SF Holiday Gift Shopping Guide

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 the city. Whether you need pretty stationary for your niece or camping gear for your intrepid uncle, these shops have something for everyone on the list. 

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    ••• Courtesy of Minted Local

     Neighborhood: Union Square
    222 Grant Avenue
    Telephone: (415) 757-6397

    The first brick and mortar location for the online art market, Minted Local 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 holidays for garland and floral workshops, as well as cookie decorating parties for the tots. 

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    ••• Rachel H. via Yelp

    Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
    525 Hayes Street
    Telephone: (415) 487-1001

    For the jetsetter on your list, this 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. 

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    ••• Courtesy of Lavish

    Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
    508 Hayes Street
    Telephone: (415) 829-2941

    Welcome to your gift-giving utopia. This little store has plenty of unique glass ornaments, broadsheet calendars, sweetly scented candles, notepads, and coffee table-worthy books. You will likely check a few people off your list at this location. 

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     Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
    460 Gough St.
    Telephone: (415) 864-2079

    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 boutique has got him covered. 

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    ••• Ann S. via Yelp

     Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
    364 Hayes Street
    Telephone: (415) 928-1287

    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 maps of bays around the world. It’s definitely not the cheapest of options, but the gifts you buy here will be treasured for a longtime coming. 

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    ••• Sean M. via Yelp

    Neighborhood: Mission
    3376 18th St.
    Telephone: (415) 626-1526

    The outdoor enthusiast on your list will probably jump up and give you bear hug after opening a present from this gear shop. It’s full of camping goodies like the Monarch chair, perfect for backcountry trekkers and car campers alike. Best bet is to ask the receiver what new gear they could use and then let the surprise be Alite’s streamlined, stylish designs. 

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    ••• Courtesy of SFMOMA

    Neighborhood: SoMA
    151 Third Street
    Telephone: (888) 357-0037

    Whether you’re shopping for art lovers, the design savvy, or someone deeply obsessed with San Francisco paraphernalia, then this is your store. 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. 

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    ••• Cynthia A. via Yelp

    Neighborhood: Mission
    829 Valencia Street
    Telephone: (415) 666-2256

    The audophiles on your list will be flabbergasted because you’re about to get them exactly what they’ve been looking for. Record players, stereo systems and Boom Cases abound. Get them a new portable speaker or a Sonos system if you’re feeling extra generous. Or just get them a gift card and let them do the picking. 

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    Aldea Home + Baby

    Neighborhood: Mission
    890 Valencia Street
    Telephone: (866) 402-5332

    For colorful home décor that adds a bit of pizazz to any room, this is your spot. 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. 

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    ••• Rachel W. via Yelp

    Neighborhood: Sunset
    1248 9th Street
    Telephone: (415) 213-5442

    3830 Noriega Street
    Telephone (415) 702-6285

    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.