This week marks the return of Black Friday: that day when Americans brave stampedes and sleep deprivation for the promise of steep discounts at their favorite stores. Boston is no different from the rest of America, with shops in Cambridgeside Galleria, Downtown Crossing, and Newbury Street all featuring late-night openings and discounts. But for those of you who aren't too keen on risking your life (and your grades) fighting for a chance to buy that new HDTV for your dorm room, Flyby has organized an alternative Black Friday agenda for you. The best part? You get to sleep in.
Zinnekin's - 1154 Massachusetts Avenue
Start your day with breakfast from this Belgian waffle shop. They're offering 20 percent off on waffles and drinks. It should tide you over until you get your next Veritaffle fix.
The Havard Shop - The Holyoke Center or 52 JFK Street
Your time at Harvard may allow for the easiest four years of holiday shopping you'll ever have: just get Crimson gear for everyone. With The Harvard Shop giving Harvard students a 25 percent discount all day Friday, it may also be the cheapest.
Faron Salon - 57 JFK Street
Since formal season is fast approaching, you're going to want to look your best for the last few days of class. Take the opportunity to head over to Faron Salon for a mani/pedi or even a new hairdo. All of their services and products will be 25 percent off on Friday. You'll thank us when that dreamboat in your section finally asks you out. Just make sure to call ahead: they have limited appointments.
Black Ink- 5 Brattle Street
Once you're well groomed, shopped, and fed you'll probably be wondering what to do with all of your savings. Unfortunately, Blanchard's doesn't have any Black Friday deals (we checked). If you go to Black Ink though, you can hide your shopping addiction behind a veil of altruism. The store is donating 10 percent of their total Black Friday sales to the New York Times Campaign to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. It's the perfect solution to that empty spot on your bookshelf that's been begging to be filled with a piece of random kitsch.