Holiday Central 2008

  • Finding the gifts is one thing, getting them to the recipients on time can sometimes be quite another -- especially without spending a small fortune

  • Overspending and the holidays go hand and hand, but it doesn't have to be that way. Here's twelve ways to be frugal without being cheap.

  • Trying to please everyone and have fun doing it in the process is hard enough, so use some common sense and a bit of guile.

  • Nivea Sponsoring New Years Eve in NYC

    Nivea is sponsoring New Years Eve for its fourth consecutive year and the company is also celebrating its 100th anniversary. Sharing insight into the company's strategies and plans behind the big celebration, with Bill Graham, Beiersdorf USA president.

  • Holiday Central: U.S. Retail Outlook

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on how the holiday season went in 2011 and what themes to expect from retail in 2012.

  • Holiday Spending Close

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports the biggest winners of the holiday shopping season.

  • High-End Toys for a Discount

    High-end cars, yachts and jets are selling for a discount, reports CNBC's Margaret Brennan

  • Luxury Retail Roundup

    A look at how the luxury retail sector performed this holiday season, with CNBC's Margaret Brennan

  • Pain in Retail

    It was a painful Christmas for retailers, and Mark Belford, of Stifel Nicolaus, and Jennifer Herber, of Stephens Inc., share their insight. Jordan Kotick, of Barclay's, takes a look at what the charts are saying about the sector.

  • Looking for that perfect gift for the gadget lover who has everything? We dug past the piles of iPhones and Wii consoles to come up with 10 of the coolest gadgets this holiday season, from a solar-paneled laptop bag to a touch-screen universal remote. Click through the slideshow to check out these 10 gadget gift ideas for someone on your list -- or yourself!

    We dug past the piles of iPhones and Wii consoles to come up with 10 of the coolest gadgets this holiday season, from a solar-paneled laptop bag to a touch-screen universal remote.

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    Retail traffic has slowed to a crawl as consumers shut their wallets, caught in the paralyzing grip of tightened credit, rising unemployment and falling home values. It may take a miracle to save retailers this Christmas.

  • Figuring out who to tip—and how much—can be frustrating. So we asked several etiquette experts for their advice and whittled the list of gift recipients down to these 10 service providers. »

    Figuring out who to tip—and how much—can be frustrating. So we asked several etiquette experts for their advice and whittled the list of gift recipients down to these 10 service providers.

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    Holiday spending can get out of hand in a hurry, forcing many families to start the New Year mired in credit card debt, so hard times warrant a harder look at your budget.

  • Shoppers rush to get in line outside of the Best Buy early Friday, Nov. 24, 2006, in Jackson, Miss., to take advantage of the Black Friday bargains. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Discount and dollar stores are back in fashion and back in the black. Just about everyone else has his back to the wall.

  • Whiskey is as versatile as the components used to make it, ranging from the use of barley, rye, corn and other grains in the fermenting process to a range of wooden casks during the aging process. To get a sense of the best whiskey spirits, CNBC.com asked Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV to give us four of his favorites in each category. Here's what he told us.

    To get a sense of the best whiskey spirits, CNBC.com asked Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV to give us four of his favorites in each category. Here's what he told us.

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    We queried green experts and lovers alike, and came up with ten items that fit a variety of circumstances, from grab bag treats to under-the-tree stand outs.

  • Love em or hate em, for centuries cigars have been the choice tobacco product for millions of smokers and like fine wine, has been universally recognized as a sophisticated vice of the well-heeled connoisseur. The US spends more than $1 billion a year on the often sneered at stogie and its impact on popular culture has grown with celebrities such as James Gandolfini's character Tony Soprano who was rarely seen without one protruding from his face.Whether you favor the lighter claro wrappers or t

    Whether you favor the lighter claro wrappers or the darker maduro, see what Cigar Aficionado's editors select as their choice sticks for this season.

  • We've asked a reputable and distinguished group of wine authorities a simple, yet often frustrating question facing millions this time of year: Which wines would you bring to a holiday meal and why? Click ahead and read which wines experts like Wine Spectator's Executive Editor Thomas Matthews and world renowned chefs Lidia and Joseph Bastianich chose to pair with the traditional American turkey feast with all the fixin's.

    A distinguished group of wine authorities answer an oft-thought question: Which wines would you bring to a holiday meal and why?

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