For every big-ticket item on Christmas shopping lists, dozens of "door buster" sales compete for shoppers' holiday dollars. To be sure you're getting good value, match up the gifts on your list with these top Black Friday deals, from TVs to tablets to toys. (Supplies are limited, and store hours may vary by location.)
Best Buy is offering a Dell Inspiron laptop with a 15.6-inch touchscreen, an Intel Core i3 processor, 8 gigabytes of memory, and a 1-terabyte hard drive for $300 (regularly $430). This is another "door buster" deal available all day online as well as in stores starting at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving (8 a.m. on Black Friday).
Although $349 is the normal starting price for an Apple Watch, Target is effectively bringing the price down to $249 by offering a $100 Target gift card with purchase. Consider this deal two gifts for the price of one or put the gift card toward your holiday shopping. The sale starts Thanksgiving Day.
Laptop deals get more attention, but consumers who want a desktop won't be disappointed. Staples is offering a Dell PC with Windows 10, an Intel Core i5 processor, a 1TB hard drive, and 8GB of memory for $400 (regularly $630; limit one per customer). Buy online Thanksgiving Day, or visit stores starting at 6 a.m. the day after.
TABLET At Staples, the Apple iPad Air 2 with 64GB of storage will be priced at $449. Not only is that $150 cheaper than the regular price, it's $50 less than the 16GB base model usually costs. This deal is available Thanksgiving Day online and on Black Friday in stores starting at 6 a.m. (limit one per customer).
Kohl's is advertising Barbie, Elsa, and other Disney Princess dolls for $6 (regularly $15 to $22). The dolls are available at this door buster price only in stores from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to 1 p.m. on Black Friday. At Toys R Us, an Imaginarium 55-piece train set with table will be selling for $40 (regularly $110) while supplies last in store from Thursday at 5 p.m. until midnight.
No ad promises a cheaper price than Walmart on the Fitbit Flex wristband, a wireless activity and sleep tracker. It will be $59 starting Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m. in stores and all day online. Shoppers can step up to the Fitbit Charge for $90 at several retailers, but Kohl's is offering the Fitbit Charge HR with heart-rate tracking for essentially the same price: $120 along with $30 of Kohl's Cash.
In an online exclusive, Dell is offering Bose SoundTrue in-ear headphones for $50 starting at midnight on Black Friday. Willing to spend a bit more for a popular brand? Beats Studio over-ear headphones (regularly $300) will be $169 at Walmart in stores only, starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Anticipating high demand, the retailer set a limit of one per customer and guarantees that the item will be in stock for at least one hour.
For a wannabe DJ or someone who has started showing an interest in old-school vinyl, JC Penney will be offering a Crosley Cruiser three-speed portable turntable for $50 (regularly $120; currently on sale for $80). The deal is available starting Thanksgiving Day at 3 p.m. while supplies last.
Macy's is offering select cashmere sweaters (always popular under the tree) from its private Charter Club brand for $40. Original prices start at $140 and current sale prices start at $70. This door buster is valid 6 p.m. on Thursday to 1 p.m. on Friday (stores are open all night), so shop early.