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2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Since March, our lives have centered around screens of various sizes. Digitally connecting with loved ones and co-workers has become the new normal, and the thrill of holding a physical book has never held such appeal. Yes, you can listen to audiobooks or scroll through your Kindle, but there’s something so satisfying in holding a hard copy of words that inspire, challenge, and encourage.

We’ve selected some of our favorite reads to give your decision-fatigued mind a break. On this list, there’s something for everyone, and that too is part of the beauty of reading. All of us are transported to new landscapes and conversations that influence how we live and care for one another. This Christmas, you have the opportunity to pass on exactly the right book to exactly the right person. And if ever there was a time when we all needed a reminder of what’s true,

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Amazon, Target and other retailers competing with early holiday shopping deals

Wednesday is the second and last day of Amazon’s Prime Day sales event.

Though, it’s not the only retailer trying to get your business this time of year. Target also started its own deal days Tuesday. And Walmart actually got a head start and started offering deals on Sunday.

Popcart is a browser extension that helps you compare prices online. They say you might want to walk away from deals on last year’s electronics.

“Those may appear to be amazing deals because of the markdown, and that’s an interesting point about shopping online that what seems to be a very good deal, because you see 50% off, may not actually be the best deal you can get,” said Omri Traub, founder and CEO of Popcart.

This week isn’t your only chance to score savings.

“Amazon and those biggest retailers want to spread out your shopping over a longer time period,

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Savings.com Retail Index Predicts Online Holiday Shopping Season to Be Earlier and Bigger Than Ever

Savings.com Retail Index

Consumer Same-Day Purchase Intent
Consumer Same-Day Purchase Intent
Consumer Same-Day Purchase Intent

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Savings.com (https://www.savings.com/) today released new research on the upcoming online holiday shopping season. The Savings.com Retail Index suggests this year’s e-commerce shopping will be the biggest and longest holiday shopping season ever.

The research, “Savings.com Retail Index: 2020 E-Commerce Holiday Shopping Season Earlier, Bigger Than Ever Before,” found that increased spending in advance of the holiday season started a month earlier that previous years.

“Traditionally, e-commerce experiences its seasonal low in mid-September between back-to-school spending and the beginning of holiday and fall spending. This year, which isn’t traditional in any fashion, the seasonal low happened in mid-August as if the holiday spending season will be a full month longer,” said Sara Korab, Retail Trends director at Savings.com. “In addition, with Prime Day and competing sales dominating this week, we expect

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Woman, 32, calls off her wedding with a GHOST after he ‘changed’ on holiday

A woman who claims she was engaged to a ghost has revealed that she called off the wedding, after her spirit fiancé ‘changed’ on a holiday to Thailand. 

Amethyst Realm, 32, from Bristol, met the love of her life, a spirit called Ray, on a trip to Australia in 2018, after claiming to have had several sexual encounters with ghosts over the years. 

The pair had planned to get married and have a baby, but appearing on This Morning today, Amethyst revealed that she’s called off the big day, after a disastrous holiday last May, where she suspected her fiancé of ‘drinking and doing drugs’. 

After ‘falling into he wrong crowd’ of spirits, he would bring back various unknown ghosts into their hotel room, and eventually she had to resort to kicking him out of their house by cleansing her home with sage.   

Amethyst Realm, 32, from Bristol, pictured in

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Start your holiday shopping with 10 standout Prime Day toy deals for kids

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.

Prime Day was created by Amazon which has an affiliate relationship with TODAY. Whenever you buy an Amazon product through our site, Amazon pays TODAY a small commission on that sale.

Amazon Prime Day means great deals on tons of different products – including toys for kids and toddlers! We rounded up the best deals currently active so you can find the best options for the little ones in your life.

