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7 Perfect New Year's Day Brunches

The city on New Year's Day is all about the walking wounded—some folks will spend the day recovering in bed, and others are ready to head back out there and get in the game. For the latter group, here are some places open for New Year's Day brunch. Just don't forget to tip big; your poor server or bartender is probably in worse shape than you.

The Most Amazing Christmas Home Displays in SF

Per holiday tradition, it's customary to deck your house with loads of bright lights and ornamentation. Sadly, not many homes in San Francisco can do this, at least compared to the gaudiness that suburbia affords, but of those that do, they do it well.

Best SF Bars Open This Christmas

Need to be around like-minded company this Christmas? Check out one of these bars open on the most wonderful time of the year. Jingle, jingle.

Halloween: Lyft's Spooky Vintage Rides, On-Demand Costume Delivery

For a festive, stress-free All Hallows' Eve, take a chance on a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom ride from Lyft, or find the perfect Halloween sartorial look from Costumes On-Demand.

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.

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