As visions of sugar plums, yule logs, and Mariah Carey dance in your head, remember to make room in your noggin for the loved ones in your life. Everything in Curbed SF’s gift guide, which is priced from $14 to $Splurge, is made locally, harkens to a local structure, or comes from a Bay Area company.
These 12 gift ideas go above and beyond the boring, and are fit for your fashion-forward friend or a discriminating in-law. Happy holidays.
Stencil Clock in Campari Red
$350 | Heath Ceramics
Known for its vases, tableware, and tiles, Heath Ceramics also produces a series of clocks made with the Sausalito-based company’s proprietary clay. This stencil clock in red, made in collaboration with House Industries, is our favorite. Its stylized numbers and bold hue provide an invigorating reprieve for any room suffering from earth-tone overload.
Rosa Floral navy dog bed
$55 | The Foggy Dog
Don’t forget your four-legged family members! Anna Bond’s hand-painted pattern of fuchsia, coral, and teal flowers against a dark-blue background provide the perfect bed for your pooch. The pillow’s eco-friendly fiberfill, made from recycled fiber spun from plastic bottles, will keep your pup’s bed fluffy for years, and it’s also formulated to resist odors and wetness. Pawsome.
“I fucking love you” ceramic mug
$44 | Mel Ceramica
Textploitation is dead. On shirts, hats, posters, the wordsmith moment has passed. But not when it comes to this delightfully crude mug elevated by everyone’s favorite four-letter word. Created by Outer Sunset ceramist Mel Ceramica, this vulgarity-tinged cup is the ideal gift to give your partner between the sheets. It’s cheeky. It’s fun. It’s fucking adorable.
$300 | Windy Chien
When is a piece of rope looped and tied in a knot more than a piece of rope looped and tied in a knot? When it’s done by fine artist Windy Chien. Known primarily for her light fixtures with long macrame-clad cords and even larger pieces gracing the walls of Bay Area tech companies, the Mission District-based creator offers this bite-sized piece called the Ponytail Splice. Measuring 10 inches by 15 inches, the satin-cord and walnut-wood piece is a perfect fit for any room decor in need of tightening up.
Fortune cookie pin
$14 | Pintrill
San Francisco (arguably) gave birth to the fortune cookie, the teeth-shatteringly tasteless after-dinner snack that offers up pithy “fortunes” and random lottery numbers. Here’s a better way to honor the second-most-favorite San Francisco treat: a gold-plated brass pin in the shape of the iconic cookie. Give it to your loved one—and go for ice cream instead.
The Long Way Home cyclist poster
$50 | Dan Zhou
“I’ve lived in San Francisco for over 17 years and I still find biking in the city as charming as ever,” says graphic artist Dan Zhou about his popular poster. “Recalling some of my favorite rides, I love the idea of stitching them together into one continuous, epic ride through the city.” The screen-printed poster measures 18 inches by 18 inches, and is drawn in metallic gold ink on matte-black paper. It’s an ideal gift for anyone who bikes, adores San Francisco, or appreciates innovative design.
$125 | Bruno Fazzolari
Want to learn more about the indie fragrance revolution? Bruno Fazzolari, who creates scents from his Mission District studio, is a great place to start. Vetiverissimo, a spicy and sparkling perfume with vetiver and cedar overtones, is his most recent launch. It’s also ideal for men and women—if you adhere to silly marketing concepts like gendered fragrances. Bonus: The bottle will look great on your nightstand. (Psst, there’s even a matching blanket.)
Turtle encased in resin
$30 | Paxton Gate
From a young boy propelled into meme stardom to Real Housewives of New York’s Ramona Singer, everyone likes turtles. Paxton Gate’s turtle in resin would prove a most wondrous yet creepy gift, sure to provide excellent conversation fodder. A perfect accent to any ho-hum room in need of macabre.
“Mirage” macramé wall hanging
$1,400 | KnotWerk
“The same knots you might see featured in a plant hanger in your mother’s home turn into something else entirely when you mold them into a modern shape,” says Janine Kahn, artist and creator, whose goal is to drag macrame as far away from the 1970s as possible.
“I love seeing how modern and minimal the medium can get,” she explains. Her mammoth Mirage wall hanging would make a great addition to any wall, for those who want to splurge this holiday season.
Golden Gate Park bandana
$25 | Avenues Dry Goods
This hand-drawn bandana features famous icons of Golden Gate Park as well as some favorites only locals will recognize, like the Conservatory of Flowers, bison, Academy of Sciences building, and—why not?—raccoons. While it’s meant to be worn, it would look nice in a frame, too, wouldn’t it?
Boosted Mini X
$999 | Boosted Boards
When the original Boosted Boards launched, they took city streets by storm. They’re hard to miss; in fact, they verge on being an eyesore. But the latest edition of the motorized two-wheeled boards have shrunk down in size for a leaner, sleeker look. The Boosted Mini X is our favorite, able to reach up to 20 miles per hour for 14 miles without having to rejuice. Just don’t ride it at SF skateparks or you run the risk of getting the stink eye from sk8r purists.
The Hunters Point Shipyard crane
$40 | Laurence Srinivasan
Sutro Tower is yesterday’s news. This year, it’s all about the Hunters Point Shipyard crane, the San Francisco structure that doesn’t get its due. The southside gantry crane, once the largest in the world, was completed in 1947 using 8,400 tons of steel. Originally built to swap gun turrets on battleships, today it sits derelict, but is as San Francisco as sourdough bread and cable cars. Show it some love with this tiny replica.
Watercolor illustrations of Bay Area houses
$30-$50 | Pamela Baron
Oakland artist and illustrator Pamela Baron creates watercolor paintings of varying housing styles in Oakland, Alameda, and San Francisco. The prints are of an original watercolor-and-gouache painting, which is then printed on a thick, cold-pressed watercolor paper with archival inks.