Holiday shopping strategies: Save time, save money

The festive spirit of the holidays comes in all forms. From parties and traditional holiday outings, to elaborate family gatherings, there is a lot to celebrate. But, in truth, it takes a lot of work to make an unforgettable holiday. One of the biggest tasks on everyone's to-do list is shopping for gifts, which can be both time consuming and expensive.

Personalize gifts for an extra special touch

Choosing the perfect gift for your loved ones can be a difficult task. However, you don't have to stress about going from store to store wondering if you're picking out the right size or color or whether it fits your budget. If you find yourself struggling to find the perfect gift this holiday season, consider taking a different approach - personalize gifts you know your friends, family and coworkers will love unwrapping.

Holiday technology gifts for the whole family

Buying holiday gifts can be a fun and easy experience when you go to the right place. No matter the age of the person you're buying for, there is one kind of product that is perfect for everyone: technology. Whether it's the latest tablet or e-reader, new headphones, or a cool tech accessory for a stocking stuffer, there is something for everyone.

Easy money for your holiday shopping lists

The average American will spend slightly more than $700 on holiday gifts this year, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reports. Some people plan ahead and save up during the year for holiday gifts, but for many others, the holiday shopping season can be a huge drain on savings.

Holiday rush: last-minute shopping made easy

Each year, we vow to get our holiday shopping done early. And each year we find ourselves wondering if some "holiday magic" could be used to get it all done in time. In fact, about four out of 10 holiday shoppers will buy gifts at the last minute this year.

Give affordable holiday gifts for the workplace

Show your appreciation for others and everything they do for you with a Hickory Farms corporate gift basket, holiday gift card or personalized gift just in time for Christmas celebrations. Learn more about the affordable gifts to send to customers, co-workers, bosses, staff and others.

Give a U.S. Savings Bond gift this holiday season

To celebrate the holiday season, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is proud to introduce a new set of savings bond certificates to mark the time-honored tradition of giving U.S. Savings Bonds as holiday gifts. The newly designed gift certificates feature historical and patriotic themes and can be given when digital savings bonds are bought as gifts for children, grandchildren and other loved ones.

Give the gift of hearing this holiday season

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Top tech gifts for $300 or less

More than 35 percent of Americans include consumer electronics on the list of gifts they want to receive for the holidays, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). High-tech gifts don't have to be high cost, too. You can find a variety of useful and fun, user-friendly and elegant tech gifts for less than $300.

5 perfect presents make gift-giving easy

If picking out holiday gifts is painless for you, you're one of the lucky ones. More often than not, people have a tough time finding the perfect present for friends and family, particularly if you have someone on your list who already seems to have everything. So, if you're stumped as to what to get that impossible-to-buy-for person, consider these five gift ideas that are sure to brighten anyone's holiday.

Five tips for stress-free gift giving

Holidays are supposed to be fun. But the struggle to find the right gift can put a damper on even the happiest celebration. Good news: It doesn't have to be that way. With a few simple tips and tricks, learn how to take the stress and hassle out of shopping for presents and focus on the joy of giving.

Secrets of building a great gift basket

Giving a great gift basket is like bestowing a buffet of gifts on your loved one, and when the well-put-together gift basket is opened, well, that's a magical moment. Beneath the pretty decorations lie enchanting mysteries that emerge one-by-one to the delight of the recipient. Here is some advice for putting together a gift basket that will charm any recipient.

Outside-the-box holiday gifts for inside the home

In the words of a popular Christmas carol, there's no place like home for the holidays - it's where family gathers and where long-treasured memories are made. So this year as you begin shopping for those on your list, why not gift something for them and for their abode? There's something for everyone - for the music junkie, the whole family, even for the king or queen of the brood.

Six easy tips for securing your Windows 8 device

It's no coincidence that Microsoft chose to launch Windows 8 in late October - just weeks before Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. Nearly 60 percent of shoppers intend to hit stores in December, when dozens of new PCs, laptops and tablets loaded with Windows 8 will be available.