Shopping in San Francisco for Christmas

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November 22, 2017

The Ultimate San Francisco Xmas List

Some Christmas gifts you can only get in San Francisco. In particular, the City by the Bay is well known for a two things that inspired this year’s shopping list: quirkiness and gayness. Here are six fabulous stocking stuffers and gifts ideas that are uniquely San Franciscan.

A bottle of local Pinot Noir
Swirl on Castro has the whole shebang when it comes to fermented grapes. You can savor a glass in-store, then snag a bottle to put away at home or give to those wino friends of yours. Good wine is always a classy, thoughtful gift. With California’s knack for full-bodied vino, you won’t leave disappointed.

Funky socks
As much fun as it is coordinating tube socks and jock straps, there’s something to be said about an old fashioned pair of whimsical dress socks. Why not drop in to Body, throw a few in your basket, and create a sock bouquet for that special someone? You can never go wrong with warm feet, rainbow patterns and a quirky, creative gift that truly says, “I care”.

Leather stockings for Santa
Folsom Street Fair may be known as as San Francisco’s official leather holiday, but that doesn’t mean some good, old-fashioned cowhide doesn’t have its proper place come the Yuletide season. Swing by Mister S Leather in SoMa for a fashionably edgy leather or neoprene stocking, where Santa can stuff a kinky gift or two.

Savory treats from a San Francisco mainstay
After stocking up at your favorite leather store, walk one block up to Pinkie’s for the perfect treat on a brisk winter afternoon: a savory, warm brioche, loaded with caramelized shallots and gruyere. Pinkie’s has been hailed as one of the best bakeries in San Francisco. Local favorites Tartine and Craftsman & Wolves Bakeries in the Mission are also definitely trip-worthy.

Handmade hipster crafts
For those looking for a one-stop holiday shop, SFMade’s Holiday Gift Fair (Dec. 17, 2017) is the promised land, welcoming more than 70 purveyors of locally made San Francisco wares: man purses, organic skincare, horn-rimmed glasses and more. If you see a handknit sweater adorned with caribou, that’s on my list, too.

Museum of Craft and Design
If you aren’t able to manhandle enough local wares at SFMade’s Holiday Gift Fair, a second bonanza of crafty goods awaits at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, featuring rotating exhibitions and a gift shop. What could be a more appropriate Christmas gift than a locally printed tea towel or a whimsical map of the city?


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