Why You Might Not Be Able to Shop for Gifts on Thanksgiving This Year

Find out which stores are shutting their doors to eager gift shoppers this year.

In-Case-You-Were-WonderingWorried,-Thanksgiving-Day-Shopping-Is-No-Longer-a-Thing_8135793h-Erik-S.-LesserEpaREXShutterstockErik S. Lesser/Epa/REX/ShutterstockDid you go shopping last Thanksgiving? We don’t mean a quick trip to the supermarket for fresh dinner rolls or another pack of butter: We’re asking whether you hit the mall or big-box stores to shop for holiday gifts. We’re betting not, given that 82 percent of Americans are opposed or indifferent to retail stores opening their doors on Thanksgiving. Nearly 38 percent are strongly opposed.

If you’re in that camp, you’ll be pleased to learn that only a few stores will be open this Thanksgiving. Many more have already announced that they plan to keep their doors closed.

Not too many years ago, the idea of holiday shopping on Thanksgiving was preposterous. Friday has traditionally been the kickoff to the holiday season, much like Santa Claus brings the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. (Here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the parade.)

Going forward, there may always be some stores that opt to open on Thanksgiving. But rest assured, holiday shopping on Thanksgiving is clearly not a thing anymore.

By the way, if you haven’t bought your Thanksgiving dinner fixings yet, keep in mind that this is the worst day to do your grocery shopping.

And if you’re not interested in shopping on Black Friday either, try these savvy ways to save money online.

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Jody L. Rohlena
Jody L. Rohlena is a senior editor at Reader's Digest.