"Shopping is a woman thing. It's a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase." ―Erma Bombeck


Say Hello to hello sanrio in Union Square This Weekend

Sanrio, Hello Kitty's Japanese kin, will be debuting its new hello sanrio collection on Friday, December 9 with a slew of family events at BoxLunch in Union Square. The colorful capsule collection includes clothes, accessories and the most adorable signature Sanrio items starring character-rich prints (i.e. Hello Kitty, Chococat, My Melody, etc.) To celebrate, your favorite characters, a Sanrio designer from Tokyo will be hanging out at the specialty shop on Friday and Saturday and drawing custom character illustration. Note: HK will be available for selfies from 2pm–6pm on Saturday. So. Much. Cuteness. // Friday 11am–7pm and Saturday 11am –6pm at BoxLunch, 69 Powell St. (Union Square), sanrio.com


Bling bling! The sparkling new (and huge) Shreve & Co. flagship is now open and ready for biz.(Courtesy of Shreve & Co.)

Shreve & Co. (Finally) Opens New Flagship

It's been a long and windy road since the iconic 165-year-old San Francisco jeweler moved from its longtime home (200 Post Street) more than a year ago. But all that matters not—now that the high-end retailer has officially opened the doors to its spiffy two-level, 15,000-square-foot permanent flagship, located just around the corner from the old homestead. Just a few highlights of the sparkling space: a dedicated diamond room, a special showroom for renowned watchmaker Patek Phillipe and private viewing suites. // 150 Post St. (Financial District), shreve.com


The Perfect Pairing: Holiday Caroling and Boot Buying

Add hot cocoa from Dandelion into the mix and this event is a certifiable triple threat. Get in on the fun at the Frye store on Fillmore Street on Thursday, December 8 (6pm–8pm) when Petaluma fave Sebastian St. James will be performing. And you're all encouraged to sing along. Naturally, shoe shopping and fawning over boots are encouraged, as well. Fa la la la la… // 2047 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), thefryecompany.com


A few of your favorite radically transparent things are ready for complimentary monogramming and gift wrapping at Everlane's weekend event.(Courtesy of Everlane)

Get Gifty at Everlane's Holiday Shop

And buy brand-new (as in just launched yesterday) PJs and have them monogrammed. Actually, you can have various pieces monogrammed for free. All you have to do? Hit up the The Everlane Lab on Saturday (11am–7pm) and Sunday (11am– 5pm) to load up on prezzies, have them gift wrapped and fill out customized gift tags and cards. Of course, it wouldn't be the holidays without sweet treats and seasonal sips (cider alert!). RSVP here. // 2170 Folsom St. (Mission), everlane.com


Check off the names on your list this weekend: The Remodelista Holiday Shop is a treasure trove of artisan goodies.(Courtesy Sarah Barner)

Remodelista Pop-Up Heading to Heath

Get ready to haul away the coolest handmade gifts by Bay Area makers at the Remodelista Holiday Market. (Trust us, this is a goodie. ) When? This weekend at Heath Ceramics where dozens of talented artisans will be selling home goods, jewelry, accessories, clothing, artisanal food items and organic botanicals. Admission is F-R-E-E. // Saturday 10am–5pm and Sunday 10am–3pm at 2900 18th St.(Mission), heathceramic.com.