The Point Of A Monogrammed Bathrobe Is That Someone Has To Monogram It

The Point Of A Monogrammed Bathrobe Is That Someone Has To Monogram It

The point of ordering a monogrammed bathrobe for someone as a gift is that you want to give a monogrammed bathrobe as a gift. Jennifer planned to give such a gift this Christmas, and ordered the robe from Brookstone at the beginning of the month. It arrived without the monogram, and thus without the point. The best Brookstone has been able to offer her is a $20 gift card. She is not pleased. [More]

6 Weird Things You Probably Don't Have On Your Holiday Wish List

6 Weird Things You Probably Don't Have On Your Holiday Wish List

We’re not here to judge, but there are a few things floating around out there on the Internet that you probably won’t have on your wish list. But just in case you are searching for the perfect pre-need cremation package or perhaps an all-in-one ukulele band, this list is for you. [More]

Gifts That Will End Up Costing The Recipient More Money

Gifts That Will End Up Costing The Recipient More Money

Everyone loves getting free stuff. But not everyone is a fan of getting free stuff that requires them to then spend money just to use it. [More]

Most Americans Giving Black Friday The Cold Shoulder

Most Americans Giving Black Friday The Cold Shoulder

Despite all the hype and hoopla and multi-page spreads, most Americans are planning on doing absolutely no shopping at all on Black Friday, according to a new survey. [More]

Vermont Teddy Bear Gets Guy Dumped On Valentine's

Vermont Teddy Bear Gets Guy Dumped On Valentine's

Vermont Teddy Bear are supposed to be harbingers of love and snuggling. But for reader Erik, who emailed us his story in response to our request for tales of romance, love and heartbreak centered around a specific product, sending one of those stuffed bears only served to herald his doom. Here’s his story of how a Vermont Teddy Bear got him dumped on Valentine’s. [More]

Book Chains Won't Honor My Exchange Unless I Buy Discount Cards

Book Chains Won't Honor My Exchange Unless I Buy Discount Cards

Clifton says two book stores, both part of large chains, refused to accept his receipt-less returns unless he signed up for the stores’ discount cards. A former bookstore employee, Clifton balked at clerks’ assertions that the exchanges weren’t possible unless he signed up. [More]

Amazon Patents Tech That Returns And Exchanges Bad Gifts Before You Get Them

Amazon Patents Tech That Returns And Exchanges Bad Gifts Before You Get Them

Call it “The Bad Gift Filter.” Amazon has patented a system that could intercept the yet another sweater Aunt Janice has sent you and automatically return it and exchange it for something you actually want. [More]

Yankee Candle Too Swamped To Answer Phone, Sends Free Candle Instead

Yankee Candle Too Swamped To Answer Phone, Sends Free Candle Instead

Is a company that goes the extra mile to fix their own error during the key holiday season really going “above and beyond”? I would have to say “no,” but Robin was still impressed with the way that Yankee Candle handled an error they made with her order. Except for how they wouldn’t have had to send a replacement item had anyone been available to answer the phone when Robin called. [More]

Retailer Makes Up For UPS's Botched Delivery Of My Laptop

Retailer Makes Up For UPS's Botched Delivery Of My Laptop

M ordered a MacBook Pro as a Christmas gift, but he says it didn’t show up when it was supposed to, despite UPS’s online report that it had been delivered to the “front door” of his apartment. [More]

BBB Offers Tips On Returning All The Unwanted Stuff You'll Get Tomorrow

BBB Offers Tips On Returning All The Unwanted Stuff You'll Get Tomorrow

Face it — you don’t actually want anything you’ll receive tomorrow, otherwise you would have found a way to have gotten it yourself by now. So you’ll either be lazy and shove all your gifts in a closet, or get ambitious and go on a returning spree. [More]

A 28-Year Santa Dishes On Kids' Requests

A 28-Year Santa Dishes On Kids' Requests

Portly men who don the visage of Santa Claus hear the darndest things. A man who has played Santa for 28 years started blogging about the poignant, funny and sad things kids have told him over the years. [More]

Is An IOU An Acceptable Alternative To An Actual Gift?

Is An IOU An Acceptable Alternative To An Actual Gift?

With just four days left until Christmas, it may be time to admit you’re going to end up stiffing someone. You could just do what I do: just purr and let them give you gifts. If that’s not an option for you, there are other choices. According to a new poll from our calculating cousins at Consumer Reports, about half of the people who don’t finish their gift shopping in time give IOUs instead. [More]

Regift Without Getting Caught

Regift Without Getting Caught

Don’t frown when you get awful, impractical gifts. They can serve as valuable currency in the countless occasions in your life in which you’re required to distribute trinkets to people you don’t know or care much about. [More]

Is It OK To Give Flight Attendants Gifts On Christmas?

Is It OK To Give Flight Attendants Gifts On Christmas?

Anna booked a Christmas flight, and perhaps feeling a little guilty, she wants to show the flight attendants some love by providing some token gifts. [More]

What Was The Best Gift You Ever Received?

What Was The Best Gift You Ever Received?

Yesterday we asked you to tell about the crappiest present you ever received. And after all that outpouring of bad memories and disappointment we’re ending the week in a better mood. [More]

What To Do With Recalled Toys

What To Do With Recalled Toys

Before allowing your kids to play with toys relatives give them during the holidays, it’s a good idea to make sure they aren’t known death traps. The Better Business Bureau sent in some suggestions on how to make sure your toys haven’t been recalled, and what to if you find out they have been summoned to toy hell. [More]

What's On Your Holiday Wish List?

What's On Your Holiday Wish List?

The holiday shopping season began last week and the holiday gift-giving season kicks off tonight at sunset with Hanukkah: Day 1. We already asked you what your smartest purchases have been so far, but now it’s time to focus on those things you want other people to buy for you. [More]

Cheap, Easy Gifts To Hand Out

Cheap, Easy Gifts To Hand Out

Nothing can slaughter a budget like a long list of friends and family members who expect gifts from you at the end of the year. It’s tough enough to handle the logistics and man hours it takes to get your holiday shopping done, but you have to be much more creative when funds are tight and you have to think of ways to stretch your meager resources. [More]