Bearing gifts when visiting someone's home is always in style.
But when the holidays roll around, 'tis time to up the ante from your usual bottle of vino. Just steal from our cheery list of Bay Area-proud gifts and you'll be the life of every party.
Blue Bottle Holiday Mug
This limited-edition coffee mug is most definitely buzz-worthy. Fans of the Oaktown roaster are sure to fall for local artist Michelle Ott's charming illustration. Buy a couple, and/or pair with Oakland Lights holiday brew for many satisfying cups a Joe to come. // $28, bluebottle.com
Paste Pet Collages
You can't go wrong when you put a holiday bow on an adorable Denise Fiedler dog or cat portrait. The SF artist, graced with mad scissors skills, uses vintage book pages to create her one-of-a-kind pieces. Meow! // $68, pastesf.com
Etta + Billie Soap
Yummy small-batch soaps are always a crowd-pleaser. Gift a stack of the new Etta + Billie limited-edition Hot Bourbon + Lemon—a take on a classic hot toddy with organic honey, cinnamon, an antioxidant-rich brew from SF's T-We Tea and a touch of Bulleit Bourbon. // $14 each, ettaandbillie.com
State Bird Provisions: A Cookbook
The debut cookbook by husband and wife Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, and food writer JJ Goode is tasty indeed. It's filled with recipes from the Michelin-starred Fillmore District restaurant, i.e. fancy potato chips with smoked trout and pancakes with sauerkraut. Dim sum cart not included. // $45, penguinrandomhouse.com
Heath Ceramics Bud Vase (Cosmos)
These teensy beauties have long been our go-to hostess gift. But for more sparkle during soirée season, we're giving the new mirror-like deep-blue glaze, Cosmos. Glossy and galaxy-like, the locally made vases are out of this world—with or without petals. // $45, heathceramics
Cuyana Heart Cosmetics Case
Make an entrance with this sweetheart and you'll have Madame Hostess in the palm of your hand. From SF's favorite purveyor of "fewer, better things," the fresh-for-the-holidays leather pouch is simple and chic. The cognac shade? Divine. // ($95). // cuyana.com
Lolli & Pops Gift Box (Fancy That)
Mostly sweet with a dash of savory, this gift box features gourmet chocolates, truffles, caramels, chocolate-covered chips and pretzels, and more. Enough said. (FYI: The SF brand has a shop in San Jose and will opening one in the city next year.) // $79. lolliandpops.com