Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us once again. And while this news may send you into a panicked frenzy, there's no need for a blue Christmas this year.

In our newest issue, we've compiled a list of holiday survival tips to ensure that everything runs smoothly, from gift giving to preparing dinner. But we know the holidays are way too hectic to only give you suggestions we can fit in the magazine.

That's why, we decided to share everything we couldn't fit, plus more helpful hints on holiday picture taking and more right here on

Inexpensive or last-minute gift giving

Does a last-minute party invite have you scrambling to find the perfect hostess gift? Look no further; we've got you covered with these quickie gifts under $20.

Gingerbread tiles, traditionally rolled with a German roller, $8 for 8, or large tiles for $2 each. Complimentary kraft boxes or cello bag with Tulie sticker. Call ahead for large orders. Tulie Bakery, 863 E. 700 South, SLC, 801-883-9741

Deep Steep organic foaming hand soaps from The Kura Door, 1136 E. 3rd Ave., SLC, $8 for 8 oz.

Kitchen Sticky Notes in tin box, $14 for 480 sticky notes, Tabula Rasa, 330 Trolley Square, SLC, 801-575-5043.

Your holiday portraits

Don't let those precious moments slip away. Take time this year to capture the magic of the holidays in photographs, whether it's baby's first Christmas or their twenty-first.

For fancy party dresses and dapper little boys' attire, check out Four and Twenty Sailors, 2645 Parleys Way, SLC, 801-485-2951, or The Secret Garden Children's Apparel, 602 S. 500 E., SLC, 801-534-0552.

Then be sure to catch everyone in their holiday finery before the sticky candy cane fingers and snowball fights ensue with the help of one of these Salt Lake-based children/family photographers:

Julie Parker Photography,, 801-644-7995.

Heather Gibb Photography,, 801-471-8471.

Monkeyface Photography,, 801-660-7866.

How the Scrooge or Grinch in your life can blow off some steam

The Bayou

For those who've shoveled the walkway, chopped firewood and tinkered with the electric train set a few too many times, the month of December can become the nightmare before Christmas. Send your Grinch on his merry way to de-stress with a holiday drink or some time alone in the woods.

The Bayou, at 645 S. State Street, SLC, offers the best selection of seasonal beers, with 23 heart-warming brews that includes Ridgeway "Bad Elf," a Winter IPA, as well as the "Pickled Santa," an aromatic, spiced amber.

Or, for a locally brewed favorite, head to the Wasatch Brewery for their Wasatch Winterfest Seasonal Ale, sure to melt the icy demeanor of any Scrooge, 250 Main Street, Park City, 435-649-0900.

For those craving something more serious to blow off steam, High Top Outfitters takes hunters out to bag bull elks from Nov. 12 to 20.  They're not exactly reindeer, but we'd better leave Rudolph to prepare for the big flight on Christmas Eve. Celebrating eight crazy nights in the Beehive

Rabbi Zippel Lighting the Menorah at Chanukah on Ice

For Chahukah-celebrating Utahns, you may be hard-pressed to find many Jewish activities in Salt Lake.

Luckily, Chanukah on Ice is a great way to plan a day out with the kids amidst all the hustle and bustle. Rabbi Benny Zippel hosts free ice-skating and a giant menorah lighting at the Gallivan Center on Dec. 22 at 4 pm. Click here for more info.

Or, if you're planning a Chanukah party of your own, but don't have the proper party space, contact Temple Har Shalom. The temple will host a community-wide celebration, including activities for every age following Friday evening services on Dec. 23. 3700 N. Brookside Court, Park City, 435-649-2276.