[credit provider=”pennuja on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pennuja/5307627349/”] Toys ‘R’ Us has a big strategy for getting customers in stores this holiday. The retailer is planning on getting you in stores by offering tons of exclusive merchandise that you couldn’t get from Amazon, Walmart or Target, CEO Jerry Storch announced at an event at […]
The greeting card industry is feeling the pain of the recession. Not in terms of sales, but we imagine that people are less inclined to buy holiday cards if they’re struggling to pay the electric bill.
Wondering what to get your still-wealthy friends this Christmas? Stephen Colbert has some suggestions for you. Here’s one: How about a bulletproof golf shirt?
[credit provider=”walmart.com ” url=”http://www.walmart.com/ip/16472094?adid=22222222227000790273&wmlspartner=wlpa&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=14000952550&wl4=&wl5=pla”] Good news for kids—parents are splurging on toys again.Grandparents and parents are reverting to their pre-recession mentality and springing for luxury toys like mini-Cadillacs and giant stuffed animals, Adrienne Appell at the Toys Industry Association told us.
Jeremy Clarkson has done it again. The High Commission of India (HCI) in London has complained to the BBC over Top Gear’s 2011 Christmas special, filmed in India, deeming it “offensive” and full of “toilet humour”, the BBC News reports.
[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/photophiend/5903505233/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Slowly, the U.S. economy has been gaining steam and rhetoric in Washington has seemed a little less painful. Perhaps that’s only apathy caused by four years of unease and turmoil. But the picture is definitely not nearly as bleak as in Europe.Sure, economic data can be spun, […]
[credit provider=”New York TImes Syndicate” url=”https://www.nytsyn.com/subscribed/cartoons”] During this slow holiday week, we have new cartoons that are all about a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.There is also colourful commentary on Putin’s reign in Russia and Bashar al-Assad’s in Syria.
[credit provider=”Arty Smokes (deaf mute) ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/artysmokes/3770325074/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season turned out to be two seasons: the Black Friday binge and a last-minute surge.Together, they added up to decent sales gains for retailers. And the doldrums in between showed how shoppers have learned to wait […]
We’re not sure what’s going on with Denis Leary since “Rescue Me” went off the air earlier this year, but it looks like things have taken a turn for the bizarre.
[credit provider=”keishkakeishka” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/keishka/2585854358/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] When you’re poor and money is tight, you’ll do most anything to get by.And for the majority of low-income consumers facing exorbitant credit card debt and bills, that means opting for layaway come Christmas time.
Now that the Christmas rush is over, you might be less than giddy over some of the gifts you received.
[credit provider=”AP”] Fire officials released new information Tuesday that outlines the heart wrenching details leading up to a fire that claimed the lives of advertising executive Madonna Badger’s parents and three young daughters early Christmas morning in Stamford, CT.Ruling out foul play, Chief Fire Marshall Barry Callahan confirmed that the […]
NEW YORK (AP) — A growing number of shoppers apparently need only the briefest of breaks before diving back in, especially if they can log in to shop.
[credit provider=”ellenm1 via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellenm1/5231038160/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Once you’ve dropped off your Christmas tree at the nearest recycling centre, you might want to think about what to do with your old string lights.If you’re lucky enough to live in the Southern Calif. area, 17 Crown-ACE Hardware stores are letting consumers trade in […]
[credit provider=”Flickr – Matt Kowal” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattkowal/4846748943/”] There have been no big crises in Asian markets today to spoil your Christmas vacation.Most of the region is trading higher, led by the Hang Seng up 1.27%. The Nikkei, which was closed Friday, ended up 1.1%.
If you think you spent a lot of cash this Christmas, take a trip down memory lane and see how Christmas spending has changed over the past decade.
