Target Black Friday Deals 2022: What Can You Expect From This Year's Sales?

The retailer is already rolling out discounts with the Black Friday name, and they'll continue all the way through Thanksgiving weekend.
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When considering stores for your Black Friday shopping, Target should absolutely be on your list. Read on to learn what to expect from the Target Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2022 sales, including the doorbusters to look for, the top deals we'll likely see, and the best time to shop.

The 12 Best Target Black Friday Deals in 2022

Target has released its Black Friday ad, and we've picked out the top offers we're excited about.

  1. Xbox Series S for $249.99 + $50 Target gift card — This deal beats the best price we've ever seen on this console when you factor in the gift card.
  2. 6th-Gen. Apple iPad mini for $399.99 — This deal is actually within $1 of the best price we've seen for this device.
  3. 2nd-Gen. Apple AirPods Pro for $199.99 — This is within $1 of our prediction and offers the best price we've seen for these newly released earbuds.
  4. Buy $100 worth of Apple gift cards, get a $15 Target gift card — This offer matches Target's Apple gift card promotion from 2021.
  5. Nintendo Switch MarioKart 8 Deluxe Special Edition bundle for $299.99 — This bundle is right in line with our predictions and even includes three months of Switch Online, which makes it even better.
  6. PlayStation DualSense controllers for $49.99 — This deal matches the best price we've ever seen for these gaming items.
  7. Google Pixel 6a 5G phone for $299 — It's unlocked and matches the best price we've ever seen.
  8. Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones for $149.99 — This Black Friday price matches the best offer we've seen.
  9. Acer 11.6" Convertible Touchscreen Chromebook for $99.99 — We predicted Chromebooks would be as little as $99, and this just about matches that.
  10. "Buy two, get one free" movies, music, and books — This promotion is right in line with our predictions and an excellent way to stock up on your favorite media in general.
  11. Select LEGO Sets for up to 40% off — Target's LEGO offer this year matches their savings from last Black Friday and is right in line with what we expected.
  12. Select toys for up to 50% off — This offer matches our predictions exactly and includes brands like L.O.L. Surprise, Pokémon, Bluey, Hot Wheels, Barbie, and more.

NOTE: The information below was compiled before the Black Friday ads came out. Please refer to the ads above before making any shopping plans.

What to Expect From Target Black Friday Deals in 2022

We generally don't see Target's Black Friday ad until November. In the past, we've seen it release as early as November 1, but over the last two years, Target has opted for later dates. In 2020, Target's Black Friday ad came out on November 16, while last year, the store dropped its ad on November 15. Because of this trend, we expect Target's Black Friday 2022 ad to come out on or around November 14.

In 2021, Target announced its stores would no longer be open on Thanksgiving Day moving forward. But Target.com is always available to shop, and you can count on the retailer having plenty of deals online on Thanksgiving.

Target will close its stores every Thanksgiving Day going forward, but there should still be plenty of deals to shop online.

That said, you don't have to wait until then to shop excellent offers. Target is already rolling out Black Friday deals on select products, like electronics and small kitchen appliances. Check their site regularly between now and Thanksgiving weekend to see what kinds of early promotions you can take advantage of.

Some years, Target offers RedCard holders a day or two to shop before opening up sales to everyone else. Over the last two years though, the bull's-eye retailer has embraced early sales in general. It hosted another Deal Days event in early October this year, and right after that ended, Target started putting Black Friday deals up online; they'll continue to do so every week through Thanksgiving weekend.

Shopping early is a good strategy, thanks to Target's Holiday Price Match Guarantee already being in place. Basically, if you buy an item at Target in-store or online, and the price for that item goes lower at the retailer on or before December 24 this year, you can show proof of your purchase and get a price adjustment.

SEE ALSO: Deals on Thanksgiving vs. Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday: What to Buy Each Day

While this year might not bring the same concerns about restocking issues or supply chain disruptions that 2021 did, inflation has impacted most consumer categories and then some. Because of that, a lot of customers are trying to stretch out their shopping this season to stay on track with their budgets.

If you want one day to shop, though, Thanksgiving should be a pretty safe bet. Historically. we've seen more deals on Thanksgiving compared to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Turkey Day also tends to feature more Staff Pick offers than the other two days. Just know that this year will likely be more in line with the last couple of Black Fridays, with deals being spread out. Target is already serving up Black Friday deals, and we expect the retailer to continue spreading those out throughout November.

