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Wasara Disposable Dinnerware Saves the Party

It's a fact universally acknowledged: The holidays are f'n crazy. Not to say we don't love this time of year, but navigating the malls, attempting to find the perfect gifts, and planning a holiday party somewhere in all that chaos can wear on you. It's a good time to pick your battles and cut yourself some slack whenever possible.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1525 Laurel Heights 1 Bedroom

We don't ask for much; give us a low price, workable kitchen, and (if we're lucky) some hardwood floors and we're interested. So when we find a Craigslist deal that has all that and is smack-dab in the middle of one of the most livable areas in the city, well, that's a nice surprise. Make the rent at least $200 less than would be expected and we're downright giddy. Located at California and Presidio, this one bedroom apartment is across the street from the Jewish Community Center, a short walk to Cal-Mart and Trader Joes, and only a block from the Vogue Theatre. You're steps from the California-1 to take you downtown, and several other bus lines are nearby.

Score Last-Minute Gifts at Renegade Craft Fair Today!

The last of the holiday craft fairs is going on this weekend, so if you're still trying to find a few gifts for those hard to shop for loved ones, we suggest heading over to Fort Mason today from 11AM to 7PM for the Renegade Holiday Craft Sale. It's free to enter, and with time running out until C-Day, you'll be able to find handmade gifts from artists all over the country without having to worry about on-time delivery– just pick it up and go. Here are our top 3 picks for where to shop at Renegade:

Skip the Papercuts: This Year, Wrap your Gifts in Fabric

Wrapping gifts is a bit of an art form, and while we're no Candy Spelling (lady has an entire room devoted to the practice in her mansion), we can fold a pretty crisp corner and tie an even bow. However, all our hard work is often for naught; by the time gifts get packed in suitcases or even taken across town, their paper shells have seen better days and dash any expectations for a thoughtful present within.

The Noise Pop Holiday Shop: A Game Plan

We understand; you've got a list a mile long to check off, so you can't be dillying and dallying over every booth at every holiday craft fair. Instead, head to the Noise Pop Holiday Shop this Thursday at The Verdi Club from 5 to 10PM, and make a beeline to the vendors below. You'll be like a well-oiled, gift-giving machine, side-stepping possible time sucks (do you really need another witty t-shirt?) and emerging like Santa with your sack full of gifts.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1760 1200 Sq Ft Apt. in Russian Hill

1200 square feet in the city for under $2000? That's a Christmas gift we wouldn't mind receiving. But this big, newly remodeled apartment has plenty of other desirable details, besides just size. Inside you'll find crown molding, French double doors, hardwood floors, a classic (but colorful) paint job and an updated kitchen. It also includes panoramic windows in the bedroom and a walk-in closet, all located on the side of Russian Hill. What more could you ask for? Well, both cats and dogs are allowed in the unit (with an additional deposit), so it's perfect for any animal lovers out there too. It's available now and probably won't last long, so what are you waiting for?

Five Solid Hostess Gifts (On-the-Go)

With all the gift-giving going on right now, it's easy to let a necessary purchase accidentally slip through the cracks. If you forget to get a host or hostess gift and don't remember until that 'd'oh!' moment on your way to the party, we've got you covered. Below, by area of the city, find where to stop–and what to get–when you're in a gift-giving pinch.

Fillmore/Pac Heights/NoPa

BYOMug to the Mission Holiday Block Party

Pack a mug and some cash, it's holiday block party time in the Mission. The coin will be for picking up sweet deals for your loved ones or (best intentions be damned) yourself at stores throughout the area. Stuff stockings with curiosities from Paxton Gate, where you'll receive 10% off all evening, or deck your halls with some vintage flare from Room 4 at 20% off the regular price. Beautiful little holiday items will also be marked down at Bell Jar, to name just a few of the participating vendors. You'll find snacks and entertainment at stores around the nabe too, and a lineup of holiday window concerts at Candystore Collective.

Your Christmas Wish Came True: Target Comes to Town

While Target's takeover of the Metreon might not be a done deal for a while, the raucous calls of tweets appear to have been answered for now: Just in time for the holidays, the bullseye is coming to town. Yes, everyone's favorite super-chain will be setting up temporary shop in Mint Plaza for this weekend only, but don't run down with your list of necessities just yet. The holiday event, touted as 'Target-to-Go', will be sticking to an edited selection of giftables–think toys, games, beauty packs, and more. Everything will be ready and wrapped, perfect for last-minute dashes to score that Secret Santa gift you almost forgot.

Craigslist Deal of the Week: $1995 Pac Heights 1 Bedroom with Pet

Finding a pretty, pet-friendly apartment in this city is like discovering a four-leaf clover: If you're lucky enough to spot one, pluck it up immediately. Of course, you'll no doubt have to pay a little more for such a place, but what's a few extra dollars between you and man's best friend?

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