November 10, 2009 |
Despite airfares and hotel rates that are among the lowest in over a decade, more recession-battered travelers will forgo the airports, hit the freeways and stay with family and friends to save money during the upcoming holiday season. This Thanksgiving, the number of passengers traveling by air nationwide will be down 4% from last year, according to a report released Monday by the Air Transport Assn., a trade group that represents the nation's leading airlines. The group attributes the drop to declining demand despite air fares that, according to its report, are at the lowest levels since 1998.
December 22, 2010 |
Mary Hopp has firm beliefs about her role as a gift-giver to her seven grandchildren. Money deposited into their 529 savings plans for college? Absolutely, on every birthday. Money frittered away buying them trinkets, gadgets or (heaven forbid) cars? Not on your life. Every Christmas, the grandchildren ? ranging in age from 5 to 16 ? receive books. "I don't think I should be looked at as a bank," said Hopp, 68, who lives in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Her contributions to the so-called grandparent economy are carefully considered yet generous ?
October 18, 2012 |
Target Corp. is adopting a take-no-prisoners style this holiday to combat online rivals. The discount chain announced a host of new strategies to tempt customers to buy this season, including free Wi-Fi at all Target stores, new ways to shop from smartphones and a pilot program to test out an in-store navigator. Shoppers will soon be able to use their smartphones to buy items from TV commercials, bus station ads and catalog pages by sending a text or scanning a QR code. They'll also be able to scan those digital barcodes scattered within brick-and-mortar stores to buy products and ship them directly home.
December 19, 2012 |
Las Vegas may be an adult playground most of the year, but in December, kids are a priority at the Magical Forest , which is in a residential neighborhood about 15 minutes west of the Strip. There are rides and other attractions, but the best part is that the proceeds benefit Opportunity Village , a nonprofit serving people with intellectual disabilities. It's open nightly through Jan. 6. The attraction takes its name from the hundreds of decorated Christmas trees through which guests can wander.
November 22, 2009 |
The holidays burst upon us every year with a veneer of joyousness, yet that bubbling of good cheer masks a series of rather dire seasonal warnings: Don't eat too many rich, fatty foods; don't drink to excess; don't forsake your exercise routine; and, for goodness sake, get some sleep. Does it surprise anyone that even the sensible among us choose to ignore that advice? That we stuff ourselves with sweets, down too much spiked egg nog, skip every personal training appointment, stay out until all hours -- and then fall into bed without brushing our teeth?
November 28, 2013
Looking for unusual holiday gifts -- the kinds of things that don't scream "mall"? Like to support indie artists, artisans and craftspeople? Prefer to shop local? Click here . The L.A. at Home staff launched its Handmade Holidays gift guide Nov. 2, which means we're halfway done bringing you 53 artisan-made gift picks -- one for every day till Christmas Eve. Before you dive into the maelstrom of Black Friday, take a peek at our postings to date and see if there's an indie alternative that could be one more check off your list.