At around this time over the past few years I’ve written about the posh holiday parties I went to. No luck this year. I went from the A-list to the Shit-list (I blame the blogging). So instead of eating fancy canapés and talking with very important people, I went and […]
The economy may still be floundering. But the Christmas tree business is booming. According to new study by research firm IBISWorld, Americans will spend an estimated $3.4 billion on Christmas trees this year, the highest amount since 2007. Here, a brief guide, by the numbers, to this “booming” holiday business:
Editor’s note: When it comes to the economy, the holidays really do bring us together. Coal mined in South Africa heads to China, where it fuels the plants desperately in need of a little pick-me-up in this economic climate. The stubborn flow of goods persists from there, and even during […]
[credit provider=”White House”] Some conservative outlets are making a fuss over the White House’s Christmas Card, saying there is no Christmas in it. Check out the ‘Holiday’ Cards from White House Christmas Past>>>> Fox News Radio ran a report that read this way,
[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kokoloveguam/4143333854/”] He goes by many names — St. Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas — but Santa’s likeness is always the same: a big man in a red coat, fat and jolly, riding a sleigh through the night to deliver gifts to the good children of the world.Just like […]
It’s really hard to achieve greater cuteness than a puppy in a red bow popping out of a gift-wrapped box. So that’s what we’re delivering, courtesy of YouTube. Happy holidays, everyone!
Note: This retelling of the famous Dr. Seuss story was written and circulated internally by our tech guru, Andrew Fleming. We enjoyed it. We hope you do, too. Every Reader Down in Silicon Alley Liked Business Insider a lot… But the Grinch, Who still thought Internet Explorer was a […]
[credit provider=”cyclingrelf via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclingrelf/5894465734/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] We asked tech founders what they want for Christmas. We got a range of answers.We thought they’d want the latest gadgets — so we were surprised by their non-techy answers.
I…don’t want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need…this video on repeat:
If you want a ride that will inject everyone around you with the holiday spirit, have we got the car for you.
[credit provider=”cyclingrelf via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclingrelf/5894465734/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Sad news for hopeless romantics–there’s a mistletoe shortage in New York City this year, the New York Times reports.No word on whether it will affect the number of kisses doled out this holiday season, but it does have people scrambling to find even a small […]
We love us some crazy Bill Cosby videos, so we were excited when we spotted this gem on Cliff Huxtable’s YouTube page.
[credit provider=”Samir Hussein/Getty Images”] If you waited until the eleventh hour to cross off your gift list this year, you’ve still got time to score great deals.Retailers have extended their hours in the last few days leading up to Christmas and some are running marathon sales worthy of Black Friday […]
‘Tis the season for holiday window shopping.
[credit provider=”Sergey Nagorny / http://holy-mozart.livejournal.com” url=”http://holy-mozart.livejournal.com/269362.html”] Photographer Sergey Nagorny visited a Christmas toy factory near Kiev, Ukraine and took some beautiful images of how glass ornaments are created.
This year, BMW hired illustrator Gavin Patterson to create a traditional, cliched Christmas card.
[credit provider=”malingering” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/malingering/75225220/”] Richmond, Va. residents were warned this week to steer clear of bogus businesses fronting as tacky Christmas light limo tours.This led me to question – are people actually paying to have a limousine drive them around and look at Christmas lights?
Some 400 volunteers participated in decorating the White House for the holidays this year.
It’s the question that people ask every holiday season: what’s the appropriate amount to tip the service workers in your life?
[credit provider=”Flickr/Joseph Nadler” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/antijoe/3262253939/”] This year Americans will spend a startling $6 billion on Christmas tree decorations, including tens of millions of pounds of glowing holiday lights.Of course, after December 25, the bulk of this festive decor will end up in junkyards and trash bins—or a recycling plant in China. […]
[credit provider=”via YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA_l1jdqevs”] The Lexus commercials that have been running non-stop over the last few months are not a joke; people do actually receive cars as gifts for the holidays.According to Kevin Fagan of The San Francisco Chronicle, car sales are up around 7% over this time last year […]
It looks like Americans are starting to see the repercussions of the “War on Christmas.”According to E-Poll Market Research, which tracks the popularity of branded characters and celebrities for advertisers, 42 per cent of children between the ages of 2 and 5, and 29 per cent of kids ages 6 […]
[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Since it’s the time of year for giving, we thought we’d look at which countries are giving the most.Charities Aid Foundation has compiled its 2011 World Giving Index, detailing which countries give the most.
