Target’s gift card sale returns this weekend. Here’s how to save 10% off and how the promotion has changed

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Target’s annual gift card sale returns Saturday with some changes. Instead of being a one-day sale, it now lasts two days and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 6.

The maximum discount also increased to $50 off a maximum of $500 in gift cards purchased, up from $30 last year.

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But the biggest change is to get the 10% discount, available in-store and online, you have to be a member of Target Circle, Target’s free loyalty program. The discount can be used only for one transaction at Target or Target.com per Target Circle account, according to the offer’s details.



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Target has a selection of holiday gift cards.

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It’s a rare chance to save on gift cards, which year after year are among the most popular and requested gifts. Last December, Target had a one-day gift card sale with 10% off store gift cards both in-store and online and in October discounted gift cards by 5% for two days.

If you’re not giving the gift cards away as gifts, they can be quickly added to the Target app to redeem at checkout and used with the Target Circle, which launched nationwide in October 2019.

With the free program, members earn 1% on nearly every purchase to redeem on a future Target trip and take advantage of other discounts including a birthday discount.

Shoppers with a Target RedCard credit or debit card aren’t eligible to earn 1% with the loyalty program when they pay with a store-branded credit or debit card but will continue to get 5% off store purchases including select gift cards year round. However, store gift cards are excluded from the cardholder perk.

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Target gift card promotion fine print

Here are some of the exclusions of the offer listed on the Target Circle offer, which can be saved to accounts early:

  • Valid beginning Dec. 5 for a one-time use purchase in-store or online.
  • Gift cards purchased online can be delivered via email, mail or mobile.
  • Offer valid for one transaction up to $500 in Target GiftCards ($50 maximum discount) at Target or Target.com per Target Circle account.
  • Offer does not include Target Visa Gift Cards, Target Mastercard Gift Cards, Target American Express Gift Cards and gift cards issued by other retailers such as dining, lifestyle and entertaining
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Weekend Sip’s 12 bottles of Christmas has gift suggestions for everyone on your holiday list

Let’s put aside all the problems of 2020 and turn our attention to the holidays. That means it’s time to joyfully head off shopping for friends and family, for colleagues and neighbors and maybe even for ourselves.

And that means it’s time for a Weekend Sip tradition: the 12 Bottles of Christmas.

Once again, we’ve compiled a list of a dozen bottles, covering the categories of wine, beer and spirits. (And ice cream, too!) We’ve selected items at varying price points, so you can gift anything from a simple stocking stuffer to the sip of a lifetime. Needless to say, the list doesn’t strictly apply to Christmas — the picks will generally work for any holiday or occasion.

Need more suggestions? You can always refer back to our picks from 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012.

Oh, and one more thing: Happy holidays!

The ugly sweater bottle (er, can)

We’ve never quite understood the ugly Christmas sweater thing. Such apparel may represent a gleeful way to subvert the season, but it’s still, well, ugly. But we can embrace the ugly sweater when it comes in liquid form. And that is the idea behind Almanac Beer Co.’s Ugly Sweater LOVE Hazy IPA ($16.99 for a four-pack). The Northern California craft brewer, which specializes in what it calls “farm-to-barrel” beer, describes this super-tasty IPA as a “jolly” sip with notes of mango and cantaloupe. But it’s the image on the can of an ugly sweater that may be the real selling point for some. Almanac also puts together other festive holiday items, including a 12-can Christmas sampler and an eight-can Hanukkah one.

The red bottle

You’ll need to have deep pockets for a bottle of Beringer’s Eighth Maker Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon — it’s a whopping $400, which is pricey even by California trophy-bottle standards. But this sip, from the producer that calls itself California’s longest continuously operating winery, may just be worth it for its hearty taste (think blackberries and black cherries, says the Beringer team) and yet surprisingly delicate texture (the tannins are “fine grained,” the producer notes). The packaging is as superlative as the bottle, with the glossy wooden case almost worthy of being used to store prized jewels. The bottle’s name refers to Mark Beringer’s role as Beringer’s eighth winemaker — the company was founded in part by his great-great-grandfather Jacob.

