<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Gifts]]> <![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.]]> <![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[Homemade for the holidays]]> Blame the Internet. Access to the World Wide Web full of ideas and a community of customers has sparked new legions of do-it-yourselfers, and made it possible for more people to make a living, or at least a side income, on jewelry, clothes, accessories and other goods they make at home.]]> <![CDATA[After Black Friday, holiday shopping can begin]]> Ah, Black Friday, the day consumers had better not shop ’til they drop, because they’re liable to be trampled.]]> <![CDATA[Hot 2011 outdoors gifts]]> 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.]]> <![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[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[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[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[Stocking success]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Consider books over toys this season]]> The 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report, conducted by Scholastic and the Harrison Group, found that parents are increasingly concerned that kids seem to be reading fewer books as they spend more time online and on cell phones..]]> <![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[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[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[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[Give and give back]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor gifts]]> You probably already knew that Colorado has a lot going on when it comes to winter recreation.]]> <![CDATA[For the tech-hound]]> 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!]]> <![CDATA[Toys for all ages]]> <![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.]]>