Christmas is the biggest commercial holiday in the United States, and undoubtedly the best time of the season for retail businesses.
[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] The weather is getting colder, the air is crisper, and the city is done up in lights…must be Christmas again.This past year has seen plenty of ups and downs for Wall Street, and Occupy Wall Street has certainly done its best to portray the […]
Really, what would the holidays be without an over-the-top Khristmas kard from the Kardashians?
[credit provider=”Samir Hussein/Getty Images”] Shopping for the fairer sex is tough.She says: I want to feel pretty. You think: Buying a gaudy bib necklace will do the trick.
Former MLB first baseman and current L.A. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly did something you may not expect this weekend.
[credit provider=”Photoshop by Business Insider”] Christmas is just around the corner and let’s face it for Wall Street it hasn’t been exactly the best year.Bank bonuses are down sharply and layoffs are hitting almost every major financial firm.
[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Before you toss that scraggly lump of limbs that used to be your Christmas tree on the side of the road, think about recycling it instead. Plenty of state sanitation departments have guides for consumers on how to discard unwanted trees for recycling, but environmental […]
Every holiday season, billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones, the founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, puts on a spectacular light show at his Belle Haven Estate in Greenwich, Connecticut.
[credit provider=”Screenshot”] Type “let it snow” into Google right now.You’ll see the search results you’d expect, like videos of Dean Martin singing the song, but you’ll also see it begin to “snow.”
[credit provider=”Toni Blay / Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/toniblay/77906706/”] Nearly all Christmas celebrations begin and/or end over drinks of some kind.But this year, don’t feel guilty about imbibing a little, even if it’s multiple nights in a row.
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[credit provider=”Stephanie Staples”] Not long ago, Stephanie Staples watched an old home video of her kids opening gifts on Christmas morning.As she looked on, her son, Aaron, ripped into a package. Out rolled a plastic container of tape.
[credit provider=”canopic via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/canopic/3538796793/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Norway may have to order a mass cull of reindeer if herders are unable to control the animal’s population, reports The Local. The Sami population of Norway, the indigenous tribe responsible for herding reindeer, have been warned to either control the growing population or face a […]
Christmas in China has grown immensely popular over the past decade.
We guess that Christmas officially starts now. Most of the City will be nursing headaches after the most popular work party night of the year leaves its mark on the general consciousness. TMM however are mostly untouched having decided that a soft duvet, cool crisp sheets and an early night […]
Here in New York, banks are telling their employees not to be lavish this holiday season, and many firms are cancelling their Christmas parties.
When Emily Russell’s two young sons wake up on Christmas morning, they’ll find that Santa left them a note instead of the video games they requested.
[credit provider=”jimmiehomeschoolmom” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmiehomeschoolmom/4165199870/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] One common theme in the emails I get this time of year is the cost of wrapping paper. Many people find it difficult to swallow that they’re investing $15 to $20 into paper that’s simply there to cover a box and will be torn to shreds on […]
[credit provider=”methyl_lives” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/methyl_lives/3154771682/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] NEW YORK (AP) — When Emily Russell’s two young sons wake up on Christmas morning, they’ll find that Santa left them a note instead of the video games they requested.”Hey, I couldn’t get by your house last night,” Russell, a single mother from Kernersville, N.C., plans to […]
[credit provider=”liquoredonlife” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/liquoredonlife/4191686449/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson calls it Santanomics: the surprising correlation between America’s holiday spending and our beat-down economy.Some would argue the holiday shopping tradition is a boon for America’s coffers, stuffing registers with saved-up cash. However, Thompson posits that most holiday shopping is spurred on by the […]
Just when you thought the shopping mania of holiday season 2011 had passed, Macy’s just announced its 24-hour Christmas store openings.
[credit provider=”Dylan Love”] We’re just under two weeks away from Christmas.If you want to shut down and tune out until then, may we recommend some iOS games to help you pass the time?
