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Some of the best stores for Black Friday shopping are also the most unexpected places to find Black Friday sales. Like most shoppers, when you think of Black Friday deals, you might immediately picture the main players like Walmart, Target, and Amazon. And of course, they offer some of the best Black Friday deals online and in store.

However, they’re not the only game in town. Many retailers offer Black Friday deals worth your time too, and you may not even realize it. That’s what I’m here for. So check out these unexpected but best stores for Black Friday deals.

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Black Friday Deals at Drugstores

Black Friday toys in a shopping cart at CVS

Can you say cheap stocking stuffers?! You can find some of the best Black Friday sales at drugstores when it comes to small toys, candy, and gift cards. Also find stellar savings (I’m talking Black Friday freebies in some cases) on essentials. Check it out:


1. CVS Black Friday Deals

In 2021 free toothpaste, free pain relievers, and free cleansing wipes were just the beginning. CVS Black Friday deals also included:

  • $1.99 makeup gift sets
  • BOGO toys as low as $3
  • $9 Yankee Candles

We’re keeping our eyes peeled for what CVS may offer in 2022, but we expect toiletries, makeup, and personal care items, with sales that can sometimes be stacked with printable coupons and your CVS ExtraBucks.


2. Walgreens Black Friday Deals

Walgreens Black Friday deals haven’t been released yet, but 2021 saw loads of toys and crafts for $3.50 after a buy two get two free sale.

This year, besides the toy sale, watch for grocery and household deals like $1.99 All, Snuggle, and Purex laundry detergent (after a sale price and a coupon).

Also look for a potential free $10 Walgreens gift card when you buy two select $25 gift cards.


3. Rite Aid Black Friday Deals

Never underestimate the power of stacking savings — especially at drugstores like Rite Aid. Often you can use BonusCash, coupons, and Ibotta cash-back offers to get yourself a moneymaker — even on Black Friday!

Last year Rite Aid Black Friday deals included freebies on candy, hairbrushes, socks, and dish soap. You just had to combine a sale price with a BonusCash offer, and it was as if you got these for free.

Like Walgreens, Rite Aid was full of Black Friday gift card deals, like $15 off Apple gift cards and $10 off Gap, Old Navy, Lowe’s, and Wayfair gift cards.


Black Friday Deals at Home Improvement Stores

A man with three poinsettia plants in his arms at Lowe's.

This one used to be a well-kept secret, but people are waking up to the fact that home improvement retailers are some of the best stores for Black Friday deals. They often have awesome holiday sales on seasonal decor, tools, and artificial Christmas trees.


4. Home Depot Black Friday Deals

In 2021 some of the best Home Depot Black Friday deals included:

  • $2 potted poinsettias (6.5-inch)
  • 60% off giant inflatable holiday characters
  • BOGO free DeWalt power tools
  • Pre-lit 6.5-foot Christmas trees for just $39.98 (regularly $49.98)

We can expect slashed prices on holiday decor this year, as well.

Beyond Christmas decor, you’ll likely find discounted appliances, nearly half-off vacuums, and more at Home Depot. Look for discounted batteries and lawn care items, too.


5. Lowe’s Black Friday Deals

In 2021 Lowe’s Black Friday deals were very similar to Home Depot’s:

  • 1-quart poinsettias for $1.50
  • BOGO free DeWalt tools
  • 65% off artificial Christmas trees

This year I expect Lowe’s to again compete with items like holiday inflatables, cordless Dewalt and Craftsman tools, and Christmas trees.

TIP: Want to see which home improvement store is cheaper? We reveal the answer in our Lowe’s vs Home Depot matchup.



Pet Store Black Friday Deals

A woman standing next to a PetSmart shopping cart, pulling a cat bed from a stack of them sitting on a shelf at PetSmart.

Need some gifts for your furry friend? Pet stores make some of the best stores for Black Friday sales that are fun to shop. They mark down special products on top of discounts on everyday pet essentials.


6. PetSmart Black Friday Deals

Year after year, PetSmart Black Friday deals include pet beds for 65% off. (In 2021 you could get them for just $6.99). Other holiday discounted items at PetSmart included:

  • Cat boxes
  • Pet pads
  • Pet treat savings

7. Petco Black Friday Deals

In 2021 Petco Black Friday deals included 50% off dog and cat holiday apparel, toys, and treats (think stocking stuffers for your pets).

Also watch for 50% off:

  • Reptiles
  • Freshwater fish
  • Select cat food
  • Pet furniture


8. Chewy.com Black Friday Deals

Online pet store Chewy.com always has sales, and I expect Black Friday 2022 to be no different.

Last year we spotted plenty of B2G1 free deals for dog and cat items, 50% off dog travel essentials, and 30% off vacuums, air purifiers, and smart home gear. Plus, you could get 50% off your first autoship order.


Black Friday Deals at Auto Parts Stores

a person holding an autozone basket while shopping for car oil.

Auto parts stores offer discounts on various products, but the real bargains are found in their gift card deals.

To get the most out of these Black Friday sales, be sure to sign up for each store’s loyalty program.


9. O’Reilly Auto Parts Black Friday Deals

In 2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts Black Friday offerings included:

  • Free $10 gift card with the purchase of Castor motor oil
  • Free $20 gift card with the purchase of select Sylvania car light bulbs
  • BOGO Free Chevron Fuel System Cleanser

If you plan to shop there, make sure to join the O’Rewards Loyalty Program first. Join to get $5 rewards for every 150 points accumulated.


