National Retail Federation
Students all over the country are putting on their caps and gowns and getting ready to say goodbye to school. And their loved ones are preparing to spend big bucks to congratulate them. A National Retail Federation survey shows Americans are planning to spend a whopping $4.77 billion on graduation gifts this year.
Friday is the second-busiest shopping day of the year. Jenna Roering’s birthday isn’t until Dec. 30, but she’s picking out her birthday gift with her mom early at Rosedale Center in Roseville. “My mom said there’s a lot of sales the day after Christmas, so we came here today,” Roering said.
We all know that it’s the thought that counts. But sometimes you get a gift that you just don’t know what to do with! Instead of letting it sit in a closet, many of us will opt to head back to the stores or mall to return said gift.
One of the most awkward parts of the holiday season is that moment when you unwrap a strange gift and try to act like you love it.
Sometimes the scariest thing about Halloween isn’t Halloween at all. It’s the cost of those costumes. Americans will spend about $7.5 billion on tricks and treats, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Most people will spend around $78, with most of it going towards a costume.
Father’s Day is this Sunday. But unlike moms, dads shouldn’t expect to be showered with gifts. The National Retail Federation finds Americans are expected to spend $7.4 billion less on dads this Father’s Day than they spent on moms for Mother’s Day.
This Mother’s Day, Americans are expected to spend an average of $163 on mom. According to the National Retail Federation, 81 percent of people will send cards and 66 percent will give flowers. Sweaters, books, CDs, gardening tools, a day at the spa and brunch rounded out the list.
With weather not posing a problem, shoppers flocked to their neighborhood malls and stores on Saturday to finish or, in many cases, begin their holiday shopping. According to retail analysts, Saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day in the shortened season. And with just three days remaining until Christmas Day, many are finding deep discounts as retailers try to trim inventories. And it’s not just people getting presents under the tree. Leah Goldade of Lulu and Luigi’s Pet Boutique says business is brisk.
Turkey Day has become a story of two birds: the kind you eat and the early kind. With fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, stores like Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us opened on Thanksgiving night.
Did you know Halloween is the second most expensive holiday for consumers, behind only Christmas? Yep. Didn’t think so. In fact, the National Retail Federation said the average person is expected to spend more than $75 on decor, costumes, and candy.
There are plenty of summer days still ahead, but retailers are already eyeing the fall return to classrooms and to campus. A new survey shows that for about one in four families, back-to-school and back-to-college shopping is already underway.
Five days away from Father’s Day, many families don’t have any plans yet — or gifts. Dads don’t seem to get quite the attention that Moms do. This year, people said they planned to spend an average of $168 on Mother’s Day, compared with only $120 on dad, according to a survey in Forbes magazine.
No matter your age, finding mom that perfect present can be tricky. Patina in Uptown has a little something for every mom. Manager Kim Cook says the top trends this year include orange and yellow purses, neon scarves and chunky jewelry. “Mother’s Day for the Patina stores is second in line to Christmas,” Cook said.
It’s not just kids who will be showing up at your door in costume this Halloween.
Legions of shoppers took to the malls Monday (the day after Christmas) to return unwanted gifts, deplete the balances on gift cards and look for post-holiday deals.
More jobs this year than last year: That’s the headline at several Minnesota department stores that say holiday hiring is already underway.