Make sure you know what scams to watch out for when shopping online this holiday season. (©Kite_rin/Shutterstock)
By Jennifer McKee
In keeping with the strange year that has been 2020, may retailers are choosing to or have already started their Black Friday deals early. There are still traditional details to be had, however, and the choices are many. Here’s what’s on our watch list. Many of these sales run through Cyber Monday or have different deals that day.
Give (or receive) the gift of comfort this season with the luxuriously soft blankets, apparel and baby items from Barefoot Dreams. From Nov. 27-29, receive 25 percent off a curated selection of throws and accessories; from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, find fashion items, blankets and baby accessories at 30 percent off.
Coco & Eve
This haircare brand, which sources the finest in tropical Balinese ingredients, just introduced a number of gorgeous gift sets for the season. From Nov. 25-Dec. 4, receive 20 percent off sitewide and 30 percent off sitewide with a purchase of $120 or more. Discounts are applied automatically at checkout.
Danessa Myricks Beauty
With her products specially formulated to be used on a broad range of skin tones and textures, self-taught makeup artist Danessa Myricks is bent on breaking boundaries. They’re your go-to for flawless, bold looks, and you’ll have fun in the experimentation. Myrick’s ColorFix creams, for example, are a long-wearing paint that can be used on eyes, lips and the face and come in metallics, mattes, nudes and glazes. From Nov. 26-Nov. 30, all DM Beauty products are 40-50 percent off sitewide.
Snazzy smart wallets are what Amsterdam-based Ekster does best. The brand is known for its voice-activated, trackable wallets that let you check its whereabouts via Alexa, Siri or Google Home. The wallets also offer RFID protection, so they’re safe from skimming and identity theft. Best yet, they’re beautiful, and can be purchased in genuine or vegan leather. Visit the website for up to 40 percent off all products.
Get creative and make the most of your family photos with Mpix, where, among others, you can create blankets, photo mugs, metal prints and collages, even statuettes and much more. Only the highest-quality papers and materials and used, and all products are handmade for an extra-special touch. Need it there in a hurry? No worries, MPix’s super-fast shipping is the quickest we’ve experienced. Augusta Magazine readers can use code Mpix2520 to take 25 percent off their entire orders.
No, Thank You
The holidays just got a lot more calming thanks to No, Thank You‘s high-quality CBD products. From a nourishing oil that’s hard at work all day to an emulsifying masque that works its magic while you sleep, we never want to be without them again. Through Nov. 30, receive 30 percent off sitewide with the code “HOLIDAY30.” There’s also free standard shipping on all orders, free two-day shipping when you purchase $75 or more and a free toiletries bag with every purchase (while supplies last).
Noshinku x STAUD
Premium hand sanitizer brand Noshinku is one of our favorites—its scent is divine, and the pocket spray is not much thicker than a credit card. It just launched two new scents to accompany the original bergamot—Lavandula (the lavender oil comes from Provence, France) and eucalyptus—in addition to teaming up with clothing label STAUD for leather cases to house the spray. From Nov. 27- Dec. 1get a free pocket spray with every purchase of $50 or more and a free tabletop sprayer with $150 or more with the code “BLACKFRIDAYCLEAN.”
Update your specs collection with a luxe pair of glasses from Privé Revaux—the brand’s latest collaboration is with Disney Pixar’s “Soul,” starring Jamie Foxx as the voice of Joe Gardner. From Nov. 21-Dec. 1, there’s 30 percent off sitewide, in addition to free shipping.
Smart technology meets designer scents in Pura, an air freshener that plugs into any socket and you can control from your cell phone. The scents are made with only with pure, high-quality ingredients and come courtesy premium brands such as Thymes, its most recent collaboration—the resulting Frasier Fir will get your holidays off to a forest-scented start. On Black Friday, get a free device when you spend over $100. on Cyber Monday, get 30 percent off sitewide.
