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How to Pick the Perfect Gift Cards This Christmas

U.S. shoppers will buy $110 billion worth of gift cards this year, and nobody's complaining about it: Gift cards are the most-desired present of the season. But you still have to pick the right gift card for each recipient, so we asked plastic experts for their best advice.

5 Great Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping

When it comes to holiday shopping, not all credit cards are created equal. The best card to choose depends on the kind of shopper you are. But no matter how you do your holiday shopping, there's one credit card strategy to avoid.

Holiday Shopping Calendar: Your List of the Best Days to Buy

Black Friday has been around for decades, but in the last several years, the holiday shopping season has gained a number of additional "special" shopping days. So if you're looking for the right days for deals, (or when to avoid the crowds) here's a run-down of all the retail deal days worth knowing.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Schools Nintendo Wii U in the Sales Game

Nintendo has sold 400,000 Wii U consoles since the system's Nov. 18 launch, plus another 300,000 original Wii units last week. But Microsoft is still the gaming king: Its Xbox 360 outsold both systems combined, moving 750,000 consoles during the Black Friday holiday weekend.

The Christmas Shopping Battle: Early Winners and Losers

The battle for your holiday spending dollars is well under way, and it's not too soon to start handicapping 2012's likely winners. Some may be obvious (like Amazon), but others may surprise you. Here's how the holiday shopping season is shaking out across the retail landscape.

How to Get the Best Deals on Cyber Monday

On Cyber Monday, U.S. consumers are expected to empty their wallets of more than $1 billion, Merchants are offering some of their best deals, and it's time to take advantage. Here are a few strategies that should help you land the lowest prices.

Black Friday 2012: Reports From the Holiday Season Kickoff

DailyFinance's Matt Brownell is covering the Black Friday holiday shopping kickoff, starting Thursday evening. This article will be updated periodically with fresh details from across the country. And if you've got pictures or stories of your own shopping experiences, pass them along for us to share.

5 Things You Shouldn't Buy on Black Friday

According to the National Retail Federation, 147 million Americans plan to shop on Black Friday weekend, because that's when they'll get the best deals. But that's just not always so. For these five types of purchase, you'd be better off skipping the post-Thanksgiving stampede.

Wall Street Watch: Waiting for All Week for Black Friday Numbers

Investors know that it will be a week of heavy eating and light trading. The market is closed on Thanksgiving, and will close early on Friday. However, it won't be a light week for retail, so the Black Friday and Cyber Monday results will be top of mind for the market-minded.

Target Responds to Backlash Over Thanksgiving Night Opening

Target is pushing back against complaints that its 9 p.m. Thanksgiving opening is ruining the holiday for its employees. It's hardly the only retailer making the move, an online petition singling out Target at Change.org had 228,000 signatures as of Friday morning.

Is Cyber Monday Obsolete?

It was only seven years ago that some clever folks at Shop.org decided to promote e-commerce with its own version of Black Friday, and Cyber Monday was born. But in our smartphone- and tablet-powered world, holiday shopping is getting more "cyber" every year. Does online retail still need its special day?

Walmart's Thanksgiving Opening May Add Nothing to Bottom Line

Walmart's Black Friday plan to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving with doorbuster deals is forcing other retailers to follow suit. This shift may or may not prove a winner with shoppers, but it's already upsetting retail workers -- and it may not even make a difference in boosting sales.

Black Friday Sales: Your Big Guide to Deals, Stores and Times

Black Friday sales circulars for several major retailers are already out online, and the deals look tempting. And at some chains, you won't even have to wait until Friday. We'll update as we learn more, but here's the scoop on the deals and sale times that we know so far.

Target Joins the Black Friday Rush with Thankgiving Opening

Target's Black Friday Sale will begin at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago. The discounter joins several other major retailers, including Walmart, that are kicking off the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving Day and staggering deals over the two-day period.

Slash Your Holiday Gift Bill By Tapping Credit Card Rewards

If you're looking for a way to save on gifts this holiday season, you might want to tap your credit card. No, not by charging up a big fat bill -- but by maximizing your rewards points. Here are six ways to do just that and in turn, stretch your gift-giving budget.

Retailers Finding Clever Ways to Win Smartphone-Using Shoppers

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been taking a beating from shoppers using their stores as mere showrooms for Amazon and other e-commerce sites. But ahead of Christmas shopping season, some experts suggest that a smartphone-equipped shopper should be seen not as a problem, but as an opportunity.

Can Retailers Beat 'Showrooming' This Christmas?

Traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are turning from stores where people buy things into showrooms for e-commerce sites. But this holiday season, with their most important quarter of the year hanging in the balance, they're fighting back hard.

Online Shopping (and Fraud) Likely to Soar This Holiday Season

When it comes to holiday shopping, there's one trend you can count on every year: Online sales will grow like gangbusters. But whether you're on a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone, it's important to remember that buying online carries extra risks of identity theft and fraud.

Analyst Downgrades Leading Toy Stocks -- Bah, Humbug!

In the timeless holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, forgotten playthings are eventually rescued from the Island of Misfit Toys. This Christmas, we may be seeing companies banished to the island of misfit toymakers.

Hot Toys For the Holidays: Toys R Us, Walmart Make Predictions

Toys R Us and Walmart have unveiled their hot holiday toy lists, sending the message that the Christmas shopping season has officially begun. Here are a dozen that the nation's top two toy sellers expect will fly off their shelves this holiday season.

5 Ways That the iPhone 5 Will Change the World

Apple has finally introduced the iPhone 5. Smartphone fans and Apple investors are naturally excited: The very nature of the shiny new handset and the bar-raising nature of some of its features will send out ripples far beyond Cupertino.

Target CFO: We're Skipping the Holiday Season's Low-Price Wars

Don't expect crazy markdowns at Target when you shop for gifts this holiday season. The trendy discounter is opting out of the winter price wars, counting instead on its trendy exclusive collections to lure customers. And if that means it loses sales to rivals, that's OK by Target.

Target and Neiman Marcus, an Odd Fashion Pairing? Not At All

Cheap chic retailer Target and luxury department store Neiman Marcus announced Tuesday that they're teaming up on a holiday fashion, home and accessories collection to be sold at both chains. Strange bedfellows? Not really. The two have more in common than meets the eye.

5 Reasons Best Buy Stockholders Should Dread Thursday

The holidays may have come and gone, but when Best Buy posts its quarterly earnings, it's going to very publicly relive them -- whether it wants to or not. Wall Street analysts are generally optimistic, but there reasons for investors to worry.

What to Watch This Week: Malls, Tech, Homes and Papers

With 2012's first earnings season well under way, let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week that lies ahead: Here's why you should be watching one major mall owner, two tech giants, three homebuilders and a couple of old media behemoths.