Black Friday freebies: Early shoppers can score free gift cards, toys, and more

Black Friday has the potential for a bucketful of deals, but not everyone can spring for a laptop or HDTV. Luckily, some of our favorite stores are offering Black Friday spoils for absolutely nothing, meaning that everyone can join in on the fun.

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    Customers ride the escalator at a JCPenney store in New York. JCPenney is offering coupons which will allow you to cut $10 off orders over $10 during Black Friday and Thanksgiving shopping
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As excited as we may get about the run up to Black Friday and the potential for a bucketful of deals, we realize that not everyone can fork out the dough for a loaded laptop or humungous HDTV just because they've hit an all-time price low. Luckily, some of our favorite stores are offering desirable spoils for absolutely nothing, meaning that everyone can join in on the fun.

Below, we've rounded up the very best of the confirmed freebies on offer during this Black Friday season, including gift cards, no-cost toys, and camping items. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often, as we'll be adding even more Black Friday freebies as we come across them.


Freebie: This year JCPenney's Black Friday deals will be accompanied by a limited number of in-store coupons on Thanksgiving and Black Friday which will allow you to cut $10 off orders over $10 — which is kind of like getting a free $10 gift card. Plus, one in 100 of these coupons will cut a massive $100 off over $100, resulting in some very lucky shoppers. This dollar-off discount even stacks with Doorbuster and Big Buy deals.

Half Price Books

Freebie: Black Friday bookworms smart enough to hit the stores early, may be one of the lucky 100 customers to score a $5 gift card and a tote bag for free at Half Price Books. Stores open at 7 am, so make sure to set your alarm and don your running shoes in time.


Freebie: For the sartorially-inclined who are restricted by a low budget, you may nab a fashionable treat at Belk via a free gift card. The first 250 customers in-store at 6 pm on Thanksgiving will bag a free gift card worth anything between $5 and $1,000. (Each store is guaranteed to have a $1,000 gift card to give away.)


Freebie: Now we know that you can't be in two places at once, but if you're a bigger fan of what Bon-Ton has to offer and are looking to shop for treats for the home, then you can head to you local store at 6 pm on Thanksgiving instead. The first 200 customers through the door will receive a gift card worth between $5 and $250.


Freebie: Be one of the first 600 camp-loving customers in line at your local Cabela's at 6 am on Black Friday and you'll have the chance to score one of many very impressive freebies. This includes aChampion power washer, Zeiss telescope, Masterbuilt smoker, or a host of store gift cards worth up to $100 — perfect for those stocking up for winter adventures in the wilderness.

Sports Authority

Freebie: After all that queuing up in the cold and elbowing your way through the aisles, you'll want a well-deserved sit down. Luckily, Sports Authority outlets will give the first 50 people in line outside its store on Thanksgiving (from 6 pm) a free foldable chair. Plus, the first 80 customers will earn Bonus Bucks to spend in-store on the day.

Mills Fleet Farm

Freebie: Those on a tight budget this holiday who are looking for cheap stocking fillers can bag a free Mills Fleet Farm Plush Pillow Fox Toy that's sure to impress your little ones. The first 500 customers at each store at the 6 am opening on Black Friday can nab one.


Freebie: If you're splashing out on a new smartphone at Radioshack, you can nab a free pair of touchscreen gloves while there. The first eager consumers over the threshold at 6 am in the morning will bag the freebie, whether you end up taking the plunge on a new gadget or not.

Gander Mountain

Freebie: One hundred early-risers looking for some freebies to fuel their adventures can head along to their local Gander Mountain at 5 am on Black Friday. The free swag on offer includes goodies as great as the GoPro Hero 3+ video camera, Delorme satellite radio, Costa sunglasses, flashlights, spinning reels, and $20 store gift cards.


Freebie: If you're selflessly thinking of your canine or feline pal ahead of Black Friday, you can bag them their very own freebie if you're one of the first 100 customers through the doors at 9 am at your local PetSmart. Each early-rising customer will receive a pet stocking filled with treats and a scratch card. Better still, one even luckier shopper will find an extra $100 gift card in their tote bag.

Donna Doyle is an associate editor for, where this article first appeared. 

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