6 Alternatives to the Black Friday Frenzy

Father and daughter at home watching a movie and eating popcorn on Black Friday

It seems like everyone spends the day after Thanksgiving taking part in a shopping frenzy. But if you’re tired of getting up early to fight the crowds and want to make the holiday weekend a little more meaningful, try some of the following activities this year. 


The Thanksgiving holiday is about being thankful for what you have in your life. An easy way to spread happiness after the feast is over is to volunteer in your community. 

Choose a cause you’re passionate about and do some research to see what you can do to help. Whether it’s a local animal shelter, a food bank or a senior center, you’ll make a difference with your generosity.

Spend Time with Loved Ones

If you don’t get to see your family that much throughout the year, the holidays are a great opportunity to catch up and spend some quality time in each other’s company. And family time doesn’t have to be limited to the big days themselves.

While many families are splitting up at the local mall to find the best deals, get your family together for a board game day or make some creative crafts instead.

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Make Cards for Deployed Military Service Members

Not all families can be together during the holidays. To honor our active-duty military members and their families, get your craft supplies out and make some greeting cards to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication. 

Operation Gratitude and A Million Thanks are just some of the organizations that welcome cards and letters.

Clean Out Your Closet

For a great way to combine helping yourself and helping others, donate clothing and additional items you don’t need. Take some time to clean your closet to rid it of unneeded items, then toss them in a bag and take them to a donation center. 

(It’s best to donate the items immediately – you might end up forgetting and having bags in the trunk of your car for months!)

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Appreciate the Outdoors

Burn some calories while enjoying the fresh air and autumnal foliage this Black Friday. Hike a new trail with family or friends, or try your luck at geocaching. 

Bring a quality camera to document your adventure and make a photo album afterward. You might even capture the perfect shot for your family’s next holiday greeting card.

Make a Time Capsule

If you want to preserve some incredible memories from the past year, consider creating a time capsule to store those precious items. Newspaper clippings, funny stories and photos are great places to start if you’re unsure of what to include. 

You’ll want to be sure you use a weather-proof box if you plan on burying the capsule in your backyard to ensure nothing gets ruined over time.

More Tips That Are Good For You – And Your Wallet

Instead of stressing about finding the best deals at 4 a.m., try any of these activities to truly enjoy the holiday weekend. Not only will you make memories, you’ll be saving some money, too. 

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