Best Black Friday Deals for Families in 2018

Looking for the best Black Friday deals for families? Discover in-store and online discounts on loads of gifts starting after (or shortly before) Thanksgiving.

Best Black Friday deals

Black Friday the day of deals. After finishing up Thanksgiving dinner (or – let’s be real – before that even), bargain hunters can get a jump on their holiday shopping online or in stores. And in 2018, there are plenty of Black Friday deals to be had by parents in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

From doorbusters to deals on toys, home goods and electronics, retailers and e-tailers are offering a variety of sales that begin as early as the Wednesday before Turkey Day.

Here, Metro Parent hooks you up with where to find the big discounts of 2018, as well as some of the best Black Friday deals for moms, dads and kids this year.

When are the sales in 2018 – and where?

Black Friday ads for several of the most popular stores are available at The ads feature items available in store and online.

Many retailer websites offer discounted or free shipping with Black Friday purchases, so check each store’s website before placing orders.

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Online retail giant doesn’t have a specific Black Friday ad, but it plans to post deals throughout the day. The site is also offering free shipping with no minimum purchase for the holidays.

As far as the major big-box chains, here’s an overview of hours and in-store vs. online details for this year:

  • Best Buy offers most of its Black Friday deals online, with the exception of several televisions. Best Buy opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and closes at 1 a.m. Friday, re-opening at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.
  • Kohl’s opens for Black Friday deals at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Online deals are available all the week at
  • Meijer Black Friday sales begin at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day and continue into Friday, Nov. 23. Deals honoring gift card offers will only be available in-store.
  • Target Black Friday offers are available online as quantities allow. Gift card offers aren’t available online. Target opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 and closes at 1 a.m. Friday; stores re-open at 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23.
  • Walmart’s Black Friday deals begin online on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. Stores open for sales at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. The store notes not every offer in its Black Friday advertisement is available online.

But we’ve already scoured the Black Friday ads for you and scouted out some of the hottest deals. Here is what we’ve found!

Kitchen: Best Black Friday deals in 2018

Pressure cookers

One of the hottest items of the Christmas season is the Instant Pot and pressure cookers.

The best deal on one of these kitchen gadgets is at Walmart. The store will have an 8-quart Instant Pot for $59. This is a six-in-one programmable pressure cooker.

Kohl’s will have a 6-quart version available for $69.99 and purchasers will receive $15 in Kohl’s Cash.

Stand mixers

KitchenAid stand mixers are often a popular holiday gift, and several deals are available on them this time of year.

In 2018, the 5-quart KitchenAid Professional Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is available at Best Buy for $219. This 5-quart mixer includes three attachments and a bowl stand.

The 5-quart KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer is going to be $279.99 at Kohl’s.

Electronics: Best Black Friday deals in 2018 

Amazon Echo Dot

For those making their home into a smart house, the Amazon Echo Dot second generation will be available at Best Buy for $19.99 and the Amazon Echo Dot third generation is available at Meijer for $24. will also have deals on the Echo devices, but those have not been published. The Echo Dots use Amazon Alexa to play music, create task and shopping lists and even provide news updates and control smart home devices.

Google Home

Kohl’s will have the Google Home, the voice-activated smart speaker, for $79 and $15 in Kohl’s Cash with purchase. The devices uses Google to play music, provide information and control smart devices like thermostats and other electronics.

Roku SE

The Roku SE streaming entertainment stick is available at Walmart for $20. The Roku streams movies and TV shows from thousands of pay or free channels. An HDMI cable is required and included.

Google Play

For those who use Android devices that use Google Play, including phones, TVs and Google Home devices, Walmart will have Google Play $50 gift cards available for $45. There is a limit of two gift cards per customer.

Toys: Best Black Friday deals in 2018

Fujifilm Instax Mini

Remember Polaroid pictures? The Fujifilm Instax Mini is the retro camera that prints Polaroid-style pictures right from the device.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S will be available at Walmart for $55. This bundle includes film, a case, stickers and an album.

Target will have the Instax Mini 9 camera for $59.99 and buyers get a $15 gift card with purchase.

Kohl’s will also have the Instax Mini 9 for $59 with $15 in Kohl’s Cash with purchase.

Video games

For the gaming kids, the PlayStation 4 is a hot item this Christmas. Walmart and Target both advertise the Sony PlayStation 4 1TB Spider-Man bundle for $199. This includes the system, Spider-Man game and one controller.

The Nintendo Switch Super Mario Kart Deluxe Bundle set will be $299.99 at Best Buy and also at Meijer.

Board games

If board games are on the kids’ Christmas lists, Target will have games such as connect 4, Watch Ya Mouth, Pictionary and Uno Attack for 50 percent off.


Hoverboards have been popular in past Christmases and they are still at the top of wish lists this year. They will be on sale at Walmart and Meijer. The Hover-1 Liberty Hoverboard will be $99 at Walmart and the Voyager Air Wheel Hoverboard will be $99 at Meijer.

Electric scooters

Walmart plans to have 12-volt electric scooters available for $59 each. These scooters can reach speeds of up to 8 MPH. Don’t forget to grab a helmet!


Hatachimals have been hot toys several years running and this year is no exception. The Hatchibabies are going to be $34.88 at Walmart on Black Friday.

Lego and Duplo

The 900-piece LEGO Classic or 120-piece Duplo Creative Box will be $20 each at Walmart.

Calico Critters

Meijer will have Calico Critters 50-percent off on Black Friday.

SpinPop phone grips

For those with smartphones, Walmart will have SpinPop phone grips for $2 each. Selection and color options may vary by store.

This post was originally published for the 2018 Black Friday season. Check back in the future for updates!