line at Walmart this Thanksgiving, where they’ll have the top doorbuster in this 55” 4K UHDTV from Philips. Enjoy Netflix streaming with integrated Wi-Fi and Smart TV features along with plenty of connectivity thanks to 3 HDMI ports.
Featuring LG’s HDR Pro, it’s superior image quality that once again puts a deal over the top and makes it the all-around best value for your dollar. This 55” 4K UHDTV from LG also has integrated Wi-Fi and smart streaming features.
Being the lowest priced 60” UHDTV for only $599.99 at Best Buy doesn’t mean this TV is lacking features. With 3 HDMI ports, built-in Wi-Fi with smart streaming, and 120hz interpolated refresh rate, there’s no better deal on a 60” 4K UHDTV this Black Friday.
Samsung and Target team up to bring you the best value set in the 60” range this Black Friday. Here, stunning picture quality with HDR combined with Wi-Fi, smart streaming, and 120hz enhanced refresh rate delivers just about everything one could want in a bargain 4k UHDTV.
Buying a super-sized 4K UHDTV on a value-sized budget is what Black Friday is all about. Live the dream with this fully-featured 65” 4K UHDTV from LG, which includes 3 HDMI HDCP 2.2 ports, HDR Pro, 120hz enhanced motion, Wi-Fi, and LG’s webOS suite of streaming apps.
Sears and Samsung are out to prove that curvy can be beautiful this Black Friday with this 65” Curved 4K UHDTV for only $999.99. This premium set has got all the bells and whistles including HDR Premium, 120hz enhanced motion, 3 HDMI ports, and Wi-Fi with smart streaming features.
Thanksgiving is still a day away, but Target on Wednesday unveiled its Cyber Monday game plan which includes 15 percent nearly everything its sells — including Apple products — both online and in its stores.
“Target is building on last year’s record-breaking Cyber Monday event with a truly spectacular two-day offer,” said Mike McNamara, chief information and digital officer of Target. “We’re giving guests a compelling opportunity to save 15 percent across Target’s broad assortment, plus the flexibility to shop the offer for two days in a way that’s most convenient to them – whether they want to shop online or in a store.”
From 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Black Friday, one lucky customer will win a $1,000 Bealls Department Stores Shopping Spree. A runner-up in every Bealls Department Store will receive a $100 Bealls gift card.
From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, customers can register to win a Reel Legends custom-wrapped Hell’s Bay 18 foot Glades Skiff boat, complete with an Evinrude 30HP motor and custom trailer valued at $39,500.
Over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping rush, Bealls will offer a number of “Beall Ringer” specials.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and ending at 1 p.m .on Black Friday, Bealls will offer more than 100 Beall Ringer specials such as 55 percent off of team apparel for the entire family, ladies’ boots for $19.99, $16.99 Gloria Vanderbilt and YMI brand jeans, 50 percent off toys and BOGO 50 percent off for Tervis products.
“When we plan our Black Friday specials, we like to think outside of the box. This year, not only are we offering our amazing deals and Beall Ringers that we know our customers will love, we are giving away a boat, 71 kayaks and a $1000 shopping spree,” said Matt Beall, Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Bealls Department Stores, Inc. “In addition to the contests, customers will find thousands of amazing deals that will last the entire weekend throughout the store – including great brands exclusive to Bealls like Reel Legends, Leoma Lovegrove and Coral Bay. Our coastal, unique fashions and understanding of the Florida Lifestyle for the entire family are what make us special this Black Friday. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, looking for gifts for friends and family, or just trying to win a new boat or kayak, you’ll be able to find everything you need at Bealls while supporting your local community.”
“Many bargain-hunters will be away from their homes, as they travel to and from work, running errands around town or visiting family and friends,” the company said. “So, we’re going to open up access to Xfinity WiFi public hotspots to everyone free of charge – non-Xfinity Internet customers included – from 6:00 AM EST on Monday, November 28 to 6:00 AM EST on Tuesday, November 29.”
There are nearly 2 million of these Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Florida, the company said.
“If you’re shopping in-store you can also stack any of these deals with manufacturer coupons, and possibly Target’s cartwheel app to save even more,” officials with the BfAds.net said. “Remember that sometimes you will find better than Black Friday deals during this sale.”
Here are the complete sale details from Target’s press release:
Saturday, Nov. 19: 30 percent off toys. This season, Target is introducing nearly 1,800 new or mass exclusives – an increase of more than 15 percent compared to last holiday season – including popular toys such as Star Wars, Trolls and Our Generation dolls.
Sunday, Nov. 20: 10 percent off electronics and entertainment. Guests will find popular products like iPads and iPods, and, new for this year’s promotion, iPhones and Beats.
Monday, Nov. 21: 20 percent off kitchen purchases, including Calphalon, Cuisinart, Keurig, KitchenAid, Ninja, OXO and Threshold.
Tuesday, Nov. 22: 25 percent off beauty. Target’s assortment of more than 15,000 products offers guests the perfect opportunity to stock up and save on brands such as Boots, Burt’s Bees, Chi, Dove, e.l.f., Harry Josh and NYX.
Wednesday, Nov. 23: Buy one, get one free frozen pizza. Target is bringing back its best pizza deal of the year, offering guests a break from the kitchen leading up to the meal prep on Thanksgiving.
Friday, Nov. 25: 30 percent off apparel, accessories and shoes for the family. With the changing of seasons comes a chance to update your look, from head to toe. Target has nearly 3,000 new items for the entire family from popular brands including Cat & Jack and Who What Wear. (Sale in apparel and accessories valid Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 26.)
Saturday, Nov. 26: Save $50 when you spend $100 in the Wondershop. New this year, Target has created Wondershop, a destination in stores and online featuring more than 2,000 new festive products for the season.
Sunday, Nov. 27 and Monday, Nov. 28: A surprise deal! Next week, Target will be announcing an unprecedented savings opportunity in stores and on Target.com.
Beginning on Black Friday, the Outlets will give each family two free professional Santa photos along with a digital download of a single image. The retail center notes: one giveaway per family, per Christmas season. Some restrictions may apply.
The giveaway, the first of its kind for the outdoor shopping hub, continues through Christmas Eve.
Additional photos and Christmas merchandise will be available for purchase.
“This is a first for us and we are thrilled to give this extraordinary holiday gift to all of our shoppers,” said Palm Beach Outlets Marketing Director Pam Rada. “We hope this personalized keepsake will add to their holiday spirit.”