Odds are you’re going to buy or receive a gadget this holiday season. Consumer electronics are always one of the top gift items in December, but the rush to get the latest gadget sometimes prevents people from thinking things through completely. Here are a few easy tricks that make electronics shopping—and the early days of owning these devices—a bit more bearable.
It’s tipping time again, and figuring out who and how to give a tip can bring on a holiday headache. So we’ve put together five tips from etiquette experts to help ease the dreaded end-of-year ritual.
This holiday season is setting up to be a real nail biter. Most holiday forecasts call for flat or just slightly higher sales than last year. But several factors may tip the scale. On the plus-side: there is a more upbeat mood among affluent consumers as well as a strong appetite for gadgets and electronics. On the downside: there is an uncertain economy, with unemployment stubbornly high, and a consumer who looks at spending quite differently than in the past. What will shift the balance?
Attention online shoppers: you really can save money on Cyber Monday. Although some have criticized the key shopping-day concept as being completely contrived—after all, the term was coined by the industry’s trade group—Cyber Monday has evolved into quite the sales event. A look at the how the deals will shake out throughout the holiday season.
Black Friday weekend used to be the bellwether of the holiday shopping season. Merchants held their breath when Thanksgiving weekend sales results trickled in, holding up the period as a major indicator of how their stores would perform. But the weekend has lost much of its crystal-ball appeal.
Times are tough, and retailers are getting creative, wrapping their marketing campaigns in some unlikely packaging this year, from new “grab-and-go” gift shops at Macy’s to new flexible payment options at Sears.
Black Friday weekend, the Super Bowl of the holiday shopping season, is upon us. But in the frenzy of the weekend, it's easy to fall into some common traps. Here’s a primer on which pitfalls to avoid and tips on how to snag the best deals.
After years of being the format for early adopters, movie fanatics and gadget gurus, Blu-ray is finally poised to go mainstream this holiday season. The technology, which won out in the format war with HD-DVD in early 2008, has seen a major surge in sales this year.
Thanking a client is no longer the simple task of sending the same bottle of wine down the entire mailing list. Here's a look at some of the most popular corporate gifts this season.
Someone, somewhere on your holiday shopping list is going to want a gadget this year—and odds are they won’t be alone. Here are a few sure-fire choices for your favorite gadget hounds.
So for this year’s Funny Business Gift Guide, we found some gift ideas that fit the times—silly, snarky, and a little sick.
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, albeit marginally, from 2009.
Books enjoyed their spot on center stage in 2010. Whether you read an e-book or you prefer your reading old school-style, here are some holiday page-turners for every booklover.
If you’re stumped about what to buy the men on your list, we’ve compiled a list of some of the gifts that are most-wanted this year. Check it out!
Here is our list of the ten hottest holiday gift ideas that will give her something to cheer about Christmas Day.
Holiday tipping time is upon us again, and if you’re looking for advice on how much to give, and to whom to give it to, we’ve got it covered — no tip required.
Cowie has helped plan parties for celebrity heavyweights such as Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Hugh Hefner. Click ahead and see what this arbiter of all things chic recommends.
To cater to a widening range of personal budgets, affordable gifts will play a role in business game plans and remain a big part of present exchanges among consumers.
Find something worth dreaming of, no matter whether your taste runs more toward a limited-edition Camaro, a romantic houseboat for two, a handmade ukulele, or an edible gingerbread playhouse.
There is a plethora 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.