Black Friday Deals That Make Great Christmas Gifts: Buy Them Now at Great Discounts

by Mira

There are substantial discounts on Amazon on products most people will enjoy, so why not take advantage of Black Friday and other promotions and buy them on sale at bargain prices.

External hard drives are always needed, because of all those photos and HD videos. At least I find that’s the case for me. I keep buying them. And they’re not cheap. But Amazon is offering big discounts on Western Digital, Toshiba, and other plug-in hard drives, and the bargain models now store up to 5 TB (2 terabytes) of data.

Then there are shoulder bags, necklaces, rings, etc. for her; happy movies and books for family and friends; watches for him; laptops and digital cameras for you, for her, or for your family; and more.

Article updated in November 2021.

Here are some Christmas gift ideas you may be interested in, as well as some products you may have forgotten to get before Christmas but can get for cheap in January, for instance.

Update: Prices current as of November 22, 2021. Please note that while I earn commissions as an Amazon affiliate, this comes at no additional cost to you.

Christmas Gifts at Great Prices this Holiday Season 2021

Christmas Bargains 2021
Christmas Bargains 2021

Western Digital (WD) My Passport Portable External Hard Drive, 5TB

WD 5TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive, Black - WDBPKJ0050...
$128.5  $94.09

WD External HDD

An Amazon's Choice (TM) with over 22K reviews

Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive, selling at $111.71, down more than 25% from $149.99. It’s quite a deal, given that the original price is quite good to start with.

If you’re planning on buying a better digital camera or smartphone that also shoots film at high resolutions, you’d better stock on storage capacity now. And this hard disk has plenty.

These portable disks also come in handy when you use two different computers and want to always have the data you’re working on handy. I know there are wireless networks and such, but it’s easier to work with your video clips from your own portable drive. So buying an external drive at a discount now is a great idea.

You can also offer one as a Christmas gift. Just think of people who share videos of their kids with you, and you know who will enjoy such a present.

Canon PowerShot SX740

Speaking of which, digital cameras are also a great Christmas gift. They’re more costly, so maybe a gift to yourself or your significant other, then. Or your parents. Or your children, in order to see more of your grandchildren. Either way, it’s a good idea to get a camera as a Christmas present for family photos or family vacations.

For a while I happily used an older model of the Canon PowerShot SX740 camera. Mine (the S110 model) has a 24mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom, 12.1 MP, and ISO of up to 12800, and shoots Full HD video wonderfully (see some examples of video taken with the S110 here; see more photos here as well). It also has lots of effects (sepia, vivid colors, old photo burned at the edges), so it was fun to play with it. Then I bought a better smartphone. But now the 2018 model (the SX740) must be a marvel with its 40x optical zoom and 4K video, and it's a bargain for what it offers. Smartphone cannot compete with that, and I can't wait to travel with a camera like this. On my list!

Canon PowerShot SX740 Camera with 40x Optical Zoom and 4K Video, at 20.3 MP

Canon PowerShot SX740 Digital Camera w/40x Optical Zoom & 3 Inch Ti...
$699.95  $599.0

Travel Light

While I also love my old DSLR camera, these Canon PowerShot models are great if you want to travel light. I wish I had my Canon PowerShot S110 on a wonderful trip to Barcelona I took a few years ago.

Travel in Style

If you’re looking for a nice gift for a woman that’s not your partner, I recommend, among other things, a shoulder bag. Here’s one I like, with three zippers, in faux leather. It comes in 40 colors!

For a higher price you can choose to get an anti-theft shoulder bag, such as this one from Travelon. Among other things, it has an RFID-protected compartment for your cards. It's now $89 compared to $25.95 for the other one, but its price is listed at a discount from 98.

I'm also showing a larger, crossbody bucket bag from Travelon, also anti-theft, and an anti-theft backpack. Both come in several colors.

Crossbody Bag for Women in Faux Leather. Available in 40 Colors. Now $25.95

Triple Zip Pocket Large Crossbody Bag Dark Gray
Only $28.9

Travelon Women's Anti-Theft Tote. Now a Bargain at $51.88. Comes in 2 Colors

Travelon Women's Anti-Theft Tailored Tote, Onyx, One Size
$96.5  $89.0

Travelon Anti-Theft CrossBody Bucket Bag. Comes in 5 Colors

Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bucket Bag, Black, One Size
$53.3  $42.6

Travelon Anti-Theft Backpack. Comes in 5 Colors

Travelon Anti Theft Classic Backpack, Midnight
$49.99  $46.72

An Elegant Ring for Your Partner

For your partner, jewelry might be a great idea. Amazon knows this and tries to tempt you with lots of discounts. Guess what, they’re worth it. You can even get a gift now for her birthday. There are lots of designs. The ones I'm showing below, though, work more like proposal or engagement rings. They're white gold with aquamarine and diamonds.

If this kind of ring is not your thing or hers, or the moment doesn't call for a marriage proposal, be sure to browse around. The offers are pretty amazing.

14K White Gold Aquamarine Diamond Heart Ring

14K White Gold Aquamarine Diamond Heart Ring 0.75 Carat
Only $380.99

Aquamarine and Diamond 10K White Gold Trinity know Proposal Ring

Aquamarine and Diamond 10k White Gold Trinity Knot Proposal Ring (S...
Only $399.99

Aquamarine Earrings

To avoid confusion about whether you're offering a proposal ring or not, you can go for earrings. The ones I'm showing here are made in 925 sterling silver, with simulated aquamarine and cubic zirconia instead of diamonds. They look wonderful, though. You could easily mistake them for earrings in white gold with real aquamarine and diamonds, but they come at a fraction of the cost, which may make your partner enjoy them more, particularly if she's thrifty or doesn't believe in spending too much money on jewelry.

