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Monday, December 12,2011

For the tech-hound

Gadget gifts for geeky guys and gals

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Just 10 years ago we couldn’t imagine some of the technology we have today. Everything from small touch-screen computers and phones to the near irrelevancy of CDs and DVDs. This year we’ve compiled just a few of the best and brightest technological advances made recently that inventors hope will make life just a little bit more convenient, fun and cool. Check them out!
Monday, December 12,2011

Game on!

New hits and old classics make for winning family memories

By Jefferson Dodge
Some people consider it family time when they pile on the couch for the latest installment of The Biggest Loser or Survivor: South Pacific. But chances are, you’re going to leave your kids with more lasting memories and intellectual stimulation if you switch off the talking box and play a board game together. Especially if it is snowing outside, the fireplace is roaring and you’ve got some hot chocolate on hand.
Monday, December 12,2011

Vital video games

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The holiday season is also a season of gaming. Every fall, the biggest and brightest video games hit store shelves with hopes of filling the stockings of hard-core gamers and casual gamers alike. Luckily, we’re here to tell you what’s hot, and what’s not.
Monday, December 12,2011

Wean off the screen

Local retailers describe popular kids gifts this year

By Jefferson Dodge
Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics when shopping for kids’ holiday gifts. When it comes to steering away from the high-tech mayhem, several Boulder toy stores can offer guidance to the hottest presents for children this season, from old, simple classics like the hula hoop to the newest craze in tiny bug-like robots.
Monday, December 12,2011

Give and give back

Fair trade gifts support small businesses around the globe

By Elizabeth Miller
Shopping fair trade is about more than just supporting local retailers — though this holiday season, there are plenty of local businesses selling fair trade goods. Shopping fair trade means supporting the small producers who run their businesses with a sense of accountability while employing practices that show concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of other small producers, according to the World Fair Trade Organization. It also means setting a fair price, using no child or forced labor and committing to gender equality.
Monday, December 12,2011

Stocking success

Your guide to stuffing a stocking and showing up Santa

By Blair Madole
Stockings are one of the better things about the holidays. Stuffing them requires imagination and knowledge of the receiver beyond a specific list of desired presents, and you have a small space to prove you have it. If you’re stumped, here are a few ideas for what to stuff in those stockings so you can prove that Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones capable of putting one together.
Monday, December 12,2011

Gear of the Year: Five items you won't want to live without

By Tom Winter
Christmas is coming, but the ski and snowboard season has already started. Regardless of whether you’re celebrating the start of winter, adding a few “special” items to that gift list, stoking out a friend with an early December birthday or rewarding yourself, here’s where to start your shopping list.
Monday, December 12,2011

Hot 2011 outdoors gifts

By James Dziezynski
On the eighth day, Santa said “Let there be gear!” And behold there was a plethora of Gore-tex laid before the masses and fleece grew from the trees and carbon-fiber precision welded bike frames sprang from the earth. Mankind did rejoice at 800-fill down jackets and dog-kind did rejoice at the multitude of soft-bite frisbees that rain’d down from the heavens, and it was good.
Monday, December 12,2011

Holi-dealing

By Steve Weishampel
If you’re shopping for gifts on a budget, you should know it differs from shopping for yourself: Ramen is generally not a much-appreciated present, and a card that says “Just wear the same clothes another year” in lieu of a gift doesn’t fly. But a lot of the old tricks can still serve you well.
Monday, December 12,2011

2011 Gift Guide II

By Boulder Weekly Staff
īTis the season for getting a little frantic. Your schedule is crammed, your to-do lists are long and your to-buy-for list is much longer than your list of what-to-buy ideas. We get it. So before you get all strung out on eggnog lattes and start swarming the mall looking for inspiration in every mannequin’s face, consider the contents of these pages. We’ve done the hard work for you.
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