This year I have gotten a head start to my Christmas shopping and have been doing a lot of my shopping online through Groupon, Eversave, and Swagbucks. With these sites you can get at least 50 % off, usually more, and most of the time free shipping is included!
:: Amazon has started their Prelude to Black Friday already. Browse their specials and perhaps you'll be able to cross a few gifts off your list.
::I mentioned this site last year, but you can check Thanksgiving Black Friday Ads -- it has many pages of Black Friday ad scans from major retailers in one downloadable PDF. You can see the ads before they hit the newspapers.
:: If ordering online, always check RetailMeNot for free shipping codes.
What ever you decide to do, shop online, or venture out, just remember this is supposed to be fun---Happy Thanksgiving!
Disclosure, some of these links are my affiliate links.