Ellen Warren's Holiday Shopping Tips:

Be up front about your per gift spending limit -- and stick to it

Beat the Christmas rush, shop weekdays when sales staffers have more time to unearth frugal finds

Ask about return policy; some stores only give store credit or limit time for returns

Ask for all possible free perks including:
gift wrapping
gift card
logo shopping bag
decorative tissue paper
parking voucher

The gifts shown today were from:

Ikram
15 E. Huron Street
Chicago
www.ikram.com

Jonathan Adler 676 N. Wabash Avenue Chicago www.jonathanadler.com

Chanel
935 N. Michigan Avenue
www.chanel.com

Barneys New York
15 E. Oak Street
www.barneys.com

Tiffany & Co.
730 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago
www.tiffany.com

Apple Store
679 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago
www.apple.com


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