After hearing two guys in fancy suits prattle on for months about our crumbling economy, it seems silly to be talking about holiday shopping. After all, with ugly words like "recession," "bankruptcy" and "foreclosure" dominating the daily news cycle, most of us would probably prefer to keep our wallets safely tucked away this Christmas. But while holiday sales will surely be down this year, we can't ignore our lists altogether. In fact, why not use this as an excuse to pare down your list and spend some extra time hunting down those can't-miss bargains? The economy may be in the crapper but that doesn't mean you need to give crappy gifts.
With that in mind, we've expanded our annual Holiday Gift Guide this time around to give you more options to chew on. You'll still find plenty of great DVD and music suggestions, as well as a few slick gadgets for the techies on your list and the hottest titles for your gamers. Plus, Shelly Perry returns with a new batch of gift ideas for the women in your life. Since frugality is the name of the game this year, Shelly also offers a slew of bargain-shopping suggestions along with her list of "Gifts That Give," charitable and environmentally friendly ideas that are even more appealing in the current economic climate. Finally, for all of you AIG execs, Shelly has some fun with our luxury section.
As usual, we've included buy links throughout our Holiday Gift Guide, which means you can get all of your shopping done in your underwear while saving money on gas in the process. Bonus! So have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season, and here's hoping we're talking about our recovering economy next year.