Dec 19, 2010

Gift Guide: Techie kids’ toys for every age group

NEW YORK — While stores still sell a plethora of good old-fashioned toys such as board games, action figures and stuffed animals, electronic ones aren’t exactly a niche category anymore either. And fortunately for parents, the selection has grown beyond video games and noisy radio-controlled cars to include educational e-readers, musical instruments and interactive robots. […]

Dec 12, 2010

Over-the-top gifts for the pet who has everything

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sanderella has 150 collars and leashes, 200 couture dresses, 300 bows, a designer bed in every room and standing appointments with a groomer and an acupuncturist. The 17-year-old Bichon poodle mix rides in a carriage, eats macaroni and cheese from a bowl that has her name etched in gold and has […]

Nov 29, 2010

Holiday sales encouraging, but are shoppers done?

NEW YORK — Holiday shoppers gave retailers a happy Thanksgiving weekend, crowding stores and malls more than last year. Add strong spending earlier this month and robust sales online, and retailers head into “Cyber Monday” encouraged. Particularly because many shoppers were buying for themselves, in addition to gifts, though mostly where they saw bargains. But […]

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