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?
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.
The holidays are time of celebration, when you can gather your friends and family together to reflect on the past year and look forward to the future. Since the economic downturn, Americans have been hosting more of these gatherings at home rather than in a restaurant. But that doesn’t mean that everyone has become an expert at hosting a party without a hitch. Here are some tips from party planner and lifestyle guru Colin Cowie.
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.
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.
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.
Retail sales might be in the tank, but that doesn’t mean 2010 has been a year of bad video games. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. Here are some suggestions that can't be overlooked.
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.
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.