The Weekend Guide

Add flair.

DIY Gift Wrap Bar
 Event stylist Lauren Wells helps you prettify your plain-Jane prezzies with evergreen branches, twine hand tags, and plaid cloth bows ($5 cash).
Why: Winter sangria while you browse Olives & Grace’s ne plus ultra selection of small-batch stocking stuffers.
When: Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 81 Pembroke St., South End (617-236-4536).

The Download
What: This week’s roundup of Interweb play.
Why: Portraits of pups mid bath, a makeover project that makes people smile, and the growing debate surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch.
When: You’re online.
Where: At dailycandy.com.

Manes and Mistletoes at Salon Mario Russo
Prep for your night out with one of three party looks — Sugar & Spice blow-dry, Vixen ’n’ Glitzen braid, and Naughty or Nice ponytails — customized to your exact outfit ($40).
Why: Whipped cream-adorned hot chocolate, candy canes, and lots of Oribe samples to go.
When: Fri., 5-7 p.m.
Where: 9 Newbury St., Back Bay (617-424-6676); 60 Northern Ave., Waterfront (857-350-3139). Appt. required.

Formaggio Pop-Up
Have your cheese and buy it, too, at a one-night affair proffering all manner of hostess gifts, from imported jams to cutting boards to the Formaggio Kitchen Cocktail Bundle (Luxardo cherries, June Taylor syrups, and Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters).
Why: Free aperitifs and a portion of proceeds goes to The Greater Boston Food Bank.
When: Tonight, 6-11 p.m.
Where: The Hawthorne, 500a Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square (617-532-9150).

Eat Boutique at Fringe Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Double down on your “shop local artisans” pledge with Cuppow’s mason jar drinking lids, letterpress posters from Repeat Press, Forêt Design floral arrangements, and Eat Boutique’s gourmet edibles and kitchen gifts (including cookbooks by locals).
Why: There can be no lovelier pairing than Union Square Donuts and hot chocolate.
When: Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: Fringe Union, 9 Olive Sq., Somerville.

Backflip Cocktail at
Highball Lounge
The off-menu holiday libation (Guinness, spiced Caña Brava, Amontillado sherry) at the new, funky throwback hotel bar (View-Master menus) serves as a gateway to further indulgence (winter ginger juleps) and a few rowdy rounds of Connect Four.
Why: Consider this your excuse to hoover the limited-time-only apple cider mini donuts, served with a shot of mulled cider.
When: Wed.-Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Nine Zero Hotel, 90 Tremont St., Downtown Crossing (617-772-0202).

Frankincense Massage Ritual at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
Set seasonal stress levels back to zero with a leisurely foot bath; a focused rubdown with wild chamomile, frankincense, and petitgrain oils; and one of those extended scalp massages that make you lose your bearings for a few hours ($215-$235).
Why: There are far worse things than emerging from a treatment smelling like a Christmas tree.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 776 Boylston St., Back Bay (617-535-8820).

Photos: Courtesy of Lauren Wells Events

90 Tremont St
Inside Nine Zero Hotel
Boston, MA 02108
9 Olive Sq
Somerville, MA 02143
81 Pembroke St
Boston, MA 02118
500a Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Salon Mario Russo
60 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
776 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
9 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116