holiday gifts

Online Merchants Break Away From the Pack

Image from: Add to Cart / ThinkStock It seemed like the Black Friday mania this year started weeks before Thanksgiving.  And indeed we saw a sharp increase in holiday shopping during the week ending Nov 18.  Two out of 3 consumers had starting their holiday shopping before the week of Black Friday, and 15-percent had already completed 75-percent of more of their shopping. Compared to earlier in the month, last

3 Key Insights to 2012 Holiday Shopping Behavior

Image from: Holiday Presents / Shutterstock   The leaves have not fallen from the trees yet but a decent amount of people have already started checking things off their Christmas list. According to Compete’s  Holiday Insights™ survey, slightly more than 40% of respondents have already begun buying presents, with 6% already completing more than half of their shopping for this Holiday season. When compared to the same time last year

Zhu-Zhu Pets: 2009′s Hottest Toy for the Holidays

Every holiday season, the retail world eagerly anticipates that year’s "it toy," the one item that sends parents on fruitless searches to every toy store in a 30-mile radius. This year, the winner appears to be the Zhu-Zhu Pet. These small, robotic hamsters have earned the top spot on many children’s lists and are being sold out across the country. With not enough Zhu-Zhu Pets to meet the demand, many