If the thought of holiday shopping sends you into stress-induced panic, you’re not alone. Malls can be overwhelming, which is why many of us hit the internet browser to get all our shopping taken care of. However, in a city as cool as San Francisco, there’s no excuse not to enjoy the outdoors and do some in-store shopping. Don’t get us wrong: online shopping can be amazing and extra convenient (hello, shopping in pajamas) but sometimes we forget how nice it can be to visit physical store, which is why we are pulling together a list of our favorite retail shops to hit this holiday season.
Each of these stores are one-of-a-kind, curating the best of Bay Area designs and makers and are nestled in the city’s loveliest neighborhoods for strolling.
Now all you have to do is decide who’s been naughty or nice and buy accordingly. Our advice, hit the streets and make a day of it!
FOR THE BOOKWORM:
Dog Eared Books: floor to ceiling bookshelves crowd this Mission District mainstay. Look for the staff pick table and hard-to-find design magazines, as well as handmade letterpress cards.
Omnivore Books: worth the hike up the hill to this Noe Valley treasure trove–Omnivore Books stocks an incredible selection of cookbooks ranging from rare first editions to the flavors of the month.
FOR THE GASTRONOMIST:
Epicurean Trader: if words like “small batch” and “artisanal” come second nature to the foodie on your list, you need to head to this Marina spot for handmade pastas, salts, spices, and more–including a spirits selection that would impress any professional imbiber.
Meraki Market: fine grocer or art gallery… You decide. This spot is an omnivore’s dream for fine food shopping.
FOR THE STYLIST:
Hero Shop: nestled in the growing Lower Nob Hill hood, Hero Shop came from former Vogue fashion news editor and SF native, Emily Holt, and stepping foot into the shop is like raiding a dream closet.
Rand + Statler: your friend who effortlessly throws on a leather jacket and walks out the door looking fabulous? She shops here. Take a page from her book and go for their leather goods, jewelry, and fully stocked selection of Aesop goodies.
FOR THE HOMEBODY:
Hudson Grace: Sacramento Street is San Francisco’s de facto home design headquarters and Hudson Grace reigns supreme. From fanciful sterling silver champagne buckets to table linens, these guys know what’s up. Our favorite effortless hostess gift? Their high-drama black taper candles.
FOR THE GREEN THUMB:
Paxton Gate: for the friend/mother/brother who somehow manages to keep their house plants alive.. Head to Paxton Gate to shop their greenhouse full of your wildest succulent dreams.
FOR THE CURATOR:
General Store: looking for the cutest/coolest [fill in the blank] ever? General Store has it. Books, paper goods, sustainably produced apparel, ceramics, and more – all housed this Outer Sunset boutique with dreamy backyard to boot.