October 24, 2012 |
Holiday shoppers will be spending a little more this year, but as in recent years they'll continue to be disciplined and go online for better deals. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $582 on holiday shopping, according to Accenture's annual consumer holiday shopping survey, and 23% plan to spend over $750. About half expect to increase their spending by $250 or more, with only 5% saying they would be “extravagant” in their shopping and 8% indicating they would “splurge.” About 51% of those surveyed said they have already set aside cash for their holiday shopping.
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.
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 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.
January 10, 2014 |
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely after it was determined he had a stress fracture in his right tibia, the team announced Friday. The fifth-year veteran out of UCLA and North Hollywood Campbell Hall High is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.6 minutes a game this season. Second-year guard Brian Roberts is expected to start at point guard for the Pelicans. The 6-foot-4 Holiday had a poor shooting effort Wednesday in a 102-96 loss at home to the Washington Wizards, making only three of 11 shots for eight points.
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.
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.
October 9, 2012 |
Wal-Mart is testing same-day delivery in certain markets, including parts of California, in a bid to nab more retail customers during the high-stakes holiday season. The discount uber-chain said Tuesday that its beta version of the Walmart To Go delivery program is already in operation in northern Virginia, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The company will roll out the test in San Francisco and San Jose later this month or in early November. Customers in the current markets will pay $10 for each delivery, which can include an unlimited number of general merchandise items, with no minimum purchase requirement.
November 28, 2012 |
There are few winter sweets I like better than panforte. It's a Tuscan confection, dense and chewy, almost more like candy than cake. The mingled flavors of citrus zest, toasted nuts and cocoa as well as warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and clove seem almost medieval in their complexity. It's the kind of sweet you eat by the thin wedge - but that small piece (with a good short espresso) is enough to haunt you for days. The only problem with panforte is it's such a pain to make.
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.