Experts offer tips on how to save on Mother's Day gifts.
Experts offer tips on how to save on Mother's Day gifts.
If you've put your Valentine's Day shopping off until the last minute, there are still deals out there -- even some from the major flower-delivery services. But there are also some compelling reasons why you might want to avoid using them.
Screenwriter Delia Ephron did not have a merry online Christmas shopping experience at J. Crew. But rather than complain about the company's customer service, she turned an op-ed column in the New York Times into a wide-ranging indictment of online shopping itself. Here's why she's wrong.
The kick-off to the holiday season gets earlier every year, but that doesn't mean that consumers are getting better at finishing their shopping early. As the National Retail Federation notes, American consumers typically have about half their holiday shopping left to go in mid-December.
Wealthy Americans are scrambling to transfer some of their riches before the end of the year when gift and estate taxes are set to jump. But be careful, warn the experts: Not everyone who can shift their money to the next generations right now should do it.
While it's been a while since we've had a toy craze on the level of Furby or Tickle-Me-Elmo, there are certainly some in-demand toys this holiday season. Here are eight of the hottest -- the ones you should probably buy before it's too late, if it isn't already.
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.
Regifting: Lots of us do it, and many of us feel a bit guilty about it, even though polls show people are generally OK with receiving regifts. But does regifting really pass the holiday season etiquette test? We asked Jodi R.R. Smith of etiquette consultancy Mannersmith.
For investors who open a brokerage account and buy stocks, there's more to be had than just the promise of better investment returns. Some of America's best-known firms also offer perks to their shareholders -- and not just big-money shareholders, either.
Earlier this month, Apple's marketing department pitched iPad 2 as a great gift for Valentine's Day. But with the iPad 3 a mere three weeks from release, we have to call foul. A dozen roses may not last that long, but no one's buying a $499 flower arrangement.
Chances are, you'll be more generous with your honey this Valentine's Day than last. Consumer spending on the holiday is expected to exceed last year's levels, according to surveys from the National Retail Federation and American Express.
Valentine's Day is a time when you can show your loved one how much you care, but you don't have to dig deep into your wallet to do it. Here are some great tips on how to switch things up this year, and save in the process.
Soon enough, the holidays will have come and gone. You'll have given, you'll have received; it will then be time to cash in. The best deals fall between Christmas and the new year, so when you go to return those itchy yellow polka-dotted wool socks, get yourself something you'll really enjoy instead. Here are the top five post-holiday purchases.
It's stressful enough when your kids' holiday wish is filled with high-tech gadgets that aren't in your budget. What's worse is breaking down and buying them at the last minute because you couldn't think of better alternatives in your price range.
Here's how to get cash for, or otherwise make productive use of, your unwanted gift cards.
With the economy still on life support, many Americans are planning on tightening their Christmas budgets this year. Not the super rich, however. Families with discretionary incomes of $250,000 and up are planing on boosting their holiday spending by 7% to an average of $2,708, according to a new survey.
Gift-buying trends revealed at the New York International Gift Fair showed that consumers are still focused on value, but also reflected an upswing in confidence. You can see signs of the brighter mood in everything from the color palettes to the growth in personal pampering products.
A temporary change in the tax code is creating a sweet opportunity. Through 2012, the amount you can give in tax-free gifts jumps from $1 million to $5 million. In this video, Kevin Sanderford, principal of Colorado West Investments, explains how you can take advantage of this "huge opportunity."
The Commerce Department's retail and food services sales tally for January rose 7.8% from January 2010 and 0.3% from December. For the most part, merchants and manufacturers worked to line up wares that shoppers wanted at prices that attract consumers who are now more frugal.
When Cupid slings his arrow, it can hit you right in the wallet. What's the economically challenged lovebird to do? Well, luckily, a sense of humor is still free. Here are some tips -- and some what-not-to-do's, including some of Ed Begley's ill-fated money-savers.
Guys -- planning to get your honey a nice box of chocolates this Valentine's Day? According to a new study, you'd be better off scheduling weekly...
Valentine's Day sales should thrill the hearts of retailers this year: Spending for the day is forecast to top $18.6 billion, a 5.8% jump in spending over 2010. That amounts to about $125 per person taking part in the holiday for lovers.
While it may sound more Scrooge than Santa Claus, Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, has filed a patent for technology that would allow customers to return -- or "convert" -- gifts they don't like, even before they actually arrive.
When you were deciding what to do with your holiday shopping budget, you may have followed the prevailing advice for making your recipients happy and...
Retail sales have perked up in November and December, but consumers aren't resuming their old habit of using credit cards to splurge on gifts. According to a new poll, more than half of American adults say they're sticking with cash this holiday shopping season.
Even Santa is feeling the pain of the recession this holiday season. To help relieve some of the strain on your wallet, consider making gifts for...
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For anyone old enough to have ever had a Sears catalog at home, the memory of being a child and circling the toys they wanted for Christmas is a...
The headlines that read, "Is Plaid the New Black?" don't refer to the latest craze in fashion (though, coincidentally, plaid is the new black)....
In this savings experiment, we show you how save on holiday gifts online and in the shop itself.