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James Allen Black Friday Deals 2022: Engagement Rings & More

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One of my favorite ways to save money on engagement rings is by making the purchase from an online jeweler. They don’t have overhead expenses like renting real estate and paying store employees, so they’re often able to charge a much lower price.

My favorite online jeweler is James Allen. Not only do they offer lower prices year round, but they also let you customize most jewelry pieces — including engagement rings. They also give you a 360 viewer, so you can see what your ring would look like from any angle before making your purchase.

On top of already lower prices, they run some pretty great Black Friday sales during the holiday season. Right now, you can sale with the Throwblack Friday sale through November 25. But here are the details about all the Black Friday sales, past and present.

Early Black Friday: 25% off sitewide in October

You don’t have to wait until November to get in on the deals!

James Allen runs an Early Black Friday sale from mid- to late-October that gives you 25% off purchases sitewide.

The first 2022 Early Black Friday Sale ran in mid-October through the 24th.

How long does it take to get a ring from James Allen? Typically, engagement rings ship within 7 to 21 days. But that timeline can vary depending on the production schedule of your ring.

Throwblack Black Friday Sale: 25% off in mid-November

The James Allen Black Friday Sale is running Nov. 16 — Nov. 25, 2022. And it’s going by a new cutesy name: Throwblack Friday.

If you order from this earlier sale, you could have your ring in time to propose over the December holidays!

Fine Print: The 25% off sale applies to almost everything. But there are a few exclusions. In years past, you could not claim the discount on loose gemstones or diamonds, designer collections, or pre-set, earth-created diamond studs and pennants. This caveat applies to James Allen Early Black Friday sales and regular Black Friday sales.

James Allen Cyber Monday Sale

The James Allen Cyber Monday deal is yet again 25% off sitewide! This year it’s running from Nov. 26, 2022 through Nov. 28, 2022. So it ends on Cyber Monday itself.

Happy savings, and I hope they say ‘yes!’

PRO TIP: Sales run in Eastern time. That means if you’re in California, technically the Black Friday sale will start at 9:00p on Thanksgiving. By the same token, it will end three hours earlier: 9:00p on  Black Friday.

Score a great deal at James Allen? Brag about it in the comments!



Saatva Black Friday Deals 2022: The Best Sleep of My Life

A few years ago, this company called Saatva reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in trying out their products. They sent me some sheets and pillows, and honestly it’s been the best sleep of my life ever since.

Saatva also makes things like mattresses and comforters. I’ve been frequenting their shop ever since.

The thing about Saatva is that they’re incredibly high quality, but with that quality comes a relatively high price. These aren’t your typical Walmart sheets, so they’re going to cost you more than Walmart prices.

That’s why I try to shop Saatva when they’re having a sale. And, boy, do they have some great ones.

One of their best annual sales is the Black Friday Sale. Here’s everything you can expect for the 2022 Saatva Black Friday Sale.

Is Black Friday a good time to buy a mattress? Yes. Black Friday is the best time of year to buy a mattress. Over the summer, prices on mattresses are the highest they’ll be all year. Then, over Labor Day there are some pretty great sales. They can even rival Black Friday in some cases. But generally speaking, the prices dip even lower the further into Fall you go.

Early Black Friday

luxury mattresses you can comfortably afford shop loom and leaf saatva

Last year, Saatva kicked the shopping season off with its ‘Black Friday in October’ sale. This sale ran from October 14, 2021 to October 16, 2021. The deal was up to $400 off your total purchase.

It was the first Black Friday sale Saatva ever held that early, and it ended up getting extended a few days through the 18th.

This year, they didn’t run an ‘Early Black Friday’ sale quite so early per se, but they did offer a similar deal in October.

Through October 27, 2022, you were able to get $200 – $400 off your purchase with the Mattress Extravaganza. The amount you saved depended on how much you spend:

  • Spend $1,000 – $2,249 to get $200 off.
  • Spend $2,250 – $2,499 to get $225 off.
  • Spend $2,500 – $2,999 to get $250 off.
  • Spend $3,000 – $3,999 to get $350 off.
  • Spend $4,000+ to get $400 off.

Will a Saatva mattress sag? Saatva makes super high quality mattresses, so they’re highly unlikely to sag. However, if you personally have repeated issues with sagging mattresses, you might be interested in the Saatva HD Mattress. It uses 12.5-gauge steel coils that are 25% stronger than the industry standard.

