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Gift wrap or tape in 1 hour: How Amazon aids procrastinators

Even after online shipping deadlines have passed, holiday procrastinators in more than 30 cities who have already paid for Amazon’s $99-a-year Prime membership can order this weekend to get gifts, food or decorations in two hours – or even one, for an extra fee. The minimum order is $30.

Then and Now: Downtown Spokane Christmas

A life-size Santa statue in a Philadelphia store in 1841 is said to have spawned the tradition of live Santa Claus characters at stores, malls and special events. As Christmas was rejuvenated with the Santa craze, the jolly old elf quickly became a marketing vehicle. In Spokane, it had fallen to the Chamber of Commerce to promote downtown Christmas shopping since the organization’s start in 1897. In 1917, the Retail Trade Bureau was launched to organize retailers for seasonal events and downtown beautification.

Rich Landers: Gather up those gifts, exchange them for gems

No feelings are hurt when I offer kisses, hugs or, at the least, heartfelt gratitude before gathering the Christmas morning loot in a bag and heading back to the stores to get stuff I really need. For convenience, my family sometimes includes the return receipts in my packages.

Thieves steal gifts off family’s front porch

Siobhan Provolt was at home with her young children one recent afternoon when her 3-year-old told her some boys were at the front door. Provolt looked out an upstairs window and saw one young man coming toward her Coeur d’Alene house and another walking away with packages that had been delivered and left on her porch.

Paul Turner: Mission for last-minute gift ideas a mild success

Imbued with a commitment to real-world reader service, photographer Kathy Plonka and I sallied forth from the Review Tower late Monday morning on a mission to help holiday season procrastinators. Yes, it was time for a little man-on-the-street journalism.

Smart spending: Wise shoppers wait for post-holiday bargains

It’s December, the malls are bustling and “Sale” signs are everywhere. Good time to grab the deals? Not so fast. Savvy shoppers should realize that some items are actually a better deal after the holiday season. As long as it’s not something that has to be under the tree on Dec. 25, here’s a look at purchases best made in the new year.

Don’t let pre-Christmas frenzy overwhelm holiday magic

These days, you can almost count on seeing Christmas decorations and gift items for sale before Halloween, and that is just weird. I love the holiday season as much as anyone, but seeing Santa in October means many of us will be really sick of him by Dec. 25. I still have the battle scars from wounds received as a young wife, daughter and mother trying to make the holidays special for everyone in my circle of influence.

A bargain hunter’s day

Shoppers thronged local retail stores Friday morning, snapping up bargains on electronics, toys and jewelry. Parking lots were crowded and checkout lines were long. But while Inland Northwest consumers turned out in force for Black Friday – the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season – many spent cautiously.

A Mixed Bag Some Local Merchants Fared Very Well, But Others Missed Christmas Sales Goals

1. The big picture. Customers at Future Shop in the Spokane Valley are dwarfed by a bank of television sets. Strong competition gave shoppers an added edge this Christmas. Photos by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review 2. Nicholas Colwell, 7, tries out a Nintendo 64 system at Toys 'R Us on Division on the day after Christmas.

Holiday Shopping Pace Picks Up

The pace of holiday-related shopping picked up over the weekend as consumers who traditionally start late finally began to buy, retail analysts said. An increase in sales as Christmas nears would be in keeping with a growing round trend of shoppers buying closer to when they actually need the merchandise.