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Back-to-Campus Gift Guide

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 9:16 AM

While back-to-school shopping might seem like retail's darling, back-to-campus shopping is actually a bigger business. According to the NRF, we will spend a whopping $53.5 billion to send our children off to college - and that doesn't include what we pay for tuition! Should you need any ideas for spending...

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Summer Gifts for Hosts and Hostesses

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 5:09 PM


Give your hosts the gift of artistic freedom. Packaged in a neat little box, this clever kit contains everything required to create a watercolor masterpiece.

Watercolor Postcard Set, $19.95



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Father's Day Gift Guide

(7) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 3:07 PM

(Author with her dad, 1975)

My dad is the man I admire most in the world. He taught me how to treat everyone with respect, to always root for the underdog, and to throw a mean spiral. He also taught me...
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Mother's Day Gift Guide

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 1:04 PM

According to the National Retail Federation, we will spend a record $18.6 billion on Mother's Day gifts this year -- that works out to about $152 per mom. Judging by these figures, a Hallmark card and a macaroni necklace (my go-to gift from age three to 8 years-old)...

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Gift Guide: Purposeful Purchases

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 3:53 PM

Charitable giving is even more creative and appealing than ever this year, with options now extending to bottles of wine, dog collars and colorful knit beanies that make perfect stocking stuffers. These purchases aren't just great gifts -- they support worthy causes ranging from rescuing puppies to building schools in...

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Gift Guide: For the Twilight Obsessed

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 11:24 AM

Since the opening of Breaking Dawn coincides with the holiday shopping rush, you can be sure that Twilight-themed gifts will be in high demand. From maternity t-shirts to contact lenses, here's a gift guide sure to warm even a vampire's icy heart.

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Gift Guide: For Tween Girls

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 10:49 AM

Sequencing the human genome is a cakewalk compared to shopping for a tween girl. If you have one on your shopping list, this guide is for you.

Limited Edition Holiday Nail Polish Strips
Since most tweens text 24/7,...

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Gift Guide: Fashion Addict

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 10:23 AM

On the whole, working in fashion is a great gig. However, when the holidays roll around, one major drawback raises its ugly head. At this time of year, we start to hear the dreaded refrain: "You are impossible to buy for!"

And while we may be picky... we are not...

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Shop, Buy, Repeat

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 2:43 PM

The adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Robert has not been released but retailers are already banking on the film's ability to move merchandise. Clearly targeted at the highly desirable female consumer aged 25-40, the film is a cross-marketer's dream come true. On the surface, the...

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When Did it Become Cool to Shop With Mom?

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 10:35 AM

When I was a teenager growing up in the suburbs outside of Boston, the thought of going shopping with my Mom seemed about as fun as taking the SATs. Instead, shopping was about time spent with my friends -- searching for the perfect pair of Guess acid-washed jeans, giggling about...

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10 Must Haves

(12) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 10:48 AM

According to retail analysts, an economic turnaround is still on the distant horizon. But as a professional who follows trends for a living, I can assure you that consumers still love to have an "it" item. In fact, I would argue that when consumers are feeling financially strapped the allure...

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