[credit provider=”Andy M. Smith via Flickr ” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/andymsmith/6391559871/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] One thing that’s recession-proof? Toys. Although disposable income has decreased greatly in the past year—the average American has $1,315 less per year to spend on extras than he or she did when the recession started—spoiled children need not worry. Despite the downturn, […]
Rick Perry’s new anti-gay Iowa commercial is raising a general uproar and causing a major rift in both the campaign staff and the gay Republican community.
[credit provider=”Curtis Gregory Perry” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/curtisperry/84288443/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] BOSTON (MainStreet) — Holiday dinner may be the one time each year the whole family gathers around the table, but that doesn’t mean a host has to sacrifice the rest of his or her time with them to make it happen. More on Managing Your […]
[credit provider=”Getty / Pool”] VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has illuminated a huge Christmas tree lighting display in Umbria by tapping on a tablet computer from the comfort of the Vatican.Benedict brought the “tree” to life Wednesday with a Sony Tablet S, thanks to a wireless connection with […]
With just four weeks to go until the Iowa Republican caucuses, Rick Perry is making aggressive overtures to the GOP’s all-important Christian base.
[credit provider=”Brown Family Lights” url=”http://www.brownfamilylights.net/”] This year Americans will spend a whopping $6 billion on Christmas decorations, including LED lights, 16-foot-tall inflatable Santas and pre-decorated Christmas trees.This marks the highest amount ever recorded by the National Retail Federation, which started tracking the information back in 2005.
[credit provider=”Jon Terbush / Business Insider”] Newt Gingrich claims on his campaign website that he will “protect religious expression in the public square such as crosses, crèches and menorahs.” And since his conversion to Catholicism he has sided with the religious right on most cultural issues. But in 1995, he was renaming […]
[credit provider=”Chris McVeigh”] Professional shutterbug Chris McVeigh, 39, always had a thing for LEGOs.As a little boy, “it was my favourite toy besides Star Wars toys,” he recalls.
[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Parents looking for smart ways to educate their children about holiday shopping can turn to some new tips from Wells Fargo bank.The tips aim to help parents and grandparents prepare their children for the holiday-shopping season and teach them good financial habits before they […]
[credit provider=”Habourdin Jean-Francois via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/drtjff/5430100033/”] It’s going to be a holly, jolly Christmas in workplaces across the country this year — even more so than the last.Bosses are taking notice of their workers hard work all year and are planning on rewarding the backbone of their companies — their […]
[credit provider=”jsim93″ url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsim93/6234345163/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] If you’re looking for smart ways to save this holiday season, look no further than your computer screen.According to Extrabux.com‘s product comparison expert, Jeff Nobbs, now might be the best time to shop online.
[credit provider=”FreeShipping.org” url=”http://www.freeshipping.org/blog/amazon-prime-is-it-worth-it/”] Amazon is taking holiday shopping to a whole new level with its seven-day-long “Flurry Deals” event.Hosting a different flash sale each day, the event, which kicked off on Dec. 4, will offer shoppers up to 60 per cent off various merchandise.
Justin Bieber’s been spreading holiday cheer with his new single “Mistletoe,” but he’s not sticking strictly to original songs. Behold: his duet with Mariah Carey on her Christmas classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” complete with a video that’s more or less a glorified ad for Macy’s. Mariah’s […]
[credit provider=”nick.garrod via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/belowred/1072676294/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] A false Groupon offer for a Santa’s grotto in the English city of York has lead to the resignation of one of Santa’s elves, reports the Telegraph.Groupon mistakenly sent out an email to parents saying that the grotto would be offering a festive train ride. […]
There has been fear that TV host Jeremy Clarkson’s recent controversial remarks that striking government workers in Britain should be shot in front of their families could spell disaster for the hit BBC program Top Gear. However, the BBC has confirmed that Top Gear will return to TV on December […]
[credit provider=”Zellaby” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/toymaster/2105006228/sizes/m/in/photostream/”] Now this is just sad.Alexander Eichler reports on the Huffington Post that mall santas are training to break children’s hearts this holiday and let the little ones know that mummy and Daddy can’t afford that Air Swimmer Extreme everyone’s been raving about.
Dick’s Sporting Goods lets you use its cash-off or discount coupons on anything it’s got in stock – UNLESS it’s made by one of more than 130 companies, which all happen to include major name brands.