Mijenta ($50) is a clean-tasting tequila with a variety of flavor notes, from honey to pineapple.


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The green bottle

In this case, we mean “green” not in the color-minded sense, but in the save-the-planet one. And Mijenta, a small-batch tequila producer, says it takes the environment seriously. The company’s sustainable practices include ensuring all of its packaging — the label and box — utilizes the waste from agave, the plant that goes into making tequila. It’s a laudable mission, but the tequila itself — in its “blanco” (meaning un-aged) iteration ($50) — deserves praise as well. The sip is clean-tasting with a variety

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50th annual Montgomery Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at Garrett Coliseum this weekend

An event millions of years in the making is coming to Montgomery this weekend, with a special emphasis on the last half century. 



a group of people in a store: The 50th annual Montgomery Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Garrett Coliseum.


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The 50th annual Montgomery Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Garrett Coliseum.

The 50th annual Montgomery Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Garrett Coliseum, 1555 Federal Drive. This year’s event also features a first-time open car show. 



food on display: Geodes are spherical rocks with an internal cavity full of crystals.


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Geodes are spherical rocks with an internal cavity full of crystals.

“‘We had a record turnout last year,” said Chris Rutherford, a geologist and president of the Montgomery Gem and Mineral Society. “And even with COVID this year, we expect to have even more come out this year to celebrate our 50th anniversary.”

The show features several dealers spread out on the coliseum’s floor with a variety of beads, crystals, fossils, geodes, gem stones, minerals, rocks and much more.

“Lots of colored stones. Lots of unique opals,” Rutherford said. 

Access to the whole family friendly event is inexpensive. Daily admission is $2 per adult, and comes with a door prize ticket. Ages 18 and under are admitted free with a student ID or one paid adult ticket. A three-day adult pass to the show is $3. The club also has a $1 off coupon online for daily visitors. 



many different kinds of food on a table: Guests can find a variety of rocks, minerals and jewelry pieces at this weekend's show.


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Guests can find a variety of rocks, minerals and jewelry pieces at this weekend’s show.

Club members will display their individual collections, and demonstrations will be offered throughout the weekend on gem and rock cutting, faceting and cabochon making. Guests can have jewelry repaired, and new jewelry pieces created for them. 



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Club members will be on site cutting stones and making jewelry.

A special treat with a surprise inside is the geode, a spherical rock with an internal cavity that’s often filled with crystals.

“We’ll have a guy there that will sell geodes,” Rutherford said “You crack them open and see the crystals inside.” 

An artist will be there doing a demonstration with the famous Sylacauga white marble. 

Rutherford said the Montgomery Gem and Mineral Society is a club of rock hounds, enthusiasts, jewelry makers. 



a display in a store: Club members will display collections at this weekend's show.


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Club members will display collections at this weekend’s show.

“People have been doing this their whole lives, and they just enjoy sharing their talents and sharing their art,” Rutherford said. 

Friday and Saturday hours are from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Parking is free. 

Learn more about the club online at montgomerygemandmineralsociety.com.



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Many kinds of beads will be available for purchase.

Open Car Show

On Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the club will have its first open car show in Garrett Coliseum’s parking lot, with about 300 scheduled to participate. Rutherford said there will be a mix of classic and new cars, as well as military vehicles. He said some of the gem club members are also car enthusiasts. 

Proceeds from the car show benefit the Montgomery Area Food

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This Weekend Marked a Record Online Shopping Day. Here’s Where the Dollars Went

The kickoff of holiday shopping of years past–think midnight doorbuster sales on Black Friday and clogged department stores– is no longer. Instead, the lasting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic produced the largest online shopping day in U.S. history, continuing a holiday shopping season that’s already been thriving since October, despite the decline of in-person shopping.

According to the National Retail Federation, the number of in-store shoppers on Thanksgiving Day dropped by 55 percent from last year and those on Black Friday dropped by 37 percent. These drops can be attributed to consumers staying home because of pandemic fears and because large retailers like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy didn’t open for Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving day. 

But online sales picked up the slack. Based on Adobe Analytics data, which tracked one trillion visits to U.S. retail sites, a record $10.8 billion was spent online by the end of Cyber Monday, compared with last year’s $9.4 billion, making it the largest online shopping day in U.S. history.

