Black Friday has become a national ritual, a shopping celebration that marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Unfortunately for some of us, it has turned bargain hunting into a dangerous sport. From the national news to YouTube, professional journalists and amateur videographers capture the lengths to which people will go to get that cheap laptop for cousin Earl.
This is why you want alternatives to fighting crowds and waiting hours in line to get a great Christmas gift or simply spend time with family after the Thanksgiving holidays. We discovered some of the best substitutes to Black Friday shopping and we’d like to pass them on to you!
You could conceivably knock out all your Christmas shopping in just a few hours while lounging in your pajamas enjoying leftovers if you spend Black Friday shopping online. The online sales the stores offer are often the same deals your neighbors will be lining up for hours to receive. You may have to stay up late or wake up early to take advantage of the deals. If you had planned on spending cash, you may want to keep that money in your checking account and use your debit card to make the purchases.
Just as easy as shopping online, buying a gift card is a great way to beat the crowds. You can even buy one online, making everything easier. A gift card for use at a store or online shop takes the decision-making process out of the shopping equation. Using a gift card may afford you the opportunity of buying presents that are outside the gift box, making a unique choice for Christmas.
We have some unique options on offer over the holiday weekend at ZipZone (Link will open on 11/25). You can send your loved ones on a zip lining adventure for Christmas to create an unforgettable holiday experience.
This season we have Canopy Tour gift cards available for $55/person ($70 value). The Canopy Tour will take the gift recipient on an exciting adventure across 20 acres of beautiful forestland where you’ll see the treetops and forest creatures up close and personal. The guided tour will cross four sky bridges and five zip lines, and the gift receiver will be able to schedule the trip at their convenience.
We also offer Zip Rush gift cards for $30 ($45 value). The tour includes two zip lines, two sky bridges and a choice of either a rappel or QUICKjump free fall experience.
These great deals are available Nov. 25 through Nov. 28, a.k.a. Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Gift cards are valid for two years from the date of purchase, and you can purchase them easily right here on our website.
After the Shopping is Done
You don’t want to spend all day spending money over the holiday. Besides, you’ve got leftovers to eat and more sports to watch! If you want to get out of the house, make sure those leftovers don’t go to waste. Donate your extra, unopened food to a food pantry or food bank. Invite over your friends to polish off what’s left of the turkey and dressing. Call it “Friendsgiving!”
You can go on a hike in the woods or to a nearby park. The Columbus area has some great parks. Check the Metro Parks page for locations and hours of operations over the holiday weekend. You could also visit a local museum or art gallery, taking advantage of the holiday and beating the crowds.
We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!