Sorry, Moms — The Most Popular Holiday Present Hiding Spot Is the First Place Your Kids Look

Sorry, Moms — The Most Popular Holiday Present Hiding Spot Is the First Place Your Kids Look

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Holiday gift shopping season! And with gift shopping comes another important, yet oft-overlooked, part of the season: Gift hiding.

Nothing beats the moment a loved one rips off the wrapping paper and sees the gift for the first time. But if these gifts aren’t hidden well, the surprise may be ruined!

We wanted to know all about people’s gift-hiding tips and tricks — where gifts get hidden, where they get found, and everything in between. So we surveyed 1,000 Americans to ask how they keep holiday presents a surprise until it’s time to celebrate. Here’s what we learned.

Crows on a residential lawn

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Small Business Saturday: The Most Popular Types of Small Business in Every U.S. State

Small Business Saturday: The Most Popular Types of Small Business in Every U.S. State

Black Friday has long been considered the day that kicks off the start of the holiday shopping season. But before you head for your nearest big-box stores for those irresistible door-buster deals, consider this: There’s another shopping holiday that celebrates shopping small and supporting local businesses that are the backbone of every community.

The first Small Business Saturday took place in 2010, after American Express launched an ad campaign encouraging its customers to consider doing some or all of their holiday shopping at small businesses. Just one year later, President Barack Obama rallied majors, governors and senators from across the country to designate Small Business Saturday as an unofficial holiday.

A decade after Small Business Saturday first took hold, American Express estimates that Americans have spent more than $120 billion at small businesses since the holiday’s creation. There’s no doubt that this “holiday” is now as real and meaningful to Americans as Black Friday.

But every state is different. They all show different levels of support for small businesses — and different types of small businesses that have captured their community’s attention. That’s why we set out to learn more about Small Business Saturday in each state. In honor of the start of this year’s shopping season, celebrate small businesses with these statistics and fun facts about small businesses in all 50 states.