We’ve always said Black Friday is our favorite shopping day of the year, but we’ll admit: Cyber Monday is pretty good too. So, what’s the difference?
Black Friday began in the 1950s when retailers would mark down prices the day after Thanksgiving to encourage customers to begin their Holiday shopping. Cyber Monday, on the other hand, is a relatively new event. It first launched in 2005 as a way for online retailers to compete with their brick-and-mortar counterparts. Today, Cyber Monday has actually surpassed Black Friday. In 2017, Cyber Monday sales in the U.S. hit $6.6 billion, nearly double what it had done in 2016 number. Not only did it hit its “personal best,” but it also beat Black Friday for the first time ever. Black Friday in the U.S. had sales of $5 billion.
So now that we’ve given you a bit of the history, we’re excited to share with you a few of our favorite Cyber Monday steals:
5.) Amazon’s Lightning Deals
Last year, Amazon’s Cyber Monday lightning deals were some of the best Cyber Monday steals around. The e-commerce giant offered $30 off Kindle’s, Sony 55-in 4K UHD Smart TVs for just $598, an extra 25% off Dyson Vacuums, and so much more.
This year, Amazon is keeping its Cyber Monday deals pretty close-lipped, but they’re guaranteed to be spectacular. If you haven’t joined Amazon Prime just yet, make sure to sign up, as you’ll get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals across Amazon. As quantities are limited, this can mean the difference between scoring a good deal or just missing out. And let’s face it; everyone wants to in the first category.Shop Amazon's Cyber Monday Deals
4.) 15% Off Contact Lenses
We know getting a discount on contact lenses may not sound that exciting, but it is. Think about it. If you have poor vision, contacts or glasses are pretty much a necessity. And they can get expensive! If you wear Dailies, they can cost nearly $1,000 a year.
This Cyber Monday, Contacts Direct is offering an extra 15% off daily, weekly, and monthly contacts. Shop brands such as Acuvue, Air Optix, Biofinity, Soflens, DAILIES, Proclear, and more. Plus, you’ll get free shipping!Shop Contacts Direct
3.) $2 For $25 Restaurant.com Certificates
If you have a foodie in your life, Restaurant.com is the place to go. While the restaurant gift card giant always has great deals on restaurants, its best deals can be found during Cyber Week when it offers $50 worth of dining credit for just $4!
From sushi to Cajun to burgers to Thai and so much more, Restaurant.com has it all and it has never been more affordable.Shop Restaurant.com
Like shoes? If you missed out on Zappos‘ Black Friday steals, don’t worry. The shoe e-tailer has some of the best Cyber Monday deals around, too. Not only can you find steals on shoes for him, her, and the kids, but you can also score socks, t-shirts, hoodies, and so much more. And as always, you’ll get free shipping and free returns on every order, so you can shop without worry.
Need a little inspo? Here are a few of our faves:
30% Off Select Hunter Boots
Hunter boots never go out of style and can be warm pretty much year round. If you don’t have a pair just yet, now is the time to invest. These Original Refined Gloss Rain Boots in Tawny are just $115, down from $165.
Extra 45% Off Deer Stags Nordic Slippers
Let’s face it… Slippers may not be the most glamorous gift, but they sure are comfy! Is there anything better than taking off your shoes and sinking your toes into a cozy pair of faux fur? Well, yes… It can get better when the faux fur lined slippers are just $21.90, down from $40! Check out these Deer Stags Nordic Slippers for your favorite man in your life.
53% Off Kids UGGS
If you have a little fashionista in your life who loves pink, fur, and warmth, then these UGG Kids Classic Short Serein boots are the perfect gift. And – because they’re 53% off – they’re just $69.99 down from $150!Shop Zappos
This Cyber Monday, women’s activewear brand Athleta is offering steals on everything from T’s to dresses to shoes and more. Discounts vary, but a few fab finds we found include:
White Mesh Contender Capris: 70% Off
These fashionable Mesh Contender Capris are just $22.97, down from $79!
Teton Anorak: 74% Off
If you’re going to buy white capris for the gym, you’ll need a matching jacket, right? Thankfully, this Teton Anorak is on sale as well and just $32.97, down from $128. Talk about one of the best Cyber Monday deals we’ve come across for the fitness-minded!
Fresh Foam Lazr by New Balance: 30% Off
Need some new kicks? Of course you do. Who doesn’t love a new pair of shoes, especially when they’re on sale! Thankfully, these New Balances are just $62.99, down from $90.Shop Athleta
What are your favorite Cyber Monday deals you’ve seen today? Tell us in the comments!