Holiday Central


  • Gift Cards Still Popular But Sales Growth Is Slowing Tuesday, 13 Nov 2007 | 12:51 PM ET

    Gift cards are still at the top of everyone's wish list this holiday season, but growth is expected to slow dramatically from last year.

  • So a week has passed since my first post on the drama surrounding the HD DVD vs. Blu-ray next generation format war. Hundreds of emails, though the pro Blu-ray, anti-Jim emails outnumbered the HD DVD side by better than ten to one. Not sure what message that sends, but maybe I angered the Blu-ray folks more than I satisfied the HD folks.

  • Presents people don't want to see under the tree Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Some presents just aren't a good idea and are primary candidates for regifting.

  • Holiday tipping guide: Don't skip these tips Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 2:12 PM ET

    So the holidays have arrived. How do you tip the people who clean the house, walk the dog and work the knots out of your back? Here is your guide.

  • Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Tip This Holiday Season Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    With consumers in a more optimistic mood heading into the holiday season,  many will likely spend more this year on holiday tipping.

  • Holiday Tipping Guide: 2012 Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | 3:34 PM ET

    Love it or hate it, holiday tipping time is here again. Here are the do's and don'ts — no tip required.

  • Take That Scrooge! Corporate Gift Giving on Rise Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    Corporate gift giving has never been trickier. Despite this, the value of gifts given to clients is on the rise.

  • Restaurants Fall Victim to Black Friday Creep Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    Merely hours after gobbling up Thanksgiving dinner, millions of retail employees will head to work to greet the deal-hungry Black Friday crowds. Once their holiday fullness wears off, restaurants will be ready to pounce.

  • Many Black Friday shoppers will spend hours plotting their shopping trips. But who are these people, what motivates them to rise before dawn in pursuit of a deal — and have they really never heard of online shopping? NBCNews.com reports.

  • Three years after the financial crisis, the Grinch still hovers over Wall Street. In the precrisis era, big banks were renowned for their extravagant holiday parties. Goldman Sachs once rented out huge halls for its end-of-year galas, which featured appearances by performers such as Harry Connick Jr. and Bette Midler. NYT reports.

  • Best Coffee Table Books for 2011 Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 1:13 PM ET
    You’ve done it again – you’ve run out of time and ideas and you need those gifts now.Relax.I’ve already shared with you my list of the  – 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 ahe

    What you need, is that perfect coffee table book that will sweep those “hard-to-buy-for” people off their feet.

  • Plan on Giving Your Clients a Holiday Gift? Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 4:32 PM ET

    At this time of year, gift-giving-etiquette questions abound. You Read this first if you're planning on giving your clients holiday gifts this year, it might save your business' reputation!

  • Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for the Procrastinator 2011 Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 12:43 PM ET
    With the end of the holiday season approaching, the shopping procrastinators among us may be scrambling for gift ideas for risk of leaving a loved one disappointed. This year, there is a wide selection of popular tech products and perennial gifts to give, but for the shopper looking for something different, these products may not be the first thing that comes to mind. This is especially handy if you’ve waited until the last minute. Retailers have been keeping lean inventories, and some of the mo

    If you’ve left your holiday buying until the last minute, see these gift ideas that may save the day.

  • The 12 Days Of Horrible Christmas Songs Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 11:51 AM ET

    Not sick of holiday music yet? This will seal the deal. I've compiled a list of the worst songs of the holidays.

  • No Hit Toy to Brighten Retailers’ Christmas Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:09 AM ET

    The hitless season has retailers stocking less, leaning on classic items rather than new ones and possibly discounting less in the final days before Christmas. And with no Tickle Me Elmo or Zhu Zhu Pets to draw crushing crowds to the toy aisles, most retailers are being careful not to get stuck with unsold toys. The New York Times  reports.

  • For the Clients: Corporate Gift Giving 2011 Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 1:22 PM ET
    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, company 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 m

    This holiday season companies are shying away from traditional pricey holiday gift giving, and sticking to an economical approach.

  • A friend forwarded me an ad on Craigslist which pitches the services of the greatest holiday must-have ever—a Criticism Deflector.

  • Gifts That Will Make Them Laugh Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 9:56 AM ET

    Retailers are selling another batch of gag gifts this year. Since we're still on the fence about whether these gifts are on the cool side of stupid or the stupid side of cool, we're asking readers to pick.

  • The Cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner 2011 Wednesday, 23 Nov 2011 | 9:27 AM ET
    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 shran

    Although you may have plenty to be thankful for this year, the cost of Thanksgiving dinner may not be one of them, as the cost has increased from 2010.

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