Wrap Up The Holidays With Last-Minute Gifts At Macy’s

Macy’s Makes Last-Minute Gift Shopping Easier than Ever with Grab and Go Gifts, Extended Store Hours and Special Deals

Gifts Arrive In the Nick of Time with Fast Shipping Solutions

It’s beginning to look a lot like … you waited until the last minute. Eight tiny reindeer aren’t coming to the rescue, but Macy’s has it covered with unique and thoughtful last-minute ideas from ultra-luxe to gifts under $100, $50 or $25 to make everyone believe their special gift was wrapped and sitting under the tree weeks ago. Whether you’re looking for something sparkly from the Forevermark Tribute™ Jewelry Collection or scoring an out of this world gift like First We Feast’s “Hot Ones” exclusive hot sauce pack and gear from the hit Complex Networks series, Macy’s makes finding great gifts on every budget so easy that they’re sure to get everything on the “what they really, really want” list.

When the elves have left the building, Macy’s is here to help wrap it up fast with extended store hours, fast shipping solutions and special deals. To ensure everyone’s checked off the list, Macy’s will open early and close late until Dec. 24, check your local store for up-to-date hours.

  • On Dec. 21, grab your wallet and dash to your local Macy’s, the first 250 shoppers in-store will receive a free $10 Macy’s Reward Card.
  • Orders placed by Saturday, Dec. 21 with standard shipping or by noon EST on Sunday, Dec. 22 with express delivery will arrive by Christmas.
  • Orders placed by 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 can be picked up in-store by 6 p.m., just in time for Christmas morning!

STORY at Macy’s

Faster than you can call on Dasher, Dancer or Prancer, score the perfect gift from STORY at Macy’s. “Home for the Holidays STORY,” the latest theme at the narrative-driven concept store inside Macy’s locations nationwide, features more than 900 unique presents from 200 small businesses. Experience this editorial-inspired living gift guide and discover a wonderland of gifts for everyone on the list in the ultimate home setting. From grooming kits and whimsical games to food-themed finds and rock music inspired collectibles, STORY at Macy’s gifts add wonder and merriment to any holiday celebration. Visit STORY at Macy’s at select locations or shop a highlight of gifts online at macys.com/STORY.

Discover a selection of gifts including:

Macy’s has you covered with unique and thoughtful last-minute gifts in every price range this holiday season; Luckies Of London Pocket Tin Speakers 2.0, $34.00 (Photo: Business Wire)
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Las Vegas Raises A Glass To 2020 With Glamorous New Year’s Eve Events

The Entertainment Capital of the World to Offer Dazzling New Year’s Eve Experiences

Saying goodbye to another year, Las Vegas visitors can give 2019 a proper farewell with exciting New Year’s Eve events. The Strip and Downtown Las Vegas will ring in 2020 with astounding entertainment, pyrotechnic displays, mouthwatering culinary offerings and much more.

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Raise a Glass with the Stars

  • Christina Aguilera will have guests saying “come on over” as she wraps up this leg of her “Christina Aguilera: The Xperience” residency at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, with four shows on New Year’s Eve weekend Dec. 27-28 and 30-31. Join the chanteuse for a special countdown to midnight at the Dec. 31 show.
  • One of the world’s greatest rock bands – Journey – will bring the crowd inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to their feet with four shows on New Year’s Eve weekend Dec. 27-28 and 30-31.
  • Celebrate with Lady Gaga as she puts on three shows New Year’s Eve weekend at Park Theater inside Park MGM. The superstar will perform her famous pop hits during LADY GAGA ENIGMA Dec. 28 and 30. And close out the decade in style on Dec. 31 at LADY GAGA JAZZ & PIANO with stripped-down versions of those hits alongside music from the Great American Songbook.
  • Maroon 5 will bring their annual New Year’s Eve shows back to Mandalay Bay Events Center for the ninth consecutive year, Dec. 30 and 31.
  • Jam out with rock band The Offspring at the Pearl Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Dec. 30 and close out the year with an intimate performance by Puerto Rican superstar OZUNA on Dec. 31.
  • Straight up ring in the new year with Paula Abdul as she performs her greatest hits at the Flamingo Las Vegas on Dec. 31.
  • Guests looking to slay the remaining hours of 2019 can join multi-platinum artist LIZZO as she bring her captivating performance to The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Dec. 31.
  • Say adieu to 2019 with pop rock band Third Eye Blind at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino also on Dec. 31.
  • American reggae and dub band Stick Figure will ring in 2020 at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas with a New Year’s Eve performance on Dec. 31.

