Local SF Gifts for the Holidays
For the people on your shopping list who have been swept off their feet by San Francisco’s charms, there is a nearly unlimited array of local wonders to be had. Here’s a list of some quirky and classic items guaranteed to delight any fan of San Francisco.
This is a business incubator dedicated to supporting talented, working-class food entrepreneurs, particularly immigrant women and women of color in the San Francisco Bay Area. La Cocina’s We Are La Cocina Cookbook is filled with powerful stories and delicious recipes from La Cocina graduates, making for the perfect gift for any foodie. All proceeds from this cookbook will directly benefit La Cocina.
Two local women, Stacy Rogers and Deirdre Nagayama, have designed a line of graceful, wearable clothing at affordable prices under the label Curator. Their designs are simple and durable, making use of natural fabrics. Check out their stunning Seacliff coat for a taste of real San Francisco style. You can visit their small shop at 1173 Valencia St. or check out Curator’s collection online. Curatorsf.com
The breeze blowing through each San Francisco neighborhood picks up unique fragrances, and a particular scent will always carry you back to a special spot. Destination Fragrances uses pure essential oils to capture the essence of a dozen city neighborhoods and blends these into its pure Scents of San Francisco candles, which includes a special holiday fragrance. From the Mission district (lime, palo santo and cinnamon) to the Haight (patchouli, cedarwood and ylang ylang), these handmade aromatherapy candles will bring a touch of the city to any home. Destinationfragrances.com
Wild SF Walking Tours
Have someone on your list who loves a good scoop (and this time, we don’t mean ice cream. offer an unvarnished insider view of the city. Every guide is a working artist or activist who will tell you tales that most visitors never hear. These super-affordable tours highlight moments from San Francisco’s unique social history, as well as providing opportunities to become acquainted with your fellow travelers. The fun doesn’t always end when the tour does. Many times, the guide and tour group will go on to have food or coffee together at one of the great local places you’ve just discovered. Wildsftours.com