Hit the mall or go to a museum for fabulous gifts with a sense of place
Denver’s smirk at suburban malls is Highlands Square, ahistoric neighborhood packed with dozens of nowhere-but-hereboutiques, restaurants, and bars. Shop for sweets at Le Chocolatieror for personalized perfume at Uncommon Scents. -Jad Davenport
Museum of Nature & Science
A bright gift emporium geared toward the younger set withprehistoric stuffed animals (dinosaurs are a draw), science kits,clever games, and brainy books. INFO: 2001 Colorado Blvd.;303/370-6366.
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The Museum of Contemporary Art
Design, architecture, and fashion merge in MOCA’s flagship.Look for vases by Tord Boontje and fashion accessories by Comme desGarçons. INFO: 250 S. Grand Ave.; 213/621-1710.
With the opening of fashion temple Barneys New York and thecathedral-like Westfield SanFrancisco Centre, with its iconic Bloomingdale’s, San Franciscobrings high-powered holiday shopping into all its bustling,bag-laden glory. -Samantha Schoech
Asian Art Museum
Handmade items from nearly every country in Asia: silk shawlsfrom Laos, Thai jewelry, Nepalese gilt-copper sculpture. Plus Asianart and culture books. INFO: Closed Mon; 200 Larkin St.;415/581-3600.