10. AutoZone Black Friday Deals

In 2021 you could score multiple $5-off deals during the AutoZone Black Friday sale:

  • $5 off headlamps
  • $5 off gloves
  • $5 off floor mats and seat covers

You could also get two air fresheners for $5.

Their Cyber Monday deal was even better, though. AutoZone Cyber Monday featured a free $25 AutoZone gift card for every $125 spent on online Ship to Home orders on Cyber Monday.

If you haven’t already signed up for AutoZone’s killer loyalty program, do it before Black Friday arrives to start working on another $20 cash back when you make five purchases of $20 or more.

TIP: Here’s how you can save money on car maintenance throughout the year.


Black Friday Deals at Craft Stores

A woman looking at Christmas garland at Michaels.

Crafters, on your marks … get set … GO! You’ll want to score all the cheap yarn, floral, and home decor to get you through the season and well into 2023.

Black Friday is not the time to try to save on a Cricut machine, but you can find some great discounts on Cricut materials.


11. JoAnn Black Friday Deals

Here are some of the best JoAnn Black Friday sales we’ve seen in the past:

  • 75% discounts on fleece and flannel
  • 60% off Christmas fabrics, handmade holiday ornament tubes, wreaths, and custom framing orders
  • $99 sewing machines

You could also get $50 off the Cricut Air Explore, but to be honest you can find comparable sales scattered throughout the year. The Black Friday sale isn’t all that impressive.

Watch for JoAnn coupon codes to help you save even more on sale prices, but you’ve gotta keep an eye on the fine print.

In 2021 online shoppers could use a coupon code to save 50% on regular-priced items all day, but there was also an additional 25% off coupon code that had to be used between 6 a.m. and noon on Black Friday.

TIP: Here are even more ways to save at JoAnn fabrics throughout the year.


12. Michaels Black Friday Deals

In 2021 Michaels had Singer sewing machines for just $69.99 and plenty of Christmas decor deals to deck all the halls. Pre-lit Christmas trees for $19.99? Yes, please!

There was also a 22% discount on the Cricut Explore Air 2 for Michaels Black Friday in 2021, which is a decent deal. But it’s also one you can find at other times throughout the year.


13. Hobby Lobby Black Friday Deals

In 2021 Hobby Lobby Black Friday offered:

  • 75% off fall home decor
  • 50% off Christmas decor (including trees and wreaths)
  • 50% off on fabric, all home decor, frames, jewelry-making products, and floral items
  • 40% off crafts and art supplies

Be careful, though. Some of these discounts look pretty steep but are actually offered by Hobby Lobby year-round. You can get 50% off frames literally all the time. You can get 50% off home decor and floral items every other week, and jewelry-making items are on sale for 50% off every three weeks.

TIP: Check out the Hobby Lobby sale schedule to see if that Black Friday “deal” is actually a good one.



14. Etsy Black Friday Deals

Etsy’s platform has hundreds of thousands of online retailers. While there’s no blanket Black Friday sale for the whole platform, you can find sales for individual retailers. Believe us; there are some good sales!

Start favoriting shops and retailers now. Typically retailers will start releasing their Black Friday deals the week of Black Friday and have the sales run all week.

Based on 2020 and 2021 trends, we expect free shipping to be added to a lot of deals as well as up to 60% off items like crafts, jewelry, art, and home decor. You may also want to find your favorite Etsy shop on Instagram, as sometimes they post secret promotional codes for shoppers.

TIP: Review KCL’s best Etsy shopping hacks for more tips to help you save even more.


Black Friday Deals at Clothing Stores

A person's hand grabbing a package of SHEIN clothes sitting on a wooden table.

Target and Old Navy Black Friday sales tend to be favorites, but don’t discount these online retailers that can definitely hang with the big dogs and offer astonishingly low prices.


15. Shein Black Friday Deals

For anyone who doesn’t already know, Shein is an international online retailer that has quickly become one of the hottest — and most controversial — apparel stores around.

Shein is known for their year-round sales, with prices slashed as much as 85%, offering up shirts for $2 and accessories for just $1. This doesn’t mean they skimp on Black Friday deals, though!

Shein’s Black Friday sale runs early. In both 2020 and 2021, it began mid-November (Nov. 14 for 2021) and ended on the day of Black Friday itself. Don’t worry if you somehow miss this sale, though. Shein Cyber Monday is typically the same sale as Black Friday.

TIP: Join the Shein email list to get access to deals at least 24 hours in advance. (Scroll to the bottom of the home page to see the sign up area.)


16. Zulily Black Friday Deals

The online retailer Zulily has amazing deals, but you have to sign in and be a member to access any of their pricing, special sales, or events. They often have daily events for popular brands like Keen, Sorel, Muk Luks, and more; however, since these are special events, you have to act fast to grab the deals.

Since Zulily has changing deals and brands daily, it’s hard to predict what they’ll be doing for Black Friday this year. But it’s sure they’ll be having a great sale! Last year they offered 65% off Vera Bradley, 25% off Hydro flask, Yeti, and Brumate, and sweet stocking stuffers for under $8.

16 Unexpected, Yet Best Stores for Black Friday Deals