12 Black Friday Freebies for You in 2018

You'll have to get in line early, but it'll pay off with free gift cards and tote bags.
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After a big dinner on Thanksgiving, the last thing you may want to do on Black Friday is roll out of bed early for in-store shopping. But being one of the first shoppers through the doors can pay off in multiple ways. For one, you can have better luck nabbing inventory before it sells out, and you could also score notable freebies that make Black Friday deals even better.

Read on to see the freebies retailers will offer on Thanksgiving and Black Friday in 2018. And keep checking back! We'll update this page with more Black Friday freebies as we learn about them.

Be Prepared to Stand in Line

Many freebie deals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This means you'll have to head to the stores early, whether doors are opening on Thursday evening or Friday morning. And as you'll see, some of the freebies only apply to the first 100 or so customers, so you'll need to be in line before others arrive to ensure you can grab these items.

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That may sound like a lot of trouble for a small freebie, but when you're trying to save money on Black Friday, these little perks can go a long way.

12 Black Friday Freebies for You in 2018

  • Confirmed! Barnes & Noble: Shopping for booklover gifts early on Black Friday? Stop by the cafe in your local store and enjoy buy one, get one free Starbucks drinks until 10 am local time.

  • Confirmed! Bass Pro Shops: Stop by now through December 24 and score a free photo with Santa. Plus, you can also get a free plush with your photo. The plush offer is valid Mondays through Thursdays only, from 5 pm to 7 pm local time (3 pm to 5 pm on Thanksgiving), and is available to the first 100 kids who have their photo taken with Santa. There will also be free crafts, games, and activities to take part in.

    On the Saturday and Sunday following Black Friday, the first 300 guests in-store will receive a mystery prize, in addition to a light-up Christmas spinner. Plus, donate a new toy to Toys for Tots on those days, and you'll receive a free photo package.

  • Confirmed! Belk: The department store will give away at least 200 gift cards on Thanksgiving and at least 100 on Black Friday. They'll be valued between $5 and $500, with one $500 winner per store each day. The cards are redeemable in-store only.

  • Confirmed! Half Price Books: The first 100 booklovers through the doors on Black Friday will receive a free tote bag and a $5 gift card. If that's not enough to drag you out of bed early, one tote bag will contain a $100 gift card.

  • Confirmed! JCPenney: Shoppers who are waiting when the doors open on Thursday have the chance to receive a $500 off coupon for purchases of $500. If you aren't the lucky winner for that promo, you also have the chance to receive $100 off purchases of $100, or $10 off purchases of $10.

  • Confirmed! Macy's: The department store is offering several items for free after a rebate, including glassware sets, pearl earrings, and slow cookers. Click here to see the full list.

  • Confirmed! Mills Fleet Farm: The first 500 customers through the doors on Friday will receive a free plush toy.

  • Confirmed! Petco: Shop at Petco on Black Friday and get a free gift for your furry friend! If you make any in-store purchase with your Pals Rewards card, you'll receive a free pair of antlers for your dog or cat.

  • Confirmed! Shopko: Be one of the first 100 customers in-store on Thanksgiving afternoon, and you'll receive two bonus cards. One will be valued at $10 and valid on Saturday, November 24. The other will be valued at $15, and it'll be valid December 1 through December 24. Both will apply to home and clothing purchases.

  • Confirmed! Stage Stores: The first 75 guests in-store on Thursday will receive a scratch-off card showing prizes, such as a $50 gift card, $200 gift card, or a $10 coupon that's valid even on doorbusters.

    On Friday, the first 75 guests in-store can grab a free holiday tote and a $5 Thank You coupon, also valid on doorbusters.

    Plus, stores will be raffling off a 4-ft. teddy bear and a Pelican Realtree cooler on Thursday, and a Sharper Image Bluetooth speaker on Saturday. Tag a picture of yourself in line and receive an extra raffle ticket on those two days.

  • Confirmed! Stein Mart: Get to the store early on Black Friday and search for the hanger with the gold hanger sticker. If you find it, you'll win either $500 or $5,000. A $500 gift card will be available in every store, but the $5,000 prize will only show up in one store.

    Additionally, the first 100 shoppers in the door before 10 am on Friday or Saturday will receive a gold scratch-off ticket. It could be worth $5, $25, or $100.

  • Confirmed! Walmart: Shopping in-store on Thanksgiving? Show up early for the Light Up Black Friday event! From 4 pm to 6 pm local time, Walmart stores will offer free coffee and Christmas cookies to shoppers before the sale begins.

Readers, what Black Friday freebies will you be trying to snag this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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