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7 Quirky/Awesome Books to Gift From Chronicle Books

I constantly find myself drooling over the titles published by sister-company Chronicle Books. Now that it's Christmastime, I have the perfect excuse to splurge on books for myself and the people I love--and then "borrow" the books I give them (indefinitely). Here are some I'm looking to wrap up and top with a bow:

SURFER Magazine: 50 Years, ($40)

A Homemade Eggnog Recipe: Shaken Not Stirred

Last year, our former wine and spirits editor Jordan Mackay wrote up a fool-proof eggnog recipe guaranteed to yield a Merry Christmas, if you catch our drift. With three kinds of alcohol in it, there's no way you won't have a good time. That's why it has become our go-to recipe for holiday parties, mellow nights spent trying to warm up, and all-around Christmas cheer:

Boozy Eggnog

More Bang For Your Bubble: Sparkling Wine Vs. Champagne

So a guy walks into a wine shop and thinks: ’Tis the season for Champagne—until he looks at the price. He gulps and regroups: ’Tis the season for sparkling wine!

Gifts From Gump's: Golden Gate Puzzle

Celebrating 150 years in San Francisco next year, Gump's is an institution. Today the Union Square shop offers exclusive collectibles, artwork, antiques, jewelry and a range of tableware, books and furnishings.

It's our honor to offer a selection of holiday gifts from Gump's, hand-selected by our editors, for CH+D and 7x7 readers.

Gifts from Gump's #10: Tom Killion 'Golden Gate at Sunset' Puzzle

Gifts From Gump's: Origami Crane Candle Holder

Celebrating 150 years in San Francisco next year, Gump's is an institution. Today the Union Square shop offers exclusive collectibles, artwork, antiques, jewelry and a range of tableware, books and furnishings.

It's our honor to offer a selection of holiday gifts from Gump's, hand-selected by our editors, for CH+D and 7x7 readers. We will feature one Gump's gift per day through 12/10.

Gifts from Gump's #9: Porcelain Origami Candle Holder

Bay Area Power Couples: Michael & Jacky Recchiuti of Recchiuti Confections

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series.

The first time Michael and Jacky Recchiuti met, they didn't hit it off. Then, on a blind date, they met again and realized they actually liked each other. Clearly meant to be together, they channel their chemistry and boundless creativity into making the chocolates and treats in the Recchiuti Confections family.

Secret Recipe: Eggplant Caponatina from Beretta

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.

At Beretta, antipasto like chef Ruggero Gadaldi's light and nutty caponatina whets the appetite before the heart of a meal (pizza) arrives. Serve it warm or cold on a platter with a couple of spoons and toasted bread at your upcoming holiday party. Or keep it all to yourself.

Gift Your Friends With Trapeze Classes & More @ Curiosity Atlas' "Experience" Gift Market

Giving people socks or electronics for Christmas has gotten so lame, right? Things like that hold all the fascination of a rock after a while, and that's why we're excited for Curiosity Atlas's first-ever "experience" gift market.

Holiday Horror Movie Fest @ YBCA Not For the Faint of Heart

Brilliantly billed as a film series "for holiday haters, adventurous cinephiles and degenerate thrill-seekers alike", the YBCA's Go To Hell For The Holidays: Horror In December collection of messed-up movies could almost be a cathartic experience for those of you struggling with all this Christmas cheer in the air lately.

Let it Snow! (At the Hyatt)

If you're an East-Coast transplant bemoaning the lack of snow here during the holidays, here's a little piece of home: There's a winter wonderland right here in San Francisco, next door to the Embarcadero ice skating rink in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Here, you can drink hot chocolate and watch snow falls three times a day (at 4pm, 6pm and 8 pm) amongst 300,000 sparkling lights.

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