Ringing in the holiday season with consumer sentiment at a 6-month low

Nov 10, 2023
The latest consumer survey from the University of Michigan shows that sentiment dropped for the fourth straight month.
Through lockdowns and supply chain snarls, inflation and interest rate hikes, consumer spending has remained resilient.
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Buy Nothing groups are one way out of traditional holiday shopping

Nov 26, 2021
The project is a hyperlocal gift economy where neighbors give and receive freely. For some, it's a chance to jump off the consumer hamster wheel.
As consumers scramble to get holiday gifts, those in Buy Nothing groups can give and receive freely in their local area.
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Why consumers and retailers alike love gift cards

Dec 24, 2018
There’s even something in there for the government.
 That wall of different gift cards hanging on hooks at the end of a drugstore or grocery story aisle actually has a name: the gift card mall.
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Used wrapping paper not much of a gift to the recycling market

Dec 26, 2016
It can be more trouble than it's worth.
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Drugstores try to cure last-minute shopping angst

Dec 23, 2016
Rite Aid is trying to fill more than the medicine aisles this season.
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Department store gift wrapping is a thing of the past

Dec 15, 2016
Many department stores no longer offer free gift wrapping services because it isn't cost effective.

For public good, not for profit.

For holiday shopping, try the airport

Dec 13, 2016
If you're doing last minute shopping, this is the perfect solution.

For the perfect holiday gifts, check the trend forecast

Nov 23, 2016
Some gifts are worth waiting in line. Some gifts are not.
General atmosphere shot at the Holiday Tree Lighting at The Village at Westfield Topanga on November 19, 2016 in Woodland Hills, California.
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The Conversation: Wedding bells and wedding gifts

What kinds of gifts have you requested of others?
What kinds of gifts did you ask for or register for?
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