[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider”] Last night, Rockefeller centre held its 79th Annual Rockefeller centre Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. With over 10,000 spectators, street closures around 5th Avenue and 50th St, and coinciding with a little presidential visit, the night was a spectacle.The evening included performances by Cee Lo […]
For the seventh year in a row, Wired created a pop-up store with products from its gift guide and beyond.
When first-time feature director Sarah Smith set out to make Arthur Christmas, she instinctively followed that esteemed tradition of British humour where bumbling fools reign. Indeed, Arthur Christmas, is a thrilling ride about the logistics of Christmas (how on Earth does Santa deliver so many presents in just one day?), […]
A pair of large gold Christmas ornaments is on sale at the home furnishings website One Kings Lane for $19,999.
[credit provider=”pim (pimbert) rdwrt on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdwrt/5452189338/”] Much of the latest issue of the newsletter, sent out two weeks ago, was on disaggregating the trading performance of the RMB to separate market sentiment from PBoC actions, but since this was pretty technical stuff I am not including it in this […]
44% of kids aged 6-12 want an iPad for Christmas according to a Nielsen survey.
[credit provider=”Celine Chamberlin”] The Salvation Army is modernizing its red kettle campaign with a fury to make it even easier for you to donate—right from a phone.Not only will its iconic store-front bell ringers accept plastic, but they’ll also take donations via mobile devices, the company said in a statement.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The return of layaway plans this holiday shopping season is raising concern that the break from credit cards might actually cost consumers far more.
[credit provider=”Meredith Galante/Business Insider”] The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular has been completely revamped this year by long-time choreographer Linda Haberman, this time with an electronic twist.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will delay the 15-cent tax it wanted to put on fresh-cut Christmas trees, sources told ABC News Thursday.
In the pre-dawn darkness of a chilly LA morning, my day started off with a chuckle.
[credit provider=”By Christopher S. Penn on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/financialaidpodcast/3120510746/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] To pay for a new industry-wide marketing program for fresh-cut Christmas trees, the Department of Agriculture is proposing a 15-cent tax on every tree paid by bulk growers and importers.The proposed rule, first reported by The Hill, was reported in the Federal […]
Industry experts have told The Telegraph that a game revolving around scooping up dog poop to be one of the most successful gifts in the UK this Christmas.
Since the first electric bulb was lit more than a century years ago, people have been finding more creative ways to use them in beautiful displays. Today, holiday light displays can be found in nearly every major city and small town across the country and holiday revelers hike, drive and […]
More than one-in-five adults plans to take a second job to afford the holidays this season, according to a survey by CouponCabin.com. The website that offers free coupons to its visitors asked 2,466 U.S. adults about their winter plans, and about 21 per cent said they’ll be working a […]
[credit provider=”Katya Wachtel for Business Insider”] The Royal Bank of Scotland, which is now state-owned after receiving the largest bank bailout in the world in 2008, just cancelled Christmas for its investment bankers, Bloomberg reported.Not only is the Holiday fun gone, but other forms of entertainment are also banned at […]
Port traffic on the West coast is down significantly. Expected traffic for September is also way lower. Yet analysts have been busy raising expectations for the holiday season. One thing for sure, one group is wrong. Please consider the New York Times article A Contradiction in the Cargo
It’s not fun to be working at Credit Suisse, RBS, Deutsche Bank and UBS right now.Euro banks are getting slammed with a number of questions about their stability.
[credit provider=”ap”] Holiday season has come and gone and most of the world is back to work but Eastern Orthodox communities which follow the Julian calendar are only just beginning their Christmas celebrations.There were estimated to be 218 million orthodox Christians who followed the Julian calendar in 1995.
[credit provider=”ap”] This year, Wall Streeters have a lot to be thankful for – 2010 was pretty kind to banker folk.Fin-reg was significantly watered down; tax cuts for the wealthy (and everyone else) were extended; hedge funders are yet to be arrested in the FBI’s insider trading probe; and a […]
[credit provider=”The White House” url=”http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/photogallery/december-2010-photo-day”] It was a December to remember at the White House this year.