Here are the best Black Friday deals
1. Where: Banana Republic
What: On Black Friday, take 40 percent off your entire purchase all day long. At Banana Republic Factory stores, everything is 70 percent off through Sunday.
Plus: Dec. 1-12 you’ll get a free gift (think coupons, makeup and gourmet snacks) every time you shop as part of the “12 Days Of Joy” promotion.
2. Where: Target
What: Target stores open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Door-busters include Nikon L310 digital cameras ($100), Apex 32″ LCD TVs ($147) and Sony PS3 250MB game systems ($200).
Plus: If you’re too stuffed to shop, Target.com is offering exclusive online-only deals, including many of the door-busters.
What: Walmart’s Black Friday begins insanely early, at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with specials on toys, apparel and home goods. At 10 p.m., the brand-name electronics big-time sale kicks off with the marquee offers.
Plus: To avoid a frenzy, this year Walmart is guaranteeing that customers who are inside the store and in line between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursday can score the following deals: Apple iPad 2 16GB with Wi-Fi ($399), Emerson 32″ 720p LCD TV ($148) and LG Blu-ray Player ($38).
4. Where: Kohl’s
What: Kohl’s stores open at midnight on Thanksgiving. The many specials include 50 percent off toys from Fisher-Price, Playskool, Little Tikes, Barbie, Disney Princess and Hot Wheels, among other lines.
Plus: Starting Wednesday, you can shop more than 500 Black Friday “early-bird” specials at Kohls.com. From Wednesday through Sunday, earn $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent (in stores or online).
5. Where: J.C. Penney
What: For its only sale of the year, J.C. Penney — which recently slashed prices and did away with specials — is opening at 6 a.m. on Friday for a no-coupons-required sale.
Plus: Click over to www.jcp.com on Thanksgiving to shop the Black Friday sales.
6. Where: Gap
What: Gap stores are opening at midnight on Thanksgiving with discounts of up to 60 percent off and deals including $19 sweaters.
Plus: Saturday also has door-buster deals until noon. Score most sales online at Gap.com.
7. Where: Beautybar.com
What: Spend $50 on Friday and receive a gift set from Philosophy featuring three of the brand’s new products. Enter code BBGWPBF at checkout.
8. Where: Diesel stores and Diesel.com
What: From now through Friday, take 30 percent off of the entire Fall 2012 collection, excluding some denim styles and licensee products.
9. Where: Topshop and Topshop.com
What: Up to 30 percent off on selected lines. Spend $30 and get $10 off; spend $50 and get $20 off; spend $100 and get $50 off.
Plus: On Monday, enjoy free online shipping.
10. Where: Sports Authority
What: Most locations are opening at midnight on Thanksgiving and will offer door-buster deals until 3 p.m. on Black Friday proper, including 35 percent off NCAA, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS fan apparel.
Plus: The first 80 people in line at each location will receive $10 to $500 in “bonus bucks.”
11. Where: Athleta
What: Athleta’s “Take a Breather from Black Friday” in-store events will feature fitness classes, giveaways and personal shoppers to do the work for you.
12. Where: Sears
What: Sears is opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open continuously until 10 p.m. on Friday. Door-busters, available until 4 a.m. Friday, include $500 NordicTrack treadmills.
13. Where: A I X Armani Exchange
What: In stores and online, take $50 off every $150 purchase.
14. Where: Juicy Couture
What: Special offers include glittery iPhone cases for $15, totes for $60 and fur-trimmed velour hoodies at $50 (which usually retail for $128).
15. Dyson vacuums
From Thanksgiving through Monday, all Dyson products are 25 percent off at any retailer and at www.dyson.com.
Reasons to man up and go to Ikea
We’re going to be straight with you: Ikea is not for the Black Friday beginner. But surviving a trip there this weekend not only earns you hard-core shopping cred; it also makes for some pretty good deals.
1. On Friday, the LACK side table is just $5.
2. Scoop up the seven-piece 365+ cookware set for $20 on Saturday.
3. The Cirkustalt children’s tent is reduced to $20 on Sunday.