'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
Think of it as a practical gift for a friend who loves to hike. Not only are Sonoma Wool Company insoles made from pure wool sourced from ranches in Northern California and produced using eco-friendly methods, they'll also keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Now that's a win-win. // $25, sonomawoolcompany.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
Carnivores will salivate at this California Reserve Dry Aged Holstein "Jorge" Cut Rib steak from The Flannery—a father-daughter purveyor of prime meats based in the Bay Area. Specializing in Holstein steaks, this custom cut bone-in rib steak from the chuck end of the Prime Rib with a large amount of the Ribeye Cap is named after one of Flannery's favorite Spanish wine importers. Aged for 30 to 35 days and with impressive marbling, it's a gift worthy of any pit-master. // $68 for 36oz, flannerybeef.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