NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Last year, it's fair to say, holiday gift buyers were spending as little as possible -- but next year's holiday spending should return to normal, according to many analysts. So where does this leave holiday shopping trends for this year?"This year," says Kelton Research CEO Tom Bernthal, is "a hybrid year. Consumers want to purchase widely, but in a very cautious manner," boosting the popularity of barcode scanning iPhone app RedLaser and online shopping comparison sites. Retailers are responding to this with competitive shipping deals and pricing that give consumers the "emotional permission to buy," Bernthal explains.
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