Black Friday guide: Shopping hours, gift ideas and where to get a deal in the Des Moines area
Holiday shopping is upon us and it's time to find those great deals. We've gathered gift ideas, product guides and strategies to help you buy smart and find the sweetest deals and best bargains.
Most Des Moines-area malls and big-box stores will open on Thanksgiving to give shoppers a chance to snag a deal or find some entertainment on the holiday, and almost all of those that don't will join in on Friday.
No matter when you’re planning to shop — after an early turkey dinner or the wee hours of Black Friday morning — being prepared can help save you time, money and your sanity.
Sneak peek at Black Friday deals: Get your Thanksgiving Day Register early at Hy-Vees across metro
Now, onto the deals, bargains and must-haves on everyone's wish list:
Video games: The best Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite deals
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For the guys: 25 awesome gifts men actually want this year
Aspiring chefs: The 25 best kitchen and cooking gifts of 2019
Deals and bargains
Shopping secrets: What retailers don't want you to know
Preview the ads: Get a jump on holiday shopping plans with early look at ads
The best products
USA TODAY network partner Reviewed.com compiles lists of the best tech, appliances, electronics and gear so you find exactly what you're looking for. Here's some of our favorite lists:
Everything: The 100 best products we tested in 2019
Shopping for a TV: It's that time of year again when already cheap TVs go on sale for Black Friday. But from 4K to HDR, what features should you look for in buying a TV nowadays, and which ones can you ignore?
Streaming players: There's lots of TV to binge on during the holidays and beyond. Black Friday may be the time to finally join the streaming revolution and buy devices from Roku, Amazon, Apple or Google. The pros and the cons in making such a purchase.
Buying a smart speaker: Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa? Our take on which voice activate smart speaker to buy.
Finding a Roomba: Someone, or rather something, has to help clean up the mess you and your guests made over the holidays. And that thing might be a robot. Here are top holiday deals on iRobots popular Roombas.