Black Friday is officially (finally) here. With the actual day upon us, lots of Walmart’s already-good early deals are even better, especially on big-ticket home appliances and rarely-on-sale techy things like an Xbox One bundle (with the all-new NBA 2K20), Samsung TVs, Apple iPads, popular headphones from Beats and Bose, and even some Dyson vacuums. The good deals don’t stop at higher-priced stuff, though. There are also some great sales on smaller, more giftable things, like a 23andMe ancestry DNA kit, a compact air fryer, the best Instant Pot for most people, and a heated foot massager we wrote about that went on to become a Strategist best seller. The sales on giftable things of course extend to toys, including a few perennial favorites that are known to sell out, like a Mystery Egg from Ryan’s World, a Hatchimals critter, and a 70-plus-piece set from L.O.L. Surprise. They even extend to Strategist-approved clothes, like some classic Levi’s jeans, surprisingly tasteful gold hoop earrings, and lots of stuff from Scoop that we suspect will go fast.
Like with any sale, we don’t know exactly how long the listed deals will last, so don’t dillydally. And if you want to see more deals from Walmart, bookmark this page; we’ll continue to update it with our favorite picks and the best discounts. (You can also check out our ongoing Black Friday coverage at Amazon and our list of all the Strategist-approved products you can score at a discount amid the annual mega sale.)
Black Friday tech and gaming deals
It’s rare to find an iPad on sale, let alone an iPad that’s almost 30 percent off.
For $20 more, you can get the same generation iPad with 96GB more storage. This one only connects to Wi-Fi networks, so it’s a great option for someone who restricts their iPad use to at home or at work, as opposed to on the go.
These in-ear Beats headphones are a favorite among athletes “because they block out external noise, and they also stay on when doing certain exercises that would cause other headphones to fall off.”
If you’re in the market for noise-cancelling headphones, this is a very good chance to snag a very well-reviewed pair from a very well-known brand at a nice discount.
This SoundLink Micro also pairs with Amazon and Google assistants, and is waterproof. Plus, you can sync it with the above (or any other SoundLink) model via the Bose app to create a full-on speaker system.
For those who do not have it yet, Xbox One is still a hot gift, at least according to the teen boys we spoke to. Another hot gift, according to them? NBA 2K20. How convenient, then, to find a bundle with both, for $100 off the list price (which is as cheap as we’re seeing it at Target, Best Buy, and even Microsoft itself right now).
This even less expensive Xbox One bundle comes with the perennially popular Fortnite and two other games.
A Fujifilm instant camera (with film!) would make a great gift for the college student or amateur photographer in your life. There are a bunch of other colors available in addition to this “seafoam green.”
It is still expensive, but writer Steven John and professional Instagrammers both have praised Canon EOS cameras as some of the best DSLR models for most people. This isn’t the newest EOS model, but its features are comparable to the EOS 70D that One Hungry Jew blogger Rayna Greenberg told us she uses, and it comes with a zoom kit.
Nest is arguably the brand most consider synonymous with the term “smart thermostat.” According to writer Kyle Schurman, it is the brand to go with “if you’re interested in a whole-home smart system that includes home security cameras, lighting systems, and smart doorbells.”
Best Black Friday gadget and appliance deals
In our guide to buying an Instant Pot on Black Friday, we said a good time to jump on the 6-quart Duo — the model we called the best for most people — is when its price hovers around $50. Now that it has dipped below that, it means this is a very good time to buy one.
No less than three Ninja blenders appear on our list of the top-rated ones on Amazon. This one can not only blend your favorite fresh ingredients for smoothies, but also has functions to mix dough and crush ice and frozen foods, too.