Leave it all on the Dance Floor

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And We Are Off!: November Retail Sales Kick Off Holiday Season With 2.1 Percent Growth Over Last Year and More Spending to Come

Thanksgiving weekend draws nearly 190 million shoppers, spending up 16 percent

Retail sales in November, and especially around the Thanksgiving/Black Friday period are some of the most important sales data in all of retail. And this year’s numbers are even more important than ever before.

Per the analysts at the National Retail Federation, retail sales in November increased 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted over October and were up 2.1 percent unadjusted year-over-year, marking the first half of the holiday season with billions of dollars in shopping left to be done. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.

November showed modest growth on the surface, but you have to remember that the late timing of Thanksgiving delayed the beginning of the busiest portion of the holiday season and pushed Cyber Monday’s billions of dollars of retail sales into December,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “These numbers are more about the calendar than consumer confidence. Consumer spending has been solid, and there’s still a lot of spending to be done. With strong employment and higher wages, we’re on track for a strong holiday season.”

Kleinhenz noted that the year-over-year comparison was challenging because November 2018 was up an unusually strong 4.7 percent over the year before. But December 2018 was down 0.2 percent from the year before, making it likely that next month could show a strong comparison.

In addition, many consumers began their shopping early this year, with some starting before November. NRF surveys showed that 39 percent planned to begin by Halloween, and that consumers on average had completed 52 percent of their shopping as of the Thanksgiving Day weekend.

“Whether they’re looking for something unique on Main Street, making a trip to the mall or clicking from the couch, this is when holiday shoppers shift into high gear.” – NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay

NRF’s forecast predicts that holiday retail sales during November and December will increase between 3.8 percent and 4.2 percent for a total of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion.

November’s results build on October’s increase of 0.2 percent month-over-month and a strong 4.1 percent year-over-year. As of November, the three-month moving average was up 3.3 percent over the same period a year ago, compared with 4.2 percent in October.

NRF’s numbers are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which said today that overall November sales – including auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants – were up 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted from October and up 3.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Specifics from key retail sectors during November include:

  • Online and other non-store sales were up 7.2 percent year-over-year and up 0.8 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
  • Sporting goods stores were up 4.3 percent year-over-year but down 0.5 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
  • Grocery and beverage stores were up 4 percent year-over-year and up 0.3 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
  • Furniture and home furnishings stores were up 1.4 percent year-over-year and up 0.1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
  • General merchandise stores were unchanged year-over-year but up 0.1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
  • Building materials and garden supply stores were down 1.2 percent year-over-year but unchanged month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
  • Electronics and appliance stores were down 1.7 percent year-over-year but up 0.7 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
  • Health and personal care stores were also down 1.7 percent year-over-year and were down 1.1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
  • Clothing and clothing accessory stores were down 2.9 percent year-over-year and down 0.6 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.

And the good news, such as it is, continued into the proceeding Thanksgiving Day weekend. A record 189.6 million U.S. consumers shopped from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, an increase of 14 percent over last year’s 165.8 million, the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics said.

Americans continue to start their holiday shopping earlier in the year, and Thanksgiving is still a critical weekend for millions,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Whether they’re looking for something unique on Main Street, making a trip to the store or searching for the best deals from their mobile device, this is when shoppers shift into high gear. With the condensed holiday season, consumers are feeling the pressure to get their shopping done in time. Even those who typically wait until the last minute to purchase gifts turned out in record numbers all weekend long.

