5 holiday gift-giving mistakes to avoid

The GiftGivingMistakesbest gifts make an impression, but it’s the worst ones that really stick with us.

They’re the presents you talk about at dinner parties, laughing at their awfulness or tackiness. And while they might make good conversation, you never want to be the person who gave one.

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Holidays aren’t looking happy for entertainment at retail

Given the economy, it’s no secret that this holiday season is likely going to be a cautious one – but a new survey by the NPD Group shows that entertainment companies might have a rough go of things at retail stores.

NPD has released its annual holiday retail outlook– and while most shoppers say they plan to spend about the same as last year, the general lack of “must-have” products has people less enthusiastic about movies, video games and electronics than they were last year.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog