<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Gifts]]> <![CDATA[2011 Gift Guide II]]> īTis the season for getting a little frantic. Your schedule is crammed, your to-do lists are long and your to-buy-for list is much longer than your list of what-to-buy ideas. We get it. So before you get all strung out on eggnog lattes and start swarming the mall looking for inspiration in every mannequin’s face, consider the contents of these pages. We’ve done the hard work for you.]]> <![CDATA[Gifts 2010]]> It's been said before that Boulder has something for everyone, and during the holidays, it%uFFFDs easy to see just how true that is. Just take a peek at the wide array of holiday-themed theatre productions, or all of the delicious seasonal selections at your favorite local restaurants (and breweries!).]]> <![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[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[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[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[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[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[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[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[Foodie fanaticism]]> Buying a gift for self-proclaimed foodies can be daunting, especially if you aren’t as knowledgeable as they are on the subject. You can’t go wrong with a gift card or a dinner at one of the nicer places in town. On the other hand, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, here are a few engaging gift ideas for your food-and-beverage-loving friend.]]> <![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[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[Stocking stuffers that make a difference]]> <![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[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[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[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[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.]]>