The best deals of the year usually happen on Black Friday and right through to Cyber Monday. What started out as a U.S. Thanksgiving Day weekend tradition has now spilled over to Canada. It’s considered to be the busiest shopping day of the year.

Those who are organized get to take advantage of some great deals. And yes, there are great deals to be had! But it can be pretty stressful.

According to a recent survey commissioned by Amazon, nearly four out of five international adults (78%) admit that they experience stress during the holiday season. Holiday shopping crowds (51%) and trying to decide what gifts to buy (49%) also topped the list of stressors, reported globally.

Our shopping tips for the holiday season:

  1. Make your list and have some idea of what you’d like to get for each person on your list. We all do this right?
  2. Stick close to your budget. You can get pretty creative even if your wallet isn’t bursting. Often artisan goods offer up meaningful and cost effective gifting ideas.
  3. Be open to find alternatives to what you originally wanted to purchase. Sometimes the hottest items of the season (think latest toys, sneakers) will have you waiting in lines. Is it worth your time? That’s up to you.
  4. Be wary of return and exchange policies. The deals may be really awesome BUT make sure you are aware of timing. We were caught off guard last year when grandma purchased her Xmas gifts for the kids at the end of November and we couldn’t return or exchange them (wrong size) after Christmas because it was past the allowed time.
  5. Keep all your receipts and ask for gift receipts!

If you’re after electronics, Black Friday weekend is the best time to get what you desire. Think video games, consoles, tablets, laptops, TVs, etc.

We’ve been keeping an eye on some companies that are already teasing out what to expect. We’ll keep this post updated as we lead up to the date so check back often! We’ve also linked you directly to their sites.

AMAZON.CA: To help take the stress out of holiday shopping, Amazon Canada  has launched its Black Friday Deals Store that have already begun – offering deals across every category. For more than 50 days over the holiday season, customers will discover new deals on everything from toys and electronics, to holiday entertaining essentials – all in one convenient location.

Some of the deals to watch out for include…

  • Save on select products from iRobot Roomba
  • Save $60 on the Kindle Oasis
  • Save on select Delonghi espresso and cappuccino machines
  • Save on select Black + Decker corded outdoor power tools
  • Save on select Sony headphones
  • Save 30% on select Samsung wearables
  • Save 15% or more on select Garmin products
  • Save 15% or more on select Skip Hop products
  • Save up to 48% on select Kraft snacks and coffee
  • Save up to 25% on select beer and wine making kits
  • Save 30% on select K’NEX toys
  • Save 25% on select Fisher-Price toys
  • Save 25% on select Power Wheels products
  • Save on select Ravensburger games and puzzles
  • Save on select air purifiers and oil diffusers

APPLE: We don’t have specifics but Apple has confirmed that there will be a 4-Day Shopping Event starting this Friday. Our eyes are glued on this one.

NINTENDO SWITCH: Still considering a Nintendo Switch? There’s a  new bundle that comes with the hit Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game as a full game download in the system at a suggested retail price of only $379.99. That’s basically like getting a free game (which is an $80 value) with your purchase of Nintendo Switch! And to make driving in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe feel even more realistic, Nintendo is also offering a set of two white Joy-Con Wheel accessories at a suggested retail price of $19.99. Playing with the Joy-Con Wheel is as simple as placing a Joy-Con controller inside and turning the wheel left and right. And since Nintendo Switch comes with two Joy-Con controllers, you and another player can dive right in and start racing against each other right away

CONSONANT SKINCARE: a Canadian premium skin care that is as luxurious as the most expensive fashion label brand, as effective as the best-known cosmeceutical brand, and as healthy as the leading natural brand. Products are 100% natural, and formulated with the highest possible concentration of organic botanical ingredients. But they are still skin care, not salad dressing Nov 23, 24, 25, 26 – 20% off everything (125ml size of HydrExtreme is the only exclusion)

PRELOVED: Each piece designed and manufactured here in Canada. Uses reclaimed vintage and deadstock and overrun fabrics to make modern apparel. The annual Black 5-day sale runs November 22 to November 26. 50 % off site wide, plus additional perks as the days go on.

KNIX: every product in this incredible intimate Canadian undergarment line is designed (and redesigned and redesigned) and is made with one goal in mind: to make you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Sale is already on with currently up to  50% site wide sale. November 19 to 26. (serious hoard worthy)

ETSY: Cyber Weekend Sales Event (because one day isn’t enough!). Sales will run from Wednesday, November 21, through Cyber Monday, November 26, with hundreds of discounted items up to 60% off.

Find everything you need, from personalized decor to one-of-a-kind presents for everyone you’re shopping for (including yourself!), all while supporting creative small businesses. Pro Tip: Shoppers with the Etsy app get early access to the Cyber Sales Event starting Tuesday (November 20)

CASPER: The popular mattress and sleep accessories company is offering 10% off any order with a mattress. The offer is available online and at Casper Sleep Shops across North America between November 19 to November 26.

TIGER OF SWEDEN: a Stockholm-based fashion house established in 1903 with a heritage in tailoring. For more than a century Tiger of Sweden has stood for style with purpose, dressing men and women for whom true style is about the confidence to be themselves. Black Friday sales: In-store (Toronto) and instore/online (Montreal). Up to 50% off. November 23 to 25.

GUESS: The latest trendsetting looks for everyday and nights on the town. offering up to 50% off the entire store.

TISSOT: International watch brand since 1853. Tissot has been named Official Timekeeper and Partner of many, including, basketball with the NBA, FIBA and CBA; cycling with the Tour de France and the UCI World Cycling Championships; motorsports with MotoGPTM and the FIM World Superbike Championship and rugby with the RBS 6 Nations Championship, TOP14, the European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cups. Black Friday sales will see 40% to 50% off select items. November 23 to 27.

SUICOKE: For the ultimate super “tastemaker” this Japanese line is coveted by international style set with a cult-like following. 60% off Samples, 30% off selected collection items. Nov. 23, 2018 12AM to Nov. 26th 11:59PM

STRUCTUBE: Their mission is to offer the most incredible assortment of modern furniture and accessories at the lowest possible prices. The sale is offering up to 40% off select items this Black Friday + Cyber Week. Sale has already started and will go until November 25th.

VITALY: Vitaly accessories is made from stainless steel — a metal that is made from up to 85% recycled material. With a lifespan of three decades, stainless steel production is incredibly durable and sustainable.Vitaly’s core clothing collection in Portugal, using sustainable manufacturing practices and working exclusively with internationally-certified dye-houses and fabric mills. 30% discount on all Vitaly and Clocks and Colours items, as well as additions to their clearance section – up to 80% off. November 23 to 27. Online and in-store.

DERMALOGICA: Starting Friday, November 23rd, purchase $120 of any Dermalogica products at Dermalogica.ca and receive a Radiate and Replenish Kit ($65 value) free. The Radiate and Replenish kit includes Rapid Reveal Peel trial size (3 ml), Phyto Replenish Oil trial size (4 ml) and Sound Sleep Cocoon trial size (10 ml) in a festive glitter travel bag.

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EDITORS’ NOTE: All information provided directly by each brand’s public relations team. This will be updated daily when more details become available.

*Amazon Canada provided the shopping stats for this story.