An Apple fan's guide to surviving Black Friday

Simple steps to a better Black Friday

Apple Black Friday

Black Friday can be an intimidating day - the crowds, the cold, the stress, the lines, the...um...even bigger crowds. But it doesn't need to be, especially if you're an Apple fan. Just follow these simple steps and you'll be able to have a fun, safe, and savings-filled Black Friday with minimal fear of being trampled by crowds.

1. Stay inside!

Now more than ever, you can enjoy the benefits of Black Friday without ever leaving your home.Sure, there are some things that you can only get by going to stores (usually at obscene hours), but in the long run is it worth it? Stay at home with your friends and family instead, and use your Mac or portable Apple device to do your shopping. Which brings us to...

2. Go online!

There's no need to wait for Cyber Monday anymore (although it's good, too). Now you can get tons of Black Friday deals from online sources. Techradar has already put together multiple lists compiling some of the best Black Friday deals you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, including the following:

Cheap MacBook deals for Black Friday 2015

Best iPad deals for Black Friday 2015

Best iPad mini deals for Black Friday 2015

There's more where those came from, of course. Some of the top deals include Best Buy offering the iMac for $200 off and selling Apple Watches for up to $100 off, and Target offering a $250 gift card to iPhone 6s or 6s Plus buyers as well as 25 percent off of Apple TV. And if you go to custom-case manufacturer Castify and use the discount code MACLIFE30, you can get 30 perfect off your purchase!

Of course, if you need to go beyond the world of Apple for your gift-giving needs, we've got you covered with a comprehensive Black Friday deals page, as well.

3. Relax with some apps!

After you've taken care of some holiday shopping online, why not kick back and have some fun with some apps and games on your Apple device? There will be loads of cheap and free app/game deals over the holiday weekend to keep an eye on. For example, the excellent iOS game Lara Croft GO is down to $2.99, hidden-object game The Cursed Ship will be free on iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and the local-discovery app Where To? will be down to $0.99 from $2.99. Some games will even be offering special events over the holidays, such as the recently released free-to-play strategy-RPG Heroes Tactics: Mythiventures, which will have a special "mystery Black Friday event" for players to experience on November 26 and 27. There will be plenty more, so be sure to stop by the App Store to get some free R&R while avoiding the perils of in-store shopping. That's how to spend a holiday weekend!