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Shop, Drop and Roll: 12 Hoppin' Holiday Fairs

Dogpatch Warehouse Sale
Formerly known as the 3rd Street Sale, the revamped Dogpatch Warehouse sale is going to be a blow-out. They're closing down 22nd Street to house numerous workshops and to showcase products from more than 30 local vendors. Come for the shopping, but stay for the free samples, food, drinks, and endless activities for all members of the family.
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 12/1

12 Holiday Gifts for The Techie

What’s better than the gift of choice? Enter San Francisco startup Wantful, which allows shoppers to create custom books filled with 12 gift options. Here, 7x7 editors do the legwork for you. We’ve selected 12 great gifts for the techie—where utility meets style and gadgetry—all priced at just $50. Click to pay, send a book, and let your loved one decide. Holiday shopping? Done.

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12 Holiday Gifts for The Epicure

What’s better than the gift of choice? Enter San Francisco startup Wantful, which allows shoppers to create custom books filled with 12 gift options. Here, 7x7 editors do the legwork for you. We’ve selected 12 great gifts for the epicure—from artisan chocolate and spices to handy kitchen tools—all priced at just $50. Click to pay, send a book, and let your loved one decide. Holiday shopping? Done.

Click to buy 7x7's $50 gift book for epicures!

Photos: GiftCenter & JewelryMart First Look Celebration

On November 3, the famed GiftCenter & JewelryMart welcomed San Franciscans to their reinvented showplace in SoMa.

Guests to the free event indulged in sweets, treats, gems and jewelry while exploring a new entrance and expansive courtyard. Special cupcakes offered the chance to find gift certificates hidden inside, while live entertainment kept the mood festive while holiday shoppers got a headstart on their gift-giving lists.

With over 125 jewelry and accessories showrooms, the San Francisco GiftCenter & JewelryMart is the Bay Area's largest jewelry emporium, offering competitive wholesale pricing and award-winning custom designs.

Five Festive Treatments at San Francisco Spas

The flavors of the holidays make for many culinary delights. That is a given. Pumpkin, cranberry, apple, vanilla, cinnamon and peppermint are flavors that reoccur every year, yet always seem fresh. At a time when calendars quickly fill up and consumption of all sorts is increased, taking the time to indulge in you should be a priority. And receiving the gift of relaxation and indulgence is one of the best ideas around. Several local spas have tweaked their menus to include seasonal ingredients. We pick five of the most delicious.

Atelier Swarovski's High-Dazzle Holiday

Swarovski is always thinking outside the crystal box. For their ninth Atelier Swarovski collection, they enlisted designers from the worlds of fashion, jewelry, architecture and costume design to create cutting edge collections. You can find some items by Rodrigo Otazu, Arik Levy, and Mary Katrantzou in the Swarovski store on Geary, and you can peruse the others on their website. Here's a selection of some sparkling favorites that would make extraordinary stocking stuffers.

Secret Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies from Humphry Slocombe

7x7 asks the city's chefs for the recipes to their most loved cocktails, bar snacks, starters, mains, and desserts. If there's a dish you can't stop thinking about and want to make at home, email lauren@hartlemedia.com. Your wish may end up on the blog, along with the actual recipe from the chef.

If you've only had Jake Godby's innovative ice cream at Humphry Slocombe, you're missing out. His cookies are buttery, soft, and packed with rich chocolate, perhaps my favorite in SF. Pour yourself a tall glass of milk, or indulge with a scoop of Secret Breakfast.

Makes 30 cookies

Market Watch: Holiday Gifts to Harvest

If anyone has the inside sccop when it comes to the Ferry Plaza Farmers market it's Lulu Meyer, associate director of market operations at CUESA. You'll see her at the market, rain or shine. Every week, she'll be giving us her short list for the market—just in time for Saturday shopping. Go to cuesa.org for more information about farmers, what's in season and market goings-on.

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.

20 Ways to Spend New Year's (The Eat + Drink List)

Chef Hoss Zaré hosts a five-course dinner at Zaré at Fly Trap on New Year’s Eve, featuring Persian-inspired dishes paired with wines from around the world (along with a complimentary glass of champagne at midnight, of course). Festivities take place from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dinner costs $105 for the first seating and $125 for the second seating; wine pairings are an additional $42 per person. 606 Folsom St., 415-243-0580 or visit zareflytrap.com

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