Black Friday Is Coming!

My son loves Black Friday. He and his 2 cousins have made a tradition out of camping outside big box stores on Thanksgiving night, waiting to get the great deals. They stay up all night for this and think it’s great fun.

To me, that would be agony. I know it’s not commonly heard coming from a woman, but I hate shopping. I especially hate shopping during the Christmas rush when there are lots of crowds to deal with. And I think I’d prefer a root canal over shopping on Black Friday.

What is Black Friday anyway and why do they call it that? I mean I don’t remember having Black Friday as a kid, do you? But in doing some research on it,  the day after the USA Thanksgiving has traditionally been the start of the Christmas shopping season since the 1920’s.

Black Friday didn’t officially get it’s name until sometime during the mid 1970’s. The reason why it’s called Black Friday is because retailers tend to not see any profits until the official Christmas shopping season starts so they operate in the red until the day after Thanksgiving. That day helps them to make a profit for the year, hence then they are operating in the black. Black Friday. Get it?

Anyway, I usually do about 80-90% of my holiday shopping online, and most of that is from Amazon. They have some of the best deals out there, usually come with free shipping and have just about everything you could possibly want on your list.

If you are looking for toys for the kids in your life, check out Amazon’s top toys list: Amazon’s Holiday Toy List

And to check out their Black Friday deals, click here: Shop Amazon’s Black Friday Week

If you prefer handcrafted gifts, look on Etsy.com for some awesome products. Beware it can be a time trap. I can spend hours on there looking at all the pretties.

So, do you do your holiday shopping online or in stores in your area? What is your favorite store to shop?

Hope yall are having a great Thanksgiving!

Cathy

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Fathers Day is just weeks away. It’s on June 19th this year. Are you ready for it?

My sweet daddy passed away a few years ago so I no longer have anyone to buy a gift for. But I still found some great Fathers Day gift ideas for you.

Click on the pictures or the links below to get more information or to order any of these gifts.

First we have this personalized Man Cave sign. Since it’s personalized, you have to order it 2-4 weeks in advance so if this is something you like for the dad in your life, you need to order it right away. At the time of this post, it’s about $25 from Potpourri.

Personalized Man Cave Sign

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If you don’t have that much time to order it, you can get a non-personalized version from Amazon for about $10.

Man Cave Enter At Your Own Risk Metal Door Sign

Man Cave Enter At Your Own Risk Metal Door Sign

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If your dad likes t shirts, I found some funny ones. This one says  says “the Man, the Legend”.  The shirts come in either black, gray, yellow, white, royal blue, orange or navy. The sizes are Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large. All of them run around $18 except for XX-Large which is $1 more. This shirt is made of 100% cotton and is already pre-shrunk.

The Man- The Legend Funny Custom T-shirt

The Man- The Legend. Funny Custom T-shirt

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One more shirt for you, but this is for your grandfather. It says “This is What a Really Cool Grandpa Looks like”. My dad would have loved this one too. It comes in blue and like the above shirt, it is available in Large, X-Large and XX-Large. Same prices as the one too at running between $17-$19 at this time.

What a Really Cool Grandpa Looks Like T-Shirt

What a Really Cool Grandpa Looks Like T-Shirt

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If your dad is into grilling, I found these ultra cool skewers. It comes in packet of 2. They are flexible so you can load up your meat and veggies onto the skewer and then let it marinate in a bag or bowl You can just bend the skewers to fit. It also helps on the grill because you can bend the skewer to fit the grill space. These skewers got great reviews on Amazon.

Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer
Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer, Set of 2

 

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If your dad is a runner, or biker, he will love this cool gadget. It’s the Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue WatchThis thing has gotten fantastic reviews and there is just so much info about on Amazon, I’ll just let you click over there and check it all out.

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Black/Blue Watch

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Dad to the rescue! Fathers often have to help their kids and wives out when they have car trouble. I know my dad did. So did my husband. And this jump starter is a great thing to keep in your own car too. If you or someone around you has a dead battery, you will be ready. This jump starter got fantastic reviews and I can personally attest myself as to how great it is because we own one of these. It’s probably been used half a dozen times in the past year or two and boy, is it ever a life saver!

Jump-N-Carry JNC300XL 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12V Jump Starter with Light
Jump-N-Carry JNC300XL 900 Peak Amp Ultraportable 12V Jump Starter with Light

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Well those are my choices. I also want to give you two more links to check out from a company called Novica. It’s a company associated with National Geographic so there is lots of stuff from all over the world. I love the Hammocks from Around the World so if your dad is into relaxing (as most dads are) check them out. They have a whole category just for Fathers Day gifts, so go take a look at them here: Father’s Day gift ideas at Novica.com!

Happy Fathers Day dads and all of us who love them!