Lots of ideas for a great gift (round up below) and if you’re looking for a fun afternoon of browsing, check out the Renegade Craft fair today if you’re in San Francsico, LA, Chicago, NYC or London. We’ re not huge fans of large retailers for gifts. We prefer giving (and receiving) something unique, handmade and best of all, local. Those gifts have heart. They might even be green. Keep your eyes peeled for artisans who explore REUSE in making their items rather than using virgin materials. Maybe they’re using recycled materials, too. How about food products, grown and packaged locally? If your vendor is local, you can be assured the carbon footprint in distribution is low.
So follow the link and learn more about the fair and if you can’t go, look for local artisans in your community… San Francisco Holiday Info « Renegade Craft Fair.
Here are some other ideas for you San Francisco folks:
Letter Press stationary, handmade cards and screen print dish cloths by
Beautiful hand cut wooden products, like cutting boards, stools, etc:
Local Honey grown by the busy bees at Hayes Valley Farm
(**note, this is a the last year for Hayes Valley Farm and their project, Project BEE – Cause. Get the last jar of honey from this amazing experiment in permaculture!)
Get a basket of baked goods at our favorite bakery, Thorough Bread and Pastry. Supporting them supports the students of the San Francisco bread making institute.
Get some cheese to go with that bread: La Fromagerie (2425 3rd Street, SF). They have raw milk cheese!
And jars of amazing peanut brittle or handmade marshmallows at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous.
Meet the Pink Panther by ice cream superstars Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous. The Pink Panther is an ice cream flavored with almond liquor and chocolate liquors. Rich. You’ll find Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco- urban, trendy and my favorite ice cream shop in the city.
Here are some other flavors I’ve tried there.
I don’t know about you, but as for me. . . Christmas time always brings the perennial gifting dilemma. Both to help you and to keep a running list going here, I’ve started to make a list of some interesting AND budget-friendly ideas I’ve discovered this year. And PLEASE, feel free to add your own ideas to the list via comments. And I want to make it very clear, this is my own list and I’ve made it for fun. I’ve not been approached by anyone to endorse these products in any way. I just like them.
• check the web for local gift fairs like this one in the Mission, San Francisco: La Cocina Gift Fair, 10 December 4-9pm, 2868 Mission St
• make a custom photo book online, given the delight your loved one will experience, this is always a super option. There are lots of services from which to choose.
• lots of japanese-branded gifts under $10 at Daiso, in Japantown
• Gama-Go for fun t-shirts, as well as cartoony accessories
• Hats at Goorin Brothers, there’s an awesome deal this weekend, 11-12 December mention “sample sale” in-store or online for 25% off your purchase. And if you go to the warehouse, where the actual sample sale is to be held, receive up to 75% off. Details here.
• Gift certificate Landmark Movie Theaters (the chain of independent movie theaters with several locations in the San Francisco Bay Area)
• set of two museum passes for the De Young, Costco
• Jar of Peanut Brittle, Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous, and while your there get lots of ice cream for yourself. Because you deserve it.
• Pack of parisian macarons, Thorough Bread and Pastry
• whoopie pies/gobs, Gobba Gobba Hey
• glass globe terrariums with tillandsia (air plants) or succulents Flora Grubb, Paxton Gate or make your own- the best price on empty glass globes is CB2
• succulents or specialty solar lighting for the gardener on your list, Succulence
• decorative objects made of barnacles. Ok, you just have to see them. Add tillandsia for a great centerpiece for your dining table
• carnivorous plants from Plant it Earth
• home-made gifts and other food “takehomeables” at the SF Underground Farmer’s Market, Saturday 18 December. You’ll need to sign up via this link to get more information because, well, it’s “underground” . Tantalizing? Good. Sign up and find out more.
I’d been meaning to check this place out for a while now and Stephen G’s review on Yelp was the tipping point. I made a quick run after work yesterday and Mr and Mrs M. did not disappoint; I loved this place! And I’m going to go back tomorrow, too, so that’s twice in one weekend. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is. My intention was to get the Ballbark but couldn’t resist trying another flavor, all of them looked so good.
I sampled the Candied Violet and ultimately went with it. And, in my judgement, it just might be one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had.
The combination of the floral (real pieces of bright purple candied violet petals) with the notes of limoncello and lemon zest, made magic. What I really appreciate about this place is that the flavors are enticingly inventive without being a ‘dare’, if you know what I mean…
Then, there was that cookie. Before paying for my ice cream I spied a stack of chocolate chip like you wouldn’t believe.
I picked mine up, still WARM, and it actually started to bend in my hand. I’m not a crispy cookie kind of guy, I’m a “THIS-KIND” of chocolate cookie kind of guy. There was some nice browning on the outside, just crispy enough to contain a contrastingly melty, buttery and gooey center. Lots of chips. Awesome cookie. Maybe the best.
So, I’m having friends over for dinner tomorrow and what’s for dessert? I don’t know yet, but I do know I’m going back to Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous to get it!