And Adobe wasn’t alone in reporting the online surge. More than 1 million online stores that use Shopify’s software to sell, ship, and track purchases surpassed $5.1 billion in sales between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with Shopify counting a 76 percent growth of sales on its platform since last year.

Small Business Saturday also experienced some favorable outcomes, bolstered by supportive consumer behaviors. According to the Union Bank Small Business Holiday Spending 2020 Survey, 74 percent of respondents said they felt a greater sense of responsibility to shop local this year, since small business has been hit especially hard by the pandemic. 

“People are spending more time in their neighborhood, so there is even more of a focus on helping the local coffee shop, gift store, or restaurant. They’re seeing the impact first hand. These are the business owners who may be your friend or your neighbor and who you have a personal connection with, which really brings their struggles into context,” says Colleen Taylor, president of U.S. merchant services at American Express, which created Small Business Saturday 11 years ago.

Many founders were counting on these holiday sales to stay afloat. Kelsey Moreira, CEO and founder of San Francisco-based cookie dough startup Doughp (pronounced “Dope”), hosted a 30 percent off sale online from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, and says she is “crying with joy” at the results. Her site sold more in those four days than in the whole month of November. “People are constantly talking about wanting to support small businesses. This time of year is when we see that come to life,” she says.

To maintain momentum and shopper enthusiam to shop small, American Express’s Moreira advises business owners to adhere to cleaning and social distancing protocols–and spread the word online about those safety measures, in addition to any promotions. But if customers are still reluctant to shop in person, make sure you offer them a great online shopping experience as well as other digital services.

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5 Stocks to Win on Record Cyber Weekend Shopping

When shoppers were busy grabbing Black Friday deals, retailers had started preparing for Cyber Monday — the next big shopping event. In fact, Cyber Monday has hogged maximum consumer attention in the recent past as “the preferred day for deals.”

Overall, the entire cyber weekend is crucial for retailers. Cyber Monday is the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday, which was created by retailers to “encourage people to shop online.” Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Most retailers offer promotions and discounts during this time.

“A solid rule of thumb is that Black Friday is a better time to buy newer, big-ticket items. It’s also the best day to shop in stores, though you can also shop online. Cyber Monday is a better day to shop for tech deals and smaller gifts. You’ll also see slightly better discounts online,” as per an article on businessinsider. The trend is, however, changing lately with Cyber Monday receiving more prominence. The extent of deals and discounts are almost similar on these days.

How Is Consumers’ Shopping Spree This Cyber Weekend?

Consumers shelled out about $9 billion (a new record) on the web on Black Friday, up 21.6% year over year, according to data from Adobe Analytics (which tracks website transactions from 80 of the top 100 U.S. online retailers), as quoted on CNBC.

Cyber Monday 2020 is expected to turn out the biggest digital sales day in history in the United States. Spending should be between $10.8 billion and $12.7 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of 15% to 35%. Thanksgiving Day online sales also hit a record $5.1 billion, up 21.5% from last year, per Adobe Analytics, as quoted on CNBC.

What Were at the Top of the Shopping List?

New consoles, phones, smart devices and TVs that are usual Black Friday purchases have now taken place online  this year. Surprise Black Friday purchases like groceries, clothes and alcohol that would earlier were bought in-store are also being parked in online cart, according to Taylor Schreiner, a director at Adobe Digital Insights, as quoted on CNBC.

Toys and personal care products were among the winning categories of this year shopping, according to Adobe, as quoted on CNBC. “Online spending on toys shot up 294% and rose 278% on personal care products compared with October daily averages. Sales of office supplies and bedding grew by 114% and 109%, respectively”.

Stocks to Win

Mattel Inc. MAT

The Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company is the world’s largest manufacturer of toys. Consumers’ solid spending on toys should make the company a winner this year.

Sony Corporation SNE

Sony Corp. could gain this weekend on deals for newly released PlayStation 5 gaming console and smart TV that are in huge demand. The stock has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Apple Inc. AAPL

Likewise, deals on AirPods, iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Apple Watch put the company in the spotlight. Some of the Apple deals are “Save up to $900 on iPhone 12

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How many coupon inserts will we have in the Sunday paper this week?

