This week we’re “unwrapping” some unique gifts we love that you might want to add to your holiday shopping list. For Thursday, we took a look at Blissful Bath in Woodbury. What started as a simple idea about 15 years ago now brings year-round joy to customers in Woodbury and beyond.
You’ve likely heard the saying “everything old is new again.” One local jeweler likes to think of her work as Modern with a vintage twist. All week the WCCO Morning Show will be featuring unique local gifts. Jamie Yuccas got to sit down with Susan Plunkett, the maker of L’donna Jewelry.
Those of us who did not finish our holiday shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be in better shape when it comes to buying toys. This season’s reports say half of consumers plan to buy toys as gifts this holiday season. And they still have time to score deals.
We know you’re looking for the easiest and smartest ways to shop as we get closer to Christmas. This week, we are getting to the bottom of some of your holiday shopping questions. Gift cards are perfect for the tough people to shop for on your holiday list, but you should watch out for hidden fees.
The Black Friday holiday shopping blitz has now stretched into a four-day shopping excursion. For mom and pop stores, the competition is bigger than ever. Sara Moulton spent Small Business Saturday shopping at one of her local favorites in Minneapolis, Patina. “The big stores are taking over holidays,” Moulton said. “I just love supporting local businesses and giving back to the community.” Patina manager Karin Tepparo says they don’t tout deep discounts, but instead rely on their one-of-a-kind items to bring in customers.
Black Friday is the official start to the holiday shopping season, and it started earlier than ever — 8 p.m. at the Mall of America. A new report by the University of St. Thomas says this is the mall where most Minnesotans will do their holiday shopping. “We love the bonding experience, hanging out with each other,” said shopper Nicole Klinkhammer, who was at the mall Friday. There was a lot of buzz about starting Black Friday too early, but the Mall of America team says as long as people want to shop, they will be open. And it’s working out fine so far. They project a higher turn-out than last year, when the mall opened at midnight.
It’s the best time of the year if you’re looking for a great deal on restaurant gift cards. Spend $100, get $20. Spend $100, get $25. Spend $25, get $5. It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends.
As the weather cools and Thanksgiving approaches, people are beginning to think about Holiday decorating. Renae Keller from Renae Keller Interior Design talked with Natalie Nyhus about the trends to hit home interiors this season.
A late Thanksgiving means the shortest possible holiday shopping season, but a local survey shows Minnesotans will spend more. The University of St. Thomas just released a survey that says people will spend more than they have in the past 12 years.
Last year there was a furor over Target opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Target will open one hour earlier on Thanskgiving. It is of course not just Target; almost every major retailer this year is opening on Thanksgiving Day. Even one of last year’s big holdouts — Macy’s — will open at 6 p.m.
Officials announced Tuesday that while Walmart Supercenters are open 24 hours, they’ll be offering their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving night. It’s a continuing trend with Thanksgiving happening later than normal this year.
It’s the first day of November. Like it or not, with that comes the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. One early shopping event will be taking place Friday night in the Twin Cities. The people behind the event are entrepreneurs, but you can call them “fair maidens.”
Are retailers getting blowback for pushing the Holiday Shopping Season so early on?
Halloween is next week. Thanksgiving is next month. And right after that, many of us will be opening holiday gifts from our loved ones. But first, we have to shop for them.
A new holiday shopping survey shows people plan to spend more this holiday shopping season, but for the first time ever, stores are not the first place people are going. Most consumers, who were surveyed by the finance company Deloitte, said the Internet is their top shopping destination.