Beat the December holiday shopping rush, and knock out that hefty list early and pain-free this year. We've rounded up a handful of this month's sales that are sure not only to impress your friends and family, but also ensure that you have a great time spending the dough. Who said holiday shopping has to be a chore?
Deals worth braving the frosty air for.
SenSpa: This weekend, treat your winter skin to the spa's complimentary mini facelifts and save $70 on their NuFace facials. While you're there, use your $25 "Senbucks" on their retail store, where all products are 10% off.
Philippa Roberts: Don't miss scoring 25-50% off feminine stone and gold jewelry at this Holiday Sample Sale next Thursday and Sunday, 12/9 and 12/11. RSVP here.
Need to find a dining table, redecorate a room, or hell, furnish an apartment from top down? This is your weekend. Being the first Sunday of the month, of course you can head over to Alameda for the monthly flea. There's always plenty to discover, and now that the weather is (hopefully) giving us a few days of sunshine, it could be the perfect time to catch up on finds that may have eluded you during the copious downpours endured these past two months.
When news first hit a few years ago of a new home design store opening on Chenery, we lived not so far away and anxiously awaited its opening. It finally did, and the charming collection of goods along with the friendly staff instantly stole our hearts, becoming a must-visit stop on any trip to Glen Park.
There's something particularly cosmopolitan about Hayes Valley. The not quite completely gentrified neighborhood is a balance grit and glamour: opera-goers, panhandlers, hipsters, and families mix, forming that vibrant diversity of social strata that makes city life so unique. A crisp, evening stroll in December can call to mind New York during the holidays–but thankfully about 30 degrees warmer.
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.
A 4 AM wake-up call and bruises from battling bargain hunters is no way to follow up Thursday's fat-fest. Take a more civilized approach to Black Friday and hit the web in your pajamas, or head out to a few local spots for drinks, cookies and contests. Either way you'll still get the crazy-good deals, just minus the insanity.
Nothing beats shopping while traveling. From the bargains on locally produced goods to the everyday items that, seen as an outsider, feel exotic and one-of-a-kind, there's always a lot to see (and buy). Of course we can't forever be gallivanting across the globe (tragically we're not all Keith Johnson), but that doesn't have to stop our hunt for fresh finds. Instead of hopping a plane, head to Zinc Details this weekend for a trunk show with designers from around the world.