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Holiday Central 2011

Holiday Shopping Trends

Holiday Shopping Tips

Holiday Gift Guides

  • Hottest Gadgets for the Holidays Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 3:40 PM ET
    It's a pretty fair bet that someone on your shopping list is a gadget hound. And, 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,

    If you're looking for the perfect tech gift for a friend or loved one, here are a few can't miss suggestions!

  • For Her: Trendiest Holiday Gifts, 2011 Tuesday, 8 Nov 2011 | 1:41 PM ET
    The Halloween costumes are packed away and stores are piping in the carols, it is a signal: Get ready for the busiest shopping season of the year. Consumers plan to spend an average of $704.18 on gifts this year, down 2.1 percent from a year ago, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer survey. To make those dollars count, shoppers want to know they’re buying the right gift. “In 2009, it was all about personal, practical gifts, and last year consumers wanted to treat t

    To make your shopping easier, here’s a guide that offers up ideas that should suit you if you want to give something trendy or something practical, or a little of both.

  • Holiday Gifts That Last All Year 2011 Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 11:52 AM ET
    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.

    The holidays are a great time to show your loved ones how much you care, but why limit these sentiments to once a year?

  • 10 Must-Have Videogames This Holiday Season Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 11:03 AM ET
    The holiday season is typically loaded with must-have videogames, but the number hitting shelves this year is unprecedented. Several top franchises have new installments out and some new games are looking very promising. That's good news for players, but it's even better for gift buyers, since few gamers will be able to keep up with the deluge. Here are some sure-fire suggestions.

    The holiday season is typically loaded with must-have videogames, but the number hitting shelves this year is unprecedented. Here are ten videogames that won't miss their mark.

  • Holiday Gifts That Give Back 2011 Friday, 11 Nov 2011 | 11:24 AM ET
    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 give 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.

    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.

  • Hot Holiday Toys Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011 | 9:38 AM ET
    Santa delivered for the toy industry last year. After several years of decline, U.S. sales turned around in 2010 and grew about 2 percent from the prior year to about $21.87 billion, according to market researcher NPD Group. The holiday season is a critical time for the industry because that is when it rings up the bulk of its annual sales. This year, many toymakers are sticking to tried-and-true formulas to win customers. But these classic themes often have a new twist that makes them fresh. We

    We’ve scanned the hot holiday toy lists from retailers, trade publications and blogs, and did a little digging ourselves to bring you a collection of toys that is sure to please.

  • Holiday Gifts Under $25 for 2011 Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 1:36 PM ET
    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 gifs 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 gi

    After several years of dealing with thrifty consumers, retailers have gotten the message Check out some great gift ideas that cost less than $25.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Best Books for the Holidays 2011 Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 11:34 AM ET
    This holiday season there’s a book for every reader on your list. Some must-haves include biographies of the royals (those with blue blood and those who ruled their corporate empires), books that will forever change the way you think about money (hint: being super-rich isn’t what it used to be), books that inspired this season’s most-anticipated movies, and a book that will really make you think about how you think. Click ahead to see the best books of the holiday season.

    This holiday season there's a book for every reader on your list. Check out the best books of the holiday season.

  • Luxury Gifts for the Holidays 2011 Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 11:59 AM ET
    'Tis the time for giving. This holiday season, affluent consumers are becoming more comfortable with their spending. On average, affluent households spend more than four times the average family on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation industry trade group. “After four plus years of reprioritizing and realigning their spending to match their values, affluent consumers are feeling quite good about themselves and their ability to maintain — and even increase — their family’s h

    For those who want to spare no expense, there are plenty of fashionable items that are on trend. Click for some luxurious gift ideas.

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