The official kick-off to the holiday season – and the shopping rush – is here. Work off those calories from Thanksgiving dinner the way you’re supposed to – by bargain hunting up and down the city. Get ready to mark everyone’s name off of your holiday gift list on Black Friday in NYC with these deals, steals and freebies. By Sarah Shaker.

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Visit the MAC Times Square location on Friday, November 23 or log in online in your PJs to score a dark silver lipstick and nail polish duo only available on Black Friday. And if you stop by Macy’s from 12 p.m. to 4 a.m. at MAC Cosmetics Macy’s counters, the MAC team will be previewing the new Taste Temptation collection.

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If you’re planning to do most of your shopping online instead of in the store, this is the spot for you. Bliss Spa at 49th Street and Lexington Ave is offering free manicures, pedicures or foot massages all day on Black Friday. Why feel frazzled from Black Friday when you can relax? Book your appointment online beforehand

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If you’d prefer the mall experience, plan to visit Queens Center in Elmhurst. This shopping center will open at midnight on Black Friday. Neuhaus Belgian Chocolate will be giving away a free 45 gram chocolate bar with a minimum purchase of $20, and the first 300 customers at Papaya will receive a scratcher card, plus a chance to win $100 gift card. From Disney to Aerosoles, there’s something for everyone you’ll be gifting this holiday season.

Black Friday Macy's Shoppers

Black Friday shoppers at Macy’s (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Enjoy 25-50% off women’s sportswear, more than half off women’s coats and 40% off handbags in-store on Black Friday starting at 1 p.m. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds, shop Macy’s online Thursday, November 22 – Saturday November 24 to snag deals on the same items.

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Start your shopping early at H&M. Pre-Black Friday deals start November 19 through November 21. More deals will arrive the day after Thanksgiving. The “Before Black Friday” deals will start super low at $7 and once November 23 hits, some clothing items will be available for only $5.

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Shop for your little ones with 40% off your entire purchase before noon on Black Friday, plus take advantage of Buy One Get One 50% on books all weekend long for an educational holiday season of gift giving.

Old Navy is calling it “Cheermageddon.” Doors open at midnight the morning of Black Friday, with savings running all weekend long. Get fleece half-zips for the family for $15, jeans for $15 and Women’s boots for $12. Select locations will even have Wii games on site to keep your wild ones busy, while you shop.

An hour drive out of NYC will take you to Midnight Madness at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets on Black Friday, with deals and special offers lasting all weekend long. Shop for luxury gifts from designers like Dolce & Gabbana and Coach, search for cozy items at North Face or get business-ready wear at Brooks Brothers.

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Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.