Black Friday In-Store Shopping To Make a Comeback This Year, As Holiday Spending Returns to Normal

After the pandemic halted physical holiday shopping for many in 2020, consumers are ready to hit the stores this year.

In-store shopping will make a major comeback this year on Black Friday, according to KPMG’s consumer pulse survey for the holiday season of 2021. According to the survey of more than 1,000 consumers, 32% plan to shop in person on Black Friday this year, compared with 16% last year. Respondents also reported that they plan to attend more in-person holiday gatherings this year.

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According to Matt Kramer, KPMG U.S.’s national sector leader for consumer and retail, the results from the survey indicate an excitement about getting back to physical stores and gatherings in safe groups.

“Consumers are very interested in going back out and shopping,” he said.

Overall spending for the holiday season is also set to return to normal levels. Respondents plan to increase their

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25 best self-care gifts that everyone could use this year

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Whether you’re strained from your day job or just had a long week in general, you deserve to pamper yourself a bit. Take a few moments this month to focus on yourself, whether that means picking up yoga or buying yourself that pair of fluffy slippers you’ve been eyeing.

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Why you should start your holiday grocery shopping earlier this year

FORT MYERS, Fla. / GMA — As grocery chains continue to struggle with supply chain issues, increased consumer demand, and everchanging prices on products, retailers are stocking up early ahead of the busy season.

Although Thanksgiving is still two months out, companies have planned on bringing in certain items earlier in hopes that people stock up early and prevent potential shortages.

New York-based supermarket chain Tops Friendly Markets had its order for turkeys placed before Americans even rang in 2021, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We locked down turkeys in the second, third week of February,” senior vice president of merchandising for Tops, Jeff Culhane, said.

Jonathan Gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy for the National Retail Federation told “Good Morning America” that other retail executives have acted accordingly in order to receive all their must-have holiday items from suppliers in time.

“The

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Botox users getting younger after a year of Zoom meetings, doctors say

As cities around the world start to reopen after COVID-19 lockdowns, the effects of the pandemic are starting to show on people’s faces.

Experts in cosmetic medicine say they have begun to notice an uptick in Botox treatments among younger generations. They say people, particularly women, in their early 20s — aged from the pandemic and wearing less makeup than before — spent so much time looking at themselves during Zoom meetings that they started to notice their “imperfections,” and for the first time, turned to Botox and fillers.

“I would say that my average age of patients shifted down considerably this year, and it’s now early 20s,” Skinly Aesthetics founder Dr. Dmitriy Schwarzburg said. “And they’re coming not just for Botox, but for all kinds of procedures that they would otherwise consider at a much later point in their lives.”

Amy Shecter, the CEO of Ever/Body said, “The

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