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After the recession hit, cautious Americans were not exactly running to break out the fishing tackle box and shell out cash for a new boat. In fact, new boat sales plunged about 55 percent as boaters scaled back their spending and bought pre-owned models instead.
But as the winter boat show season began in New York City on Jan. 4, manufacturers and dealers have reason to be optimistic. Consumers appear to be testing the boat-buying waters again, and industry officials predict new boat sales will have ended 2011 higher for the first time in five years.
Because industry sales are still slow, this could be an ideal time to take a dip in the market.
Click ahead for highlights from this year's New York boat show.
By Katie Little
Posted 6 January 2012
You’ve done it again. You’ve run out of time and ideas — and you need those gifts now!
I’ve already shared with you my list of the Best Books for the Holidays — but sometimes words aren’t enough. In fact, sometimes words are too much and what you really want from a great book...are great pictures.
What you need, then, is that perfect coffee table book that will sweep those “hard-to-buy-for” people off their feet — transporting them to another place, giving them hours of joy just flipping through the pictures.
Click ahead to see some great ideas for that traveler, cat lover, adventurer, movie fan, nature lover, foodie, or fashionista on your list.
By Gloria McDonough-Taub
Posted 16 December 2011
This holiday season companies are shying away from traditional pricey holiday gift giving, and sticking to an economical approach. With company budgets still tight for some, gift givers are looking for the most cost-effective, charitable, or personal gifts to send this year.
Though skipping client gift giving altogether is not recommended, experts say sending gifts can positively impact client and company relations, and leave a lasting impression on recipients. Saying thanks and taking a moment to spread some holiday cheer can be accomplished in less time than ever this year. It's even easier than ever to find gifts that can be personalized for your clients, and you may want to consider branding your gift. Both of these touches can help form an emotional bond with your customers.
Here’s a look at some of this season's most popular and easily accessible corporate gift giving products that will impress your clients and ensure a timely delivery.
By Jennifer Zabasajja
Posted 06 Decemebr 2011
Please pass the peas — and the wallet — Thanksgiving dinner will cost quite a bit more this year.
According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s survey, turkey dinner and all the fixings will cost about $49.20, or about 13 percent more than it did last year.
That’s the biggest increase in years. Blame the recent boom in crop and livestock prices, which pushed up the cost of nearly every item on the Thanksgiving shopping list.
Prices for commodities have risen due to poor weather, which shrank the size of U.S. crops, and retailers are being more aggressive about passing those costs along to consumers.
Click ahead to see how the costs break down per item. All costs are based on the prices collected by 141 volunteer shoppers in 35 states, who are asked by the AFBF to hunt for the least expensive prices, but not take advantage of promotional coupons or other purchase deals.
By Christina Cheddar-Berk,
Posted 21 November 2011
Holiday tipping time is here. If you’re looking for advice on how much to give and who should be on your list, we’ve got you covered.
We asked experts including Diane Gottsman of The Protocol School of Texas for some guidelines. Plus, what to do when you can’t give as much as you’d like.
Click ahead to see who gets what.
By Heesun Wee
Posted 18 November 2011
The holidays are a great time to show your loved ones how much you care, but why limit these sentiments to once a year? Instead, you can send them love all year round by purchasing gift-of-the-month specials from retailers such as J. Crew and Jacques Torres.
To join these clubs, there is no secret password or embarrassing initiation process, but be warned: You may have to splurge a little.
Click ahead to see some unique gifts you can give all year long.
By Kirsten Chang
Posted 17 November 2011
Let’s face it, everyone’s more careful with money these days.
After several years of dealing with thrifty consumers, retailers have gotten the message and even high-end department stores such as Nordstrom, and specialty stores like Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel, are offering a wide range of gifts that cost less than $25.
This is good news if you are hunting for small gifts for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or items to say thank you to a teacher or co-worker.
Click ahead to see some great gift ideas that cost less than $25.
By Christina Cheddar-Berk
Posted 14 November 2011
Are you looking for more meaningful gifts this holiday season? One way to do that is to pick a present that not only surprises your loved ones, but also gives back by helping those in need.
We've rounded up gift ideas that will be enjoyed by a range of recipients — from women to men to the kiddos — that also donate to a wide array of charitable causes. These charities use a portion of the profits from their products to support causes, such as employing women in war-torn Uganda, teaching kids in U.S. cities to write, finding medical cures, and more.
So that pretty necklace? It makes her look great and gives people hope. Now that's a trend worth following.
Click ahead to see ideas for holiday presents that keep on giving, and double your generosity with a single gift.
By Valerie Reiss, Special to CNBC.com Posted 11 November 2011
Victoria’s Secret delivered yet another star-studded and diamond-studded runway event on Nov. 9. Each year, the women’s lingerie chain kicks off its holiday-selling season with a show to generate excitement about its products.
Singers Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Maroon 5 performed at the New York City event. The Victoria’s Secret Angels’ collections fell into six themes, according to the company’s Twitter. They were Ballet, Super Angels, Passion, Angels Aquatic, I Put a Spell on You and Club Pink.
This year, Limited Brands, Victoria’s Secret’s parent company, will place more emphasis on the fashion show in stores as part of its marketing approach and feature products from the show in stores. The company also plans to integrate its beauty lines, such as the Dream Angels and Gorgeous lines, more with its lingerie.
The show will air on CBS on Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. Click ahead to see scenes from this year’s event.
By Katie Little and Paul ToscanoPosted 10 Nov 2011
It's a pretty fair bet that someone on your shopping list is a gadget hound. While the odds aren't quite as good, it's still better than average odds that you're going to indulge them.
Nearly one-third of the money spent on gifts this year will go towards consumer electronics, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. But sorting out the hot items from the ones destined to end up in the clearance bin can be tough. If you're looking for a perfect tech gift for a friend or loved one, here are a few can't miss suggestions.
By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 9 November 2011
Christina Cheddar Berk is assistant managing editor of Enterprise coverage at CNBC Digital.
Courtney Reagan is CNBC's Retail Reporter.
Tom is a Senior Editor and Assignment Desk Manager for CNBC TV. He also writes about the business of beer for CNBC.com.
Stephanie Landsman is one of the producers of "Fast Money."
Coordinating Producer, Squawk on the Street & Squawk Alley
Brewing optimism over a less-bad second half is buoying some of the biggest names in retail.
The former FAO Schwarz flagship on New York City's Fifth Avenue has signed on a new tenant.
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