The merchandising of the holidays has descended on us again this year, perhaps earlier and more ubiquitous than ever before. But if it succeeds in infusing our days that much sooner with the underlying spirit of what this time of year is supposed to be all about then that is a good thing.
No surprise, techie gifts are once again at the top of everyone's list... even for the grandparents! So rather than sprint through the stores -- or make yourself nuts on December 23rd -- get a head start on some cool tech gifts for everyone.
As most people prepare for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season, at Microsoft we're just wrapping up a favorite time of the year on campus, the Employee Giving Campaign.
Tired of the stress, clutter, and credit card bills that come with holiday consumerism? Instead of exchanging presents, try something different. You'll both have one less gift to worry about and will save time, money and the planet's resources.
Since we are still slightly ahead of the holiday madness, we thought that now would the perfect time to share some of our tricks, tips and secret weapons.
Instead of careening madly around stores desperately purchasing gifts this holiday season (translation: possibly useless stuff that is not needed or wanted), make the getting and giving of gifts smart and easy -- change the present this year! Try these eco gift ideas for the holiday.
Every once in a while, we come across real-life heroes. Your average, un-extraordinary person, who does an extraordinary deed which positively impacts someone's life. Wish Upon a Hero relies on just this type of person.
In recent years, artists working on the edge have been busy transforming discarded materials into wearable art. Through exquisite attention to detail, these artisans are able to make finely crafted pieces coveted by museum curators, celebrity stylists and private collectors alike.
The holidays hit us all differently. There are so many emotions running rampant: excitement, cheer, faith, nostalgia, gratitude, anxiety and even frustration. Those feelings are contagious. As we know, our moods can be the gift that keeps on giving to those around us during the holiday season.
Making great food isn't magic, however. Behind every great chef is a great gadget. I sat down with Leslie recently to find out which whisks she can't live without.
There are few things in life that give me more pleasure than finding a new home for an item that's just taking up space in my house. So one of my kids gets a birthday present she already has? She may see disappointment, but I see opportunity.
In the immediate wake of a divorce, it's hard enough to just get through each day. The extra pressure to conjure up a warm and fuzzy holiday season for your kids is enough to turn even the fairest of us all into a wicked witch.
The average American is expected to spend $750 on gifts and trappings this holiday season. What's more, a record 52 percent of Americans say they'll be shopping online this season -- scouting out deals that oftentimes brick and mortar stores can't offer.
Here are my top five lessons to put the joy IN and take the debt OUT of the holiday season.
As much as I am here to tell you what the best gifts are, how to give great gifts and what the rules are for giving well... I'm also here to get you thinking and talking about your own gift giving experiences.
Granted, it's hard to get into the Christmas spirit when it's 10 C out, but saying "Happy Holidays" seems to be yet another facet of the customer service experience that has gone by the wayside. That, and the very notion of actually serving the customer, it would seem.