Prime Day toy deals

1. Toddler Kitchen Playset

Toddler Kitchen Playset

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Toddler Kitchen Playset (Amazon / Amazon)

Toddler Kitchen Playset $104.99 at Amazon

Little chefs can get an early start in the kitchen

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Flexibility, Online Agility Key This Holiday Shopping Season

When Melissa Davis, head of North America at Afterpay, was asked if there was one thing retailers and brands could do to help them better prepare for this upcoming holiday shopping season, she didn’t hesitate in her response.

“You must ensure that you have the flexibility and payment options in buy online, pickup in-store, and in curbside pickup, and offer an ease-of-use experience for consumers, [but] they’re going to shop — and an experience that is seamless across all channels,” she said.

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The context of her remarks is a new retail environment where online sales continue to skyrocket and where physical stores reopen doors (with safety measures in place) to satiate pent-up consumer demand for having experiences outside of their homes.

Her perspective is based on insights culled from Afterpay’s 10 million consumers and 55,000 retail partners globally. Afterpay is a retail technology firm that offers flexible

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Amazon Prime Day, other sales events start holiday shopping season early

Oct. 13 (UPI) — Occurring later this year due to COVID-19, Amazon’s Prime Day began on Tuesday amid direct competition from other retailers that have accelerated the arrival of the holiday shopping season by a few weeks, experts say.

Usually held in July, Prime Day will last through Tuesday and Wednesday. Amazon said it’s spending more than $100 million on promotional activities to aid small businesses and attract new customers during the two-day sale.

Prime Day is available to shoppers in the United States, Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria and Australia.

Competitors including Walmart, Best Buy, eBay, Target and Macy’s have also rolled out big sales to compete with Amazon, transforming this week into an unofficial launch of the holiday shopping season — which typically begins with Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving.

Amazon’s move to

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These Amazon Prime Day Toy Deals Will Save You Hundreds On Holiday Shopping

It’s hard to beat that moment when your kid receives a new toy that brings a smile of joy to her face. And of course all those ensuing moments when she loves playing with said new toy are also pretty great.

For kids, playtime is also serious stuff. It’s through play activities that children hone fine motor skills, develop creativity and imagination, improve critical thinking abilities, and learn how better to relate to peers. So buying the best toys for your kids isn’t mere child’s play. And it’s not cheap, either, provided you want to get high quality toys for your kids.

MORE FROM FORBESAmazon Prime Day 2020 Starts Now: The Best Deals That Just Went Live

During Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sales blitz, you can score huge deals on some of the best toys out there, so whether you’re looking for a new way to

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Holiday shopping gets early start with October Prime Day, other sales

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NEW YORK (AP) — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now.

The big push is coming from Amazon, which is holding its annual Prime Day sales event Tuesday and Wednesday, kickstarting the holiday shopping season. It’s the first time Prime Day has been held in the fall, after the pandemic forced it to postpone from July.

Walmart, Best Buy and Target are also offering online deals over the same two days, hoping to lure deal seekers.

“Beat the holiday hustle,” Amazon’s site said on Tuesday. “Holiday savings start now,” a message on Target.com said.

There’s good reason for the early start. Retailers are worried that a rush of online orders later could lead to shipping delays in November and December. And stores want to avoid

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Report: Majority of U.S. Consumers Will Turn to Amazon First for Gift Shopping This Holiday Season

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A majority (52%) of U.S. shoppers plan to start their online shopping via Amazon™ this holiday season, according to newly released findings from Episerver, the customer-centric digital experience company.

For its latest report, “An Interview with The Couch Shopper: The Episerver Holiday Ecommerce Report 2020,” Episerver surveyed 4,050 online shoppers across the world and performed 1.6 billion website sessions to uncover the behaviors and trends shaping the future of e-commerce. The survey revealed that 42% of U.S. shoppers plan to buy most of their holiday gifts on Amazon this year, and 11% say they plan to buy all of their holiday gifts on Amazon.

Amazon is not only the world’s largest retailer, it is now most consumers’ first stop along their holiday shopping journey and remains a go-to for year-round shopping needs. Episerver’s study found that in general, 48% of online

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