December 14, 2012 |
By now, holiday shopping stress is in full force - and so is procrastination. Here's how to make sure your online purchases reach their intended recipients in time. If sending gifts via the U.S. Postal Service, today is the last day to use Parcel Post for Christmas arrival. First-class mail must go out by Dec. 20, Priority mail by Dec. 21 and most Express mail by Dec. 22. At UPS, Next Day Air packages must be picked up by the 21st to arrive on the 24th. 2nd Day Air items must be sent on the 20th.
December 20, 2011 |
One librarian, two helpers and 348 old books equals one huge holiday book tree. Usually those elements would add up to books stacked neatly on a shelf, but campus librarian Erin Fisher and others instead constructed a 9½-foot green "tree" in the atrium at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno . The tree, made from pre-1950 National Union Catalog reference books with evergreen covers, grew from 10 books placed...
December 12, 2012 |
Teen retailer Urban Outfitters may have tipped itself into the naughty list with a holiday catalog of gift suggestions laced with profanity. Among the highlights: a coffee mug, scrapbook and photo album, all with curse words emblazoned on them. The gifts may score the retailer sales among its young demographic of shoppers, but it's provoking anger from some family-oriented groups. "This isn't anything new for them," Monica Cole, director of Christian organization One Million Moms, told Fox News.
December 19, 2011 |
Every year on Dec. 21, Vancouver, Canada explodes with light during the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival . Lantern labyrinths and light-centric processions with drummers are set to take place around the city Wednesday evening. For those who want a front-row seat, check out this holiday special at the Opus Hotel that starts around $125 a night. The deal: Opus Celebrates the Season features low rates at the 96-room boutique hotel in Yaletown, which gets high marks on TripAdvisor . To find the deal, go to the website and click on "special offers" or call.
December 6, 2009 |
The holiday season is upon us. Time for eggnog, caroling -- and worries about what to buy the boss. Today Alana answers your questions about gift giving and receiving. Dear Alana: I have been working in an office for a little more than a year now. Last year I did not exchange any gifts with co-workers because I was new. However, now that I have been here over a year, who am I supposed to give a card or gift to? What is appropriate? Oscar in El Monte Dear Oscar: It's a tough question.
November 21, 2012 |
There are plenty of thanks to go around in Washington: Democrats particularly have gratitude reserved for President Obama's ground game, Election Day turnout and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's late embrace of the president . And of course, there are the necessary thanks to be sent out to supporters. Despite the “disappointing” results of the presidential election, Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) remains “thankful that I live in a country where we have the right to choose our leaders and to speak our minds.” “This is still the country founded on the belief that every man and woman has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
October 3, 2012 |
Retailers are fighting hard this Christmas to beat the competition, and Target is the latest to unveil its plan to win over the holiday hordes: Go digital. Come Oct. 14, the chain will begin prominently showcasing its Top 20 toys in its brick-and mortar stores. Each will be equipped with a QR code, which customers can scan with a mobile device to purchase and have shipped for free to any location in the U.S. Using the squiggly matrix barcodes gives Target a few advantages: It helps attract moms, who can surreptitiously buy gifts even while shopping with their kids.
November 1, 2013 |
Most Halloween candy is still sitting uneaten in pillowcases, but retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are already kicking off their Christmas promotions in hopes of surviving harsh holiday conditions this year. Bargain basement deals normally reserved for Black Friday and Cyber Monday are already emerging -- a month earlier than usual -- as stores race to claim a share of what is forecast to be a lukewarm shopping season. Wal-Mart launched a slate of online offers Friday, including 36% savings on a JVC 42-inch LED television and 51% savings on a 10-inch Xelio tablet.