Don’t let the drama of the holidays get to you just yet. Sure, trying to come up with the perfect gift can be a daunting task, but there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. From arts and crafts to fashion and books, we’ve compiled a list of fun shopping events to help you check everyone off your list, stress excluded. For even more non-mall holiday shopping, check out our post on holiday Pop-Up Shops.
The Noise Pop Holiday Shop: We all love Noise Pop for introducing us to new, local music, but this holiday season, they’re setting up shop to bring us the best the Bay Area has to offer in unique gifts. With more than 40 vendors, you’ll be able to satisfy your shopping needs, all at affordable prices, and of course, with the best tunes to jam to while you buy. A full bar and sugary snacks will help keep your energy at a high.
December 17, 5–10 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., Free.
Secession Art & Design Holiday Party: Celebrate the season at Secession Gallery. We can always trust the independent designers and artists in residence here to bring us a sparkling collection of sophisticated handmade wares. The space is decorated in true holiday spirit, making your hunt for the perfect gift a most pleasant winter wonderland experience.
December 18, 6:30–9:30 p.m., Secession Gallery, 3361 Mission St., Free.
Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale: This is your one-stop shop for a DIY extravaganza. Renegade’s holiday sale draws more than 150 urban art and crafters so that you can shop homemade. From jewelry and clothing to ceramics and stationery, you’ll find everything you need. Don’t forget to enter raffle contests and get silly in the free photo booth while you’re at it.
December 19–20, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion, Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd., Free.
Holidays at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery: With original art priced as low as $95, the SFMOMA Artists Gallery is the place to go for your high-brow friends. Works on sale include digital prints, wood cuts, drawings, paintings, pottery, screen prints and more. Saturday fairs also bring in an assortment of high-quality crafts.
Through December 19, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Fort Mason Center Main and Loft Galleries, Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd., Free.
Holiday Art Sale at Creativity Explored: If affordable art tops your list of great gifts for the holidays, mosey on over to Creativity Explored. Choose from one-of-a-kind paintings, pen and ink drawings, ceramics, sculptures and textiles by more than 100 artists. Half of the proceeds from each sale goes directly to the artist.
Through December 23, check site for gallery hours, Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St., Free.