With a dusting of snow on the ground and bright sun shining down on Boulder, shoppers scuttled around the city looking for last-minute gifts on Sunday afternoon.

At Boulder's Twenty Ninth Street mall and at Flatiron Crossing in Broomfield, the parking lots were packed.

Many gift-givers found their way to Pearl Street, where temperatures stayed in the 30s and low 40s. A steady stream of people milled up and down the mall drinking warm beverages and carrying large shopping bags.

Jenny Bankie, who was visiting from San Francisco, found a gift she didn't even know she needed while shopping on Sunday afternoon.

"I actually did buy a Christmas gift, but I wasn't really planning to," Bankie said. "I got a jambalaya soup mix for my brother-in-law."

For 8-year-old Audrey Fross, Sunday was a chance to pick out her own Christmas gifts, thanks to Grandma.

Fross decided on a fuzzy, Alpaca-wool teddy bear, jewelry and some "jelly pets," she said.

Her plan was to forget about the gifts between Sunday and Christmas so that when she opened them later this week, she would still be surprised, Audrey Fross said.

"Grandma was treating and getting exactly what we wanted," said Fross's mother, Carrie Fross. "We are local shopping."

Carrie Fross, who did a bit of shopping on Saturday too, said the stores were crowded Sunday, but not packed.

"The stores are crowded but the parking was good," Carrie Fross said. "(Saturday) seemed to be a little bit more crowded. It was definitely more buzzy."

At the Hat Cart on Pearl, which sells an assortment of warm-weather head covers, Chris Norris said business was a little bit slow for the holidays.

Norris said more people are buying gifts online, including hats and other small items.

Though the sun was shining on Sunday, Norris said the temperature was brisk enough for him to sell winter hats.

"Ideally it's maybe five degrees too warm, but this is pretty good weather for sales," he said.

Shoppers go to the Macy’s store at the Twenty-ninth Street shopping mall in Boulder.
Shoppers go to the Macy's store at the Twenty-ninth Street shopping mall in Boulder. ( Cliff Grassmick )
"Gets people thinking about how difficult it is to be cold."

For Meg Riedy, the September floods that hit Boulder County and Colorado caused her to think harder about the gifts she plans to give this year.

Instead of getting her friends and family members "just another thing," Riedy said she wanted to get them something significant and meaningful.

"What would be something that would matter?" she said. "That wouldn't necessarily be another thing to get ruined or dust off."

Contact Staff Writer Sarah Kuta at 303-473-1106, kutas@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/sarahkuta.