(510) 291-9779, www.slinkyproductions.com.
BERT BERGEN, ARTIST, CURATOR, DRUMMER FOR ASCENDED MASTER
WORST A series of Franklin Mint plates depicting football plays with nondescript football players. They had painterly guys in orange getting tackled by nondescript defenders. And what's a 12-year-old supposed to do with decorative plates?
BEST That would have to be a hunting rifle, a .30-30, the same kind that the Rifleman uses. I killed my first deer with it.
We're not going to support guns or killing living creatures, but if you want to find a dead animal gift of your own, visit Gypsy Honeymoon, 3599 24th St., SF. (415) 821-1713.
TED EDWARDS, VOCALS AND GUITAR FOR THE MUSIC LOVERS
WORST My first electric guitar, from my cousin Jane when I was 13 years old, because it set in motion a cycle of events that led to three divorces, despair, and debt.
BEST My first electric guitar, from my cousin Jane when I was 13 years old, as it led to an intimate love affair with the wonder of song, the glamour of the stage, and therein finding the one and only place I have ever belonged.
Find and fix electric guitars at San Francisco Guitarworks, 323 Potrero, SF. (415) 865-5424, www.sfguitarworks.com.
LIANNA HIBBARD, GENERAL MANAGER, UPPER PLAYGROUND
WORST Homemade leg warmers.
BEST Artist series Adidas Superstars the San Diego edition by Dave Kinsey.
MALIA, BARTENDER, THEE PARKSIDE
WORST A ceramic potpourri simmer pot with flowers painted on it.
BEST The iPhone I haven't received yet (hint, hint).
Like you didn't know: get an iPhone at the Apple Store, 2125 Chestnut, SF. (415) 392-0202, www.apple.com.
AMANDA CASKEY, GENERAL MANAGER, CAFÉ GRATITUDE RETAIL STORE
WORST A pink rhinestone charm bracelet with three-inch-long black rhinestone palm tree and taxicab charms.
BEST My grandmother promising to match the money my girlfriend and I save toward buying a house.
You may not be able to give the gift of half a house, but you can get hip, charming housewares from Egg and the Urban Mercantile, 85 Carl, SF. (415) 564-2248.
ABAI, DJ, BOUNCE REFLEX
WORST Fruitcake! I was a kid, and it was Christmas. I was so grossed out by it because it looked slimy and green. When the family wasn't looking, my brother and I fed it to the family dog in the kitchen. He wolfed it down, then threw up all over the place a few minutes later. That was not fun.
BEST A sound system, gear to play on, an album, a trailer, and a van to pull it all in! Because that gave me the opportunity to travel around the country playing music I loved, which fueled my travels abroad to do the same thing.
DJs in the know shop at World of Stereo 2, 1080 Market, SF. (415) 626-1195. *