Black Friday Survival Guide: Start with Lakeside

Are you ready? The biggest shopping week of the year is almost here. You might be trying to put everything together for Thanksgiving, but you also don’t want to miss out on some of the great Black Friday deals we’re offering at The Lakeside Collection. Next week, you’ll be able to find great gifts for everyone on your list at bargain prices. With so many different kinds of gifts for everyone in the family, you’ll be able to start stacking presents under your tree and fill up your stockings without breaking the bank. Before the savings start, learn more about the biggest shopping week of the year and how to balance it with your busy Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday Facts & Thanksgiving Advice

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Black Friday: Discover How It All Got Started
The history of Black Friday might be exactly what you suspected, or very different from what you imagined. Learn the real facts behind the biggest shopping day of the year with this brief history on how it got started.

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How to Prevent Losing Your Thanksgiving to Black Friday
Before you ditch family time for a half-priced flat screen or trade your savory dinner for a halfhearted brunch, check out some of these easy tips for preserving your Thanksgiving during all the Black Friday commotion.


Our Black Friday deals kick off next Monday, November 21st. Find discounts on toys for the kids, clothes for winter, festive holiday decorations and all kinds of Christmas gifts to please everyone on your shopping list. We’ll keep you updated right here on the Lakeside Blog regarding daily deals. We’ll also be providing some fun holiday facts to keep you entertained all through the week, as well as gift ideas to help you shop smart.

Come back next week to learn about our daily Black Friday deals!

The Perfect Present: Gifts for Kids & Home Decorators

By the time the holiday shopping season starts to settle down, when most of our gifts are perfectly wrapped and placed under the tree, we look down at our Christmas lists and see there’s still a bit more to get done. In fact, it always feels like the same names are left staring at us on our lists every year. There are always some people on our lists who are harder to shop for than others, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Find out how to narrow down the perfect present for those difficult names on your list with these seasonal Lakeside articles.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Home Decorator in Your Life
Home decor enthusiasts have a unique eye for detail and a passion for pulling rooms together. Whether they are collaborators who thrive on outside input or prefer flying solo when it comes to home-decorating puzzles, it’s that unique eye for detail that makes them a chore to shop for during the holidays. Sometimes it’s easier to shy away from trying to find a home decor gift for the home decorator in your life. Never fear… Check out a few of these tips on how to find the perfect holiday gift for your home-decorating perfectionist.

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Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Animals
To be fair, it’s hard to find a kid who doesn’t adore animals, but some kids like them more than others. Some kids can’t get enough and wouldn’t mind finding out that all the gifts under the tree have an animal theme. If your kid adores animals, chances are it’s not an entirely new thing, so finding an original animal gift they will be excited about might be a bit tougher than you’d expect. Figure out how to find some great gifts for animal crazy kids in your life this Christmas with a few of these simple guidelines and ideas to help you brainstorm.

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Gift-Giving Ideas To Get You Ready For Christmas

Everyone loves finding the perfect Christmas gift, seeing their family or friends’ eyes light up when they tear open the festive wrapping paper. Gift-giving ideas only get more difficult as the years go on. Whether you’re trying to keep pace with your flawless gift-giving record or hoping to find a gift for someone new in your life, Lakeside is ready to help. Check out our new Christmas articles on finding gifts for parents, teens and more.

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Parents & In-Laws
As the years go by, it gets more and more difficult to find gifts for our parents, and it is equally as difficult to figure out Christmas gifts for our in-laws. We decided to dig a little deeper to figure out some of the reasons why some gift ideas for parents and in-laws succeed more than others. Here are a handful of ideas to spark that moment of gift-giving clarity and make your parents’ or in-laws’ Christmas a little more special this year.

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Tech-Savvy Holiday Guide for Teens & Young Adults
Teens and young adults can be some of the most difficult people to shop for during the holiday season. With each generation being a little more tech-savvy and in tune with the latest gadgets, it’s easy for parents to fall behind on the newest electronic trends targeting younger audiences. Learn about a couple timely trends or get gift ideas for thrifty alternatives with this tech-savvy holiday shopping guide for teens and young adults.

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Tips on Buying Holiday Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Christmas takes place in the winter, but for outdoor enthusiasts, icy wind and deep snow are merely minor nuisances or nature’s way of inviting us to play outside. From the avid hunter to the fearless fisher, the bold backpacker to the height-defying hiker, outdoor enthusiasts can be hard some of the hardest people to shop for. Find some ideas for the outdoor enthusiast in your life with these useful tips on outdoorsy holiday gifts.

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Lakeside Selection: Our Weekly Favorites

This week, we’re focusing on everything delicious for the holidays with our extensive collection of gourmet gift baskets. Everyone appreciates gourmet delights, and they’re the ideal gift for groups. Make a favorite client feel appreciated or show your book club how much you care with gourmet goodies that please any taste. At Lakeside’s prices, you can even pick up a few for yourself!

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Santa Claus may enjoy cookies and milk when he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve, but he would truly love something from our Mrs. Fields Deluxe Gift Box. This collection of Mrs. Fields’ most popular cookie flavors in individual packets makes a lavish gift for families and groups, but it can also be split into separate stocking stuffers. Each box contains 25 cookies in seven scrumptious flavors, including white chocolate chunk macadamia, oatmeal raisin and classic milk chocolate chip. Each gift box is hand-packed and checked for freshness so that your gift arrives in perfect condition.

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If you know someone who can’t get enough of bacon’s salty smokiness, we have the ideal solution: the Bacon Lover’s Gift Basket. Bacon’s appeal with savory foods is obvious, but it’s also a perfect complement to sweet treats. This gift basket features bacon pretzels and maple-bacon popcorn as addictive snack foods, while the bacon brownies and dark chocolate bacon bar are sweet gourmet sensations. A bacon-flavored lollipop is the finishing touch that makes this one a must-have for the bacon lover in your life.

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For those with a sweet tooth, the Sweet Winter Delights gift box contains an assortment of treats that will delight anyone with a taste for sugar and spice. Belgian chocolate bars, peppermint bark and snowman cookies are perfect for holiday snacking. Yogurt-dipped pretzels combine sweet and salty flavors in a single irresistible treat, and cocoa mix from Ghirardelli will make someone special smile on chilly winter nights. With enough treats for two, this gift is ideal for newlyweds, couples or anyone with whom you’d like to share a few sweet moments.

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Vintage clothing and retro styles are back in fashion, but finding familiar tastes from bygone decades is more of a challenge. Surprise someone who recalls the sweets of their youth or treat a young trend-lover with Special Decades Candy Mixes, ready-to-give bags of treats from the ’50s, ’60s or ’70s. Each gift bag contains some of the most popular candies from each decade, all of which are made according to their original recipes. If you or someone you love hasn’t had a Chick-o-Stick, Razzles or a Nut Zipper in years, it’s time to sample some of yesteryear’s best flavors in these colorful candy assortments.

Gourmet gift baskets are a delicious way to let others know you’re thinking of them this holiday season, and with so many different styles and flavors from which to choose, you can find something for everyone on your list—including yourself. Spread some holiday cheer in the office, bring long-distance friends closer or give family members a special treat with gourmet gift sets!