Second Early Black Friday Sale

The Early Black Friday Access sale is here! And it’s running through 11:59p on Nov. 18, 2022.

UPDATE: This deal was extended through Nov. 21, 2022!

With this sale, you can get anywhere from $225 to $500 off. Here are the spending tiers for the discount:

  • Spend $900 — $2,199, get $225 off.
  • Spend $2,220 — $2,999, get $250 off.
  • Spend $3,000 — $3,499, get $300 off.
  • Spend $3,500 — $3,999, get $350 off.
  • Spend $4,000 — $4,499, get $400 off.
  • Spend $4,500+, get $500 off.

Did Saatva prices go up? They sure have! I’ve counted four price changes in the past year. Each time the increase has been marginal — prices on mattresses in particular have gone up by $40-$80 ish total, depending on model. The product is still worth the price, in my opinion, but it does make shopping sales all the more important.

Saatva Black Friday

Saatva’s 2022 Black Friday sale has launched!

From Nov. 22 — 27, 2022, you will get the same deal that was offered during the Early Black Friday Access Sale:

  • Spend $900 — $2,199, get $225 off.
  • Spend $2,220 — $2,999, get $250 off.
  • Spend $3,000 — $3,499, get $300 off.
  • Spend $3,500 — $3,999, get $350 off.
  • Spend $4,000 — $4,499, get $400 off.
  • Spend $4,500+, get $500 off.

PLUS, during the Black Friday sale, you can get $225 off Adjustable Base Plus bundles.

Is Saatva made in China? No, Saatva is not made in China. Every last mattress is made in the United States.

Cyber Monday

In 2021, the Cyber Monday deal didn’t just last one day — Saatva ran the sale through the entirety of Cyber Week.

We can be relatively confident that the base Cyber Monday deal will stay the same as the prior two sales. When Saatva ran its Early Black Friday sale, it went out of its way to assure customers that they wouldn’t get better deals if they waited to shop longer.

They wanted to give people plenty of time to place their orders and get it shipped in time for the holidays, which also alleviates strain on supply and delivery chains.

We may or may not see them do something similar to the Black Friday sale, where they throw in a unique bonus discount on top of the discount-per-amount-spent.

We’d expect either the Black Friday sale to be extended a couple of extra days, or the Cyber Week sale to start on Saturday. It’s highly unlikely that Saatva would leave people without holiday savings over the weekend.

Who is Saatva owned by? Saatva is owned by co-founders Ron Rudzin and Ricky Joshi, representing the furniture industry and entrepreneurial circles respectively. Saatva is privately owned.


Gifts That Give Back

Loving this list of gifts that give back. Has some really creative ideas that never occured to me before. Now my Christmas shopping list will include something other than just charity donations!

As we think about giving this year, maybe we should be thinking a bit beyond ourselves. Maybe we should make sure the money that we’re spending is going to support others who are suffering or working through some trials towards a grander goal and future.

That doesn’t mean our gift list needs to be an itinerary of charity donations. (Not that there’s anything wrong with charity donations.)

It’s just that we can still get useful and meaningful gifts while supporting good causes.

Ten Thousand Villages

I’ve been gifting or receiving from Ten Thousand Villages since I was a little kid. My amazing aunt introduced our family to the organization, which brings wares from artisans in developing areas the world over into its shops and online marketplace.

They make sure everyone is being paid fairly and that working conditions are safe. A lot of the materials used are recycled or 100% naturally-sourced. When you shop at Ten Thousand Villages, you support small businesses and individuals by giving them employment — which leads to access to healthcare and education because money.

Plus, you get really phenomenal products. Here are just a few examples of the types of jewelry, housewares and personal care items you’ll find:


Summer Day Hammock

Cream Cotton And Wood Hammock - Summer Day Hammock

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How This Gift Gives Back

The Summer Day Hammock is made by Oyanca Artesania in Nicaragua. The organization — whose employees are 50% female — was started as a way to boost export opportunities for artisans in the Central American country. Today their artisans mix traditional Nicaraguan arts with contemporary design to make amazingly beautiful items like this hammock.


Mosaic Bird Pendant

Gorgeous White Metal Pendant - Mosaic Bird Pendant

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How This Gift Gives Back

This gorgeous white metal pendant is made by women from Manushi in Nepal. Manushi works to empower women living in poverty with the power of artistry. They also work on community development, provide entrepreneurial training, and issue microloans for small businesses.


