There are plenty of stores known for their extravagant holiday window displays, but given the choice, I prefer to ogle the ones at Anthropologie. As you'd only expect from the store, they're always as pretty, fresh, and unique as all get-out. But aside from all the beauty, I'm mainly checking them out to cop ideas for my own holiday decorations.
Each year I make the same promise to myself to sit down and make my own set of holiday cards that are at once beautiful, ever so slightly witty, and 100 percent personalized. Every year, without fail, I break that promise. Sigh! It takes a lot of time and work to be that perfect. This year I'm getting an early start, and I've decided to be honest with myself about my capabilities, or lack thereof. Rather than spending far too long designing the perfect card in my head, then quickly scrapping the idea after realizing (again) that my creative skill does not equal the creativity of my ideas, I've decided to outsource things. Enter Minted, a crowdsourcing stationery site based in San Francisco.
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.
Skip the hoards of tourists and families trying to stake out a spot for fireworks along the Embarcadero and opt to ring in the new year at one of this year’s hip events instead. From all-out dance party to mellow beer pairing dinner, here’s our list of Top 10 NYE to-dos.
A Hip Hop Happening Affair
The Roots: The Philly-based rap group known for their trailblazing hip hop will headline a show at the Warfield with Orgone and DJ Harry D. Expect high-octane energy and band members parading through the audience.
The season just wouldn't be complete without a little Gap cheer. This weekend, the brand is bringing their holiday campaign to life on the streets on San Francisco. Be on the lookout for a buffalo plaid bus carrying a cheer squad of 12 professional dancers and drummers. Once you spot them (we hear they might be stationed in places like Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building), all you have to do is show some spirit for the chance to win free giveaways. Who couldn't use a Gap cozy hat, jean certificates for a free pair of 1969 Premium Jeans and "Buy One, Get One 50% Off" coupons?
The tour starts today and runs through Sunday, December 20.
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.
The Target To-Go holiday pop-up shop in Mint Plaza is officially in full swing. The "store" opened to the public at 10 a.m. this morning and hoardes of bullseye-loving cityslickers are already pouring in. The concept, which we blogged about earlier this week on Domain, is simple—a range of products behind glass cases that brings the idea of window shopping to life. You grab a clipboard with purchase form and then check off the numbered items you would like to buy before heading to checkout. Your items then come to you via "conveyer belt," in the form of neatly packaged presents already wrapped and ready to take their spot under your tree. It's all very Santa's workshop.
Exercise your wit and show off your snarky side for the chance to win $5,000 worth of Apple products. Saucony Originals and Journeys.com want to wish you a happy holiday with a fun photo caption contest and sweepstakes. It's not too late to get in on the action—every week from now until December 25, jump onto CaptionOriginals.com and come up with a clever caption for the current photo. Each week's winner will be awarded a special prize pack.
Beginning today, a gaggle of San Francisco's cutest shelter cats and dogs will get their shot at the spotlight. In an effort to find warm and loving homes for the holidays, SPCA residents will resume starring roles in Macy’s Union Square's holiday windows. Shoppers can search for the perfect gift--and what's more perfect than a fine furry friend?--in the Stockton and O’Farrell Street windows, where over 200 shelter animals found loving homes last year. Local NBC Bay Area meteorologist, Craig Herrera, will host the unveiling.
If you're not from California, chances are you're one of the projected 8.1 million travelers who will be heading home by plane this holiday season. Which means--sorry to break it to you--you'll likely be spending more time than necessary sitting in the airport or on the tarmac, dealing with weather delays, air traffic, mechanical issues or overbookings. But your experience doesn't have to be miserable. Here are a few tips that will hopefully make your holiday travel a little less painful.