The day after Thanksgiving is the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season and big-box retailers will offer big discounts to those willing to risk the crowds. Since thousands of people take advantage of the same deals, the special gifts you’ve gotten for friends, neighbors and great aunt Tillie might be the same ones they end up giving to you. To find truly distinctive and thoughtful gifts, avoid the mall and take advantage of Black Friday savings at unique Sacramento small businesses.
918 24th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Find just the right gift for the exceptionally special people on your list at this eclectic treasure trove of elegant and whimsical items. Black Friday specials make the already reasonable prices even better and the exceptional customer service provides a relaxed and fun shopping experience. Jewelry, lotions, candles, artwork and the best selection of cards never to be seen in a chain store are always on hand at PeraDice. It is easy to find a gift that will always make them smile at this delightfully quirky boutique.
8929 Madison Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Your best friend would just love to get a manicure, salon hair cut and treatment, delicious food and some special bling for Christmas. If your BFF is a dog, visit Trends-n-Treats for special Black Friday prices on nail trims, handmade bejeweled collars and much more. For the pet-loving humans in your life, there are many unique gifts and houseware items, or get a special Black Friday deal on gift certificates so they can choose what they like. The fun, colorful shop will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day after Thanksgiving.
410 El Camino
Sacramento, CA 95815
Go green on Black Friday by finishing your to-do list with recycled goodies from ThriftTown. From tinsel, toys and tree-toppers to linens, leather jackets, top-brand sportswear and shoes, early-bird specials will get you out the door with money left in your wallet. Find perfect holiday outfits for the whole family and get set to be on the best-dressed list for New Year’s Eve celebrations as well. ThriftTown has two Sacramento locations and one in Carmichael, all offering great deals on both new and gently used items. Usher in the season of giving and joy with a small business that supports the community. Thrift Town purchases all of its merchandise from nonprofit organizations, generating more than $80 million for local charities since it began in 1972.
Natomas Bike Shop
3291 Truxel Road
Sacramento, CA 95833
A flashy seasonal sweater covered with sequined elves and reindeer may be appreciated by some on your list, but Natomas Bike Shop will be offering day-after-Thanksgiving savings on gifts sure to delight all year long. The knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding the perfect holiday surprise for both new and experienced cyclists. Get a free gift with every purchase and ask about the Black Friday gift certificate special. The rows of gleaming bikes are sure to inspire and receiving a present from Natomas Bike Shop will let them roll into 2013 with energy, fun and good health.
The Gifted Gardener
1730 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Black Friday will be in full bloom at The Gifted Gardener and Black Friday specials will help you find far more than just soil and planters. Gorgeous chimes, fountains, statues, stones and tools for the garden and home will delight the green-thumbers on your list, and the proprietor can provide you with unique ideas and guidance. The eclectic establishment has plenty of gift-giving options for non-gardeners as well, with a delightful selection of stained glass, art and fanciful stocking stuffers you won’t find in any big chain stores.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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