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 buy them now at up to 70% off.

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 discounts of 40% and more on Western Digital, Toshiba and other plug-in hard drives, and they store up to 2 TB (2 terrabytes / 2,048 GB) 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.

Here are some Christmas gift ideas you may be interested in.

Update: Please note that many of these deals are no longer available, so for each original deal no longer current I am offering an alternative. The "now" prices are as of today, August 10, 2018.

Toshiba Portable Hard Drive

#1 Bestseller on Amazon this Black Friday Week

Toshiba Canvio 1.0 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, selling at $59.99, down from $119.99. You save $60. It’s quite a deal.

If you’re planning on buying a better digital camera that also shoots HD film, 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 S110

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.

Unfortunately, I don’t see any discounts for them, but here’s one I’m happily using: Canon PowerShot S110. It 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’s fun to play with it.

Travel Light

It’s also a camera I recommend if you want to travel light somewhere. I wish I had it 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, from Franco Sarto (I don’t know who that is, but maybe I should: this is one great shoulder bag), that’s sold at 24% off. It’s affordable and yet you’ll agree with me it looks really good.

NB: This Franco Sarto shoulder bag is currently unavailable
Franco Sarto Vessey Oversize Shoulder Bag,Tan,One Size

Crossbody Bag for Women in Faux Leather

Available in many colors. Now $23.50
Triple Zip Pocket Large Crossbody Bag Dark Gray

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. I’m showing one of them, an aquamarine-diamond ring in 10K white gold ($183, down from $454)

But if this kind of ring is not your thing or hers, be sure to browse around. The offers are pretty amazing: up to 70% off.

10K White Gold Ring with Blue Aquamarine and White Created Sapphires. Now $124.99
10K White Gold 1.20 Ct Sky Blue Aquamarine White Created ...

An Aquamarine Jewelry Set

If you're planning to get a bigger present for her for some very special occasion, you can get the whole set: necklace, ring, and earrings.

Blue Aquamarine 14K White Gold Necklace and Earrings Set. Now $189.99
1.20 Ct Round Sky Blue Aquamarine 14K...


If you're looking for a good-looking yet very affordable necklace, here’s one with faux pearls, rhinestones and acrylic beads. It would make a nice gift for a young girl 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...

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 a great discount (29% off, $299.99 from $419.99) on a Lenovo IdeaPad 11.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop. 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, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, Windows 8, and a 500 GB hard drive. It’s what I’m using now on two laptops, and I can do lots of things on them besides writing (large photos, HD video, video editing). The 500 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 (sold at a discount this week). And, unless you want to be doing high-powered video editing, the 4 GB are pretty good. And it’s all an EXCELLENT deal for $299.99.

More Christmas Gift Ideas

Happy Movies

Movies are also a great gift. Amazon has a good number of them under $4.99 this Black Friday Week. 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 lots of people in it, some of them bigger stars than others (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
New Year's Eve (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy)

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.

Another fun romance in the chick lit mode from Sophie Kinsella
Remember Me?: A Novel
Twenties Girl, probably Sophie Kinsella's Best Book Yet
Twenties Girl: A Novel

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

Updated: 08/10/2018, 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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