Who Needs Santa? Christmas Shopping in Boulder Made Cheap and Simple

Delicious chocolatey treats, the latest best-sellers, athletic gear, and consigned treasures are just a few of the shopping categories you'll find on our list detailing some of the best hot-spots for holiday shopping in Boulder, Colorado.

Topping out the list in hands-down fashion is famous Pearl Street. During the holiday season, this quaint and elegant street embodies a winter wonderland of sorts, with its twinkling lights, festive decorations, and delicious smells from local restaurants and shops churning out holiday delights.

If you're shopping for gifts, a walk down Pearl is a must but we've also included some of the stores and shops that are not-to-be-missed on this strip, including Boulder Book Store and Peppercorn. These adorable, local, favorites offer awesome holiday sales  and ensure that you have a unique and simply buying experience.

Have a few folks in your life who are gear-fiends? REI and Neptune Mountaineering are the perfect spots for you. There helpful and knowledgeable staff will ensure that you get the right kind of ice axe, steer you toward the best climbing accoutrements, and advise you on the qualities of down sleeping bags even if you're not gear-savvy in the slightest.

Wanna save a buck without sacrificing quality? We've also included a couple of our favorite consignment shops which offer great deals around the holidays and will enable you to find unique treasures no longer available in retail stores.

So tell St. Nick he can take the year off because Boulder and 10best have got you covered.



Look for REI's seasonal sales, including their well-known "garage sales" where you can get gifts for cheap! One of the best places in town to shop for outdoor gear, Boulder's REI is a haven for climbers, hikers, back packing, skiing, and cycling...  Read More



Love to shop but don't really care for all the walking involved? Never fear! 16th Street Mall of Denver offers a free trolly service that you will take you up and down the mall from store-to-fabulous store. This mall features the Virgin Records...  Read More



Need to spruce up your place settings for the holiday season? Peppercorn is the perfect place for all of your culinary needs and will help you deck the halls with spices, spatulas, and more! Flatware, wine glasses, skillets, and just about every...  Read More



Known as the "less local" more mainstream mall of Boulder, the 29th Street Mall boasts big names such as Nordstrom Rack, Macy's, and Victoria's Secret. Dining can be found just around the corner at Colorado Pizza Kitchen, Noodles & Company,...  Read More



For all of your running and hiking needs, Boulder Running company outfits you with the best shoes, socks, boots, and clothing out there. For the holidays, expect the latest styles, wool socks, and outdoor cold gear perfect for the athletes in...  Read More

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Located on famous and romantic Pearl Street, Piece, Love, & Chocolate Company is the perfect place for dessert on date-night, Valentine's Day, or for couples who just want to treat themselves. Known for their truffles, decadent cakes, and...  Read More



Changes in Latitude offers everything you could possibly need while traveling, including ultra-light rolling luggage to ensure that you avoid baggage fees, travel clothing such as packable hats, sock, and rain jackets. You can also purchase...  Read More



This enormous community bookstore features more than 100,000 titles, with four fabulous floors of new and used books, magazines, journals, and book-related gifts. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, with warm woodwork, high ceilings, and...  Read More



Dozens of holidays themed entertainments await you on and near Boulder's famous Pearl Street, including the annual Holiday Festival at Macky Auditorium, featuring seasonal music performed by choirs, orchestras, and local musicians. Furthermore,...  Read More


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