<![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[Outdoor gifts]]> You probably already knew that Colorado has a lot going on when it comes to winter recreation.]]> <![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[Toys for all ages]]> <![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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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[Last-minute gifts]]> In the midst of all the holiday festivities, it’s not uncommon to let a couple things slip your mind.]]> <![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[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[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[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.]]>