'Tis the season for presents and credit card debt!
But fear not, we have a gift for every budget! And as always, we've scoured the Bay Area to bring you a curation of the very finest, coolest, tastiest, funnest presents from local artisans, designers, and makers. This is the only guide you'll need to make all your people jolly...pumpkin spiced lattes not included.
Gifts Under $25
Treat your canine friend to a new toy this holiday season. The Foggy Dog's fabric-covered squeaky dog bone toy comes in an array of colors and patterns that will delight even the most discerning owner. Featuring a heavy-duty squeaker (one they claim will continue to function even after being punctured) and eco-friendly filling made from recycled plastic bottles, this hardy little toy will make for one happy pup. // $14, thefoggydog.com
Gifts Under $50
Started by two friends who discovered the benefits of a sugar-free diet, The Good Chocolate makes 100 percent organic chocolate bars without any trace of added sugars. This Family Pack(18 pieces) from the Visitacion Valley–based chocolatiers—including mint, Himalayan salt, ginger & salted almond flavors—promises indulgence without the sugary guilt. // $38, goodchocolate.com
Gifts Under $100
Explore the wonderful world of oysters at The Shed's oyster tasting and shucking demonstration. You'll learn about the history, flavor profile, and preparation of oysters, and get to indulge in some fresh Pacific oysters while you practice shucking and slurping (paired with a complementary glass of bubbly, but of course). The experience also comes with an oyster shucking kit by Malle W Trousseau, featuring a professional rosewood-and-tempered-steel knife and natural leather hand protector. // $65, healdsburgshed.com
Gifts Under $150
Brighten up someone's day with an exotic potted Magenta Triostar from SF-based purveyor of luxury houseplants Leon and George. Each plant is selected and styled by interior design pros, and comes pre-potted and delivered right to your doorstep. Friends without green fingers will especially appreciate the lifetime plant doctor support tagged to each plant, not to mention the fact that the company is dedicated to plant a tree in a U.S National Forest for each pot sold. // $139, leonandgeorge.com
Gifts Under $250
Gift an aspiring chef this hardy handmade Canvas and Leather Knife Roll from Mission-based Joshu Vela. Made here in SF from sturdy duck canvas and vacchetta leather, it has six knife slots, a zippered pouch for spoons, and smaller slots for additional tools such as tweezers and chopsticks. // $198, joshuvela.com
Gifts Worth the Splurge
For something truly special, these delightful bowls by Modern Kintsugi Artisan Joseph Weaver are form and function made whole. Taking broken pieces and mending them together with resin, gold leaf, and other precious metals using the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, Weaver imbues value and meaning to each object and in the process, creates exquisite pieces in the process. // $300-450 (depending on size), instagram.com/hugomentosf