Monday , May 20 2019


Looking to Shop Small® in this holiday season? Here are a just a few suggestions while shopping in San Francisco to help you find a perfect and unique gift to check off your list.

For the Art-Inspired

Creativity Explored provides artists with developmental disabilities a community in which to hone their crafts and pursue work as artists. Shopping their unique artwork supports the power of art to change lives and their mission to empower artists.

Another creative option is 3 Fish Studios, a husband and wife team offering colorful and San Francisco and California-inspired prints, postcards, totes, and other gift items. 

For the Foodie

Give the gift of food education with a gift certificate to the Cheese School of San Francisco. This one-of-kind location offers informal and structured, and fun, learning experiences about…cheese.

For the First Time Visitor

Look no further than PIER 39 stalwart Only in San Francisco for a gift that says “San Francisco”. This souvenir superstore is one of the largest retailers of San Francisco gifts, souvenirs and apparel.

Cliff’s Variety in the Castro District also offers a selection of “Only in San Francisco” items, and is a favorite stop for locals and visitors for their collection of household gifts.

Those looking for a token of San Francisco’s fondness for all things “Summer of Love” should head to Love on Haight in Haight Ashbury. This funky and happy retailer specializes in tie-dyed clothing and accessories, and the location has been a neighborhood mainstay for more than 25 years.

For the Beach Lover

Also on PIER 39, Shell Cellar, Inc. offers shells of all shapes, sizes and varieties, recycled byproducts from the Philippines. Find nautical-themed nightlights, home decor, jewelry and more.

For the Experienced Traveler

Schein & Schein’s thousands of antique maps and prints will feed any wanderlust. Located in North Beach, this unique shop offers products from the 14th through 20th centuries, including San Francisco and wine country material.

For the Reader

Locally-owned bookstore Alexander Book Company is conveniently located on Second Street near both Union Square and Moscone Center. Alexander’s offers 50,000 new books over three floors.

You also may find a unique book-inspired gift with The San Francisco Center for the Book, a non-profit dedicated to the art of the book.     

For the Crafts Lover

Don’t miss the 6th Annual SF Etsy Team Indie Holiday Emporium pop-up market on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25 only. This local holiday shopping experience supports over 200 local artisans and small batch food vendors at Pier 35 on the Embarcadero.

Don’t forget to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday® on Nov. 24. Small Business Saturday celebrates and supports the small business that make communities unique. From family-run corner stores to food trucks to online boutiques, small businesses are an important part of our lives and business. When they succeed, we all do. To learn more, please visit

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