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In mid-November, the NRF released its 2012 holiday consumer spending survey conducted by BIGinsight and in terms of cards the survey found that 81.1% of shoppers will purchase at least one card, while the expected average spent on cards will reach a 10-year high of  $156.86. Rolling up that data, NRF forecasts total spending on cards will reach $28.8 billion this year, roughly 5% of the $586.1 billion the NRF sees shoppers shelling out this holiday season.
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That’s why we’ve gone straight to the experts at for a little help this year.
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There’s nothing better than seeing your kid’s excited face when he gets exactly what he wants — and nothing worse than having to shop at 100 different stores to find the perfect gift.
A perfect example: these faceted wooden blocks, which your kids can balance to create cool, colorful structures.
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Are you holiday shopping for a special lady in your life and unsure what to buy? With this holiday gift guide, you can find the perfect Christmas gift for her, from beauty products to clothing to romantic adventures.
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Girls have had all the fun with elaborate doll’s houses and now it’s time for the boys with this wooden three-storey police and fire station that comes with lots of accessories including a helicopter, fire engine, police bike, dog and lots of staff.
Designed by a group of Oxfordshire school girls, the game involves a group of Earth heroes with special powers who must each try to save the world from impending environmental disaster.
Christmas is a good time for that all-important first watch and this one helps them distinguish between "to" and "past" and marks out the minutes to help them learn those last tricky ones.
While many this year will want Lego’s Ninjago sets, this space centre, with its launch pad, countdown clock, and mini astronauts, might keep them amused in the longer term.
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With a variety of featured new toys and top gifts in Toys, Video Games, Sporting Goods, DVD, Baby, Music, and Books, the Amazon 2014 Holiday Toy List helps you discover top gifts for all the boys and girls on your holiday shopping list.
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Toy Insider’s list includes the LeapPad 2 in its Hot 20 List of toys for three-to-five year olds, but prefers the Kurio 7 tablet from Techno Source for children who are 6 to 8 years old.
While more expensive Apple iPads will be found under many Christmas trees influential holiday The Toy Insider has other children’s tablets on its Hot 20 List for 2012.
Activision Blizzard’s Skylanders series of videogames and action figures is on the Toy Insider list and the Toys R Us list after a strong 2011 launch, with the Skylanders Giants coming out this year.
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Taylor Swift, a charismatic American music star which has an Oprah-like gift for emotional expressiveness, radiates natural sincerity, and loves to meet and greet, is now looking forward to spend $81,500 to buy her beloved gentleman friend Harry Styles who’s best known for his time on The X factor, and is a singer and dancer in the boy band One Direction, a gift.
Parents of adorable baby girl ‘Blue Ivy’, the top-earning superstar couple Jay Z and Beyonce have been frequently seen showering each other with luxury gifts like Jay-Z spends $350K at Hermes for Beyonce’s Christmas gift.
@ElizabethAndkylie Okay, Miss Holier-Than-Thou, for Christmas AND your birthday, you shall receive nothing but underwear and a case of Slimfast while all your friends and family receive ipads and blu rays oft heir favorite movies and gift cards to expensive stores and restaurants.
I tell them this meal is in lieu of gifts at Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Saturnalia, and New Years! We all have a great time and later on I snap a few digital pictures that I distribute to them online.
“One year for Christmas she gave my husband a thick, beautiful cashmere sweater and she gave me a mug that said ‘Scott’s Wife.’ Of course she was smiling and laughing when I opened it, and saying what a great joke it was.
Who hasn’t received a terrible gift? Who hasn’t received a gift that started a fight or caused hard feelings? About 9-10 years ago a friend gave me a gift that he’d picked up at a flea market.
I know it’s all about the time spent together, blah blah blah, but where’s the in that? That’s stuff I buy myself when I need it; not as a "I you" gift on the biggest holiday of the year.
Some people, my sister for example, consider a good gift whatever they would want to receive.
Hot dinner and getting to spend some time with a friend on Christmas were pretty good gifts too, I’ll bet.
This year, he took her gift, which was a red and green sweater, plus Christmas leftovers to an old guy he met while fishing.
The key to successful regifting is to ask yourself if you would have picked that gift out for that person in the first place — and then be really careful to remove any evidence that this was something that had been given to you.
Not Patty, 58, who said that her husband Bill’s choice for her of flashy, pricey jewelry was the worst gift she’s ever been given.
If I had $100 for every wife who returned an item and later on complained, "my husband never gives me anything", I’d be richer than Bill Gates and Warren Buffett combined! LOL The wife who complains too much winds up giftless, and those good gifts wind up going to mistresses.
I did include a new gift for him too, but that shirt will always be one of my favorite Christmas memories.
I felt cheated out of a real Christmas gift, plus it wasn’t what I wanted.
One of the best Christmas memories I have growing up come falls into "The Obvious Regift" and "The Statement Gift" categories.
Then one year she wrapped it up and gave it to me for Christmas,” related Pete, 62, who unsurprisingly describes his mother as “cheap.” And that’s the most common reason behind the unsuccessful regift.
There are relationships that involve some perceived animosity; yet if someone takes the time to give a gift, I find that to accept it graciously is the best response and it helps me avoid regretful on my part.
Last year, she gave my daughter an all pink tutu outfit that would have been perfect for her a couple years back when she was in full-blown "sparkly pink fairy princess" mode.
Chelsea’s husband made his point, and that’s what the statement gift is all about.
According to an article released by MSN in December 2011, American parents planned to spend an average of $271 per child in Christmas gifts.
