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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: the best deals for creatives

Cyber Monday deals
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are here! Offers have been popping up all week, but now we're in the middle of the biggest shopping event of the year, and it's time to hit 'Add to cart' if you've been holding off so far. There were some incredible savings on Black Friday, and Cyber Monday is shaping up to be a great event too. In fact, there are so many offers, we'd forgive you for feeling overwhelmed. So we're here to help.

Here at Creative Bloq we're constantly scouring all the reputable retail sites for all the best offers across Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and curating the best savings just for you. Read on to find out how to get the best deals on a range of creative kit for designers of all kinds, from illustrators to graphic designers to 3D artists. 

Scroll down for a detailed look at how to make the biggest savings, or if you know what you want, use the quick links below to jump to our dedicated deals hubs.

To browse different retailers' current sales, use the quick links below:

  • Adobe: Save 40% off subscriptions to all CC apps
  • Walmart: Save up to $130 on Apple products, and much more
  • Amazon: Discounts on a range of products, in the US and UK
  • Best Buy: Black Friday doorbusters are here
  • John Lewis: Hundreds of amazing offers
  • Microsoft Store: Savings across the full Surface range
  • Very: Unmissable deals on creative hardware
  • Currys PC World: Save up to 50% on hundreds of products
  • AO: Huge discounts on a range of tech and electricals
  • - top savings on monitors, electrical items and more for Christmas

Microsoft Surface range

(Image credit: Microsoft)

The Microsoft Surface range has become hugely popular among artists and designers in recent years. The Surface Pro and Surface Go lend themselves well to the needs creatives, and they were some of the most popular deals in last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. 

Microsoft has been busy this year, recently adding six new devices to its Surface range – including the Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro X.  Despite only being recently released, we've seen some very strong Black Friday deals on the new Surface Pro 7, and of course there are also big savings to be had on the Surface Pro 6, as retailers shift older stock. A fantastic device in its own right, the Surface Pro 6 is still one of the best tablets with a stylus around. Not sure which to do for? See our Surface Pro 6 vs Surface Pro 7 comparison.

Bookmark our dedicated Surface Pro Cyber Monday deals page for all the latest deals and updates on these popular devices. 

02. Adobe Creative Cloud subscription

Adobe Creative Cloud logo

Adobe has offered big Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in the past

As predicted, Adobe has got involved with Black Friday 2019, offering a huge 40% off its All Apps plan, worldwide. New subscribers can snap up Adobe’s entire collection of 20-plus creative desktop and mobile apps, and more, for a bargain monthly price. And let's be honest, it doesn't get much cheaper than that (unless you're a student, where we have occasionally seen around 70 per cent off). That said, Adobe offers other discounts throughout the year, so it's worth keeping an eye on our Adobe Cyber Monday deals post. 

03. iPad and Apple Pencil

iPad with Apple Pencil

We expect to some great savings on various iPad models this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Apple has been busy this year, launching its new iPad Mini and iPad Air, plus the iPad 10.2-inch. With all these models offering Apple Pencil support, they are a great choice for busy creatives on the go. As shiny new additions to Apple's portfolio, there aren't masses of offers – the best deals have so far been on older (but still very capable and sought-after) iPad models. We'll be adding any decent savings on any iPad model to our iPad Cyber Monday deals roundup. And if you're after an Apple Pencil, then see our Apple Pencil Cyber Monday deals.

If it's an iPhone XR you're in the market for, the latest iPhone has just dropped, meaning the ever popular 2018 model will likely see some pretty impressive savings. 

It's worth noting that these discounts will come from retailers, rather than directly from Apple, which tends to only extend its Black Friday and Cyber Monday involvement to that of extra Apple gift cards when you make a purchase. Which is fine if you're a super-Apple fan, but not so great if you're only likely to buy one or two Apple products per year.

04. MacBook Pro

Bird's eye view of MacBook Pro

Oh MacBook Pro, how we wish you were cheaper

It's a firm favourite among creatives, but the MacBook Pro doesn't come cheap. So it's no surprise that a load of them got snapped up last year when B&H dropped the 2017 15.4-inch model to $2,149 (from $2,799). It may not be the newest version, but the MacBook Pro 2017 is still a highly capable and powerful machine. 

