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The Gift List ’09

Our annual anxiety-relieving guide to matching perfect gift with delighted giftee.


100 Under $100100 Under $100
A bedroom helicopter, kaleidoscopic chopsticks, and 98 other budget-friendly ways to give.
CakesInternational House of Cakes
Multiculti sweets to give, share, and savor, from stollen to struffoli.
Gift PollThe “You Ask, We Find” Gift Guide
We polled the locals for their wish lists, then suggested one gift for each.
NeighborhoodsHubs Within Hubs
Three gift-rich neighborhoods—each anchored by a well-curated flea market.
Last-Minute GiftsLast-Minute Gifts
Browse 160 options, from home décor to toys to flea-market finds.
Five hundred ideas, from stocking stuffers to steroes.
Charitable GivingGive Anything Away
A few suggestions for where to donate your stuff, money, or time.
ToysFor the Little Ones
Books, dolls, play sets, and more.
Winter AccessoriesWarm Up
Scarves, hats, slippers, and gloves to give and get.
The Exit Poll
From 176 responses, an overview of what people wanted, and more.
On the Cover
Behind-the-scenes video from our Fantastic Mr. Fox–themed Gift Guide photo shoot.


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