Made by a makeup artist for makeup artists, RCMA Makeup (Research Council of Makeup Artists) has an enthusiastic cult fan base. You’ll find out why when trying its illuminating sticks, pressed powders and foundations; the special color-process formula is the No. 1 choice of professionals today. From Nov. 27-Nov. 30, receive 25 percent off all products with the code “Cheers.”
The Tight Spot
This online hosiery retailer has a tight for every occasion—we’re particularly enamored of the Party Tights that add a glam touch to any night out. Its celebrating Black Friday in the best of ways: five percent off all proceeds will be split between three charities. Also, take 15 percent off sitewide from Nov. 25-30.
Now’s the time to plan a trip to Cabo. The lush Acre Resort has 11 open-air treehouses and an outdoor farm-to-table restaurant perfect for social distancing. Then, load up on your cuteness quotient by interacting with the hotel’s animal family—peacocks, roosters, Nigerian dwarf goats and an unforgettable donkey named Burrito. Amenities include morning poolside yoga, a mezcal tasting and round-trip transportation from the airport. A “Pay 2 Stay 3” deal is valid on new stays through October 2021 when booked by Dec. 1. Book via email and reference “AcreBlackFriday2020.“
Seeing the country through the oversized windows of an Amtrak train is a journey all travel enthusiasts should experience at least once. Now’s a great time to book; from Nov. 26-Nov. 30, couples save $300 on all National Park Rail Vacations of five nights or more through Amtrak Vacations, or travelers can save $300 when they upgrade to a private sleeper when booking five nights or more. The deals are good for travel in 2020 or 2021.
Cambria Sonoma Wine Country
Need to escape to wine country? We know the feeling. From Black Friday through Cyber Monday (Nov. 27-30), save 30 percent off stays between Nov. 27 and June 30, 2021. The first full-service Cambria hotel in Sonoma County, Cambria Sonoma Wine Country boasts a top-rated restaurant (Sam & Mary’s), a heated pool and is just a short drive from the region’s most iconic vineyards.
Equinox Hotel New York
Billed as the “fittest hotel on Earth” Equinox‘s property at NYC’s Hudson Yards is all about working out, dining on fresh, seasonal fare and spa-going. Its 24th-floor terrace offers stunning views of Manhattan; its rooms are dark, quiet and cool. Don’t miss its gift-card promotion, which runs from Nov. 27-Dec. 7: get $10 percent off a $100 gift card, 15 percent off a $500 gift card, 20 percent off a $1,000 gift card or 25 percent off a $2,500 gift card.
The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills
This all-suite hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills oozes refined sophistication. Catch rays at the chic rooftop pool and enjoy complimentary breakfast daily from Boxwood restaurant. The sale that runs from Nov. 23-30 includes a one-time $100 food & beverage credit in addition to breakfast, as well as 20 percent savings from travel from Dec. 15-March 31, 2021.
The Marker Key West Harbor Resort
Named after Mile Marker 0, the culmination of U.S. Highway 1, The Marker is an idyllic sanctuary—each room has a private balcony, large soaking tubs and colorful decor. Poolside dining—and drinking—is available, as are watersports and a fitness center. Book now through Dec. 6 for 50 percent off nightly rooms rates.
The Source Hotel
Design-lovers will be drawn to this Denver hotel‘s aesthetic, which uses Scandinavian and Japanese elements in rooms full of clean lines and natural light (some rooms are dog-friendly). There’s a number of great deals for the season, but we love the sentiment of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday special: from Nov. 27-30, buy a three-night stay and receive a email gift certificate for a one-night stay for a friend or family. Use code “GIFT.”
TurnKey Vacation Rentals
From Maui to Galveston, Vail to Nashville, discover more than 6,000 high-end properties through TurnKey Vacation Rentals. In one of our favorites, Illume Nashville, every condo is decorated differently; the property sits in one of Nashville’s most desired neighborhoods, Gulch View, and offers stunning views of the city’s skyline. Book between Nov. 27-30 with the code “BLACKFRIDAY15” to receive 15 percent off stays through November 2021.