Saturday, December 22, 2012
A look at the hot toys for tots this holiday season.
Every holiday season, the mailbox fills with the latest toy catalogs. Children peruse the pages as they scribble their lists, daydreaming about what they will find under the tree come Christmas morning. Parents pull out their pocketbooks, spending hard-earned cash as they anticipate the joy on those little faces. What will be the runaway favorites this year is always a guess, but here are some of the latest trends, mixed with tried-and-true perennial favorites. jChews Smartphone teether by Jellystone No tears for parents or babies. Babies love nothing more than to gum Mom and Dad’s cell phone, but now they’ll be too intrigued with their own smartphone to chew on. The Jellystone smartphone teether comes in seven funky colors and is BPA …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's not even Halloween yet and some stores are already putting up Christmas decorations. Is it too soon to deck the halls or are you ready for the 2012 Holiday Season to begin?
It's an annual question for merchants and shoppers: How soon is too soon to deck the malls and shopping centers for the Christmas holiday season? Some stores have already begun the process. Christmas music, decorations and layaway ads can already been seen in the shopping aisle at local stores. Halloween decorations still dominate, but signs of Christmas are already creeping in. So what do you think? When is too early for the Christmas shopping season to begin? Do the decorations and Christmas ads entice you to buy early or make you grit your teeth and wish for more time before the holiday rush begins?
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Kathy Zucker had to change her shopping strategy this year to include teachers. It took some creative juggling but she was able to source appropriate, affordable gifts.
I try not to do things when everyone else is doing them. Especially when it comes to shopping. To get the best deals, my strategy is either to shop early or shop late. This year, however, I had to wait to purchase the bulk of our holiday gifts since I was buying for teachers and child care workers; retailer return policies often carry short expiration dates that prohibit purchasing items far in advance. Cash gifts were out of the question since I would not be able to deduct them from my income taxes. Shopping between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the perfect storm for not getting good deals; I am buying large quantities of items that are highly in demand. I also have extremely limited time to shop at brick and mortar stores since many …