<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Gifts]]> <![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[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[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[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[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[Kids raise funds for shelters after dog euthanized]]> They are selling holiday-themed lotions to raise money for Boulder-based Shelter Me Photography, an operation that provides free professional photo services to shelters around the country. Shelter Me accelerates adoption rates through the circulation of high-quality, promotional images of pets on websites and in newspapers, for example.]]> <![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[Gear of the Year: Five items you won't want to live without]]> Christmas is coming, but the ski and snowboard season has already started. Regardless of whether you’re celebrating the start of winter, adding a few “special” items to that gift list, stoking out a friend with an early December birthday or rewarding yourself, here’s where to start your shopping list.]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor gifts]]> You probably already knew that Colorado has a lot going on when it comes to winter recreation.]]> <![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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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.]]> <![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[Hopped with love]]> What do you get for the beer lover in your life that has everything? Or more appropriately, has tried every Kolsch, Baltic porter and barleywine money can buy?]]> <![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.]]>