With the holiday season quickly approaching, that means our favorite day of the year is on the horizon. You might be thinking Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas, but we are talking about Black Friday! Ahhhh, Black Friday. The day that comes around once a year, but offers a year’s worth of savings. Black Friday brings forth a ton of sales, great deals, and allows you to get all of your holiday shopping done in one day. So, it is time to start deciding what you are on the hunt for, making your shopping list, and prepping for the biggest shopping day of the year.

When is Black Friday?

Black Friday falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving. And since Thanksgiving is November 25, 2021, that means Black Friday is November 26th this year. One of the best parts about Black Friday being the day after Thanksgiving, is that you are already in the holiday spirit, you have been reminded who you need presents for, and you are packed full of carbs and sugar to keep you sustained throughout a long shopping day. 

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History of Black Friday

There are quite a few instances from the beginning of Black Friday that really made it into the day we know it as today. One of the first references to “Black Friday” was back in the 1950’s. It used to be a term that referred to workers calling out sick the day after Thanksgiving. Of course, then it was to spend more time with their families at home, but now it is to spend time shopping with your family in stores. It didn’t quite evolve into a shopping term until the 1960’s. At this time in Philadelphia, you could find people congesting the streets to head to the Army-Navy football game, all the while browsing stores looking for deals. Though some major retailers tried to steer away from the negative connotation of the term “Black Friday,” it ended up being adopted and widely used in no time.

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Why is it referred to as Black Friday?

Though there seems to be many different meanings behind the term “Black Friday,” it is now known that it gained popularity and stuck because it is referring to the concept of a business operating for financial gain. Before the holidays hit, stores are sometimes operating in the red, which means they are unable to turn a profit. But the day after Thanksgiving, when all the major sales hit, they are finally able to make money, getting out of the red and into the black. It makes sense that stores have taken this concept and run with it, because the Friday after Thanksgiving has proven to be one of the most lucrative days for businesses for nearly 100 years now. Thus, marking it as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.

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When do retailers generally publish Black Friday deals?

With each passing year, retailers publish their Black Friday deals earlier and earlier. This not only allows time for you to plan, but it gives them more time to prepare their store, gather inventory, and get ready for the masses. Back when Black Friday first began, you often found the deals in the newspaper, in the store windows, or when you arrived at a particular location. But now, it is hard to avoid ads and information about each stores’ Black Friday deals. You can now find out about the upcoming deals from the company’s plethora of social media pages, if you are on their mailing or emailing lists, newspapers, TV and radio commercials, and oftentimes directly from local news sources. Wherever you turn, you will be able to see the potential for an upcoming deal. As the month of November goes on, continue to check your email box, paper mailbox, and keep your eyes peeled for deals, including many flower deals here at FTD!

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Quick Tips for Black Friday Shopping

We know that Black Friday and all of these deals may sound overwhelming, but that is why we have created a short and easy-to-use list of tips to help you get through Black Friday having saved as much as possible. 

  • Do your research: By reading this article you are already one step ahead. But it is a good idea to start researching the companies you want to buy from and see what their specific deals are this year. 
  • Compare prices: Though you may think you are getting the best deal out there, you want to be sure you are comparing prices and finding the most savings possible.
  • Have a plan: Going into Black Friday with a plan is a great way to ensure that you are ready and able to make all the purchases you need to make this holiday season. Know which stores you want to shop at, and what you are getting from each location you are hitting.
  • Have fun: Shopping on Black Friday can become overwhelming and stressful, so it is vital that you do your best to have fun, enjoy yourself, and don’t let other shoppers take away your holiday spirit.

Final Notes on the History of Black Friday

We hope that you have shopping success this Black Friday, and that you find all the deals you are hoping to find! Know that here at FTD, we have everything you need to make this holiday season as beautiful as can be. From stunning, best-selling florals, to blooming plants, extravagant gift baskets, and more, we have it all. Happy Holidays, from all of us at FTD.

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