<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Gifts II]]> <![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[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[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[Your resource to the top sporting events]]> You can get a friend or a loved one tickets to a game, or you can get them tickets to the game. But there’s an art to picking the right game to give. Here’s a head start.]]> <![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[Five fresh gadgets for the tech-minded]]> For the tech-minded family member or friend, there are numerous gadgets to choose from for holiday gifts. The tough part is singling out the cool, innovative and interesting products from the cheap, lame and boring ones. Here we’ve selected our five favorite gadgets for this holiday shopping season.]]> <![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[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[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[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[Last-minute stocking stuffers]]> <![CDATA[Don't forget the smokes]]> <![CDATA[Sip on some seasonal brews]]> <![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[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[Tap into Boulder County's seasonal brews]]> Boulder County — where the beer flows like wine, and where the women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. No, wait, that’s Aspen. But the beer does, indeed, flow like wine here in the Foothills. Boulder County boasts 23 breweries, brewpubs and meaderies. With 103 breweries in the state, Colorado is second in the nation for most breweries (California leads the way with 221), according to the Brewers Association. Now, that’s a lot of beer!]]> <![CDATA[Thinking inside the box]]> Thisa wasn’t a plentiful year for CD and DVD box sets — the kind of releases that make special holiday gifts for music fans. But there weren’t many misses in this year’s crop of releases, either. Here are the best of the bunch, to this reviewer’s ears and eyes.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday Events Calendar 2010]]>