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97 Things To Do On Black Friday Instead Of Shopping

Don't get caught up in the hype: do these instead and stay away from the crazed masses.

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1. Watch A Christmas Story

2. Walk your dog

3. Give your cat a break today (it doesn't want to be walked)

4. Drink some Egg Nog

5. Make a 24" sub

6. Write a letter to a friend you haven't seen in a long time

7. Put together some handmade Christmas presents

8. Drink some hot cocoa (with marshmallows of course)

9. Go out and get a newspaper to read at breakfast

What kind of stock photo is that, anyway?

What kind of stock photo is that, anyway?

10. Learn how to play some new music

11. Sing in the shower

12. Eat leftover turkey

13. Prepare leftover turkey sandwiches for lunch over the next seven days

14. Eat the remaining cranberry sauce

(that is, if there's any left after Thanksgiving!)

15. Make a recipe you’ve never made before

16. Draw something (doesn’t have to be good, no worries)

17. Get some cleaning done

18. Take a multivitamin

(c'mon, when was the last time you took one regularly?)

19. Go to the gym and get some aerobics in

20. Take a yoga class

21. Go to a local concert

22. Go to a Christmas light festival

23. Watch the Nutcracker Ballet

24. Watch Die Hard, the best Christmas movie ever made

25. Teach someone something new

26. Read a book

27. Hook up that old Super Nintendo to the TV and go ham

28. Or, even better, bring out that old Gameboy and play some old classics

29. Write about your feelings in a journal

30. Brainstorm some ideas for that book you’ve always wanted to write

31. Watch some local standup comedy acts

32. Get interested in some new bands you’ve never heard of

I can help with that!

33. Chop up some wood for the fireplace

34. If you don’t have a fireplace, check out the fireplace channel or Youtube video

35. Give $10 to a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo campaign

36. Call up a sibling or your parents

37. Sleep in

38. Take a nap

39. Sleep all day, actually. Don’t wake up until Saturday morning, well rested.

40. Check out Ello, a sweet new social media website

(I just got invited in, so I'm pretty pumped)

41. Watch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

42. Work on something you started in the past but haven’t completed yet

43. Leave musical voicemails for your friends

44. Make a music video with your friends

45. Hey, go out and makes some new friends. Why not? The more friends, the merrier.

46. Tweet at your favorite celebrity

47. Take a screenshot when your favorite celebrity responds back

48. Retweet Amanda Bynes’ tweets

49. Take a trip back to the 90s by watching some old Hey Arnold episodes

50. Take a trip back to the 80s by watching The Terminator

51. Take a trip back to the 70s by listening to some Led Zeppelin or Paul McCartney & Wings

52. Don’t take a trip back to the 60s because things were pretty tumultuous and things are pretty good in 2014

53. Got some Jillian Michaels workout DVDs? Pull them out, put them in the DVD player, and give up about 5 minutes into it.

(That woman's workout routines will be the end of us)

(That woman's workout routines will be the end of us)

54. Get into an argument with someone about if it’s “peak my interest” or “pique my interest”

55. Put up some Christmas lights

56. Don’t put up a Christmas tree just yet: c’mon, it’s only November 28.

57. Read the Onion for awhile. Laugh heartily.

58. Enter a local Euchre tournament

59. If you don’t know how to play Euchre, learn how to play it. Then join a tournament.

60. After playing Euchre, learn some card tricks

(We're talking the Royal Hummer and the Ace Flip here)

61. Learn how to juggle

62. Surf Tumblr all day

63. If you happen to live in Australia, go outside and surf all day

64. Watch some old Beyonce music videos

65. Make some puppy chow

66. Go to a retro arcade, play some pinball

67. Plan a trip to Alaska

68. Gawk at how expensive plane tickets are and watch Into The Wild instead

69. Go through your neighborhood on Google Maps Streetview

70. Go out and get some donuts with someone you love

(getting donuts does not count as shopping)

(getting donuts does not count as shopping)

71. Watch a really good documentary

72. Write about what inspires you

73. Ask your friends dumb questions

(Would you rather change genders every time you sneezed, or have your hands sweat mayonnaise forever?)

74. Learn how to beatbox

75. Write a rap song with your friend after you learn some sick beats to beatbox

76. Listen to some jazz music

77. Promise to never do something again

78. Read about some conspiracy theories

79. Read about some urban legends

80. Look at some pictures that the Hubble Telescope has taken

81. Update your LinkedIn profile

82. Read some comic books

83. Watch some movies with comic book superheroes

84. Read Iguanamouth's hilarious comics

Right here

85. Clean. Your. Room.

(this is the last time I'll tell you...)

86. Do your laundry

87. Serenade someone

88. Ask someone why puce happens to be multiple colors instead of just one

89. Don’t give into those latest Black Friday deals flooding your email

90. Find a better background for your phone

91. Create your own custom ringtone

92. Make a dessert and bring it over to a friend’s house

93. Make a dessert and just eat it all, no need to share. You do you.

94. Speak with someone with a horribly butchered accent

95. Light some candles around your place

96. Paint a room a new color

97. Count all the money you’re saving by not shopping on Black Friday.

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