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The holidays aren't even over yet and shoppers are racking up returns already.

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Sixty-two percent of U.S. households have pets, according to a 2011 survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). For many of those furry friends, life is good. As the "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan likes to say, pets in the United States get to see Santa -- along with dermatologists, physical therapists and even pet sitters.

Paring down the holiday shopping list: Who makes the cut?updated: Wed Dec 14 2011 10:33:00

Michele McGraw used to give holiday gifts to nearly everyone who played a supporting role in her family's life: teachers, bus drivers, the mailman, the paperboy.

Christmas tree fires: Fast and furiousupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 10:33:00

The Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrates how quickly a Christmas tree can burn out of control.

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I hate the holidays. Professionally speaking that is. This is the dangerous season when more family finances go off the rails than at any time of the year. From the opening gun on Black Friday through the last-minute grabs on Christmas Eve there seems to be a national moratorium on sound spending practices.

Why goats and chickens make great holiday giftsupdated: Wed Dec 14 2011 06:11:00

My best friend wants chickens for Christmas -- and maybe a goat.

Spreading holiday cheer in the officeupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 07:54:00

This holiday season, hope for the job market comes from an unlikely place: More companies are giving employees seasonal perks this year, a new CareerBuilder survey reports.

Paypal backs down, donates to blog Regretsy's Secret Santa fundupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 17:43:00

PayPal has backed off an online spat with humor blog Regretsy after getting withering Web feedback for shutting down a drive to buy holiday gifts for children in need.

Give as good as you getupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 08:01:00

Kathryn's story: "Hey!" My 11-year-old daughter bounded out of the kitchen, swinging a miniature pocket watch from a chain. "What's this? Whose is it?" It was hers, and I told her so, but not that it was intended for her Christmas stocking. I had bought it between errands, then dropped it into the groceries, which I had asked her to unload and put away, having forgotten the tiny purchase that had settled to the bottom of the bag. One hundred and three days remained until December 25.

Black-belt shopping strategiesupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 12:33:00

Are you looking forward to the season ahead? With Shivers of anticipation? Or just shivers? Robin Monheit gathered O's best gift buying advice and got even more tips from style experts Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo, authors of Life in Color (Chronicle).

CNNMoney: Holiday shoppers to spend more on themselves this yearupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 11:56:00

It may not be in line with the spirit of Christmas, but consumers say they plan to spend less on gifts for others and more on themselves while doing their holiday shopping this year.

CNNMoney: Are the rich finding the true meaning of Christmas?updated: Fri Oct 07 2011 12:36:00

Even the wealthiest Americans plan on putting fewer gifts under the tree this holiday season but it's not because they can't afford it.

CNNMoney: Toys 'R' Us expands layaway program ahead of holidaysupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 14:40:00

To help families who are struggling to buy gifts this upcoming holiday season, Toys "R" Us announced Tuesday it is extending its layaway program beyond big-ticket items to include most toys in its stores.

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People.com: Should Prince William & Kate Middleton Forgo Wedding Gifts in Favor of Charity?updated: Tue Jan 18 2011 18:28:00

The royal couple may ask guests for charitable donations instead of wedding gifts

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CNNMoney: Amazon patents bad gift exchange systemupdated: Mon Dec 27 2010 13:39:00

Amazon.com has patented a way for you to exchange Aunt Mildred's horrible Christmas gifts before they even get to your door.

Ultimate last-minute Christmas shoppingupdated: Sat Dec 25 2010 10:50:00

Millions of Americans are shopping for last-minute gifts on Christmas Day. Where are they going? CNN's Josh Levs reports.

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The sweater you wouldn't be caught dead in. The knicknack that doesn't match your decor. The Walkman (they still make those?) you'll never use. And it's always that same great-aunt/wacky uncle/out-of-touch grandparent that gives it to you.

CNNMoney: The ethics of givingupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 12:44:00

Everyone wants to give the perfect gift, but things don't always go as planned.

The missing gift dilemmaupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 14:40:00

You're having lunch with a friend when all of a sudden she pulls a gift out of her purse. "Here!" she says, gleefully, pushing the brightly-wrapped present in your direction. "Merry Christmas!"

Bring back glamour to the holidays!updated: Tue Dec 21 2010 11:33:00

When I was a little girl, my parents would take me every year to see "The Nutcracker." I remember practically drooling in awe as the massive Christmas tree grew out of the stage until it towered over the audience, and hiding under my seat whenever that hideous, sword-wielding, gazillion-headed rat wobbled out onto the stage.

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If you want to feel twice as nice about holiday gift giving, try donating to a charity.

December babies get the short end of the stick, combined giftsupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 10:23:00

Julia Payne has two pet peeves: birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper and birthday cakes decorated with Christmas trees.

Gift advice from the experts -- and you!updated: Thu Dec 16 2010 09:26:00

Let the countdown begin. Not to stress you out (ok, maybe a little!) but you officially have eight days to finish your holiday shopping -- less time if you have to ship your gifts, and even less if you're reading this the day after it was published.

Holiday gifts for co-workersupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 15:45:00

Buying gifts for co-workers can be pretty tough. You have to draw that line between "fun" and "appropriate" so you don't offend anyone or come across as unprofessional (especially to your boss).

