Holiday Guide 2009

Cheap gifts, festive fetes, and traditional treats -- let's do this thing!

Does this time of year leave you mumbling “Bah, humbug!” (or maybe “Holidays schmolidays!”)? We understand. The commercialism of this season can feel crippling, especially in an economy as dismal as this one. But here’s hoping our guide to affordable gifts, uplifting food and spirits, and festive destinations helps put some of the cheer back into a season that has potential for so much of it. And if that still doesn’t work? Buy a batch of barleywine. A few bottles in, you won’t even remember what month this is. (Molly Freedenberg, Holiday Guide Editor)

Drunk on holiday spirit
Events, performances, and places to get you in the mood

Gifts on a shoestring
Cheap and DIY ideas for personal gifts

Season's eatings
Treats and tipples to tickle your holiday fancy

Presents of mind
Gifts that give back

Holiday hops
Seasonal brews to chase away those cold weather blues

Good work
Ways to give your time

Merry mayhem
Gifts for gamers

That's a wrap
Gifts for movie geeks

'Tis the season to be Jewy