Everything you ever wanted to know about holiday gift returns (but were afraid to ask)

Forget the season of giving — it’s the season of returns that could really hurt your bottom line.

The hyper-busy gift return period, typically the week after Christmas, is second only to Black Friday for foot traffic. It’s also a taboo topic, because talking about gift returns means we have to admit that some of our presents missed the mark. Read more “Everything you ever wanted to know about holiday gift returns (but were afraid to ask)”

Gifts from the above: 7 presents we wish the airlines would give us

This was supposed to be a feel-good column for the holidays, where I asked readers what kind of presents they wanted from the travel industry, and all of the resulting good tidings left us warm and fuzzy.

And then I talked with you.

And here’s what you told me: First, your holiday list begins and ends with the airlines; and second, you do not feel warm and fuzzy. Not at all.
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Can’t-miss holiday gifts for the traveler in your life

Like a tie for dad, a kitchen appliance for mom, or socks for the kids, there’s no shortage of holiday gift clichés for travelers. Wheeled luggage, ticket holders and inflatable pillows come to mind.

Shopping for someone who’s on the go isn’t easy. Travelers — especially frequent travelers — can be particular about their likes and dislikes. They wouldn’t be caught dead with a certain headset, phone, or piece of luggage.

I can’t read your loved one’s mind for you (if I could, do you think I’d be writing travel columns for a living?) but I can give you options the traveler in your life might like.
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