The Gift of Gifts 

House Stark would laugh at our version, but winter is definitely coming. It's difficult not to remember the topographical transfigurations across the city last year, when parking lots, sidewalks and driveway entries filled with giant, frozen snow/dirt mountains, and side roads and surface streets became untraversable under layers of thick ice. The forecast calls for sunny, mild, cool weather between now and Thanksgiving, but it's like someone hits a switch on Black Friday, Nov. 24. According to The Farmer's Almanac, here's what to expect for the rest of 2017:

Nov. 18-23: Rain and snow showers, then sunny, mild

Nov. 24-30: Showers, then snowy periods, very cold

Dec. 1-4: Flurries north; snowstorm south, frigid

Dec. 5-8: Snow showers, frigid

Dec. 9-20: Rainy, mild north; flurries, cold south

Dec 21-26: Flurries, mild north; heavy snow then flurries, cold south

Dec 27-31: Snow then flurries, very cold

Even though it looks like Mother Nature is going to give us the cold shoulder, Father Christmas will be there with open arms, so welcome the warm embrace of the holidays with a little help from Boise Weekly. Inside this edition, you'll find the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide, which is chock full of brilliant gift ideas from a host of local businesses. We (and they) make it easy to check off a big chunk of your holiday shopping list with all kinds of cool items in a wide range of prices. It's our little pre-holiday present to you.

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