Santa truth: Your kid may already knowupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 10:12:00

The government's air defense system tracks Santa's progress on Christmas Eve. The United States Postal Service even accepts letters to the North Pole.

How to be a wrap star!updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 09:41:00

Prop stylist Elizabeth Press traces her gift-wrapping prowess to her mother, whose creative, budget-conscious ideas -- like wrapping boxes with painted newspaper comics, pasting gift certificates inside hollowed-out books, and making decorative stamps out of eraser carvings -- proved that a little thoughtfulness goes a long way.

Best gifts for jobseekersupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 09:30:00

Chances are you probably know quite a few people who are smack in the middle of a job search, and if any of them are on your holiday gift list this year, you may want to pay a little extra attention to what you stuff their stockings with.

When tight budget collides with holiday giftsupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 09:11:00

This holiday season is expected to be tough on a lot of people's budgets. But cutting back on gifts when you've been extravagant in the past isn't always easy.

CNNMoney: How to tighten Santa's beltupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 11:29:00

It's the season for giving, but most kids can't stop thinking about what kinds of gifts they will be getting.

How to shop for a significant otherupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 14:41:00

It's great to be in a relationship around the holidays, except when it comes time for the dreaded gift exchange. Whether you've been dating a month or 25 years, holiday shopping for a significant other is hard. So we asked our holiday experts for their tips on selecting the perfect present.

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Holiday gifts you can eatupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 09:19:00

Some Americans are giving homegrown food and specialty items as presents this holiday season and spending a fraction of what they'd pay in a store.

CNNMoney: Black Friday: It's busy out there!updated: Fri Nov 26 2010 21:28:00

Larger-than-expected crowds jammed the nation's malls and discounters on Black Friday, elbowing each other in the race for the biggest deals on one of the biggest sales days of the year.

CNNMoney: Next up: Cyber Monday, e-tailers' big dayupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 13:32:00

Online sellers kick off the coming week with one of their biggest sales days of the year - Cyber Monday.

Black Friday 101: Ways to save when holiday shoppingupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 10:40:00

For serious shoppers, the Friday after Thanksgiving is game day: Kickoff is early (sometimes at midnight), and those on the front line can score the best deals. For retailers, it signals the start of the holiday shopping season.

People.com: Oprah Winfrey's Giving Away More of Her Favorite Thingsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 12:57:00

The talk show queen's magazine launches a holiday giveaway sweepstakes

Grab free shipping, avoid gotchas and ditch guiltupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 09:24:00

The deals are aggressive -- and early -- this year. Retailers want your money and are working hard to get you to reach into your pocket and fork over your hard-earned cash. They know the recession is over and consumers are tired of being frugal. They've adjusted to this New Normal.

Readers share holiday shopping tipsupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 08:30:00

Readers offer small-budget holiday-gift ideas and other insights on cheap holidays.

How to get what you want this Christmasupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 14:13:00

When you're a kid, it's easy. You write a letter to Santa. You tell your mom, dad, grandparents, friends and dog what you want for Christmas.

CNNMoney: Thanksgiving gift givingupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 14:42:00

Although Thanksgiving is not a traditional gift giving holiday like Christmas, Hannukah or even Valentine's Day, if you are invited to someone's house for the holiday dinner, you won't want to show up empty handed.

Gift giving etiquette: Can I ask for cash?updated: Thu Nov 11 2010 17:29:00

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Give them presents or a gift card?updated: Thu Nov 11 2010 17:29:00

As the holiday season draws near, shoppers take a stand on whether or not to give presents, gift cards or cash.

Ready, set, go: Some holiday shoppers get a head startupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 10:25:00

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Paper or plastic this holiday?updated: Tue Nov 09 2010 10:25:00

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Paper or plastic? How to pay for the holidaysupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 10:41:00

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Get your holiday shopping act together nowupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 15:38:00

Meredith Barnhill says her favorite part of the holiday season is giving gifts.

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CNNMoney: Flying to a wedding? Pay less for the giftupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 10:52:00

Q. If I'm flying to a wedding in the Caribbean, is it okay to spend less on the gift than I normally would due to my travel expenses? -- B., Simpsonville, S.C.

CNNMoney: Gift cards: Use 'em or lose moneyupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 08:23:00

Got a gift card from Wal-Mart, Best Buy or American Express this holiday season?

Comedian Riggle overjoyed to help you survive holiday bashesupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 16:40:00

Holiday gatherings can be rough. You have a sneaking suspicion Uncle Joe is going to have a drink or five too many, and you're still wincing about that great gift your brother's girlfriend gave you last year, when you didn't get her a thing.

Heart-healthy gifts from the kitchenupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 11:09:00

Nothing quite expresses love and joy like gifts of food -- especially for those loved ones on your list who may be at higher risk for heart disease.

Making merry with homemade giftsupdated: Mon Dec 21 2009 09:31:00

Thanks to the Web, buying holiday gifts has become much less of a drag than it used to be. In fact, online shopping has made it possible to avoid setting foot in a shopping mall ever again, for which I'll be forever grateful.

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Be a green Santa with these holiday giftsupdated: Fri Dec 18 2009 10:08:00

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