Let’s make an effort to shop small this holiday season and support all the local businesses that make the Bay Area so great. We’ve rounded up a slew of our favorites from too-cute succulent arrangements to hand-sewn trucker hats and we know there’s something for everyone on your list.
TOYS & GIFTS FOR KIDS
Play On! from Bay Area Children's Theater Company
The brainchild of Bay Area Children's Theater Company, Play On! is an audio musical adventure kit for kids. There are two different boxes: Discover (0-5) and Adventure (5-10), and the boxes make it easier for BACT to share their award-winning programming with kids all over the U.S. during COVID and beyond. Every month, kids get everything they need to bring the magic of theater to their own homes; the most unique aspect is the audio elements that can be unlocked once the box arrives. Kids can use the materials to perform again and again. Opt for a single kit or a monthly subscription.
Cost: $40 for a single box, $120 for a year's subscription.
Subscribe at: playonkit.com.
The Rabbit Hole Theater in a Box
A beautiful collection from a San Francisco theater company, you can choose from three different themes, and kids will get an entire kit (think curtain, props, backdrops and more) to create a play right at home.
Order one here, $150.
Habbi Habbi Reading Wand and Bilingual Books
Created by two Bay Area moms, this unique language learning set is totally screen free and kids love how interactive it is. Get kids familiarized with another language with this unique collection of stories. Readers tap books with a wand to learn words and phrases in Spanish or Chinese.
Order it here, $109.
Lelu Lotería Cuerpo Humano (Human Body Bingo in Spanish)
Lotería is a famous Mexican game, similar to bingo. This Cuerpo Humano (Human Body) variation is fun and educational. Kids of all ages will love learning the Spanish names for body parts will learning about this part of Spanish culture. Buy yours here.
This Easy Bay-based company is a fun addition to your gift list this year. Mixify Beauty’s cosmetic kits are the perfect gift for any budding artisan. The trend for 2020 has seen more people tap into their creativity at home and with Mixify offering three fully customizable Nail Polish, Lip Gloss and Perfume kits these kits are the ideal, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.
We absolutely love the laid-back style and handcrafting that goes into every snapback and trucker hat from local artist Tommy Breeze. Tommy creates his designs in his Marin studio and sews all of the patches on himself so you know you are getting a high-quality product from a rad local artist. He recently added kids gear to his shop and we think the beanies would be a fun stocking stuffer for the upcoming ski season.
This innovative Bay Area clothing company has some of our favorite gifts for mom and dad this holiday season. California Cowboy offers exceptionally well-made shirts, robes, tees and accessories that anyone would love to receive. For dad: go for the High Water Shirt (a reinvented Hawaiian shirt with a water-absorbent terry cloth lining) or the High Sierra Shirt (a totally-updated version of your favorite plaid). Both have a dry pocket for your phone and a reinforced bottle pocket in the back.
Mom will love bringing the spa vibe home with the La Sirena Kimono. Also lined in ultra-soft terry cloth, this robe is perfect for at-home spa days or for bringing to the beach.
ORO makes luxe leggings for yoga, running, surfing, shopping, relaxing or whatever! If you have a young one in your life that is feeling fierce and powerful, make sure to buy a matching pair of ORO Kids leggings. This Marin business is also in the business of doing good by partnering with non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping women and children in Mexico.
Mommy & Me Silk Ikat Turbans from SonderHeadware
San Francisco creator (and mom!) Whitney Allen has been making statement headwear designed with the medical hair loss community in mind for many, many years. We especially love her mommy and me styles which you can find over on her Etsy shop.
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Katie Dauser Ceramics & Succs in the City
Local SF mom Katie Dauser is just the type of local artist we want to support these days. She creates gorgeous ceramics and succulent arrangements that would make the perfect Mother's Day gift. You can find her items for sale at Kizler Coffee in Pacifica (which is still open for coffee and also functioning as a food bank) and you can make purchases from her Etsy shops. Bonus: There's free shipping on most pieces or you can request free local pickup from SF by DMing Katie.
San Francisco Woodchart from Aldea Home
Our friends over at Aldea Home have everything from baby toys and furniture to spa sets and plant stands. We especially love this San Francisco woodchart for all Bay Area families. Display it in your office and show off your SF pride! They also have loads of great ideas for stocking stuffers for the whole family.
LovyGraphy Custom Family Map
Get a custom map of your family's favorite places from Etsy shop LovyGraphy. Shop owner Elena Kad hails from Palo Alto and her work is absolutely gorgeous.
San Francisco mom Samira Khoshnood created Superstitchous while on maternity leave after the birth of her first child. At that time she had been searching for heirloom quality baby blankets that her son would love that would also compliment her decor. Unable to find exactly what she was looking for, Samira set out to develop a playful yet sophisticated collection of blankets that would be used and loved by people of any age. We especially love her knitted throw blankets for their gorgeous designs.
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Jenny Pennywood is a textile studio based in San Francisco, CA founded by fine artist/painter Jen Garrido. We love to shop here for original artwork, perfectly-sized furniture, gorgeous textiles and more. Looking for a baby gift? Her baby throws are oh-so-soft and lovely prints too.
Proclamation Goods founded by Chris Burrage (former GM at Casper), Tony Leo (former head designer at Pottery Barn) and Claire Storrs (communications, marketing and brand development guru) is a San Francisco-based start-up that creates intelligently designed kitchen essentials with conscience.