On Sunday, Nov. 29, there will be NO coupon inserts because it’s a holiday weekend.

There should be 2 inserts (SmartSource and RetailMeNot) the week after on Dec. 6!

Head to CouponsInTheNews.com for a preview each week of many of the specific coupons we will get. We won’t receive all the same coupons on this list each week, but we will get many of the same ones.

Coupon Inserts

Click HERE for details on the Redplum/RetailMeNot coupon insert name change.

If you buy the paper at a store on Sunday (instead of getting a subscription delivered to your home), make sure you look inside the paper before you buy it so you can see that the coupons are in there.

You will find that sometimes, the papers at the stores and in the paper boxes do not have coupons. The newspaper may run out of coupon inserts and because the home delivery papers are usually the first to get the coupons, the papers that go to the stores do not always have all the coupons.

Keep in mind that the weekly scheduled inserts in the annual list may be different if the insert providers make any changes during the year.

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Black Friday warning: Cyber-criminals will be stalking online shopping sites this weekend

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — With concerns about rising COVID infections, online shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday is expected to surge. However, that also attracts cyber-crime. The economy is part of Building A Better Bay Area.

The amount of money to be spent online over the next five days is staggering. Adobe projects $6 billion on Thanksgiving, $10 billion on Black Friday, and almost $13 billion on Cyber Monday. Cybercriminals will be shopping, too, at websites large and small.

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“The reality is that the smaller retailers are just as vulnerable. In some cases, they’re even more vulnerable,” said Craig Hinkley, CEO of WhiteHat Security.

That’s because they may not have resources to fight intrusions. Silicon Valley’s WhiteHat Security says organized crime rings and nation states are stealing credit card numbers and exploiting holes in security.

“One of our ethical hackers was able to have the website ship products and credit back the hacker’s credit card, so in essence, the hacker was able to have the business pay them for items the business sent to them,” Hinkley said.

For protection, consumers are urged to use strong passwords, not to verbally give out their credit card numbers or to save them on a website as part of a customer profile, and to be on the alert for suspicious messages with links. They can show up as text messages on your mobile phone.

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Another Silicon Valley cyber security firm, Vectra AI, believes foreign adversaries will exploit the delayed transition at the White House and possible distractions.

“I am 100 percent sure there are plenty of gaps to exploit if somebody wants to get really focused, which kind of just necessitates that whatever transition is occurring now, just accelerates,” said Vector AI CEO Hitesh Sheth.

Hackers will be stalking you and the sites where you shop.

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Americans All Ready for Some Shopping Therapy This Weekend

The shopping frenzy that is Black Friday is upon us once again, with the equally intense Cyber Monday also just around the corner.

The results of a recent survey from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) suggests folks will be dropping a heap of cash on various bargains spotted both online and in stores during the sales event.

Related Black Friday Sales

The ICSC’s Thanksgiving Weekend Intentions survey for 2020 found that 85 percent of people plan to shop in the period between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, with each spending an average of $470. Specifically, 72 percent plan to shop on Black Friday, while 73 percent are likely to shop on Cyber Monday.

Among those intent on diving into their wallet this weekend, 44 percent said they’ll likely spend more than they did last year, suggesting they’re keen for a little extra shopping therapy after such a challenging year.

Coronavirus concerns mean that online shopping sites are certain to perform strongly in the coming days. The survey’s results appear to bear this out, with only 69 percent of the 1,002 U.S.-based respondents indicating they’ll be heading out to a store in the coming days, down from 84 percent in 2019.

The ICSC points out, however, that the dip can also be put down to many retailers launching promotions earlier than usual in a bid to avoid an overcrowded shopping weekend that could lead to further COVID-19 infections. Indeed, 43 percent of the respondents said they will be buying fewer items than usual over the next couple of days because they’ve already snapped up some bargains during these recent promotions. Shoppers may also be persuaded to stay home in response to action taken by some retailers to limit store access as part of measures to ensure social distancing.

