Gifts and the New Spirit of Giving


Megan Williams
* Production Assistant, Talk of the Nation

* Shopper at Target in Alexandria

Kurt Barnard
* President of Barnard's Retail Consulting Group (retail analyst)
* Publisher, Barnard's Retail Trend Report Newsletter

Chris Brockmeier
* Store manager, Restoration Hardware, Chicago, IL

* Shopper at Target in Alexandria

Alice Cuneo
* National Retail Editor, Advertising Age magazine

* Shopper at Target in Alexandria

Barry Rosen
* Former Press Attache, Tehran Embassy, Iran (1978-1981)
* Held hostage by Islamic Militant from November 1979-January 1981
* Executive Director, Public Affairs, Teacher's College, Columbia University

The holidays are upon us and shoppers are rushing to the malls. Retailers report sales are up. But it's "comfort gifts" that are flying off the shelves like aromatherapy products and "feel good" books. Are YOU buying different kinds of presents this year? Gifts and the new spirit of giving.



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