Seasonal Workers Could See Major Boon from 2017 Holiday Hiring

’Tis the season for holiday hiring.

Early predictions indicate a holly, jolly Christmas for retailers, with total sales expected to grow as much as 4.5 percent versus last year’s 3.6 percent. To help, according to the National Retail Federation, 500,000 to 550,000 season workers will need to be hired.

And while some companies are making it attractive to apply, there are still some things that applicants need to be aware of:

• The economy may not be your friend. Rather than hire a slew of temps, some employers such as Walmart are offering extra hours to existing workers.

Gift Ideas for Dads and Grads

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It may be the only holiday on the calendar that rhymes.

We’re alluding to a multi-week span of celebrating both “Dads and Grads,” in which Father’s Day shares the spotlight with all those hardworking students who are jubilantly tossing mortarboards into the air — and somehow you have to come up with gifts to celebrate the hard work of both.

Two things are certain: Dad doesn’t need (or necessarily even want) another tie, and gold pens for grads are about as passe as teaching penmanship in school.

Here are more ideas to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing:

Mom Knows Best When Picking the Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day

PlayPercentagesIf choosing the right Mother’s Day gift has been your biggest challenge over the years, try taking a cue from mom herself.

Millions of dollars have been spent researching and/or polling what moms desire most, so use it to your advantage! Thank mom, a mother figure or wife for all that she does — from giving you style advice to motivating you when you needed it most — by celebrating your unique bond with a gift she will celebrate for many years to come.

Mom has always been there when you needed it, and she deserves the best. Below are a few ways to treat her on Mother’s Day:

The Many Colors of Love: Engagement Rings Get a Makeover

WeddingDollarsCYou can thank Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for setting the bar so high when it comes to getting married.

The average cost of a wedding — sans a honeymoon — has now soared to more than $31,000, according to the wedding planning website TheKnot. And experts say the “images of celebrity wedding extravagance,” a la last year’s $12 million “Kimye” nuptials in Florence, Italy, are influencing couples’ spending choices.

Another reason for the jump, experts say, are the engagement rings.

These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Pearls

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Pearls are the perfect, malleable medium for today’s always-changing fashions. But don’t mistake some of today’s modern pearls with Grandmother’s simple strands. By adding a little high tech, color and carvings, you take a classic piece of jewelry straight into the 21st century. With these changes, today’s pearls are appealing to a new generation that is discovering their beauty and luster, while enjoying some amazing new characteristics.

What to Get That Special September Someone

SeptGiftsCIf it seems as if you’re buying birthday gifts during September more than any other time of the year, you most likely are.

The reason is that it’s the month when most American babies are born. If you do the math, you’ll understand why. “The holidays may not be a popular time for birthdays, but they sure are a popular time for conception,” notes ancestry.com.

Trivia buffs will be interested to know that all 10 of the top birth dates are in September. And September 16—the most popular birthday of all—also happens to be shared by Mickey Rourke and David Copperfield (judge for yourself how that worked out).

Accessories That Are Easy, Convenient and Portable

HandyAccessoriesSome of your favorite accessories are the ones you reach for again and again, those items that are portable, easy, and convenient. When shopping for accessories for everyday use, special events, or travel, several factors stand out. The following tips will help you identify accessories that will make your life easier.

    • Easy. Ease of use is a top consideration in everyone’s favorite, go-to accessories. Be it a wallet with just the right number of slots, a purse with pockets in just the right place, or a smartphone case that doubles as an ID holder, the right accessories make your life easier. If you’re a smokeless tobacco user, a portable spittoon that can be open and shut with one hand makes it easy to enjoy smokeless tobacco on the go. The portable spittoon from Atlanta-based FLASR features a one-hand operational design for ease of use.

Finding the Perfect Wedding Gift—for the Groom

GiftsforGroomsThe answer is: Yes, it’s expected.

But it’s also a chance for brides to truly show that not everything is about them  on the BIG DAY. That there really is another person involved (that would be the groom) who deserves a bit of recognition, too.

We’re talking wedding presents — specifically, yours to your husband-to-be.

Tradition does, indeed, hold that both you and he exchange gifts. And while it’s true that some grooms are initially shocked to learn your engagement ring doesn’t also count as a “pre-sent,” that’s no excuse for you, the bride, to forgo a gift to your new hubby.

For The Man Who Has Everything: Eclectic Father’s Day Ideas

EclecticFathersDayCWhat is it about Father’s Day that can stump even the savviest gift giver? Mother’s Day seems almost seamless by comparison, the presents easy and unfailing: Chanel perfume, a bottle of Opus One wine, Godiva chocolate, dinner out, flowers or even a gift card for the local coffee shop will bring a smile. Dads, however, seem to get the short end of the stick more often than not.

“This is the time you can indulge Dad and get him those things he’s ogled, but hasn’t gone to buy on his own,” say Byon Penn, a manager at Jerry’s Home Improvement Center in Eugene, Ore. “But the ole, traditional necktie doesn’t quite cut it these days.”

Treat Mom to Something Precious This Mother’s Day

PreciousMothersDayCJust mention the word “Mom,” and it’s likely to stir up memories of love, warmth and kindness. That’s why there is a day dedicated just to her, honoring all that she’s done.

Trying to decipher what she would like, however, can be a daunting task.

Experts agree, saying there is a tremendous amount of pressure to find that perfect gift, when in reality, most mothers just want to know they’re cherished and appreciated.

That’s all well and good, but does little to help you with the decision of what to get the most important woman in your life. For that, the following ideas may help you create a precious moment any mom will love on her special day: