holiday gifts

The 7 Best Things to Buy in November

In this month's list, you'll find turkeys, kitchen necessities, large appliances and gift sets. And you can't forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

6 Do's and Don'ts of Gift Returns

If you have gifts to return and you want the process to go as smoothly as possible -- especially if you don't have a receipt -- here are some do's and don'ts to keep in mind.

Budget-Friendly Gift Basket Options

Christmas gift baskets are expensive. To keep costs low, use these tips to put a DIY spin on your holiday present and save while showing loved ones you care.

Forget the Fruitcake: Give Skydiving Lessons

Forget the material things %u2014 reindeer sweaters, clunky toys, stocking stuffers that end up as, well, stuff. How about a skydiving lesson, a spa pampering or a night at a cozy bed and breakfast This holiday season, a lasting memory is worth a thousand knickknacks.

5 Great Stock Buys on Amazon's Holiday Hot List

Your Christmas shopping list may hold the key to future riches if you read it in a different light. It's not simply a checklist of needs coupled with a smattering of wants. It's also the key to finding the best stock deals of the holiday shopping season.

Target Debuts 'Almost Last Minute' Holiday Sale

Retailers are finding ways to put a fresh spin on the classic limited-time sale this holiday season. Target's latest effort -- the Almost Last Minute Sale. From Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, it will offer discounts on items from its most popular gift categories in stores and online.

How to Give Greener Electronic Gifts This Season

If you want to give your loved ones environmental peace and joy, you might want to hold off on buying them the latest hot gadgets as gifts. E-waste is a dirty problem that lingers far beyond the time when Christmas present becomes Christmas past.

Take Either of 2 Tablets and Call Me Christmas Morning

At $499 and up, Apple's iPad may not fit in your holiday budget. But how about $199 or $249 for a slightly smaller, full-featured gadget? Barnes & Noble has its Nook Tablet; Amazon has the $199 Kindle Fire. Decisions, decisions ...

A Heartwarming Valentine's Day Sales Forecast

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.

Walmart Takes Aim at Amazon with Free Shipping Offer

In a move targeted at online retail giant Amazon.com, Walmart.com on Thursday announced it's offering free shipping on nearly 60,000 gift items -- including popular toys and electronics -- through Dec. 20.

Low Holiday Inventory Means IOUs Under the Tree

Shoppers looking to buy this season's most popular gifts may end up leaving stores with rain checks instead. Retailers were dead serious about cutting back on inventory to avoid markdowns.