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Bath & Body Works First Ever Body Care Day Is Your One-Stop Shop For Checking Every Gift Off Your List

With only 11 shopping days until Christmas, Bath & Body Works®, has something for everyone on your shopping list. As owner of some of America’s bestselling fragrance collections, such as Japanese Cherry Blossom and Eucalyptus Spearmint, and a leader in several personal care categories, including America’s #1 Body Moisturizer brand, Bath & Body Works is a year-round go-to for fragrance and gifting that only amplifies during the holiday season. In fact, there will be 91 million gifts from Bath & Body Works under Christmas trees across America this year.

Bath & Body Works Body Care Day

To help customers complete their gift shopping in the last push to Christmas, Bath & Body Works has announced its first ever Body Care Day – a one-day sale on the retailer’s entire collection of personal care products. On Saturday, December 14, all of the retailer’s nearly 600 body care products will be on sale.

While some may find selecting the perfect gift challenging or intimidating, Bath & Body Works makes gift gifting a no brainer, standing by every product with a 100% guarantee – if at any time, for any reason a customer (or gift recipient) isn’t satisfied with a purchase, the item can be returned.

About Bath & Body Works’ First Ever Body Care Day

  • On December 14, for one day only, ALL Body Care lines are $4.95 – that’s up to a 70% discount!
  • This is the first sale of its kind for the retailer – on all fragrances and all collections – all promotions are typically offered by form, fragrance or category.
  • Bath & Body Works’ First Ever Body Care Day will be available in stores nationwide & online. Many locations are offering extended hours with many stores opening at 7 a.m.
  • Shop nearly 600 Bath & Body Works-exclusive personal care products: 85 Moisturizers, 75 Cleansers, 60 Fragrances including the Men’s Collection and Aromatherapy.
  • Three exclusive fragrances will make their debut for the day:
  1. NEW Christmas Cocoa & Mint rounds out Bath & Body Works’ customer-favorite Holiday Traditions collection.
  2. Adding nostalgia to the assortment, Black Amethyst, which was a customer favorite from 2008 to 2012, is back with a new look.
  3. Pink Velvet Cupcake, which launched in the fall and became a buzzy fan favorite, returns for the day.
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About the Assortment

  • Bath & Body Works is the #1 brand in America for Fine Fragrance Mist; Body Moisturizers, including #1 Body Lotion and #1 Body Cream; Men’s Body Moisturizer; Body Scrub.
  • Gingham, the brand’s NEW signature fragrance, has been a top seller since its launch in April and Into The Night, Bath & Body Works’ newest launch, is the retailer’s bestseller for Christmas. Other customer-favorites and go-to gifts include Japanese Cherry Blossom, A Thousand Wishes and Champagne Toast. From year-round favorite fragrances to beloved seasonal scents that celebrate the season, there are dozens of Bath & Body Works-exclusive fragrances to choose from.
  • Bath & Body Works’ Men’s Collection offers seven exclusive fragrances, including its newest addition, Midnight. Also new to the collection and easy grooming gifts for guys, Moisturizing Body Wash, Shave Gel and Aftershave Balm in select fragrances have been added to the lineup for Christmas.
  • Bath & Body Works’ Aromatherapy Headquarters features 13 mood-boosting essential oil blends, including customer-favorites Stress Relief and Sleep as well as new and limited-edition seasonal exclusives Peaceful and Balance. The collection, which offers more than 80 aromatherapy products is the ultimate way to give self-care this Christmas.

Bath & Body Works is one of the world’s leading specialty retailers and home to America’s Favorite Fragrances® offering a breadth of exclusive fragrances for the body and home, including the #1 selling collections for fine fragrance mist, body lotion and body cream, 3-wick candles, home fragrance diffusers and liquid hand soap. For more than 25 years, customers have looked to Bath & Body Works for quality, on-trend products and the newest, freshest fragrances. Today, these fragrant products can be purchased at more than 1,800 Bath & Body Works and White Barn retail locations worldwide as well as on bathandbodyworks.com. Bath & Body Works stands by every product with a 100% guarantee – if at any time, for any reason you aren’t satisfied with a purchase, you can return it. Join in the social conversation on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.

