It also has a kickin' gift section if you need a quick one-off. One of my favorite holiday-ready items? Rainbow's line of screenprinted bags from Jaguar Moon ($5.99$15.99), a refugee artists' collective that produces organic sacks from recycled material.
GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARK CONSERVANCY
What's crazy about San Francisco is that in this epicenter of art, culture, music, food, and all kinds of urbanity at its finest, given 20 minutes and a functional vehicle, you can find yourself in the heart of America's most gorgeous natural hang-outs. We have Golden Gate National Park Conservancy to thank for the continued awesomeness of places like Tennessee Valley and Muir Woods and thank them you can by doing your holiday shopping at the Warming Hut Park Store and Cafe, the little shop/shack tucked away by the Golden Gate Bridge. The store sells gorgeous posters glorifying the day trips all around us ($9.95$190), as well as bits of SF park history, like the Conservancy's own We Hold The Rock, a book detailing the badass Native American Alcatraz occupation 30-some years back. In other words, perfect gifts for the radical nature lover on your list, and for the Conservancy too.
Presidio Building, 983 Marin Dr., SF. (415) 561-3040, www.store.parksconservancy.org/store
Helping the developmentally disabled find their voice through art since 1983, Creativity Explored's annual art sale is an amazing opportunity to buy sensational pieces by undiscovered artists. Prices are friendly for those with financial disabilities as well.
3245 16th St, SF. (415) 863-2108, www.creativityexplored.org
Supporting the right of women to take charge of their lives and finances, La Cocina easily surpasses its neighboring yuppie eateries and corner taquerias for the title of the Mission's coolest kitchen. The space rents to budding food entrepreneurs and hosts delicious classes on subjects from tamale making to the exhilaration of home canning. This year buy your beloved eater one of La Cocina's much lauded gift boxes, which range from $20$100 and feature pear butter and fruit drinks from the new local food businesses that call La Cocina home.
2948 Folsom, SF. (415) 824-2729, www.lacocinasf.org
C'mon people, we've got to support our local independent pirate store. Whether it's lard, eye patches ($4$5), or posters emblazoned with truisms for surviving life in this scurvy-filled world ($20 for such design gems as "Cannons don't sink ships: Pirates with cannons sink ships"), 826 Valencia has got you covered. Better still, the shopfront's proceeds go directly to the booty within the building's hull: Dave Eggers' writing workshop for San Francisco youngsters that has spawned sister programs the country over. Pirate flags and punctuation pointers? A match destined to take the high seas.
826 Valencia, SF. (415) 642-5905, www.826valencia.org/store
FERRY PLAZA FARMERS MARKET
Know someone who's dragging their feet on the farmers market craze? Support your local small agriculturist and the culinary trend that's turning our city into a locavore fantasyland by getting them a bag of wooden gift coins for fruit and veggie buying, tucked into a reusuable produce bag and available at the Ferry Plaza market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, or at the CUESA office inside the Ferry Building.
1 Ferry Building, SF.