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Our Pick of the Litter: Etsy Local Gifts for $75 and Under

An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and and opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shop for this month's holiday gift round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:

 

1. Vintage Inspired Cherries Apron and Pasties Set by tiffytart, $42: Put on a private burlesque show while the cookies are baking (i.e. every man's fantasy) in this pin-up inspired set.


Boy Oh Boy: Gifts for Guys

Rivaling as-yet-unexplained mysteries such as crop circles and the exact contents of Hormel Spam is another age-old conundrum that plagues us, especially at this time of year: why are guys so &*%^@&*%! hard to shop for?

We may not have an answer to the question, but can offer the following suggestions for the gaps in your guys’ gift lists.

When you can’t be there to help, the How-Tie ($18) from the Curiosity Shoppe will remind him exactly what he needs to do.

Do Good on Friday, and Macy’s Street Teams May Give You $25

Bestow random acts of kindness, and you may be rewarded in unexpected ways. No, we’re not recalling a message from our last fortune cookie, but the latest holiday promotion from Macy’s.

On Friday, Dec. 11, two street teams (dubbed the Macy’s Believe Newsboys) will be roving through downtown San Francisco looking for people doing good acts in their daily lives. When they spot a deserving individual, street teams will reward them for their positive deeds and acts of kindness with $25 Macy’s Believe Bonus cards, good toward future purchases at the department store.

The promotion is part of Macy’s National Believe Day, which encourages the spirit of the season through various charitable initiatives.

Barcelino Superstore Opens at the Embarcadero Center

Barcelino celebrated the Grand Opening of their latest store at Four Embarcadero Center on Thursday, December 3 with a champagne reception and an informal fashion presentation. The impressive 10,000 sq. foot space showcases hand-tailored Italian suits and sportswear for men alongside luxurious cocktail dresses and evening gowns for women.

Spring Fling: Bryna Nicole Resort Spring 2010

Come spring, it’ll be much easier to enjoy a fling with Bryna Nicole, thanks to mini versions of the San Francisco label’s most popular handbags and the arrival of studded coin purses, signature cuffs and leather bracelets.

Link Love: Man Cleavage Busts onto the Scene, Sonia Rykiel for H&M and more…

Lovely links to start the week...

Man cleavage (a.k.a. heavage) is busting onto the scene as the latest style trend embraced by dapper dudes, reports the Wall Street Journal.

High Snobiety checks out the Friends with You pop-up store at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Inhabitat impresses us with this easy tutorial on how to turn old shoes into solar-powered light fixtures.

Philanthropist Hits the Web in Time For The Holidays

Making the time to shop at local boutiques (especially those across town) can often be like giving to charity: we'd love to do it more often than it actually happens. That's why we were beyond thrilled to find out that you can now shop Presidio Heights-based Philanthropist online. We've admired them for quite some time now, as they donate 100% of the profits they make from selling designer wares to Bay Area charities which is, well, basically unheard of. And just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any better, they offer same day delivery within San Francisco, meaning you can wait until the last minute to find a hoiday party frock.

Let the guilt-free shopping spree begin!

Look of the Week: Local Love

Now that we're on the hunt for the perfect gifts for everyone on our list, there's no better time for there to be a weekend chock-full of events showcasing SF's best and brightest designers. We plan on starting out at Lightbox: The Hoilday Crafty Hour where unique gifts will be mostly under $50, perfect for people (like us) shopping for creative types on a serious budget. After taking a quick break to refresh, it's on to Chillin', a night of local fashion, art, music and live performance at Mezzanine.

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