The Deals Diva's top online gifts; map out your Black Friday shopping

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

Black Friday is almost here and if you have a game plan you'll have a much better chance of getting the deals you want. 

Target and Walmart both have their deal maps available online. Each store is different, so you'll want to see where the deals you want will be. This gives you a big advantage on the items everyone wants that aren't guaranteed. You might not think of going to the maternity section for the TV you really want.

Stay focused and head for the deal you really want. Keep a sense of humor, if the item sells out, it's not the end of the world, I promise there will be more deals before Christmas.

I put together a list of my favorite deals you can score right now from the comfort of your own home.

I truly believe that experiences make the best gifts. Head over here to get a night at L'Auberge de Sedona for as low as $159, $30 more on the weekends (usually $360).  The luxurious room comes with a $35 resort credit and lots more. My four siblings and I got to buy this for our parents last year and they loved it. When you split the deal five ways, it's a very reasonable way to get a gift sure to please.

A KitchenAid Stand Mixer is one of the top gifts you could give the cook or baker in your life. Head over here to pick one up for $249.99, usually $349.99. Promo code TURKEY gets the price down to $191.24. Mail in this rebate form to get a $50 Visa prepaid gift card back.When you factor in the fact that you'll get $45 Kohl's cash to spend on anything December 1st-8th, it's like spending $96.45 on the mixer. by far the best price I've ever seen.

Head over here to get a FREE 8×11 12-month wall calendar from Shutterflywith promo code FREECAL. You can upgrade to a 12×12 for around $3 more. Shipping will run you around $5.99. Calenders make the best gifts, especially for grandparents!

If you like carbonated water like we do, you can get a SodaStream Genesis Soda maker for just $45.99, usually $129.99. This will save you so much money over time if you buy seltzer water regularly, those cans of La Croix and Perrier add up fast. The SodaStream comes with soda flavors too, but if you stick to just carbonated water with a slice of citrus in it you’ll save money and tons of calories.

If you’re in the market for a Dyson vacuum this holiday season, head over here to pick one up on sale for $299.99 shipped (list price $449.99). Promo code THANKS15 brings the price down to $254.99. Factor in the fact that you’ll get $75 Kohl’s cash ($15 for every $50 you spend) to use in store or online December 1st-8th, it’s like paying $179.99.

Enjoy the deals and remember that they can sell out at any time. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wallet Watcher Alicia Markham has one goal -- to help you live life better for less.

"I only post deals I truly love and would buy or participate in myself," she says.

A stay-at-home mom of two, Markham describes herself as frugal and says she is passionate about saving money. She wants to help you hang on to your hard-earned dollars, too.

"I think it's so important to save without sacrificing your quality of life," she says.

Markham's blog won Phoenix Magazine's Best of the Valley recognition in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

If there's a deal to be had, Markham will find it and share it with you.

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