Holiday Shopping

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Acting on Ideas and Other Tips This Week

How to get beyond brainstorming, beat procrastination and find more permanent customers: our best tips of the week.

Bringing Online Shopping to Life: How Etsy Experiments With Retail as a Brand Experience

From free haircuts to wreath-making, Etsy's pop-up holiday shop re-imagines the traditional sales experience and brings online shopping to life.

3 Ways to Turn Holiday Shoppers Into Year-Round Customers

Exceed customer expectations through everything from great customer service to surprise gifts.

5 Tips for Coping with Cranky Customers

As the holidays bring out more disgruntled shoppers, it's important to be sensitive and avoid alienating them. Here's how.

Shoppers Spend $5.5 Billion on Small Business Saturday

Small-business owners say Black Friday and Cyber Monday did little for their bottom line, but Thanksgiving weekend sales still came in slightly better than expected.

Meatball's Top Picks for Your Pet

This holiday season, don't forget to treat your furry friends too. For our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide, Meatball the bulldog gives his top pick from the pets category.

Are You Ready for the Digital Holiday Shopping Rush? (Infographic)

Most small businesses aren't equipped to handle the demand online or over mobile, a new report says.

How to Pick the Perfect Business Gift

Just in time for the holiday season, the Esquire guy wraps up some advice on the art of giving.

Google's Tips for Using Mobile to Market to Holiday Shoppers

How to engage mobile shoppers who are in a hurry and looking for deals.

5 Tools for Building a Holiday Shopping App

A look at easy-to-use services, plus tips for what to do once your app has been created.

Is Your Website Ready for Cyber Monday?

A 10-point checklist for your holiday e-commerce operation.

6 Tips for Running a Layaway Program

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, now is the time to consider offering your customers a layaway option.

Revealing the Readers' Choice Winner

Here's a look at the gift you voted as your favorite in this year's Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide.

Is Your Favorite in the Lead?

There are just three short days left to vote for your top choice in our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide. Here's a sneak peek at the scoreboard leaders.

The Holidays' Most Unique Big Business Social Media Campaigns

When it comes to decking the halls, big brands are pulling out all the stops this year. Here are some holiday-themed social media strategies that small businesses can learn from.

Vote For Your Favorite Indie Merchant Gift

Which is your favorite gift in our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide? Cast your vote for the Readers' Choice Award.

A Gift For Tangle-Free Listening

The last item to make our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide is a pair of Zipbuds earphones.

A Gift That Has All The Elements

Today's featured item from our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide is this Periodic Table of Elements necklace made by My London Sun.

Forget the Pie -- It's Key Lime BBQ Sauce

The next item selected for our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide is this tangy key lime BBQ sauce made by Reva Foods.

Really, It's Not Sent From My iPhone

Need a present for the smartphone-obsessed person in your life? The latest entrant in our gift guide is this snail-mail stationery made by Red Letter Paper Co.

Is Your Business in a Post-Thanksgiving Sales Slump?

A new survey finds shoppers either stocked up on Thanksgiving weekend, or are waiting until the last minute to find their holiday gifts.

A Present for Your Pooch

Today's featured item from our Holiday Gift Guide is a dog treat pouch made by Sara Bella Upcycled.

Get a Load of This: A Gift That Weighs Luggage

Today we reveal the latest pick for our gift guide -- a digital luggage scale made by EatSmart Products. Talk about practical!

Getting a Kick Out of Social Responsibility

The next item selected for our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide is a fair-trade certified soccer ball made by Senda Athletics.

No Animals Were Harmed to Make This Lip Balm

Today's featured item from our Holiday Gift Guide is a vegan lip balm set made by Sprout Skincare.

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