Gingerbread Soap

bar of light orange soap sitting on a plate full of gingerbread cookies

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How This Gift Gives Back

India operates under a caste system. At the lowest rung are the Harijans, or untouchables. If you are a Harijan, you are not allowed to purchase land. Palam — who makes delicious-smelling soaps — works to to mediate this by using profits to buy land and homes for Harijan artisans in southeast India. They also build schools for their artisans’ children, on top of providing healthcare and pensions.


Krochet Kids

Krochet Kids fights poverty through:

With locations in both Peru and Uganda, the company is focused on building ladders to sustainable businesses. The women they employ get paid fairly for their work, have opportunities for management positions, and receive training in personal finance, business and their craft should they choose to venture down the road of entrepreneurship solo.

One of the many cool things about Krochet Kids is that the woman who makes your gift signs the tag. Then, you can go online and write her a thank you note.


Are you giving gifts that give back this year? Would love to hear about your plans in the comments.

A Very Feminist Gift Guide

This post is in collaboration with Etsy.

This is so awesome. Definitely loading up my Chirstmas shopping list with a lot of these frugal feminist gift ideas!

The holidays are just around the corner! And many Etsy shop owners are offering up to 60% off to celebrate.

While you should definitely check out the deals on feminist gifts today, I wanted to put together a gift guide that could last beyond the clickiest holiday all year.

They’re great when the sale is on. And they’re great afterwards, too.

8 Feminist Gift Ideas

Without further ado, here are 8 gift ideas for the feminist in your life.


Feminist Financial Handbook

Woman holding a copy of The Feminist Financial Handbook on a white background.Sale: 16% off
Where to get it: Amazon

First, let me introduce you to The Feminist Financial Handbook, written by yours truly! If you’re tired of reading money books that pretend like you’re already rich — or ignore the kyriarchal economic systems we all live under — this is the book for you. Here are some more in-depth reviews of The Feminist Financial Handbook.


Frida Kahlo Clock

black clock with green numbers with frida kahlo's face and some foliage hand painted on itPrice: $38.99
Where to get it: FunAroundtheClockCo

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who explored so many intersections. From gender to race to colonialism to socioeconomic class, she covered all the bases in truly powerful ways.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mug

ruth bader ginsburg giftPrice: $15.75
Where to get it: SheMugs

Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Pioneer. Women’s advocate. Dissenter at large. With this gift, your feminist can start her morning with caffeine and a reflection: What would Ruth Bader Ginsburg do?


I’m Speaking Sweatshirt

powder blue sweatshirt with 'i'm speaking' printed in small print across the chest. shirt is surrounded by various accessories and foliage for artistic purposes. kamala harris quotePrice: $33.99
Where to get it: TheRepublicDesigns

We’ve all been where Kamala was — even if we weren’t on the world stage.


Carry Yourself with the Confidence of a Mediocre White Man Cross Stitch

Cross stitch sitting on a background of pennies. Cross stitch has flowers around the outside and reads 'Carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man'Price: $40
Where to get it: SarasEccentricSewing

Because you deserve to be in the room, too.


Customizable Fearless Girl Statue in Bronze

tabletop statue of the fearless girl who faced the market bull in NYC's financial district. She is standing on the name 'NANCY' but name can be customized to your own. Bronze statue.Price: $136.08
Where to get it: 3DesignGiftShop

Whether she’s taking on bulls or the patriarchy, this customizable bronze statue is an inspirational gift for your little feminist.


Narrative of Sojourner TruthNarrative of Sojourner Truth

Price: $15.99
Where to get it:

If you’ve got a reader on your hands, you’ll seriously want to consider ordering the Narrative of Sojourner Truth from AffordableBooks. Truth was arguably America’s first intersectional feminist, and the pages of her narrative cover her years as a slave, an abolitionist and a feminist.


In This House We Believe PosterIn this house we believe black lives matter love is love science is real feminism is for everyone no human is illegal kindness is everything

Price: $8.00
Where to buy: littlegoldpixel

Odds are, your feminist holds the values encapsulated in this poster printable:

  • Black lives matter.
  • Love is love.
  • Science is real.
  • Feminism is for everyone.
  • No human is illegal.
  • Kindness is everything.


15 Unique White Elephant Gifts Under $25

This post is in collaboration with Etsy.

Wanna be the most popular person at this year’s white elephant party?

