Ah, yes, the American tradition of stuffing yourself silly then piling in the car to blow a paycheck—Black Friday 2018 is upon us. And, as we all know, the biggest shopping day of the year has morphed into an entire shopping weekend (and beyond) with additional days like Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Last year, 174 million Americans shopped on Thanksgiving weekend and spent an average of $335 per person, deluging the retail industry with billions in sales.

While the thought of bracing crowds and bum-rushing the mall to save a few bucks is nightmare-inducing for some, it's thrilling and, in some cases, an actual holiday tradition for others. We expressly condemn the bum-rushing, of course, but if you're game for a Black Friday adventure, we're here to help.

Of course, shopping from the comfort of your couch in a tryptophan coma is convenient, but allow us to mount our soapbox for a moment and urge you to venture out IRL. An influx of dollars can do wonders to support the many local stores working tirelessly to buck the troubling trend of unsustainable brick-and-mortars, and let's face it, ordering an item that fits you like it looks in the picture is almost as elusive as a winning lottery ticket. Try it on. Bring a friend. Embrace the madness. Then maybe have a drink.

To sweeten the deal, most local stores are offering some sort of specials for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and even "Self Care Sunday," something we'll all need this year. Of course, it's virtually impossible to compile an exhaustive list of all the participating businesses in Houston, but here's a decent starting point to reference when making your plan of attack. Saving some money, getting your gifts, and helping your favorite shops keep their doors open? We'll call that a win-win-win.

à bientôt

2501 River Oaks Blvd.
Shop anytime through Saturday and be entered to win a $500 gift card.

Beau Kisses

9945 Barker Cypress Rd.
Half off Riveting Romance Bracelets (retail price: $95) on Saturday only.

Brian Gavin Diamonds

briangavindiamonds.com
Buy Nambe, Kelim, colored stone or pearl jewelry and receive 8 percent off a BGD Signature Diamond using code BLKWEEK18.

Carrie Ann Boutique

1151 Uptown Park Blvd.
Take 40 percent off all apparel on Friday and 30 percent off on Saturday.

Collectivo

4310 Westheimer Rd.
On Friday, take 20 percent off sales (excluding jewelry) in-store and online using code BLACKFRIDAY.

Couture Blowout

2419 S. Shepherd Dr.
Take 30-70 percent off clothes, shoes, and bags on Saturday.

Deutsch Houston

3747 Westheimer Rd.
Free champagne and jewelry cleaning for all shoppers on Saturday. First 50 guests receive a free travel vanity bag.

Elizabeth Anthony

1180 Uptown Park Blvd.
Up to 40 percent off designer sale, plus holiday treats, through the weekend.

Emerson Rose

350 W 19th St. & 1637 Westheimer Rd.
BOGO 50 percent off all full-priced apparel and shoes at both store locations on Friday and Saturday.

Facade

1700 Post Oak Blvd.
Friday–Monday: 50 percent off Facade Beauty products excluding brushes, 40 percent off Clarisonic Smart Profile, and $5 Hair Tassi's in-store and online—discounts automatically applied.

Forth + Nomad

714 Yale St.
Take 20 percent off home goods, textiles, ceramics, decor, and plants, plus a free campfire mug with any purchase through the weekend.

Laurier Blanc

1926 Bissonett St.
Friday–Monday: Take 30 percent off in-store purchases and 25 percent off online. A portion of every sale benefits Dwell with Dignity.

Lemon Laine

714 Yale St.
Friday–Saturday: Spend over $60, get a $10 gift card; spend over $125, get $25; spend over $200, get $50. On "Self Care Sunday," buy one wellness product and get a second half off.

The Little Bird

1713 Post Oak Blvd.
Up to 30 percent off select items through Saturday.

Longoria Collection

1101 Uptown Park Blvd.
Take 20 percent off everything in-store through the weekend.

M. Penner

1180 Uptown Park Blvd.
Take 20 percent off men's fall clothing through the weekend.

Melodrama Boutique

5306 Almeda Rd.
Take 30-50 percent off purchases (excluding accessories and handbags) from 9 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturday, plus a holiday shopping block party outside from noon–4 p.m. with vendors, music from DJ Elevated, holiday eggnog and desserts, and the Cravin' It food truck.

Memorial Villages Holiday Crawl

8570 Katy Fwy
Shop at Back Row Home, Memorial Designs, Paisley House, Melange Eye Candy, The Branch Boutique, Pretty Please, Silly Silly Girls, Makenzie Bailey, Cindy Witmer Designs, and Renovate on Saturday and receive a discount on all purchases with a matched donation made to the charity of each store's choice, plus signature beverages and a gift basket giveaway.

MIRTH

mirthcaftans.com
Friday–Tuesday: Take 20 percent off one item, 25 percent off two items, and 30 percent off three items.

ModChic Couture Holiday Market

6125 Kirby Dr.
Saturday, 1–6 p.m.: A pop-up shop presented by jewelry designer Stephanie Bijoux featuring products from other local designers like KisaKisa and ChiChi L'amour. Proceeds from each purchase benefit charity. Music, refreshments, giveaways, networking, and more; RSVP online.

The Montrose Market

1657 Westheimer Rd.
Saturday, noon–8 p.m.: Shop vintage finds from more than 20 vendors at this monthly market with art, food, music, and free beer from 8th Wonder Brewery.

My Flaming Heart

3622 Main St.
Take 20 percent off your entire purchase on Friday and Saturday.

Raspberry Rose Boutique

2434 Rice Blvd.
Take 20-50 percent off from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Friday, plus 20 percent off regular-priced jewelry and accessories and half off all sale items.

Source Vitál Apothecary & Beauty Market

1291 N. Post Oak Blvd.
Friday–Saturday: 40 percent off Source Vitál's full line including customized products, holiday kits, and other indie wellness brands available in the showroom. Applies to in-store purchases only. Online, take 33 percent off plus free shipping on purchases over $25. On Saturday, Bounce Hydration will offer customers post-Turkey Day drips in its mobile IV therapy spa.

Tres Chic

3414 Eastside St.
BOGO 50 percent off through Saturday.

Zadok Jewelers

1749 Post Oak Blvd.
Take 20 percent off select watch brands, 20 percent off Zadok Collection jewelry, and 20-40 percent off in-stock engagement rings (center stone not included) through the weekend.

Do something nice:

Make a pit-stop at Macy's now through December 24 and drop a letter to Santa in the official Macy's Santa Mail letterbox (or send a digital copy online—the North Pole has wifi now, obviously) and Macy's will donate $1 for each letter received—up to $1 million—to Make-a-Wish through its iconic holiday program "Believe," now in its 11th year.

And, if you insist...

Just don't say we didn't warn you.

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