Your Guide to Cyber Monday and Brands that Give Back

Traditionally, Cyber Monday has landed on the Monday following Black Friday. However, with more and more people choosing to shop online, the holiday has become more of a holi-week. So, whether you avoided the Black Friday freakiness (I don’t blame you) or just didn’t get everything on your list, you’ve got a whole damn week left to get those deals.

Big Deals from the Big Guys

Everyone knows to hit up the big stores on Black Friday, but not everyone knows they have some of the best deals on Cyber Monday, too.

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Target

Target is a “duh” when it comes to Christmas shopping. They always have great deals on already-affordable products. It’s is a go-to for toys and clothes, but don’t stop there. Instead of heading to Best Buy for your electronics, stay put. Target has some of the best deals on TVs.

Best Buy

Best Buy has been struggling in recent years, so you better believe they’re stacking on the deals to bring in the customers. If it’s not a TV you’re looking for, head over to Best Buy for all the other electronics on your list–especially last generation smartphones and gaming systems.

The Body Shop

What better way to spoil your girlfriends (or yourself) than with skincare and and body care products? Stuff stockings or stock up your cabinets with up to half off. Lord knows you’ll need all the self-care you can get after the holiday madness.

Amazon

Amazon doesn’t have a storefront, so there will always be deals, deals, deals online. Smart home devices like Alexa and games and toys are always cheaper on Amazon than in stores. Found a lego set at Target for that niece or nephew? Don’t buy it until you check Amazon.

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Consumerism Got You Down? Try These Stores Instead

In recent years, more and more attention has been given to the dangers of fast fashion and consumerism. Many big businesses use cheap labor, and mass produced items cause a lot of waste that ends up in our oceans. Between the economic and environmental dangers of consumerism (not to mention the lack of holiday spirit) it’s no surprise that more people are turning to sustainable brands for their shopping, even if the discounts aren’t as great.

If you’re overwhelmed by consumerism and want to shop smarter, consider these alternatives.

Everlane

Everlane specializes in quality basics and leather goods. They also specialize in “radical transparency.” Below every product, they list how much production and labor costs as well as their markup. All their clothes are produced in ethical factories, too.

Recently, Everlane has focused on minimizing the waste from their production–specifically plastic. This year, they’re partnering with Surfrider Foundation. For every order placed, they’re donating $13 to the fund to help them clean up beaches across the country.

REI

REI has plenty of sales going on, but did you know they closed on Black Friday? The purpose was to reclaim “a day that was distorting a time to give thanks for what we have, and [re-ground] in what we value most in life as an outdoor community.”

It’s called the #OptOutside campaign, and it encourages all their employees (and anyone else) to spend Black Friday enjoying the outdoors rather than fighting people in the check-out lines. Why not support a human-first brand and take part in their Cyber Monday sales?

Raven + Lily

If you’re looking for jewelry or homegoods, check out Raven + Lily. They employ women artisans in India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the USA and pay them fair wages so they can make a sustainable living. The materials are locally sourced or recycled (and they also sell clothes)!


Looking for a fair trade gift guide? Check out The Good Trade. They have gift guides “that give back” for both men and women–everything from jewelry and clothes to books and cruelty-free gifts (for those vegans in your life).

What else comes after Thanksgiving besides Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Holiday parties. If you’re too busy checking off your Christmas lists to plan that party, reach out! I can make your job a little (okay, a lot) easier.