According to a study performed by the American Research Group, Inc., Americans will be spending more money on gifts in 2012 than they did last year.
Between the shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to the last minute sales just before Christmas, the American commercialization of Christmas plays a very big part in how much the average American pays for all of his or her holiday expenses.
In 2012, it is expected that the average American will be spending $854 in gifts for friends and loved ones.
While this is just an average, American families can definitely spend an astronomical amount of money on Christmas gifts.
According to Gallup surveys, in 2008 the average American spent 29% less on Christmas gifts than in 2007.
In 2011, the average American spent $646 on holiday gifts.
Americans have been spending more on holiday gifts every year since the 2008 recession.
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Last year we gave the kids 3 gifts each from us, 1 from Santa, and their stockings had 2-3 small items.
Do you typically do one "big" present or several smaller presents? I’m planning on about 6 or so per kid (two kids total) this year, with most of them as mid size presents, nothing big.
In your opinion, what is a typical number of Christmas presents your kids get each year.
We got a lot of flack one year and tried to change to more ‘fun’ stuff, but the kids actually like our simpler thoughtful-fun-thing and otherwise fun/practical giving tradition.
And since things are always tight at holiday time, we limit other expenditures too…so the kids are tickled to unwrap new art supplies (which are much needed) and warm socks and that type of thing.
One thing that this process leaves me with is a list of fabulous sites – not the big chains or department stores, we all know they have an array of gift suggestions – but wonderful independent ones.
A virtual shop packed with wonderful finds from independent designers, from jewellery to homewares via art prints and accessories.
The antidote to all things twee, this wonderful site is packed with brilliant and quirky prints from Scandinavian brands galore, as well as some homegrown favourites like the fabulous Tootsa MacGinty.
The online store cleverly replicates this, so you can browse by theme, but you can also just have a good old hunt around the treats, from homewares, jewellery and kids toys to decorations for the tree.
That doesn’t go anywhere near describing the wonderful array of super stationery, from beautiful laser-etched wooden pencil cases to vintage postage stamps via books, grown-up toys and art.
Stocking gorgeous brands for babies and toddlers like Moulin Roty and Maileg, the toys here are built to last and have a wonderful retro feel to them.
You know how museums always have the best gift shops? Well this is a kind of virtual department store bringing in the kind of things you’d pick up in a museum, only you don’t need to leave your sofa.
The life of the great Cleopatra, and her dramatic death from a snakebite, are richly reconstructed in this busy, multi-format book packed with maps and pictures, which draws on contemporary evidence as well as later sources.
Set on facing spreads, the pairing of simple but descriptive images makes readers think: are a painter and a graffiti tagger related by their work or completely different? Both a lumberjack and an executioner have long-handled axes, but there the similarity ends.
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy drew on her own childhood favourites and set some of the finest contemporary poems alongside them to create a bountiful collection that feels personal and passionate.
Russell Hoban’s enchanting story sets Quentin Blake’s prancing lolly-stick horses galloping across cities and jungles and over oceans and deserts on a quest for pirate gold.
What use are ice-lolly sticks when all the lovely sweetness has melted? No use! That’s what most sticks think, but luckily, one of the sticks collected by Rosie has a more positive spin on the future: he dreams of a wonderful new life in which he becomes a horse.
With no mandate to teach, the answers from famous people who are also experts in the field – Heston Blumenthal, Jarvis Cocker and Dan Snow respectively, for the questions above – are individual, creative and sometimes light-hearted.
This is great idea to give the Christmas gift.I thinks home made gift is really nice choice .Thanks for idea.
Thanks for stopping by! My friend April and I made a batch of Christmas Jam the other day and in spite of all of our gabbing distracting us from our work, we were still done in an hour.
I also don’t like giving dollar store dust collectors that are destined for next summer’s yard sale just to be able to have a gift for someone that’s still in the budget.
Homemade jams are always good choices for gifts, especially if you’re short on time.
A single batch of each jam will give me about two dozen half-pint jars total to give as gifts, and the ingredients are readily available and not off the chart expensive.
The jam sounds wonder, what a great idea for a Christmas gift.
Over the years, I’ve learn to turn to homemade gifts that appeal to both my frugal side and my practical side.
Sometimes I’m good at getting started on making Christmas gifts in July.
Touting its ability to notify someone immediately that you bought them a present, Facebook is showing large banners atop the web and mobile news feed telling people to buy Gifts.
It works well for last-minute holiday shoppers because there’s evidence that you bought someone a Gift right away, even if physical gifts take a few days to come via snail mail and don’t arrive until after Christmas.
Facebook debuted Gifts in September to give people an easy way to buy a wide variety of presents for friends on special occasions like their birthdays, engagements, or graduations.
Until now, the Gift buying flow usually started with you choosing a specific person and clicking through the Gift icon on an alert about their birthday on the homepage or at the top of the mobile news feed.
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We’ve all dreamed of being a crime-fighting superperson able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and the like – and thanks to the miracle of 3D printing, you can give your friend that gift.
Fill this metre-tall bird with lovely, lovely helium and it’ll float around the room, steering in any direction you desire – and its little tail even moves from side to side.
These spider-like remote control robots spit out rubbery death (well, discs) and feature armour that, when hit, "explodes" off in Transformers-eque fashion.
Shortlisted for the Stuff Gadget Awards 2012 Tech Accessory of the Year award, Sphero looks like a ball but is actually a robot.
We wouldn’t normally advocate putting cats in the microwave, but this cuddly recreation of the well-loved 70s TV character Bagpuss is designed to be nuked every so often.

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