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Holiday Shopping Simplified

Holiday shopping can be fun and festive, or it can make you feel like a total Scrooge. It’s all in the attitude striking at the moment. We all know that a joyful holiday gift hunt can quickly turn to a stressful task if you’re fighting crowds, fielding texts from a babysitter who can’t find the blankie, or, even worse, wrangling a toddler through the mall. We share the NAPPA holiday gift guide each year as a shortcut to holiday shopping bliss. The toys and games on the list have been tested by grown-ups and kids alike, ensuring that they will bring hours of fun and stand the test of time. To make things go even faster, our online version of the gift guide includes direct online links to the products. Just grab your laptop or tablet and get your shopping done from wherever you are right now.

With your shopping done, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the many holiday activities we’ve gathered in our calendar of events. From performances of The Nutcracker to holiday light displays, parades, and more, this is the most activity-packed time of the year. If you are considering a visit to Zoo Lights this year, don’t miss our expert tips for making it one perfect night. You’ll discover how to save some cash, where to warm up while you’re there, and where to take the best selfie.

This issue also includes a roundup of unique storytimes for a quiet break in the season, the story of an organization making it possible for parents in prison to provide a gift for their child at home, and many more great reads.

Wishing your family the happiest of holidays from the staff of Colorado Parent!

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