<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Gifts]]> <![CDATA[Last-minute gifts]]> In the midst of all the holiday festivities, it’s not uncommon to let a couple things slip your mind.]]> <![CDATA[Local, handmade gifts for everyone on your gift list]]> In the spirit of creating and supporting community, many Boulderites ignored the Black Friday buzz and made the decision to allocate their gifting dollars to local businesses and artists this holiday season. In an effort to foster commitments like these and to promote community and simplify local holiday shopping, Firefly Handmade is again offering the Boulder community a one-stop, local shopping experience.]]> <![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[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[Stocking stuffers that make a difference]]> <![CDATA[Holiday concert calendar]]> Fine Art Market and Annual ACES Show Opening Reception — With original art from 90 artists and Arvada Center Educational Studios artists. Dec. 6.]]> <![CDATA[Helping others buy local — where it’s needed most]]> While a lot of emphasis is placed on buying local and keeping our hard-earned dollars in Boulder County this holiday season, there is another way to give a meaningful gift without pouring money into the coffers of giant corporations.]]> <![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[Last minute gifts that last a lifetime … or longer]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor gifts]]> You probably already knew that Colorado has a lot going on when it comes to winter recreation.]]> <![CDATA[Shopping with purpose]]> It’s that time of year again, the time when most of us dig down deep and spend as much money on as many people as we can possibly afford, or not afford, for that matter.]]> <![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[Local services make great gifts]]> Most people have stuff, and many have far too much of it. What a lot of people don’t have, though, and may not buy for themselves in a down economy are things like a meal at a downtown restaurant, a massage at an independently owned spa, or that much needed tune-up at a local automotive shop.]]> <![CDATA[Eat, drink and be merry]]> Sorry, Mom, but most holiday gifts don’t last. You may as well give that misguided sweater or self-help audiobook straight to Goodwill.]]> <![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[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[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[Nintendo Wii meets its match in Playstation Move]]> When the Nintendo Wii hit store shelves back in 2006, it revolutionized the way we play video games. Its motion-sensing controllers allowed for a player to physically involve himself in a game, with the player's movements captured by the game.]]> <![CDATA[Holiday fun indoors and out]]> <![CDATA[Wean off the screen]]> 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.]]>