Sometimes, the overall theme of a magazine just feels completely out of our hands. Bizarre circumstances occasionally conspire to tell us what exactly it is we’re going to run in a given issue, whether that’s due to a shortage of bikes, a squeezing of deadlines or, heck, just some random suit in Peoria that tells us our usual winter issue will in fact go on sale in September. Which is why—dear, patient readers—the periodical you’re holding in your hands is jam-packed with Guides. We got your Holiday Gift Guide (or Christmas Gift Guide, since I’m feeling politically incorrect these days), and we’re offering up our huge annual Buyer’s Guide as well. To quote a wise man I once knew, we got Guides up the yin-yang. Why the Holiday Gift Guide in this issue? Well, it just didn’t make sense to have it in our December issue, which for some wacko reason hit newsstands in September this year. To me, this was like airing the Grinch Who Stole Christmas (awesome entertainment if you want my opinion) the week before Halloween. Who does that? But what do I know. I just go by the most widely-accepted calendar on the planet—also known as the Gregorian calendar—and I also don’t make the schedules, so there you go.