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  Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | 12:57 PM ET

Holiday Tipping Guide: 2009

Whom To Tip

Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).
Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Everyone's budget is tight this year, but tipping is still expected by those who count it as a considerable part of their income. We asked tipping experts to tell us whom you should consider tipping and amounts that are customary to give.

Posted Nov. 20, 2009


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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 3:49 PM ET

Smartphone Guide

Buying Guide

Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).
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Smart phones are at the top of a lot of holiday shopping lists this year, and with the number of models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Smartphones are at the top of holiday shopping lists this year, and with so many different models available, choosing the right one can be tricky. Here's a need-to-know guide to nine devices, based on features, price, network and platform. Check out the phones (listed in alphabetical order by name).

Posted Nov. 20, 2009

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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 1:51 PM ET

10 Holiday Cocktail Recipes

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Retailers aren't the only ones with a lot at stake during the holidays. About one-third of all spirits sales are rung up during the last two months of the year, according to the industry's trade group, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Although office parties are getting downsized --or eliminated-- this year, people will still gather and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We asked some of the nation's top bartenders for their suggestions  on  what to serve at holid
Retailers aren't the only ones with a lot at stake during the holidays. About one-third of all spirits sales are rung up during the last two months of the year, according to the industry's trade group, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Although office parties are getting downsized --or eliminated-- this year, people will still gather and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We asked some of the nation's top bartenders for their suggestions  on  what to serve at holid

Retailers aren't the only ones with a lot at stake during the holidays. About one-third of all spirits sales are rung up during the last two months of the year, according to the industry's trade group, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Although office parties are getting downsized --or eliminated-- this year, people will still gather and celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We asked some of the nation's top bartenders for their suggestions on what to serve at holiday celebrations.

By Christina Cheddar Berk
Posted 20 Nov 2009

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  Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 1:50 PM ET

10 Hot Gadgets for the Holidays

Posted By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com

10 Gadgets for the Holidays

Even though the economy’s in the dumps, consumer electronics will still top many gift lists this holiday season. If you’re shopping for a gadget hound, the thousands of choices can be downright baffling. Here are a few that should make you a hit with friends and family.
Even though the economy’s in the dumps, consumer electronics will still top many gift lists this holiday season. If you’re shopping for a gadget hound, the thousands of choices can be downright baffling. Here are a few that should make you a hit with friends and family.

Even though the economy’s in the dumps, consumer electronics will still top many gift lists this holiday season.

If you’re shopping for a gadget hound, the thousands of choices can be downright baffling. Here are a few that should make you a hit with friends and family.

By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 20 Nov 2009

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  Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 1:59 PM ET

Fantasy Christmas Gifts 2009

Fantasy Christmas Gifts

When you were young, you may have paged through toy catalogs, compiling the perfect wish list for Santa.  Even though you’re older, there’s no reason to stop dreaming. To get those fantasies churning, click ahead and take a peek at this year’s .The catalog was first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet intended for its best customers. Each year since, it has helped set the bar for luxury holiday gifts. This year’s edition reflects more somber times and includes less pricey items. Keeping in mi
When you were young, you may have paged through toy catalogs, compiling the perfect wish list for Santa.  Even though you’re older, there’s no reason to stop dreaming. To get those fantasies churning, click ahead and take a peek at this year’s .The catalog was first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet intended for its best customers. Each year since, it has helped set the bar for luxury holiday gifts. This year’s edition reflects more somber times and includes less pricey items. Keeping in mi

When you were young, you may have paged through toy catalogs, compiling the perfect wish list for Santa. Even though you’re older, there’s no reason to stop dreaming.

To get those fantasies churning, click ahead and take a peek at this year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas Book .

The catalog was first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet intended for its best customers. Each year since, it has helped set the bar for luxury holiday gifts.

This year’s edition reflects more somber times and includes less pricey items. Keeping in mind that even the well-heeled may be shunning unnecessary items, the gifts selected focus most heavily providing their recipients with enjoyable experiences.

By Christina Cheddar BerkPosted 9 Oct 2009

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  Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | 3:28 PM ET

Hot Holiday Toys from Toys 'R Us

2009's Hot Holiday Toys

What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest U.S. toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out  is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters )  to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer). Click ahead to see which toys made the cut. 
What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest U.S. toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out  is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters )  to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer). Click ahead to see which toys made the cut. 

What will Santa have in his bag this holiday season? Toys ‘R Us, the largest US toy retailer, has issued its forecast for the hottest toys.

With consumers still watching their spending carefully, one theme that stands out is a focus on value. Toys on the list range from $10 (squeaking Zhu Zhu interactive hamsters) to about $350 (Disney 's Netpals netbook computer).

Click ahead to see which toys made the cut.

By Christina Cheddar Berk Posted 24 Sept 2009

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  Monday, 14 Sep 2009 | 12:14 PM ET

Highlights From Frederick's 2009 Fall Collection

Frederick's Lingerie Highlights

Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood actually saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. CEO Linda LoRe attributes this trend to the "bright colors and fun fabrics" featured in the fall line-up.  "The price points are so sharp," LoRe adds. According to LoRe, shoppers have a more limited budget, but they still want to be excited by the clothes they buy. "They want value. They want style," she says. Frederick's has been try
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Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood actually saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. CEO Linda LoRe attributes this trend to the "bright colors and fun fabrics" featured in the fall line-up. "The price points are so sharp," LoRe adds. According to LoRe, shoppers have a more limited budget, but they still want to be excited by the clothes they buy. "They want value. They want style," she says. Frederick's has been try

Although consumers are still spending with restraint, Frederick's of Hollywood actually saw a pick up in sales of their fall collection during the month of August. CEO Linda LoRe attributes this trend to the "bright colors and fun fabrics" featured in the fall line-up.

"The price points are so sharp," LoRe adds.

According to LoRe, shoppers have a more limited budget, but they still want to be excited by the clothes they buy. "They want value. They want style," she says. Frederick's has been trying to stand out from "same T's, tanks and pants."

Click ahead to see some items consumers are buying from Frederick's.

By Christina Cheddar Berk
Posted 14 Sept 2009

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