There's so much you should be doing — plucking turkeys, crafting homemade cards, soldering holiday centerpieces. But we're sure you...

Share story

There’s so much you should be doing — plucking turkeys, crafting homemade cards, soldering holiday centerpieces.

But we’re sure you finished all that in August. Like we did.

So now, let’s just kick back on the couch and watch all these other poor suckers knock themselves out for the holidays.

“Gift Show 2006,” 8 p.m. Friday, HGTV. Seattle’s own Gaard Swanson co-hosts a tour of giant gift fairs, looking for trends, bargains and extravagance. We predict oodles of goodies for portable dogs.

“Toy Fair 2006,” 9 p.m. Friday, HGTV. Gaard Swanson (again!) co-hosts an hourlong roundup of the year’s must-have toys. No foot stomping, now, if you don’t get that life-size computerized pony.

“Gift and Gear 2006,” 10 p.m. Friday, HGTV. What the … ? That Gaard guy is everywhere. Now he’s co-hosting a look at tech and gadget shows in search of the hottest gizmos. We would take the lawn-mowing robot, but we’ve finally got the husband pretty well programmed.

“Top 10 Holiday Countdown with Matt and Shari,” 1 p.m. Nov. 25, HGTV. This one-hour special with the “Room By Room” hosts ranks seasonal décor ideas to prepare your whole house for the holidays. Tip No. 11: Lock the doors.

Bonus stuff

HGTV.com is already well into the holiday spirit, with party-planning and decorating tips, how-to crafts and “Shop ‘Til You Drop.” New this year is “Holiday Room by Room” (starting Monday), where you’ll find step-by-step ideas for the whole house.

DIY Network celebrates with “Craft-Nanza” (really) every day between Friday and Christmas, with special holiday-themed episodes of old favorites. For example, at noon Friday, “B. Original” host Michele Beschen will shape PVC pipe into holiday wreaths, and over at “Craft Lab” at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 23, host Jennifer Perkins will do something crafty, possibly involving clay, in “Polymer Clay Ornament.”

“DIY Holiday Wish List,” 7 p.m. Nov. 26, DIY. Experts share more than 50 ideas and tips for DIY gift-giving, like tools, accessories and health coverage.

“Decorating Cents Home for the Holidays,” 9 p.m. Nov. 26, HGTV. A crew of elves designs holiday homes for two families — one family who must see Dad off to Iraq, and another dealing with extraordinary medical treatments for a son. Grab the Christmas Kleenex.

“Deck the Yard,” 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 1, DIY. Another three-family competition to outdo (or outdoors) each other by transforming their front yards into holiday showplaces. Or public disturbances.

“My Parents’ House: Home for the Holidays,” 9 p.m. Dec. 2, HGTV. A happy-holiday makeover for the rather large Smelle family, whose 25-year-old home is filled with 11 little elves of their own.

“DIY Holiday Open House,” 7 p.m. Dec. 3, DIY. How to put your personal touch on holiday décor. Other than spilling wine on Grandma’s nice white tablecloth.

“Holiday Windows 2006,” 9p.m.Dec.3,HGTV. No, this isn’t a new Microsoft release. Yet. Instead, you will get the behind-the-glass scoop on fabulous holiday window displays.

“White House Christmas 2006,” 8 p.m. Dec. 6, HGTV. After a strip search that began last June, HGTV steps inside the White House to see how it’s decorated for the holidays (by undocumented workers, perhaps?). Shhh — the theme is classified.

“What’s With That Christmas House?” 9 p.m. Dec. 10, HGTV. Meet those neighbors who go just a little wacky with the holiday decorations. Unless, of course, you’re one of them, in which case we’ll meet you.

“Over The Top Holiday,” 9 p.m. Dec. 17, HGTV. Whew — there must be a lot of wacky neighbors out there, because HGTV needed another hourlong special just to fit in all the crazy displays.