It's rare to see big savings like this on the latest Apple products, but if you're not worried about having the most up-to-date specs, you can save an absolute packet, and grab a great bit of kit while you're at it. And the place to do so? On our dedicated best Cyber Monday Macbook deals post, which has all the biggest savings as and when they arrive. 

05. Apple Watch

Apple Watch

(Image credit: Apple)

We don't know about you but keeping up with what version the Apple Watch is currently on is exhausting. That said, now there are a number of models (at time of writing the most recent model is Series 5), there's quite a high chance we're going to see some good savings on older (but still highly capable) devices. 

If you really want to find a bargain, Series 1 and Series 2 are almost certainly going to be where it's at. But if you want the option to have GPS and Cellular connections, go for the Series 3. Keep up to date with all the biggest offers over on our best Apple Watch deals post. 

06. Apple AirPods

Apple Airpods in case

Hold tight! You could save a packet on Apple AirPods later this year

Rounding up our Apple products Black Friday and Cyber Monday review is the company's controversial AirPods. Some people love them, others think they look weird/want the headphone jack back. And the release of the AirPods Pro has been even more controversial – here's why we were pleasantly surprised by their release.

Last year, the biggest discount we saw was around £20/$30, which isn't much to shout about. However, with the new improved Apple AirPods (2019) out now, plus the AirPods Pro, we're seeing some slightly better AirPod offers this year (including a few small savings on the AirPods Pro). We're keeping you updated with any great offers that land via our dedicated best Apple AirPods deals post. 

07. Wacom drawing tablets

Wacom Cintiq 16 and stylus

Will there be any Cyber Monday deals to be had on the new Wacom Cintiq 16? Here's hoping. 

It's tricky to find discounted Wacom products, which is why Black Friday 2018 was such a pleasant surprise for designers in the market for one. Various retailers dropped the price of Wacom's sought-after products, with the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals seeing a whopping $200-$500 knocked off the popular Cintiq Pro range. Wacom has recently released its budget Wacom Cintiq 16.  

In a similar vein to Apple, it's rare for Wacom to offer discounts directly – if you want to make a saving, you're best looking at major retailers such as Amazon or Walmart. Alternatively, if you're on the hunt for a graphics tablet, but don't mind if it's not a Wacom, we've also seen some early offers on XP-Pens, so that could be one to watch out for. Better still, save yourself the hassle and browse our Wacom Cyber Monday deals page.

08. External hard drives

Western Digital My Passport product shot

Black Friday 2019 could help you make big savings on quality external hard drives

Okay, so it's not exactly the most exciting of items, but an external hard drive can form a vital part of a designer's toolset. And, as anyone who's bought one will attest, they don't come cheap. We've already seen some incredible price cuts on external hard drives from leading manufacturer Western Digital – it has been the unexpected hero of this year's event so far. Take a look at our best Cyber Monday external hard drives post for all the lowest prices right now.

When is Black Friday 2019? 

Black Friday traditionally takes place on the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving, meaning this year it officially falls on 29 November. That means Cyber Monday is 2 December 2019, three days after Black Friday. While Black Friday is a frenzied cacophony of high street and online deals, Cyber Monday was originally conceived by savvy marketers as a way to sell more of their wares online, back when online shopping wasn’t as prevalent as it is today. 

These days, Cyber Monday usually sees a wider range of deals across individual retailers. It's less about one-off discounts, and more about lower prices generally. Saying that, if stores need to shift stock they’ll follow up Black Friday discounts with further reductions on Cyber Monday – so expect one-off deals too. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday happening a little later than normal this year, it may well be a good opportunity to get your Christmas shopping sorted. 

Where will we see the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals?

While we can't say for sure where and what the best Black Friday deals will be, we can make educated guesses based on previous years. It's wise to keep an eye on any sought-after items throughout the whole of November, because Black Friday deals surface earlier and earlier each year. However, the best deals have historically happened later in the month, with retailers offering bigger discounts on the most expensive items, as well as accessories that might go with them. And typically, the best bargains are still reserved for Black Friday and Cyber Monday themselves.

So what kind of items are we talking about? Below are our top predictions on the creative items you might have on your Christmas list this year. But first, here's the early Black Friday deals we're already seeing, and guess what? They're on the items we predicted.