Priscilla Presley Returns to Graceland to Host a Spring Edition of “Elegant Southern Style Weekend,” March 13 – 15, 2020

The unique event is in an inspirational weekend celebrating the food, fashion and design that have shaped the modern South. Ticket packages on-sale now.

This fall, Priscilla Presley returned to Graceland to host the first-ever Elegant Southern Style Weekend, a unique event commemorating everything people recognize and cherish about The American South. The inaugural celebration drew fans from around the world, and March 13 – 15, 2020, Presley, along with some of the South’s premier names in food, fashion and entertaining, will return for Elegant Southern Style: Spring Edition. The inspirational weekend will feature lively, one-of-a-kind parties, interactive hands-on workshops, delicious food, celebrity guests and more – all at one of the most elegant and iconic destinations in the world: the home of Elvis Presley.

I’m really excited to host our second Elegant Southern Style Weekend at Graceland,” stated Priscilla Presley. “The event this year was a huge success. The guests loved it and I loved interacting with them and sharing stories why Elvis always returned home, not only to Graceland, but Memphis and the South. Our amazing line-up of speakers and events covered so many topics in the interactive seminars and events. The weekend celebrated Southern food, décor and architecture, dinner parties, floral design, wine tastings, outdoor living and entertaining, fashion, a Southern dance party and so much more. We look forward to welcoming back those who attended our inaugural event, as well as welcoming new friends in March of next year.

During the weekend guests will have the opportunity to see, learn and do at multiple seminars hosted by Presley and special guests covering topics such as cooking, gardening, entertaining, travel and fashion that have shaped the modern South. The weekend also features food and cocktail tastings, crafting workshops, a gospel brunch and an exclusive dinner cruise with Presley along the mighty Mississippi River.

Special guests announced to date include event plannerTroy Williams; lifestyle expert Jim Norton; renowned chef Elizabeth Heiskell; award-winning florist and event planner Kevin Coble; award-winning chocolate and candy maker Rebecca Dinstuhl; travel and fashion blogger Alice Kerley; horticulture expert Lisa Lawhead; and host of Southern Living’s “Hey Y’all” digital series Ivy Odom. Additional guest speakers to be announced soon.

In addition to the events, guests will have the opportunity to tour Graceland Mansion, explore a full city block of Elvis-themed exhibits, shops and restaurants in the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex, the new Graceland Exhibition Center and can stay at The Guest House at Graceland, where most of the weekend’s events will be held, at a discounted rate by using this link: Elegant Southern Style.

Ticket packages and more information are available here.

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Johnnie Walker and Funny Lady Mindy Kaling Team Up to Bring Holiday Spirits to a New Level

The Comedy Writer and Iconic Blended Scotch Whisky Brand Have Created A Series of Merry Messages To Personalize Your Johnnie Walker Blue Label Gifts This Season

Award-winning actress Mindy Kaling and Johnnie Walker, the number one Scotch Whisky brand in the world, have teamed up this holiday season to bring maximum cheer. Using her comedic way with words, Mindy has created original holiday messages that can be engraved on bottles of the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label. (http://www.MindysBlueLabelHoliday.com)

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One in every three spirits purchased in December is a gift1, so Johnnie Walker has enlisted Kaling to help gift-givers find the right words to say. With a message from Mindy, an engraved Blue Label bottle will certainly stand out from the rest. Choose from eight engravings by Mindy to customize your next gifted bottle of Blue:

  • Snow Much Fun, You Guys
  • From Your Whisky Elf
  • Damn, Someone Made The Nice List
  • Sip By The Fire (Or A Fire Gif)
  • The Sip That Keeps On Giving
  • (Recipient’s) Best Holiday Present
  • Peace, Joy & Whisky
  • I Love This For You, Happy Holidays

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the perfect gift for everyone who appreciates a rare whisky and a bold personality, like me! I love that you can engrave the bottle with a personal message, so every time someone pours a sip, they think of you. And for anyone short on words, I have you covered. I teamed up with Johnnie Walker to create a few, festive holiday messages of my own for you to engrave. Thank me later!” shared holiday enthusiast, Kaling.