Proclamation Goods’ flagship product—The Proclamation Duo, a versatile and streamlined three-piece cookware “anti-set”—was developed in response to the excessive and toxic cookware found in so many of our homes. The Proclamation Duo encompasses the 7-quart stainless steel Hybrid Pot, the 12-inch Sidekick Skillet available in stainless or carbon steel to best suit your needs and style and a Lid that fits both. Each piece can be used on its own or hinged together to create a modern Dutch oven for a vast variety of cooking options.
Get your set here.
High Camp Flasks
We love the rugged style of these High Camp Flasks that will keep your favorite beverage the perfect temperature even after a full day on the trail. Add on a personalized engraving and a leather holster and your recipient will be ready for whatever is in store. These stainless steel tumblers keep beverages hot or cold for up to 24 hours.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Horn Barbecue Rub and Gear
If you want to share your love of Oakland's Horn Barbecue with everyone on your list this year, you are in luck! They just launched Horn Shop where you can order previously-sold out The Original All-Purpose Rub ($15), Horn “Charcoal + Tallow” Soap ($18) and all the hoodies and merch you could want. Nationwide delivery available.
Kokak Chocolates offers small batch single origin heirloom chocolates in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco. "Kokak," meaning ribbit in the Filipino language, stems from Founder and Head Chocolatier Carol Gancia’s deep Asian roots and passion for making adventurous flavors with the rare cacao variety, “Naciónal.” Kokak Chocolates offers handcrafted, giftable boxed chocolates, bars, truffles, hot chocolates, pastries, coffee, and tea. Online ordering and nationwide shipping is available.
3901 18th St.
San Francisco, CA
Hella Yummy Holiday Baking Box from Local Food Adventures
Grab your aprons and oven mitts and celebrate the holidays with all the dry ingredients you need to make your own Bay-Area inspired dark chocolate brownies. The Hella Yummy Holiday Baking Box from Local Food Adventures features gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO brownie mix from Oakland-based Renewal Mills, blood orange olive oil from Amphora Nueva, confections from Barlovento Chocolate and more.
Ready to celebrate the end of 2020? This Oakland-based company was created by two moms who have been friends for over 15 years! You can choose a one-time shipment of one of their boxes or get a subscription going. They have rosé boxes and other champagne options that come with a champagne flute.
Charcuterie boards are all the rage this year and you can totally outsource your holiday board this year to Peckish Board. This small, local business can put together made-to-order grazing boards, boxes and tables to suit your taste. The Peckish boxes make a great gift and they even have gift cards available so your recipient can get exactly what they like.
Gott's Roadside Jarred Condiments
Gott’s Roadside is a Northern California roadside restaurant emphasizing locally sourced ingredients with a modern take on American classics and California favorites. One of the most frequently asked questions at Gott’s is whether its sauces, dressing & dips are available to take home in a jar. Finally, the answer is yes! This week, just in time for holiday gifting and home cooking, Gott’s debuts 13 house-made condiments packaged in 12-ounce jars: Ranch, Secret Sauce, Cilantro-Pumpkin Seed Dressing, Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette, Lemon Tahini Dressing, Peanut Lime Vinaigrette and seven types of mayo, including perennially popular Charred Jalapeño Mayo.
Each 12 oz. jar sells for $4.99 and is available both onsite at Gott’s restaurants and online at gotts.com (available within delivery locations serviced by Gott's)
Teleferic Barcelona has curated several gift baskets that feature a variety of authentic items imported from Spain. A gift for the foodie in your life or any friends or family longing to travel, these baskets bring the flavors of Spain home to the Bay Area for loved ones this season. You'll find a selection of gift baskets that include items like Jamon Ibérico, truffle Torres chips, Manzanilla olives, olive oil, Manchego cheese.
Boudin Bread-of-the-Month Club
Get your favorite San Francisco sourdough delivered to relatives this holiday season.
The new three-month holiday bread club ($24.95/month) features carefully crafted themed loaves everyone is sure to enjoy. Recipients will be shipped two 1.5 lb. sourdough pumpkins in October, one delicious pull-apart turkey loaf (the equivalent of 20 dinner rolls) for Thanksgiving in November, and two 1 lb. sourdough holiday trees in December.
The 12-month seasonal bread club ($25.95/month) is perfect for making each month a little more special and offers a wider variety of Boudin’s charming seasonal sourdough loaves. Recipients will obtain two one-pound loaves in the shape of the season such as a heart for Valentine’s Day in February, a shamrock for March to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and a grape cluster-shaped loaf for September to commemorate wine country’s kick off to harvest. Another option is the 12-month specialty bread club ($23.95/month), which offers the best of both worlds with a round of sourdough plus specialty bread like cinnamon raisin, chocolate heart, Irish soda, jalapeno, sweet cinnamon, and more.
Mr. Espresso Steeped Single-Serve Coffee Bags
Oakland-based businesses Mr. Espresso recently launched their single-serve coffee bags for those looking for café-quality coffee at home. Each Steeped bag is individually packed with our Fair Trade/Organic Seven Bridges Coffee Blend, precision ground & pre-dosed for maximum consistency, then nitro-sealed to preserve freshness. Steeped is the solution for great, single-cup coffee anywhere with minimal equipment required. Just add water!
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