Best Black Friday Deals for Families in 2021

Looking for the best Black Friday deals for families? Discover in-store and online discounts on loads of gifts starting the week of Thanksgiving.

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 2021, 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 2021, as well as some of the best Black Friday deals for moms, dads and kids this year.

When are the sales in 2021 – 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.

Online retail giant is already offering early Black Friday deals, and plans to continue posting deals everyday through Nov. 26. The site is also offering free shipping with no minimum purchase for Prime members.

As far as the major big-box chains, here’s an overview of their offerings this year.

  • Best Buy is offering great deals on tech and guarantees these deals with their “Black Friday Price Guarantee,” which kicked off on Oct. 18. Best Buy is closed on Thanksgiving this year, and open their doors at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. Contactless pick-up is available.
  • Kohl’s opens at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, but is closed on Thanksgiving Day. Online hours have yet to be determined. They’re offering in-store pick-up, drive-up and shipping this year to keep Black Friday safe during the pandemic.
  • Meijer’s Black Friday sales start Nov. 21 and run through Nov. 27. Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours vary by store. Sales on kitchen and home appliances, bedding, tech and more.
  • Target offers deals on clothing, health items, pet care, electronics and more. Price match is available through Christmas Eve. Check with your local store for Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours.
  • Walmart’s Black Friday deals begin online at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 and happen again on Nov. 5, 7, 10 and 12. Walmart officially opens for Black Friday sales at 5 a.m. Get “deals for days” on your favorite tech including Apple and Samsung phones, Xbox and more. 

Looking for some of the hottest items in 2021? We’ve scoured the Black Friday ads for you and scouted out some of the biggest deals. Here is what we’ve found!

Around the House: Best Black Friday deals in 2021

Air Fryers

Kohl’s is offering the Ninja Food 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Air Fryer for $199.99 and Meijer has the same option for $169.99 (plus a $20 off your next in-store purchase).

You can get an 8-quart 7-in-1 Instant Pot for $59 or an 8-quart 9-in-1 Instant Pot for $99 from Walmart. And Target is selling a 3-quart PowerL Vortex Air Fryer for $59.99.

Robot Vacuums

Best Buy will offer an iRobot Roomba i3+ for $549.99 and an iRobot Roomba i7+ for $749.99. Over at Meijer, you can score a Bissel SpinWave Wet & Dry Robotic Vacuum for $299.99 and Walmart has the iRobot Roomba i1 for $579.

Smart Home

Second Generation Google Nest Minis are available at Best Buy for as low as $24.99. Best Buy also has the Apple HomePod mini for $99.99.


Kohl’s is offering up to 60% off home decor and deals on Simply Vera Vera Wang sheets. Meijer has throw blankets for as low as $19.99 and sheets as low as $14.99.

Electronics: Best Black Friday deals in 2021

Apple AirPods

You can get a set of AirPods Max for $479 or AirPods Pro for $219.99 from Best Buy. Save $40 or $80 off of your next in-store purchase when you but a set of AirPods or AirPods Pro at Meijer. Walmart is also offering a deal on AirPods Pro, too. Get yours for just $159.


Vizio and Samsung SoundBars are both available at Walmart for $148 and $99, respectively.

Best Buy has sales on different options that range from $149-$1999 and Meijer has the LG 2.1 Channel Soundbar for $179.99.

Smart Watches

Score a Fitbit Charge 5 for $129.99 or the Fitbit Versa 2  $119.99 at Meijer.

Toys: Best Black Friday deals in 2021


Walmart will have select toys (including swing sets and kids’ bikes) on sale and Meijer will have buy-one-get-one 50 percent off deals on toys, including Marvel and Paw Patrol toys.

Video games systems and games

This year’s hottest game systems are the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. Both are on sale at Walmart for $499. Select games for both systems are on sale for as low as $14, too.

You can also get the Nintendo Switch for $299.99 and televisions to play your games for as low as $399.99 from Meijer.


You can get a Hover-1i for $159.99 from Meijer or $99 from Walmart. Best Buy offers the Hover-1 H1 for $199.99 and the Swagtron Swagboard for $231.99.

This post was originally published for the 2018 Black Friday season and is updated annually.

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