<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Gifts II]]> <![CDATA[The gift of knowledge]]> Fragrant and fresh, they%uFFFDre a vibrant centerpiece in any room, but sadly, they%uFFFDre a fleeting gift. Like flowers, most gifts have an expiration date. Flowers wilt, clothing shrinks, jewelry tarnishes and household items break.]]> <![CDATA[Palatable presents]]> loves food. This holiday season, why not nurture the love of eating by gifting something delicious? From homemade goodies to unique kitchen gadgets, this guide will help holiday shoppers please even the pickiest eater in town. Here%uFFFDs what to get for:.]]> <![CDATA[10 unique gifts]]> <![CDATA[Give an experience this year]]> Janene DiGregorio, vacation travel manager at Boulder Travel, suggests buying a gift certificate for a specific dollar amount that can be redeemed any time in the next year toward the cost of a vacation.]]> <![CDATA[Membership gifts offer chance to share ]]> Everybody’s doing it. You can too — or give someone else the chance to. Memberships are popular gifts during the holidays, if only because they offer a chance to give camaraderie, or an opportunity to experience off-the-beat monthly activity.]]> <![CDATA[Gifts Two]]> The parties, the concerts, the festive lights, the seasonal food and drink, and of course, all the fabulous local shopping. Boulder%uFFFDs merchants, artisans, chefs and crafters really shine this time of year. But we know how hard it can be to find that perfect gift for everyone on your list.]]> <![CDATA[Sip on some seasonal brews]]> <![CDATA[Your guide to where to get your treats this holiday season]]> Whether you are looking for a gift or a dessert to serve yourself, Boulder County has notable bakeries for everything from holiday cookies to fruitcakes to yule logs to satisfy your sugar cravings.]]> <![CDATA[Healthy holidays]]> <![CDATA[Last-minute stocking stuffers]]> <![CDATA[The hottest in gaming this season]]> With so many games coming out during the holiday season, it's tough to decide which ones to get into. And at $60 a pop, it's pretty depressing to get stuck with a game that's subpar. So we're here to help and offer our list of the 10 best games this season.]]> <![CDATA[Green decorating]]> More than 28 million Christmas trees were chopped down and decorated in U.S. households during last year’s holiday season, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Some say that is 28 million trees too many!]]> <![CDATA[Geared up for the holidays]]> <![CDATA[What to read (and give) this season]]> Books make for great holiday gifts. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s out this season. Snag your copy from the Boulder Book Store (1107 Pearl St.; www.boulderbookstore.com) or the Colorado “On the Hill” Bookstore (1111 Broadway; www.colorado.bncollege.com).]]> <![CDATA[Bring back the fruitcake]]> <![CDATA[Merry mixology]]> Put down the eggnog and open your liquor cabinet. Dust off those alcohol bottles and invite some friends over for these classic and curious holiday cocktails created by mixologists from the Happy Noodle House’s Bitter Bar and Tahona Tequila Bistro. Cheers!]]> <![CDATA[2009 Holiday CDs Guide]]> For whatever reason, 2009 is not going to go down as one of the better years for holiday albums. The main reason is that there weren’t as many releases as usual. In any event, here is this writer’s takes on the best and worst of this year’s seasonal releases. ]]> <![CDATA[Digi-gifting for the 2009 holiday season]]> Nothin’ honors those ever-soworthy kith and kin on your shopping list each holiday season like gadgets — handheld, hi-def, mobile-on-the-go, ergonomic, rechargeable, solarpowered, or just plain noisy and cool. Green shoots are for suckers — the economy is still in the tank, and there’s no better way to keep us all distracted from that unfortunate reality than plug ’n’ play gizmo swag.]]> <![CDATA[Gifts for the gear nut]]> Other solar- and human-powered items have also been a hit this holiday season, Enloe says, citing the fact that he is sold out of hand-crank lanterns and flashlights, which provide an hour of light with only about a minute of cranking.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday recipes from Boulder%uFFFDs Basta]]> When you have a background that includes cooking at Michelinstarred restaurants in Southern California and extensive professional experience in Italy, you might make for an intimidating holiday dinner guest. Such is the experience of Chef Kelly Whitaker.]]>