Black Friday and beyond: The holiday shopping guide

Here's the latest on retailers' holiday season plans


Get ready to shop -- and not just on Black Friday.

Retailers have started releasing details about their holiday season deals, and many markdowns start as early as November 1.

Here's the latest:


Black Friday deals started early at Amazon: 25 days ahead of the big shopping event.

The online retailer launched the Black Friday Deals store on Nov. 2 to house "tens of thousands of deals" on a wide variety of products, including electronics, toys and clothing.

Amazon Prime members will be able to purchase some of the deals 30 minutes earlier than non-members.


Target will welcome shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It's planning a few bargains for the Wednesday before Black Friday.

Promotions started on November, and online shoppers get free shipping and returns until Dec. 25. The chain recently launched international shipping in over 200 countries. Its holiday shopping deals are available on its website.

Target also plans to expand its curbside pickup service to 121 stores, up from 21 last year, and to extend its price-matching service.

Additionally, the Target app Cartwheel will offer 50 percent off on a different toy every day through December 24.

Deal preview: Target-exclusive BB-8 Droid.

Toys"R"Us / Babies"R"Us

The store already rolled out its hallmark "Great Big Toys"R"Us Book of Awesome" on October 26 featuring 96 pages of toys.

On Nov. 1, Toys"R"Us began offering special deals and coupon offers on its vast selection of toys.

Sister store Babies"R"Us is hosting special holiday events for parents and babies on select Saturdays in November.

Deal preview: Free "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Lego gift with any Lego Star Wars purchase of $40 or more.


Beginning Nov. 1, Walmart began 90-day "Rollbacks" discounting things like electronics and baking essentials.

The store will also start letting customers check in via their phones, making it easier to pick up ship-to-store purchases. Shoppers will also be able to scan products in store and add them to their wish lists using the Walmart app.

Deal preview: Apple iPad Mini 2 for $199.


Kohl's kicks off the holidays on Nov. 23, when it will start giving away $15 gift cards for every $50 spent online or in stores.

Shoppers will also be able to sync their online shopping bags across all their mobile devices.

Deal preview: Free mini fragrance set with select $50 fragrances.


Macy's will launch the holiday shopping season by opening on Thanksgiving Day at 6 pm, and it's already offered a small preview of some of its Black Friday deals.

Macy's will unveil more deals online beginning November 16.

Deal preview: 70 percent off Memory Foam pillows and toppers.


Clothing retailer H&M, which has traditionally been open on Thanksgiving, will wait until Friday to open its doors to deal-hunters this year. Hours vary by location, and store-specific information is listed on available here.