I also avoid shopping the day after Thanksgiving like the plague. My DH worked at Target and watched grown adults literaly run each other down with shopping carts when the doors opened to get those "great deals." I don't think it is worth the headaches it causes to save maybe $20 total on gifts. My sanity is worth more then that.
Unless I know of a specific gift someone wants they usually end up with a gift card for a store or restaurant they enjoy. I guess that will have to change once our baby comes. He or she probably won't want to open up a gift card.