Holiday shopping top 10 trends: Food, group gifts, eggnog parties


Sure, consumers are sick of bad news and just want to go shopping -- but they're still waiting for the recession's other shoe to drop.

And that means that this holiday season, shoppers will be very practical: giving food and other basics, cutting friends and co-workers off the gift list, and even using the gift cards they got for birthdays and graduations to pay for their holiday shopping. Analyzing new survey data, the National Retail Federation identifies 10 holiday shopping trends: