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The holidays can be the most expensive time of year. For real. One Union Bank survey found that people felt pressured to overspend and make poor financial decisions. 

While we can’t alleviate all the stress that comes with the holidays—from traveling to seeing extended family—City Paper can help you keep the spending down. Gift giving doesn’t need to run you dry, and City Paper staff put together a guide that explains how.     

Make a clutch out of an old glasses case, or some origami ornaments. Give the gift of information by helping a loved one file a FOIA appeal. Or let us advise you on planning an afternoon of museum gift shop-hopping.

“It’s a great guide if you want the people on your list to know that you care about them enough to spend time thinking about their future joy. It’s a decent guide if you’re broke, want to support independent businesses, or want to feel connected to your community,” writes City Paper’s Alexa Mills. Happy holidays. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com  

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • A bill passed Tuesday allows parents of people who get killed by the police to see body camera footage. [DCist

  • MedStar Hospital caregivers demand higher wages and control over schedules. [Twitter]

  • Support grows for train that gets riders from D.C. to Baltimore in 15 minutes. [Fox5]

  • Say goodbye to District Hardware and Bike, a family-owned business operating since 1971. [PoPville]  

    • D.C. is losing its local bike shops—remember when Wawa replaced BicycleSPACE? [WCP]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds outed a whistleblower during a public hearing. [WCP]

  • Chairman Phil Mendelson urged Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to resign ahead of inevitable expulsion. [Post]

  • In which the Post editorial board praises Evans, and politely suggests he should leave office. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Do the brewers who make your favorite local beer earn enough? [WCP]

  • The team behind Stellina Pizzeria is opening an Italian dessert shop, and another location of Stellina. [WCP]

  • Don’t eat in the House Members’ Dining Room, according to Tom Sietsema. [Post]

  • Sign of the Whale will reopen under the same name serving sushi and Southern food. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, byKayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • What will happen to the Newseum’s artifacts once it shutters? [Washingtonian]

  • Dwell, a Northeast arts space that D.C. shut down, is trying to reopen. [DCist]

  • The National Christmas Tree is getting very lit today. [Post]

  • Why people love D.C.’s staple holiday shows. [Kojo Nnamdi Show]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Olympian Julie Culley, one of only a handful of female NCAA Division I directors of track and field and cross-country, wants to be a positive presence for change in the sport. She believes there is “a more progressive way of thinking” to replace the toxic coaching behaviors that have negatively impacted promising running careers. [WCP

  • The No. 3 ranked Maryland men’s basketball team dominated Notre Dame, 72-51. Jalen Smith led with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. [Testudo Times]

  • Last month, Jordan Veasy caught passes from Colin Kaepernick during Kaepernick’s workout for NFL teams. Yesterday, the Washington football team signed him to its practice squad. [Complex]

  • The D.C. area-based and Under Armour sponsored District Track Club elite running group is hosting a free running clinic this Sunday, Dec. 8, at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. “This is for everyone in the Running Community and this Clinic is an opportunity for everyone to learn from World Class speakers,” Ryan Widzgowski, the club’s general manager, tells City Paper. [District Track Club]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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