<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Gifts]]> <![CDATA[Getting technical]]> Judging by the way folks are lining up to grab the latest updates and models of items they may already have, the biggest winner so far in this holiday shopping season may be planned obsolescence. Let the electronics buying begin.]]> <![CDATA[High-tech gifts for the holidays]]> Those readers who can remember technology 10, 15 or 20 years ago might be relieved to see this list. We finally made it, people: Technology is finally living up to the promise of making things easier and more fun.]]> <![CDATA[Shopping Pearl Street Mall on a $20 budget]]> The holidays roll around and most of my friends and family get some lovely homemade cookies wrapped up in red and green cellophane on a mighty decorative plastic plate.]]> <![CDATA[Happy Holidays]]> Tossing aside the tinsel, the tangled strings of lights, the scent of pine needles consistently shed onto the carpet and all of the other trappings of the holiday season, the stockings and stuffings and packages and boxes, the holidays are not about stuff.]]> <![CDATA[Gear up and get out]]> If the holidays with the family inspire one thing outside of joy, compassion and a sense of familial love and the brotherhood of man, it’s the desire to get the heck out of doors and leave the noise behind.]]> <![CDATA[Seasonings greetings]]> When the holidays roll around, it usually means good food — and lots of it. We decided to reach out to prominent local chefs to find out what their favorite dishes are during this special time of year.]]> <![CDATA[Last minute gifts that last a lifetime … or longer]]> <![CDATA[A gift idea that helps support our local organic food suppliers]]> Boulder´s Best Organics is an offering from Best Organics, Inc., a primarily woman-owned business that has its roots firmly planted in our city below the Flatirons. The Boulder company offers a wide variety of gift boxes and baskets that will make any recipient both happier and healthier even as the gift helps support our local economy and organic producers. It’s the kind of gift that would make Walter Goldschmidt proud (see “A tale of two cities,” page 11). The company also offers kosher and gluten-free selections. Baskets not found for sale at Alfalfa’s Market in Boulder can be viewed and purchased online at americasbestorganics.com. The following descriptions were edited from the website.]]> <![CDATA[Wasting away]]> It’s no secret that with the holidays comes mass consumption of everything from gifts to food to greeting cards, which also means 1 million extra tons of waste every week between Thanksgiving and Christmas.]]> <![CDATA[Rubber, fashion and a greener gift to give]]> As she floated down Boulder Creek on a summer afternoon in 2002, Heather English says, she realized that the smooth black rubber of her inner tube might be just the thing to satisfy her search for a vegan handbag.]]> <![CDATA[Game on!]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Wooden wheels]]> "I’ve been building things out of wood for a long time," Chris Connor says when Boulder Weekly finally tracks him down.]]> <![CDATA[Keeping your tax dollars home]]> For every dollar spent in retail stores in Boulder, about 3.5 cents in tax revenue goes to the city to improve services for residents and businesses, including open space expansion and enhancement, road maintenance, and development of parks, trails, and recreational facilities.]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor gifts]]> You probably already knew that Colorado has a lot going on when it comes to winter recreation.]]> <![CDATA[Play on]]> As my son happily chatters on and on, all I can think about is stuff. Our home consists of far too many things — toys, games and even books — that spend most of the time on shelves, buried in a toy box or stuffed into closet corners.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday fun indoors and out]]> <![CDATA[Holiday bump]]> The long lines and packed parking lots and overplayed Christmas carols of the holiday season might be a pain for shoppers, but they’re music to the ears — and bottom lines — of retailers.]]> <![CDATA[Buying for that cook in the family]]> Searching for a gift for a friend or family member who lives to cook can be a complicated process, especially when there seems to be an endless array of presents available.]]> <![CDATA[Give the gift of an experience]]> <![CDATA[2012 Gift Guide Introduction]]> Happy holidays. Yep, it’s officially that time of year again, so you might as well get used to it.]]>