Holiday Shopping Deals and Tips

From Black Friday through the post-holiday sales, be sure you always find the best deals with our insider tips and shopping strategies.

Shopping guide: Holiday Sales 2011

Be ready to nab the best deals every week with our top Holiday sales picks.

Black Friday Sales 2011

Knowing the best deals and where to find them before you shop is the key to making the most out of holiday sales. Check out this list of hot bargains that your favorite stores are featuring this week (sales may vary depending on your area):

What’s on sale at Office Max (prices valid through Saturday)

See Office Max’s weekly ad

Our top picks:

1-cent (after MaxPerks Bonus Rewards) Duracell CopperTop AA or AAA batteries, 20-pack

$2 Scotch Magic or Gift Wrap Tape, 2-pack or Pop-Up Tape Handband Dispenser


-Holiday letterhead and greeting cards

-HP Photo and Business communications paper

Free items:

-$5 OfficeMax gift card with purchase of any two K-Cup 16- or 18-packs

-10-pack of Duracell CopperTop AA batteries when you purchase $50 in national brand ink

What's on sale at Walmart (prices valid through Saturday)

See Walmart’s weekly ad

Our top picks:

$3.87 Expressions photo frame

$2.97 10-ounce jar candle

$98 Sansui 19” LCD HDTV

$1 100-Count Peel and Stick Christmas gift tags

$1.27 kids’ Faded Glory gripper gloves

$2.88 fleece throw

98-cent Bob’s peppermint or cherry candy canes

$1 Hershey-ets or Reese’s Pieces canes

$14.88 Rival Air Popper, Black & Decker Programmable Coffee Maker, George Foreman quesadilla maker or grill

Free $100 card with purchase of Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect

What’s on sale at Michaels (prices valid through Saturday)

See Michaels’ weekly ad

Our top picks:

50% off Martha Stewart Crafts Christmas paper crafting and celebrations

50% off Creatology art and activity sets

Up to 70% off Christmas handcrafted floral; Celebrate It baskets; Christmas wrap, gift bags, trees, ornaments, lights, ribbon, bows, boxed cards, candles and candleholders, crafts, picks, floral and imprintable stationery

50% off Christmas stickers, paper pads and stamps

Buy Two, Get One Free Celebrate It Basic Basic ribbon

What’s on sale at Target (Prices valid through Saturday)

See Target’s 3-Day Sale ad 

Our top picks:

Our top picks:

$3.99 Circo small wood puzzles

$8 Xhilaration slap watch

$2 Xhilaration 2-pack stretch gloves

$5 selected men’s graphic tees

$10 men’s Merona cotton crewneck sweater

50% off artificial Christmas trees

Buy any sippy cup, get one 50% off

Free Target gift card offers:

-$40 card when you buy 8GB iPod touch

-$30 card when you buy Samsung 32” LCD HDTV

-$15 card when you buy 8GB iPod nano

-$75 card when you buy Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

-$20 card when you buy NOOK Color e-reader tablet

-$15 card when you buy NOOK Simple Touch

-$50 card when you buy 4GB Xbox 360 game system

-$75 card when you buy Panasonic Lumix GF3 camera

-$70 card when you buy Neato Robotic vacuum

-$20 card when you buy Shark Navigator Lift-Away vacuum

What’s on sale at Toys R Us (prices valid through Saturday)

See Toys R Us’ weekly ad

Our top picks:

Buy 1, Get 1 40% off all video games priced $19.99 or less

Buy 2, Get the 3rd Free American Girl crafts


-Transformers deluxe figures

-LeapFrog Leapster software

-Toys R Us batteries

Free items:

-Any 3 Disney Princess & Me doll outfits plus free Tea for Two Set when you buy any Disney Princess & Me doll

-Fashion Pack when you buy any Lalaloopsy Littles doll

-Booster Pack with any total Pokemon, Redakai or Yu-Gi-Oh! purchase of $20 or more

-$50 Toys R Us gift card when you buy any Apple 32 GB iPod touch

-$35 Toys R Us gift card when you buy any Nintendo 3DS handheld system

Buy One, Get One 50% Off:

-LEGO construction sets


-Xia Xia

-Monster High single dolls

-Girls’ Squinkies

-Little Miss Muffin dolls

-Bratz single dolls

-Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch toys and puzzles

-Crayola art supplies

-Play-Doh kits

-Mega Bloks construction sets

What’s on sale at Kmart (prices valid through Saturday)

See Kmart’s weekly ad

Our top picks:

50% off Joe Boxer sleepwear for the family

$5.99 men’s and women’s fleece tops and pants

60% off jewelry boxes

$3.99 Route 66 kids’ tees

60% off Wonderkids and Athletech Supreme fleece

50% off indoor Christmas décor, Christmas ornamentation and holiday boxed cards

50% off kids’ slippers

50% off Disney Fairy toys

Buy Two, Get One free Playskool infants’ and preschool toys

Buy One, Get One 50% off socks for the family

Free $15 Kmart card when you buy Shark Professional Steam Pocket mop


-Slipper socks and hosiery giftables

-Littlest Pet Shop

What's on sale at Macy's (prices valid through Saturday)

Our top picks:

$16.99 John Ashford men's flannel sportshirts or turtlenecks

Free tote bag when you buy Sean John Empress for Her fragrance

Free sequined clutch when you buy Michael Kors Gold fragrance

Free signature bag when you buy Sean John for Him fragrance

Free tote bag when you buy Tommy Hilfiger Eau De Prep fragrance

What's on sale at Kohl's (prices valid through Saturday)

Our top picks:

45-55% off misses and women winter outwear

50% off men’s winter outerwear

50% off Carter’s coveralls and sets

60% off holiday dinnerware from St. Nicholas Square and Food Network; holiday rugs and doormats

Buy One, Get One ½ Off:

-All basics for men (Jockey underwear; 2-pack boxers from Chaps and Croft & Barrow; dress, casual and athletic socks; Croft & Barrow underwear)

-Socks and underwear for boys (sizes 4-20)

-Ties, belts and wallets for boys (sizes 4-20)

What's on sale at Best Buy (prices valid through Saturday)

Our top picks:

$329.99 HP AMD Dual-Core E-450 Accelerated Processor laptop

Free camera bag and memory card with purchase of Nikon Coolpix S3100

Free Best Buy gift card offers:

-$100 card with purchase of Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Console

-$50 card with purchase of 320GB PlayStation 3 Uncharted 3 Bundle

-$50 card with purchase of Toshiba Thrive 10.1 Tablet

-$25 card with purchase of NOOK Color

-$30 card with purchase of any Nintendo 3DS System

-$5 card with purchase of any two K-Cup Portion Packs

-$20 card with purchase of KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer

What's on sale at Walgreens (prices valid through Saturday)

Our top picks:

59-cent Hot Wheels vehicle (with in-ad coupon)

99-cent novelty holiday candy

3/$1 activity pads, puzzles or books

Buy 1 get 1 50% off boxed holiday cards

Buy 2 toys at $1.99 each, get 1 free

50% off Nerf toys


-Buy 1 Planters Trail Mix at $3.99, get 1 free

-Buy 1 Patriot Candles jar candle at $9.99, get 1 free