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Our Pick of the Litter: Etsy Local V-Day Gifts

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 week's Valentine's Day gift round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:

 

1. Valentine, Bleeding Necklace by iacua, $38: This cheeky copper heart pendant with garnet 'blood' is a beautiful token for hopeless romantics and skeptics alike.

 

Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers for the Home

Tick-tock, time is almost running out until gift-giving is upon us. If you've got everything bought and wrapped, a gold star goes to you. But for those out there who are still on the hunt for proper pressies, it's time to forget the overnight shipping charges and start thinking local. Here are our picks for the best stocking stuffers around town.

Need Stylish Last-Minute Gifts They’ll Love? Try These Spots

With Christmas morning less than 72 hours away, the gift-buying window for 2009 is rapidly drawing to a close. Time is dwindling, yes, but all is not lost. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite destinations for fashion-minded last-minute gifts.

While most boutiques go dark during the afternoon of the 24th, lower Bernal Heights Secession Art and Design gallery and boutique is keeping the doors open until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Even at the 11th hour, you can still scoop up unique gifts and works of art by independent artists and designers, including Colleen Mauer, Hilary Williams, Heather Robinson, Nous Savons, De Novo, Cara Lyndon, Minor Details, Orange Slice and many others.

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.

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

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.


More Gift Ideas for Your Globetrotter

Don't know what to get the jetsetter in your life for the holidays? We've got some tips!

For the Documentarian: camera gear

Check Off Your Gift List with Discounts at Chronicle

There are some gifts that require planning, thoughtful care, and a big chunk of your sanity to get just right. Then there are others that are no-brainers (a marshmallow gun for my nephew? Absolutely). You can always find a surplus of the latter at Chronicle Books, one of our most reliable go-to sources for fast and easy gift giving. Find cookbooks of all types for the budding gourmand, DiY tomes for crafty-types, and titles on art and design, travel, and plenty in between.

What to Gift: Your Design-Loving Skater Boyfriend

SF can be a skateboarder's dream: plenty of hills for speed, no snow, and a park closed to traffic on Sundays. It would appear they've got it all, so what do you get a skater guy for a gift? No doubt gear is out of the question (too particular) and he's surprisingly specific about clothes, as well. The milk crate furniture leaves something to be desired though, especially with his fondness for mid-century modern design. Your not about to spring for a real Wassily Chair (after all, he hasn't been that good) but Skate Study House might have come up with the next best thing.

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