Featured in December 2008

See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

Photo by Lucas Allen

On the Cover

In This Issue

Thoughts, p. 6
 The Simple List, p. 8
 Contributors, p. 22
 Editor's Note, p. 25
 Everyday Celebrations
Turn gift wrapping into a party with a few friends and easy, spirited ideas, p. 27
 Your Words
How do you give back during the holidays?, p. 35
 Holiday Gift Guide

  • For just about anyone, p. 45
  • For mothers, sisters, best friends, p. 54
  • For fathers, brothers, husbands, p. 64
  • For the kids in your life, p. 74
  • Stocking stuffers for $15 or less, p. 86
  • Seven sentimental ideas, p. 94

The Quiz, p. 96
What cards have you received this holiday? See how they stack up
 Personal Best
Food writer Kim O’Donnel serves up life lessons learned in the kitchen, p. 179
 Credits, p. 256
 Reality Check, p. 264
Five emotional stages of regifting
 Real Simple To Go, p. 266
 Special: Real Simple On TV, p. 99
A look behind the scenes at an episode of Real Simple. Real Life.―the new makeover show on TLC

The Guide


Rich winter fragrances, p. 113


Ten proven immune boosters, p. 121


Holiday-party bargains, p. 129
Classic black skirts for every shape, p. 133


Small financial mistakes that can make a big difference, p. 143


Finding the right cell phone, p. 153


Save on winter-sports gear; shrink your wireless bill; and, yes, buy that Champagne, p. 157


Road Tests