Long-Drop Earrings with Simulated Aquamarine with Zirconia in Sterling Silver

Gem Stone King 925 Sterling Silver Long Drop Dangle Elega...
Only $74.99


If you're looking for a good-looking yet very affordable necklace, here’s one with faux pearls, rhinestones and acrylic beads. It comes in 14 colors. It would make a nice gift for a teenager learning to make a fashion statement without also learning to spend a lot of money.

Statement Collar Necklace with Faux Pearls, Rhinestones, and Acrylic Beads

BOCAR Fashion Faux Pearl Crystal Chunky Collar Statement Necklace f...
Only $24.99

EXCELLENT Lenovo IdeaPad 3 Laptop

Laptops are also a great idea, because sometimes they crash when you need them the most, and you really need a second one that’s ready to go. But you may not have the money then. Why not buy one now at a discount?

It also works as a gift.

Amazon is offering $100 off the $559 price of the Lenovo IdeaPad 14" Laptop if you apply and are approved for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card. The combination of specs and price on this laptop makes this a great buy!

I’ve read great things about the IdeaPad, and Lenovo is a brand I’m happy with. I have one Lenovo laptop from the days before touchscreens, and it’s been working without any hiccups at all. That’s pretty good.

This one has a good processor, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM (compared to 4 GB of RAM for the vast majority medium-range computers) and a 256 GB SSD hard drive. It runs Windows 10.

The 256 GB hard drive is not enough these days, with HD videos and large files from digital cameras, but you can get an external hard drive. And, unless you want to be doing high-powered video editing, the 8 GB are pretty good including for video. 

There may be other laptops around the $500 mark, but this one for just a little more is by far the better deal!

Lenovo IdeaPad 3, 14" Display, AMD Ryzen 5 Processor, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD Hard Drive

Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14" Laptop, 14.0" FHD 1920 x 1080 Display, AMD Ryz...
$384.0  $354.0

More Christmas Gift Ideas

Women's Long Single-Button Blazer. Comes in Black, Praline, and White

The Drop Women's Blake Long Blazer, Black, L
Only $74.9

Men's Elegant Armani Exchage Watch at Only $170

Armani Exchange Men's Outerbanks Leather Watch, Color: Blue/Brown L...
Only $112.75

Happy Movies

Movies are also a great gift. Here’s New Year's Eve, for one. It’s fun to watch a happy movie or two over the holidays.

This one is a romantic flick with a large cast, which includes lots of big and bigger stars (there’s even Jon Bon Jovi; there’s also Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Abigail Breslin, Zac Effron, etc.), and the stories are nice. It’s an easy film, but heart-warming – a great choice for the holidays.

A Movie for the Holidays: New Year's Eve, from Gary Marshall

New Year's Eve (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)
$6.98  $3.25

Happy Books

Happy books are also a great idea. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find happy books nowadays. Too many deal with illness and all sorts of failed relationships (not that I don't appreciate a well-written heavy book; I do). I find British chick lit to be a respite from all that, and Sophie Kinsella’s Twenties Girl a wonderful, sparkling gem. I heartily recommend it as a holiday gift.

Twenties Girl, probably Sophie Kinsella's Best Book (Paperback Version)

Twenties Girl: A Novel

On that note, I wish you Happy Holidays, and I hope you find great gifts for everyone!

Updated: 11/22/2021, Mira
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Mira on 02/06/2016

I have that Canon S110 camera and am very happy with it, which is why I included the product and a short review here. I could also use a shoulder bag in leather right now, as I've come to appreciate the fact that you don't need to adjust it on your shoulder often or keep your hand on the strap. Thanks for stopping by!:) P.S. I'll take a look at those Franco Sarto boots you mention. P.P.S. Wow, they have quite a selection! I like their ankle boots, too.

DerdriuMarriner on 02/04/2016

Mira, Thank you! White (and green and rose and yellow ;-D) gold is a favorite, along with even more expensive platinum. All the items that you're highlighting are superbly chosen, such as the Canon PowerShot with all those effects (especially the old photo with the burned edges) and the shoulder bag (I also like some of F.S.'s footwear, particularly his ankle-high boots).

Mira on 12/10/2013

Thank you! :)

ologsinquito on 12/10/2013

I'm pinning this to my Wizzley Writing Board.

Mira on 11/25/2013

Yes, but unfortunately even with all the hoopla some people still wait till December to get Christmas gifts. And they're not getting the best deals. But well, as I keep reading in a book right now (Business Brilliant) people for whom time is money follow different laws :)

WriterArtist on 11/25/2013

One can really get good deals on Black Friday. It is the grand year end sale.

Mira on 11/25/2013

I really liked it, too! Glad to see your comment, Kathleen!:)

Mira on 11/25/2013

Black Friday is picking up speed in Romania, too -- and fast! It used to be electronics. Now it's theater tickets, all sorts of concerts. I kept getting flyers from left and right this past weekend -- which businesses decided should be Black Friday over here. Now I'm hearing they want to make a second one, too, this coming Friday. :)

KathleenDuffy on 11/25/2013

Some great ideas here - that shoulder back has my name on it....!

ologsinquito on 11/25/2013

It is a good idea to shop before Black Friday, because of the deals and the selection. Since so many people are now buying online, things run out of stock earlier. We've never regretted buying a hard drive.

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