“Thanksgiving weekend will look different this year due to the pandemic, but consumers will still spend time shopping for holiday gifts and items,” said Tom McGee, president and CEO of ICSC.

So, if you have some spare cash and are on the lookout for a bargain — or you simply want some inspiration on what to grab over the coming days — then Digital Trends has you covered. Our homepage is showing the best deals available on a huge range of tech products for Black Friday through Cyber Monday, allowing for a relaxing shopping experience from the comfort of your favorite armchair.

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Muskegon retailers working to make busiest shopping weekend as ‘normal as possible’ amid COVID-19

MUSKEGON, MI – It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for shopping, that is.

The busiest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner, and Muskegon retailers are working diligently to prepare for incoming shoppers while also adhering to safety guidelines amid a surging coronavirus pandemic.

While Black Friday shopping may look a bit different than usual this year – with mandated mask use, social distancing and limited capacity – Muskegon shoppers can still plan to take advantage of sweet deals at Lakes Mall on Friday, or support local downtown businesses for “Small Business Saturday.”

“We are working to bring the holiday spirit into the shopping experience,” said Tom Suszka, Lakes Mall general manager, in a prepared statement to MLive.

“It is our goal to make the holiday season as ‘normal’ as possible, while adhering to all CDC guidelines and regulations to ensure the health and safety of all our patrons during these uncertain times.”

The Lakes Mall, at 5600 Harvey St., will have enhanced cleaning services, social distancing and contactless service during the busy shopping weekend, Suszka said. The mall will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.

As the coronavirus surges across Michigan – especially in Muskegon County, where the COVID-19 test positivity rate is a whopping 22% – state health officials have ordered restrictions on gatherings and guidelines for shoppers for the upcoming shopping season.

Stores have been limited to 30% capacity by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

But the health guidelines won’t stop Muskegon retailers from safely offering their services to shoppers this year, said Muskegon Business Development Manager Dave Alexander.

The city is encouraging consumers to “shop small” this weekend for Small Business Saturday, a time for holiday shoppers to patronize their local, independent retailers.

With dozens of shops to choose from, shoppers can utilize a trolley this weekend to travel back-and-forth between downtown shops and the Lakeside District, Muskegon’s historic shopping district.

“The tram will get you out and about so you can support both areas, giving you easy access to get around,” Alexander told MLive.

Alexander said it’s tough to predict how many people will feel comfortable enough to go out shopping this weekend amid the pandemic. But he said no matter how many people show up, shopkeepers will be masked up to keep visitors as safe as possible.

“Will it be a normal shopping Saturday, where we would have thousands of shoppers through Lakeside and downtown throughout the course of the day? I’m not sure,” Alexander said. “But we want people to be out and enjoying the outdoors and going into shops as they feel comfortable with.”

Now more than ever before, it’s important for consumers to support Muskegon’s small businesses and keep them up and running amid the economic challenges of the pandemic, Alexander said.

“We need to keep these local businesspeople – who are neighbors, who are friends, who are

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Black-owned shops hosting special holiday shopping weekend

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ALBANY — A group of local organizations are sponsoring a four-day Thanksgiving weekend shopping program in downtown Albany that will benefit Black-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurs in the region.

The event, known as Black Wealth Weekend, is a partnership between the Albany nonprofit called A Village along with Siena College and FlagshipUltra, an Albany marketing firm.

The event will include in-person shopping at A Village’s new showroom at 347 South Pearl St. on Friday, Sunday and Monday and on Saturday at what’s known as the Ujaama Market at the Boys & Girls Club at 51 Delaware Ave. along with online shopping through the South End Market’s social media pages.

The new showroom on South Pearl Street also houses what’s known as Nascent, a new initiative by A Village that is a 10-month training and mentoring program for new business people that grew out of the South End Night Market, which is held Thursday nights on Warren Street in Albany and has attracted 25 vendors.

The Friday event will take place on Black Friday at the South Pearl showroom from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, which is Small Business Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cyber Monday event will take place at the South Pearl showroom from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We encourage people to participate in Black Wealth Weekend if they are interested in finding unique gifts for their loved ones and
supporting entrepreneurship in the community,” A Village events manager Kaciem Swain said.

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