(StatePoint) Do you know what guys want for the holidays?
Cyber Monday has established itself as the biggest online shopping day of the year, partially because Black Friday is now so spread out (starting on Thanksgiving and lasting through the weekend). Because Cyber Monday has become so commonplace with holiday shoppers, and every retailer participates, it offers us an opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and wait for more big savings online after the weekend. After all, there are plenty of holiday gift items on sale well into December.
(StatePoint) Whether the students in your life are in high school and dreaming about their future majors, or in the middle of their college careers, the holiday season is a great opportunity to shower them with gifts that quench their thirst for knowledge and foster their academic interests.
(BPT) - Peppermint may grab the glamour as a flavor of choice during the holiday seasons, but when it comes to sheer staying power in the hearts of the American public, it’s hard to beat chocolate. While many of us consider chocolate welcome and appropriate at any time of year, this most delightful sweet can take center stage during the holidays. Whether you give it as a gift, serve it on a holiday buffet or make it the centerpiece of your seasonal decor, chocolate is always on trend.
(StatePoint) No matter how hard we try, life just won’t slow down. And with the increasing need to be connected all the time, a few minutes off the grid could mean missing out on something. That’s why there are more options than ever to find the perfect tech gift for people with very busy schedules.
We’ve all been there. A special event is coming up but you are struggling with gift ideas. Giving cash doesn’t reflect the thought that goes into gifting and gift cards may be perceived as impersonal. However, what if you found out that most people do, in fact, prefer gift cards? Almost 85 percent of respondents prefer to receive a gift card as a gift because it means they can get whatever they want, according to a recent survey by the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA).
(BPT) - Have a holly, jolly, high-tech holiday – and in case you didn’t hear – it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Some of the season’s hottest tech gifts are more affordable than ever this year.
(StatePoint) The holiday shopping season can mean long lines, crowded malls and uncertainty about what gifts to buy-- but shopping for all the women in your life doesn’t have to be a source of stress.
(BPT) - The holiday season is quickly approaching and you may already be stressing about how to find items that everyone on your shopping list will love.
(StatePoint) Holiday shopping for the special guy in your life can be taxing -- especially if you aren’t quite sure where your relationship is going yet! Whether you just started dating or you’ve been married for years, knowing the rules of gift giving can help ensure you’re giving your gent a great, yet appropriate gift.
(NewsUSA) - With Black Friday behind us and the December gift-giving season at its height, shopping gets pretty extreme in these parts. Whether you're fixated on fashion or seek bargains and basics, you'll find it all in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa.
(BPT) - When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What’s supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more.
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be difficult at any time of year, but no time places more stress on finding a great gift than Christmas. It goes beyond finding the “perfect” gift for special days and holidays to giving something that reflects your affection or appreciation for the gifts you’ve received over time from that individual.
(BPT) - Some New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement – and often they’re much easier to keep.
(BPT) - Every year, office or classroom gift exchanges, thank you tokens for service providers, and last-minute items for acquaintances that drop in unannounced leave many Americans wrestling with a burning question: What can you give for $25 (the ubiquitous price point for this type of gifting)?
(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner and with the big holiday season comes big spending. Americans spend an average of $737 on holiday gifts, decor, food and more, according to the National Retail Federation.
(BPT) - You’re all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you’ll get healthy.
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for glitzing up a sparkling holiday look. From office parties and family gatherings to community events and charity galas, now is the time to look and feel your best. It may be a hectic time of year, but with a little preparation and creativity you can dazzle all season long. Try these quick and easy tips from beauty and style expert Jennifer Walsh for a stellar head-to-toe holiday look:
(NewsUSA) - If you're reading this story, that probably means you're a concerned parent who wouldn't dream of buying your 8-year-old the new "Battlefield 4" video game for the holidays, no matter how many hissy fits are thrown. But let's face it, you've also got a zillion other things on your mind right now -- how's that work deadline coming? -- and not every title is so obviously age-inappropriate.
(NewsUSA) - With the holiday season upon us, the latest cell phones and tablets are sure to be at the top of most kids' gift lists. Let's face it: they'll use these gifts to keep up and connect with their friends on sites like Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat.
(Family Features) Nothing says home for the holidays like the smell of treats baking in the oven and a crowded kitchen filled with loved ones. Whether making decades-old family favorites or starting new holiday baking traditions, you can create homemade holiday goodies in a (ginger) snap.
(Family Features) The aromatic flavors and wholesome ingredients found in comfort food can take us back to another place in time - a place that conjures up happy, feel-good memories, along with the completely satisfied feeling that comes after enjoying a hearty meal. But those same flavors and ingredients can also serve as a foundation for creating new, inspiring twists on traditional dishes from the past.
(Family Features) Put a twist on holiday fare with delectable treats that offer sweetness along with an unexpected, savory twist.
(Family Features) 'Tis the season of giving - and Hot Chocolate on a Stick is a fun and thoughtful gift that will warm hearts and taste buds alike. A creative twist on hot chocolate, it's easy to make with kids and sure to please the "hard to shop for" recipients on your list.
(Family Features) Even though the cooler weather has arrived, you can still enjoy mouth-watering peaches, juicy tomatoes and sweet corn — all your summer favorites — thanks to the can. Fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of their ripeness, when they’re at their best, and canned just hours after picking. The canning process, therefore, locks in their nutrients, freshness and flavor naturally, without the need for preservatives. So, they’re available and in-season all year long.
(Family Features) Family schedules can get hectic, but it doesn’t have to be hard to make time for a great family dinner. Whether it’s a hearty dish of Bolognese or lighter vegetarian fare, quality ingredients and easy recipes can help you get a great dish on the table in no time.
(Family Features) What can a camel teach you about grilled cheese? Camels like the Sahara desert because it is dry. Grilled cheese sandwiches also like a hot and dry environment - the pan. Put the butter or oil on the outside of the bread, not in the pan.
For the chocolate lover this Christmas! These cookies combine dark chocolate, butter and your choice of nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds). Yummy!
Not that there's anything wrong with traditional recipes - but let's face it, many of them could use a reboot. The foods that are expected to be on many of our tables at this time of year - turkey, green beans, stuffing and pie - are waiting for you to take them up a notch. Swap out that tired, gooey green bean casserole for sesame ginger green beans. Update that ho-hum roast turkey and roll out honey smoked turkey with black and cayenne pepper instead. The spice experts at Simply Organic have created an infographic to show you some of the possibilities for re-mixing holiday classics. For more ideas and full recipes, visit www.simplyorganic.com/holidays.
(NAPSI)—If you are like most Americans, you not only want to save money at the grocery store, but you want to save time, too. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by SupermarketGuru.com, 25 percent of respondents said they have resorted to grocery shopping online just to save time. How can you be sure to get the best value in the shortest time possible? Here are a few hints from Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, that can help: