<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Gifts]]> <![CDATA[Purr-fect pet presents]]> If that silent someone is your favorite four-legged friend, however, help is waiting. Stop in to your local pet shop, and you%uFFFDll find more than a huge selection of toys and treats. You%uFFFDll also get personalized help from someone who cares about your pet as much as you do.]]> <![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[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[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[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[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[Outdoor gifts]]> You probably already knew that Colorado has a lot going on when it comes to winter recreation.]]> <![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[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[Holiday Events 2011]]> Ballet Nouveau Colorado. 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Complex at PCS, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Denver, 303-450-3985. The Ride With Santa..]]> <![CDATA[Kick-butt kitchen gear]]> This holiday season, you don’t need to be an expert to find a gift for your kitchen-dwelling friend. Here are a few ideas that will get your thoughts cooking and will give your friend’s kitchen skills a boost. Some of these items also have some unexpected benefits and dual purposes that may come in handy. ]]> <![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[Toys for all ages]]> <![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[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[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[Last minute gifts that last a lifetime … or longer]]> <![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[Gifts for gamers]]> If you are the type that still actually reads for fun, then you might need some help finding a video game for the gamer on your list. Here is a brief guide to help you out.]]> <![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.]]>