Santa's Elves Had Better Get Cracking On Retina Displays

Santa's Elves Had Better Get Cracking On Retina Displays

Parents looking in the aisles of the toy store where they sell hula hoops, baseball gloves and baby dolls will want to start looking elsewhere to buy Christmas presents for their ungrateful ankle-biters. In face, they may want to avoid the toy section altogether and head toward the electronics department. [More]

Has Toys 'R' Us Forgotten That Its Customers Are Children?

Has Toys 'R' Us Forgotten That Its Customers Are Children?

Alexander wonders: if Toys ‘R’ Us is a business that caters to children, why aren’t their policies very child-friendly? If fickle children receive duplicate gifts or things they just don’t want, why won’t the chain take them back? He shared a recent experience along with his rant. [More]

FTD: How About $10 Off Those Late Mother's Day Flowers

FTD: How About $10 Off Those Late Mother's Day Flowers

Reader Greg is not thrilled with FTD’s offer of $10 off the flowers that were not delivered for Mother’s Day. Why? $10 doesn’t even cover the $18.99 in shipping and fees he was charged. [More]

Your Wife Doesn't Know Which Console You Have So Best Buy Sells Her Non-Refundable XBOX Live Card

Your Wife Doesn't Know Which Console You Have So Best Buy Sells Her Non-Refundable XBOX Live Card

Reader Bang’s says his wife wanted to surprise him (on Valentine’s Day) with a game. She didn’t know what console he had so she asked Best Buy for some help. They said he “probably” had an XBOX and sold her not only a game, but a non-refundable XBOX Live subscription. When the couple tried to exchange the purchase (he actually has a PS3), they say they were told the game could be swapped but they were stuck with the unopened, unused XBOX Live card. [More]

How To Buy The Right Gift Of Underthings For Your Special Lady

How To Buy The Right Gift Of Underthings For Your Special Lady

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching. Whatever your feelings about the day, the cold capitalist fact remains: this is a holiday when people who are not women venture into stores and attempt to purchase underthings for women. This can sometimes end badly. Fortunately, blogger Treacle over at Wisebread has broken down the essentials of lingerie-buying into four simple steps that even the most fashion-impaired gentleman can use to find a suitable gift. [More]

Customer Breaks Tooth On Godiva Sweet, Godiva Sends Gift

Customer Breaks Tooth On Godiva Sweet, Godiva Sends Gift

Carla is pretty angry at Godiva because the chocolatier won’t take her complaint seriously. She says she cracked both a porcelain veneer and the tooth underneath on a chocolate covered pretzel last October, and Godiva has told her, “We sent you an apology gift, what more do you want?” [More]

Where Should A Good Consumer Register For Wedding Gifts?

Where Should A Good Consumer Register For Wedding Gifts?

We post plenty of wedding registry horror stories here at Consumerist. Knowing this, reader Elizabeth would like to know: where are the best places to register? [More]

Perfume Packaging Defeats Pen, Can Opener And Knives

Perfume Packaging Defeats Pen, Can Opener And Knives

Film critic Jen Johans can tear movies apart, but even her sharpest barbs were no match for impenetrable DKNY perfume packaging. [More]

LEGO Shop Rushes Watch To Child's Door For Christmas

LEGO Shop Rushes Watch To Child's Door For Christmas

At the last minute, Andrew ordered what must be the coolest watch ever created as a Christmas gift for his eight-year-old, watch-fascinated son. He planned to leave an IOU under the tree, but LEGO Shop had other ideas. [More]

UPS Dumped My Christmas Presents All Over The Street

UPS Dumped My Christmas Presents All Over The Street

Warren was expecting some gifts to arrive via UPS this week, and understandably hoped they might be dropped off in front of his door. That didn’t happen, he says, thanks to a snow storm and some less than diligent delivery efforts. He found his packages nowhere near his house. [More]

Is It Ever Okay To Buy Gifts At A Thrift Store?

Is It Ever Okay To Buy Gifts At A Thrift Store?

Tacky, incompetent regifting is one thing, but Mrs. Money over at the Ultimate Money Blog raises another question: when is it appropriate to give people gifts that you’ve purchased at a thrift or consignment store? [More]

Watch Out For FedEx SmartPost

Watch Out For FedEx SmartPost

Cristiana says beware the trap of sending things via FedEx SmartPost: the USPS handles the local part of delivery, and “since you now have two shipping companies involved, nobody wants to take responsibility for the package” when it never arrives. [More]

Tales Of Epic Re-Gifting Fail

Tales Of Epic Re-Gifting Fail

Mainstreet.com asked their readers to recount the worst re-gifting experiences they’ve had. People really, really seem to like re-gifting unwanted wedding gifts without removing the original cards first. But the real winner in the categories of both cheapness and stupidity has to be the person who checked a book out from the library, then gave it to a friend as a gift. [More]

Terrible Ideas For Secret Santa Gifts

Terrible Ideas For Secret Santa Gifts

I know, you’re on a tight budget this year, and office Secret Santa exchanges are tedious and awkward. But please don’t fill a hot dog bun with cat food and then top it off with ketchup, then wrap that up in gift wrap and call it your gift. Because someone already did that. Someone at a Sunday School. MainStreet.com has a list of 13 of the worst Secret Santa gift ideas if you want to know what else has already been attempted. [More]

Amazon Delivers With Santa-Like Speed

Amazon Delivers With Santa-Like Speed

Benjamin bought his sister iPod speakers on Amazon, but when he found out they wouldn’t get to him in time to take to his sister for Christmas, Amazon sprung for free overnight shipping for a new set of speakers, as well as free return shipping for the others. That’s the sort of swiftness that can only be rivaled by eight tiny reindeer. [More]

Valentine's Day Can Also Creep

Valentine's Day Can Also Creep

Justin snapped this shot inside the Penn Station Kmart in New York City, signifying that the cosmic order of holiday creepage can indeed infringe on Christmas by allowing the unreasonably far-off occasion of Valentine’s Day to violate the yuletide cheer. [More]

Textbooks: The Gift For The Student Who's Got Nothing

Textbooks: The Gift For The Student Who's Got Nothing

Consider buying textbooks for college students on your holiday buying list who are tough to shop for, helping them out by defraying an oppressing educational cost, the personal finance blog Poorer Than You advises. [More]

Man Pays $72 For Taco Bell Taco

Man Pays $72 For Taco Bell Taco

A man who either loves Taco Bell or hates his GI tract paid $72 for a taco at an Ohio Taco Bell on Monday. When the employee tried to give him his change, he refused and said that it was a Christmas gift, according to the local Fox news station: “He said, ‘I don’t need it so I want to pass it along.’ …the man then said ‘Merry Christmas’ and walked away.” Presumably to a toilet. <--That wasn't very Christmas-y and I retract it. [More]