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If you're visiting Boulder between April and November, the immensely popular Boulder Farmers' Market is a gold mine of Colorado fare and artisinal baked goods you'll want to bring home to share with friends — if you have the willpower not to chow down en route, of course. Other great souvenirs are products from hometown brands like Crocs (their flagship store is on Pearl Street) or Celestial Seasonings (their tea factory on Sleepytime Drive has an extensive gift shop). And you'd be hard-pressed to find a town with more outdoor retailers per capita (The North Face, Patagonia, REI, GoLite, MontBell, Outdoor Divas and Neptune Mountaineering are just a few), so Boulder is the perfect place to treat yourself to some gear and clothing. A new fleece will serve you well during Boulder's cool mountain nights and beyond.
Locals and Forbes Travel Guide editors will tell you the best thing to bring home from Boulder is the memory of a new experience. Instead of souvenirs, bring home up-close and awe-inspiring photographs of the Flatirons or Rocky Mountains (taken on one of your scenic, exploratory hikes no less). But if you want something more tangible, opt for a handcrafted teapot from Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, buy a book from the independently owned Boulder Book Store, stop by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for a sweet treat to stash in your carry-on bag, or grab a 100-percent organic cotton T-shirt from one of the vendors on the outdoor Pearl Street Mall.