Keep an eye on Target's gift card offers around Black Friday. In the past, we've seen Target offer up Apple gift cards as part of a Black Friday promotion; shoppers could buy one and get a second one for 30% off. But in 2020, the retailer changed things up and provided a $20 Target gift card with the purchase of $100 in Apple gift cards. And last year, shoppers only received a $15 Target gift card with $100 in Apple gift cards. We expect a similar offer this year, and even though it might not be as great as previous ones, it should still be worth checking out if you're planning on buying gift cards anyway.

Target's already serving up Black Friday deals, but if you want one day to shop, Thanksgiving should be a pretty safe bet.

Be sure to watch for category-specific promotions, too. Hoping to get toys, for instance? Last year Target boasted a "buy two, get a third free" offer on select Nerf toys and up to 40% off select LEGO kits. It will also likely have offers on movies, music, and books. Those could be "buy two, get a third free" or "buy one, get a second for 50% off" deals, depending on when you shop during the event. Video games will be another big category for holiday shopping. Watch for the bull's-eye to have "buy two, get a third free" promotions and take up to 60% off select titles in general.

Expect plenty of deals on practical items to be available, as well. Last year, Target knocked 50% off boots around Black Friday, while also discounting furniture by up to 50%. During November, Target also offered 25% off hair care and up to 40% off bed and bath items.

TVs will likely make up a large portion of Target's Black Friday doorbusters. Some of the best offers we saw last year included a 75" frameless 4K Roku smart set for just $550 — an offer that was good enough to earn our Staff Pick designation. The Target doorbusters won't be all TVs either. Last year we also saw a 3-piece set of Farberware nonstick cookware for just $10, a Nintendo Switch Pro wireless controller for $50, and a Select by Calphalon 12" nonstick pan for $20.

How will you be able to get these deals, exactly? Doorbusters used to be strictly an in-store thing, but over the last couple of years, retailers have learned they can get as much traffic with online deals as in-store offers, and that they can close on Thanksgiving and still have plenty of shoppers spending their hard-earned cash. So there's no reason to think they'll go back to in-store-only doorbusters now. Expect Target's doorbusters — at least a good bit of them — to once again be available both online and in-store this year.

While there's a chance that RedCard holders could receive early access to some sales the week of Black Friday, it's far from a guarantee. Even so, other RedCard benefits make the card worth having, especially before you do your Black Friday shopping. Think 5% off purchases both online and in-store, free 2-day shipping, and a longer return period, among other perks.

SEE ALSO: How to Get Black Friday Doorbusters in 2022

The other program you should join is Target Circle. Besides being totally free, it lets you access offers that are relevant to your interests and save even more on your shopping trips.

While you're at it, download the Target app. You can choose a store to shop, and the app will make it easier to locate products in person, as it tells you what aisle to find them in. Plus, you can use the app for easy payment at the register, since you can set up payment ahead of time and scan your bar code during the checkout process. And of course, the app enables you to use services like pickup, whether you want to pop into a Target store or try the Drive Up option.

What About Target Cyber Monday Sales?

Target's offers won't stop after Black Friday. The retailer will have another round of offers for Cyber Monday, and while we don't have any details yet, we have some thoughts based on previous years' events.

Cyber Monday sales at Target have previously started before the shopping holiday itself, so with it falling on November 28 this year, we'll likely see deals begin on November 27. The odds are good that offers will continue to pop up throughout Cyber Week, so you should have plenty of time to shop and find what you need.

Expect Target's Cyber Monday sale to start on November 27 in 2022.

If this year follows the trends of the previous couple of years, we'll see offers like 30% off apparel and accessories, up to 30% off home decor, up to 40% off window treatments and rugs, and up to 50% off furniture. Plus, watch for other promotions such as 25% off beauty and personal care items, as well as an extra 15% off select small kitchen appliances.

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Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

Julie's work has been featured on CNBC, GoBankingRates, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, Money, The New York Times, Real Simple, US News, WaPo, WSJ, Yahoo!, and more. She's extolled the virtues of DealNews in interviews with Cheddar TV, GMA, various podcasts, and affiliates across the United States, plus one in Canada.
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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