Believe it or not, it’s holiday season! And your list of present receivers is probably pretty long, huh? Well fear not, we’ve compiled a list of the best shops for gifts in San Francisco. Whether you need pretty stationary for your niece or camping gear for your intrepid uncle, these shops have something for everyone on the list.
The first brick and mortar location for the online art market, Minted Local on Fillmore Street is full of foil-pressed maps, water colored animals, notebooks and knickknacks, perfect for both stocking stuffers and under the tree. Check out one of their many events around the December holidays for garland and floral workshops, as well as cookie decorating parties for the tots.
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
525 Hayes Street
Telephone: (415) 487-1001
Whether your great aunt is traveling to Tennessee or Timbuktu, this Hayes Valley store has everything they could possibly need and then some. Neck pillows? Check. Eye mask? Check. Luggage tags? Check. Pressure relief earplugs, motion bands, and compression socks? Check, check, and check. Build them a personalized travel kit or just buy a prepackaged one.
If you’ve got a high style man in your life, this is where you shop for him. Whether he just needs another beanie, a new cookbook, or a few new flannel shirts for his daily uniform, this Hayes Valley boutique (just a few blocks away from San Francisco's City Hall) has got him covered.
Another Hayes Valley favorite, this home design store has everything from smaller trinkets—think bacon salt paired with a little bowl with a pig painted inside—to larger, more expensive gifts, like the laser cut wood charts of bays around the world, from the waters around Catalina Island to those of Cape Cod. It’s definitely not the cheapest of options, but the gifts you buy here will be treasured for a longtime coming.
Whether you’re shopping for art lovers, the design savvy, or someone deeply obsessed with San Francisco paraphernalia, this unique shop in one of the city's top museums is your place. With art books ranging from what’s currently on display to instructional guides on how to visit a museum, there’s everything for both the new and the aficionado. For the kitchen gear fanatic, there are plenty of new age trinkets to choose from.
Aldea Home + Baby
For colorful home décor that adds a bit of pizazz to any room, swing by this shop in San Francisco's buzzing Mission District. Find some cute desk accessories to help a loved one get organized in the New Year or some dishware so they can have you over for dinner. Bonus points: right next door is Aldea Baby, perfect for anyone with a brand new family member.
Located just south of Golden Gate Park in the city's Inner Sunset neighborhood, this surfer’s favorite is great for beanies and sweatshirts. It’s also a great place to load up on their silk-screened Giants’ tees and other little knickknacks. Take your time to browse, and don’t forget about the baby section—every family member needs some Sanfranpsycho.
Don't miss this curio-filled storefront for gifts like carnivorous plants, fish skeletons, and shark tooth fossils. A Mission District favorite, the shop also boasts ethnically sourced taxidermy and curiosities for kids. Paxton also offers workshops in odd pursuits such as pinning grasshoppers, so that you can craft a gift that's entirely your own.