Let’s make that happen with some quirky, weird, and totally unique white elephant gifts for under $25 that allow you to win at gifting while still staying under budget.

Totally Unique White Elephant Gifts

These unique white elephant gifts are quirky enough to grab attention, but practical enough that everyone will want them!


1. Jellyfish Hanging Air Planters

Image of three planters hanging against a wall. All three are inverted, with cute, smiling jellyfish heads serving as the planters and with the plant coming out the bottom looking like jellyfish tentacles. Colors of jellyfish from left to right are purple, blue, and orange.

Price: $21.60
Where to buy: FunUsualSuspects

These hanging jellyfish air planters are adorbs! They come with the plant already in tact, and you can upgrade your order with some nutrient spray to keep it healthy and growing while still staying under $25.

2. Oh, look! More jellyfish air planters!

Hanging air planters. Inverted, with white-painted shells serving as the planter at the top, and the plant coming out the bottom looking like jellyfish tentacles.

Price: $19.95
Where to buy: RootBotanical

Okay, I couldn’t decide which jellyfish air planter to include because these were both pretty awesome. This one from RootBotanical is made from a real-life seashell, hand-painted white. They come in different sizes — the small and medium sizes keep you under $25, and the large option just barely breeches the limit at $26.95.

3. Scratch-Off Map Poster

Woman scratching off the gold on a foil map to reveal the countries underneath. Map background is white. Map is hanging above a desk.

Price: $23.99
Where to buy: MapsInternationalUSA

Any one who’s been on a Zoom call with me over the past 2 years knows how much I love my scratch-off map. Plenty of you have asked where you can get your own!

While this isn’t the exact scratch-off map I have, it is a slightly more affordable version that’s sure to be a hit at your white elephant gift exchange.

4. Cheesecake Candle

transparent glass plate and silverware sitting on lace tablecloth. On top of plate is a piece of cheesecake. If you look closely you can see a wick coming out of the top, revealing that it's actually a candle.

Price: $15.00
Where to buy: DessertAnyoneCandles

Give that cheesecake a second look. Do you see the wick coming out of the strawberries?

I KNOW! I thought it was real, edible food, too! There are tons of eye-deceiving options from DessertAnyoneCandles for your white elephant party, but the cheesecake was my fave.

5. State Scent CandleWhite candle in glass container. Pink label with flowers in background. In foreground is the outline of the state of New York in blue. Text reads 'Madame Flowers New York Adirondack Blossom 7.5 oz (212g) soy wax candle Made in Raleigh, NC'

Price: $22
Where to buy: MadameFlowers

Isn’t this a fun idea? MadameFlowers makes state-scented candles for a number of states. While New York Adirondack Blossoms is the one pictured here, there are also options for:

  • Washington state Columbia Mojito
  • Illinois Prairie Wildflower
  • Michigan Lakeshore Breeze
  • California Pacific Orchid
  • Virginia Skyline Flora
  • New Jersey Highland Garden
  • Georgia Forest Shade
  • Alabama Fairhope Orchard
  • Louisiana French Magnolia
  • Florida Citrus Sunrise
  • North Carolina Pine and Bayberry

If you’re a NC lover, there are also separate scents for various cities, like Wilmington, Asheville, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Charlotte.

6. Dinosaur Mug

Three dinosaur mugs with gold leaf accent painted on. Green Brontosaurus mug, Orange t-rex mug, and blue stegosaurus mug.

Price: $24.64
Where to buy: letteroom

Equal parts quirky, cute, and usable-on-an-everyday-basis, these dino mugs make a great white elephant gift. Plus, you get ALL THREE for under $25.

While they’re definitely a great option for your budget, they do ship from the UK. So you’ll want to order earlier rather than later to get them in time for your event.

7. Tabletop Glass Fireplace

Small square wood base platform with rocks in the center. Flames coming out from the rocks with glass panels sticking up around them on all four sides.

Price: $17.60
Where to buy: 1Man1Garage

This tabletop fireplace looks so fancy! Yet it’s still well-below the $25 mark. Can pretty much promise you’ll be the only one who shows up with anything like it.


Funny White Elephant Gifts

Some of the best white elephant gifts are wonderfully weird and funny. Let’s check out some odd and hilarious options for this year’s party.

8. Sasquatch Candle

Candle in black metal container with faux foliage mixed in the top layer of wax. Walking through the 'landscape' of the candle is a toy big foot figurine.

