Raise your hand if you're ready to chill out with your quarantine pod, friends, and family and send out 2020 with a safe holiday season filled with only pleasant surprises. (We are!)
Bay Area artists, makers, and businesses need our support more than ever—and, we promise, their halls are stacked with unexpected and delightful gifts at every budget and for all your loved ones near and far. Whether you're looking for affordable stocking stuffers, artisanal host gifts, or splurge-worthy items like private concerts and wellness escapes, we have something for absolutely everyone on your list. Shop local, and tag your perfect presents #7x7shopslocal on Instagram. Happy holidays, friends.
Gifts for Foodies and Drink Connoisseurs
(Courtesy of The Xocolate Bar)
The Xocolate Bar's 24-piece bonbon box is packed with 12 seasonal flavors (two of each) of bite-sized organic, fair trade, Berkeley-made chocolates. Opt for the variety box with flavors ranging from matcha sesame to coconut toffee macadamia—or please chocolate-loving vegans with the all dark box. // $49, thexocolatebar.com
(Courtesy of Visible Vibrations)
The stages at our most iconic venues remain dark during Covid-19, but music lovers can relive the glory of concerts past through gorgeous and iconic poster art. San Mateo shop Visible Vibrations houses one of the largest privately held collections of concert posters, rock photography, and music memorabilia in existence, including several artist-designed posters from legendary shows at San Francisco's Fillmore. This 2002 Siouxsie & the Banshees concert poster ($40), designed by the late SF artist Rex Ray, is a classic. Use the code 7X7GIFT to receive 20 percent off your first purchase; portion of the proceeds will benefit Music Unites // Fillmore concert posters range from $18 to $750; shop online at oddtoes.com.
Thank you to our partners at Visible Vibrations.
Gifts for Wellness Warriors
(Courtesy of Molly Jones)
In flavors such as sparkling wine, pomegranate, and Grand Marnier, Molly Jones' Cocktail CBD Gumdrops are the perfect New Years–friendly gift. Featuring American-grown hemp and CBD, the festive candies are available in 25mg and 50mg doses. // $45 for standard dose and $65 for high dose, mollyjones.com
Gifts for Fashionable Guys and Gals
(Courtesy of Frēda Salvador)
Boot-stomping Frēda girls will love the Sausalito-based brand's new Italian leather Lou bag, handcrafted in Spain. With space for a phone, keys, lip gloss, hand sanitizer, and more, the black embossed croc bag can be worn in three ways—as a belt bag, shoulder bag, or crossbody. // $395, fredasalvador.com
Gifts for Design Enthusiasts
(Courtesy of Sonson)
Gifts for Adventurers
(Courtesy of @unsettleco)
Perfect for a biker or hiker, creative studio Unsettle's Rover belt crossbody bag has plenty of pockets and a lanyard—and thanks to a water-resistant 100D nylon exterior and AquadGuard YKK zippers—will protect from the elements to boot. The compact bag can be worn as a sling or belt bag—and the buckle strap can even be removed and transformed into a belt. // $55, unsettleco.com
Gifts for Cool Kids and Dogs
(Courtesy of Parks Conservancy)
Fifty illustrations of SF's iconic neighborhoods and outdoor spaces by Bay Area-based artist Charles House provide fun and soothing coloring material for kids and adults on the go. Highlights from Views of San Francisco include the Palace of Fine Arts, the cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge, of course. // $13, parksconservancy.org