Don’t Waste Your Money: The Worst Black Friday Gifts

November 21, 2014  |  
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Want to save money on Black Friday? Don’t waste it on these products. They may pop up on the flyer, but slim discounts on these items make them the worst Black Friday gifts you can buy — if you want to keep more money in your wallet.

Furniture

You’re better off waiting until summer time to re-do the living room. Home & patio furniture prices drop way down in warmer months, especially August and September.

Flowers

Looking to get a head start on shipping flowers to a loved one for Christmas? You’re better off waiting until closer to the 25th. Online flower retailers offer a few discounts on Black Friday but their deals are rarely as good as those you’ll find right around the biggest flower-shipping holidays like Christmas, Mother’s and Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate

The same rules apply to these sweet treats. For big savings, skip the Black Friday discounts and save your money until just before you want to send them out.

Exercise Equipment

Don’t tackle those New Year’s fitness resolutions just yet. In December, exercise equipment is discounted twice as much — and you’ll find better equipment to boot.

Flights & Vacation Packages

Black Friday travel discounts may be tempting but they’re only a little bit better than those offered throughout the year. You’re better off waiting to make those travel plans in January where airlines typically have better deals.

Brand-Name Smart TVs

Door Buster Black Friday deals are fine for older models. But if you want a new smart TV, wait until after January. That’s when manufacturers reveal their new models — and heavily discount their older ones up to 10% cheaper than you’ll find them during Black Friday’s best deals.

Gift Cards

Gift cards make great gifts. Just not on Black Friday. Wait a week into December and you’ll start to see much bigger gift card discounts — especially from iTunes.

Tools

Wait to buy his gifts in December. You’ll find 15% more deals after Black Friday.

High-End Laptops

Looking for a budget lap top to Facebook from? Black Friday is your day. But if you need to send the kids off to school with a high-performance machine, it’s better to wait until it’s time to get back to school. Deals then are roughly 10% cheaper.

New Game Consoles

If the kids are looking for the newest games and consoles on the market, you’re largely out of luck when it comes to Black Friday deals. You’ll find the best discounts on the last generation of consoles — especially the bundles that include a few games to boot. They’re often 30 to 40 percent off.

Designer Clothing

Fashionistas are better off making a trip to the outlet mall. The big designers rarely do discounts and you’ll rarely find more than 30% off on Black Friday itself.

Winter Gear

Winter months are never a great time to find cheap winter gear — even on Black Friday. Unless you’ve got a ski trip planned over winter vacation, wait until spring for the best discounts.

Toys

If you want to fill up those stockings, wait until December 8-14 with all of the other last-minute shoppers. That’s when you’ll find the best deals on toys for tots.

Anything From The Apple Store

The Apple Store doesn’t really do discounts. Even on Black Friday the best discounts you’ll find are 5 to 10 percent off. You’ll find much better deals at stores like Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

Fine Jewelry

You’re better off waiting to buy bling during the summer months. Sales are slower than and retailers offer deep discounts to move those diamonds.

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