Price: $17.99
Where to buy: BoWinston

HA! This sasquatch candle is just weird enough to be ridiculously popular at the white elephant gift exchange.

9. Socks with your face on them

rainbow striped socks with a man's face printed over

Price: $6.99
Where to buy: PersonalizationLab

These super quirky socks are either going to be a hit or a flop — depending on your personality and relationship with everyone else at the party.

You’ll actually upload a picture of YOUR OWN face to be printed on these custom socks. Whether they end up being the most popular gift everyone’s clamoring after or the one everyone’s trying to pass off on to somebody else, they’ll definitely leave people talking.


10. Bruce Willis White Elephant Gift

Three round wooden ornaments on white wood table. First ornament reads 'Welcome to the party pal' with image of bruce willis and police car etched in. Second reads 'Yipee-ki-yay' with image of Bruce Willis, watch, tv news mic, and helicopter etched in. Third ornament reads 'Now I have a machine gun ho ho ho' with image of limo and machine gun etched in

Price: $18.00
Where to buy: SalvageandSparkleNM

Get SUPER meta with your white elephant gift with these Bruce Willis ornaments. You can catch Bruce Willis in the White Elephant movie this year. (I know. Ha. Ha ha. Ha.)

Plus, your Bruce Willis white elephant gift will give everyone the opportunity to debate whether or not Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie.

11. Christmas Coal Popcorn Stocking Stuffer

Small box of popcorn sitting on top of a knit Christmas stocking filled with popcorn. Box reads ' What is 'naughty' anyways? Dell Cove Spices & More Christmas Coal Popcorn Gourmet Black Popcorn Kernels Net Wt 16 oz (453.5g)'

Price: $10.00
Where to buy: dellcovespices

The perfect gift for when you’ve been naughty, but Santa doesn’t want to leave you completely empty-handed.

This gift looks kinda small (though it won’t look that way once it’s fully popped,) so you might want to pick up two of them if you’ve got a $25 budget.

Holiday-Themed White Elephant Gifts

I have this bin in my basement full of gifts to be regifted. Most of them are holiday-themed, because I get so many holiday decor gifts from random people and you can only really use so much of it.

In the past, I’ve brought these gifts to white elephant parties and real talk?

They’ve consistently been one of the most popular items. Apparently while I’m over-decored, other people just can’t get enough!

My gifts were $FREE.99 thanks to my pre-planning, but you can find plenty of popular holiday-themed white elephant gifts for under $25. Here are some cute options.

12. Christmas Potholder Set

Six red potholders filled with cookie mix and plastic spatula. Each potholder reads in white print (1) 'Christmas calories don't count.' (2) 'Have a sweet Christmas' (3) 'Baking Christmas Cheer' (4) 'We whisk you a Merry Christmas' (5) 'Baking Spirits Bright' (6) 'Tis the Season to Bake Cookies'

Price: $7.99
Where to buy: TheSpottedZebras

These super cute potholders come complete with spatula or whisk included.

The cookie mix isn’t, but at just $7.99, you have plenty of room left in your budget to pick some up at the grocery store.

13. Eggnog Candle

White candle in glass container. Red label reads 'Eggnog 12 oz 340g Handpoured in Texas'

Price: $16.00
Where to buy: WindingWickCandles

Scent can bring back so many memories. This great Eggnog candle from WindingWickCandles allows you to spread holiday cheer and stay well under budget.

14. Paper Lantern Stars

Dark night with tens of hanging paper lanterns shaped like stars in various colors lit up from the inside.

Price: $12.50
Where to buy: KuliTribe

Super pretty, right?!

These paper lanterns light up from the inside and come in eight different pattern options.

15. Christmas Gift Box

Gift box with shredded paper filler. Includes Wooden sign reading 'It's the most wonderful time of the year', fancy handsoap, a red 'tis the season' candle, a wooden 'Merry Christmas ornament' in the outline of an ornament, and faux plastic foliage with red berries and a pinecone

Price: $20.00
Where to buy: LDsavvyDesigns

Spread holiday cheer with this Christmas gift box! Included you’ll find a:

  • Wooden sign with holiday greetings.
  • Bath & Body Works foaming soap.
  • Holiday-scented candle.
  • Ornament.
  • Either a mistletoe bell or berry spray.


Okay, so these are some ideas for this year’s white elephant party. But I’m interested to hear, what have been your favorite gifts from white elephant parties past?