Mindy Kaling and Johnnie Walker teamed up this holiday season to create original holiday messages that can be engraved on bottles of the iconic Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

Holiday shoppers can engrave complimentary messages from Kaling on Johnnie Walker Blue Label online at www.MindysBlueLabelHoliday.com and also at the Johnnie Walker Holiday Pop Up Powered by Giftagram, located in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place in New York City. As the rarest and most exclusive offering in the Johnnie Walker portfolio, Johnnie Walker Blue Label is an iconic whisky meant for celebrating all of life’s meaningful moments.  A personalized engraving from Kaling transforms this already special bottle into a truly one-of-a-kind gift and as a little something extra to get shoppers in the holiday spirit, Kaling and Johnnie Walker are offering free shipping with code MINDY. Consumers must be of legal drinking age to participate.

For more information on Johnnie Walker, please visit www.johnniewalker.com and follow @JohnnieWalkerUS on Facebook and Twitter and @JohnnieWalker on Instagram.

1 Source: F20 AOP and Numerator Occasions Tracker – April 2018 thru January 2019

Hallmark Introduces New Signature Paper Wonder and Good Mail Greeting Cards this Holiday Season

Cheer is everywhere: an estimated 1.6 billion cards are exchanged at the holidays

Christmas is the largest holiday for sending greeting cards in nthe United States with approximately 1.6 billion cards sent industry-wide. Hallmark has more than 1,500 Christmas cards available this year. This holiday season, Hallmark is building on the popularity of two new card lines the company launched this year – Signature Paper Wonder and Good Mail – by adding holiday cards to the collections.

For more than 100 years, family-owned Hallmark Cards, Inc. has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and employing more than 30,000 worldwide, the approximately $4 billion company operates a diversified portfolio of businesses. (PRNewsfoto/Hallmark Cards, Inc.)
Hallmark Signature Paper Wonder Holiday Card.

The new Signature Paper Wonder holiday cards are bright, fun and festive pop up cards. The inside of each paper craft card opens to showcase a laser-cut, three-dimensional scene such as Santa and his reindeer, a sparkly Christmas tree, a gingerbread house with foil accents, and more.

Hallmark Good Mail Holiday Cards.

Hallmark’s newly-launched Good Mail holiday cards feature trend-forward designs, a modern voice, and positive vibes that encourage people to reach out to let others know they matter. The card line aims to put a little more good into the world by adding fun and positivity to giving cards with whimsical designs such as a roller-skating flamingo in a Santa hat and cheerful messages like, “You make merry merrier.

At Hallmark, the holidays are a time when we see more than ever how people want to bring the magic of the season to life and get closer to loved ones. Cards are a simple, yet incredibly meaningful way to acknowledge, celebrate and thank the people in our lives,” said Lindsey Roy, chief marketing officer – Hallmark Greetings. “There are so many ways to stay in touch these days, but at Hallmark, we continue to hear from people just how impactful cards are in showing people how much they matter. There are so many opportunities during the holidays to reflect on the year and express love and gratitude even beyond friends and loved ones to those that make a difference in our lives like teachers, mail carriers, and caregivers.”

As part of Hallmark’s holiday national marketing campaign, the company is partnering with Create & Cultivate, an online platform and offline conference for female entrepreneurs and influencers, on a holiday content series and card-sending station at The Vision Summit in Miami on December 7. In addition, a sponsored article with O, The Oprah Magazine showcased how to write the perfect holiday card, including tips from one of Hallmark’s own card writers.

Hallmark’s holiday TV commercial is airing on the Hallmark Channel and is now viewable on Hallmark’s YouTube channel. Other marketing initiatives this holiday season include social/online video, interactive digital ads, an addressable TV buy, and streaming audio and podcast ads.

Look for the latest designs and formats wherever Hallmark products are sold nationwide. Signature Paper Wonder and Good Mail holiday cards are now available everywhere Hallmark cards are sold. Visit Hallmark.com to shop for cards online or find the nearest store.