Holiday Guide: Feeling broke this season? We help ease your shopping woes
So "some of your best friends are Jews" and you feel bad because you know Santa won't go there. Make amends for years of no Santa with this fromage blanc, which is way better than regular cream cheese and not from Philly. Add a tub of hand-clabbered cottage cheese for their blintzes, kugels, and whatever else it is Jews eat.
1 Ferry Building, #17, Embarcadero, SF. (415) 362-9354, www.cowgirlcreamery.com
"STUBBY" HAMMER, $4.99
We believe that, like hemlines in other realms, a mini or micro version of the Utilikilt is due out any day now. And when that happens, utilidudes will need scaled-down, "stubby" versions of their tools to make it all work (and boy do these tools work). Cole Hardware also has stubby pliers and wrenches.
956 Cole, Cole Valley, SF. (415) 753-2653, wwwcolehardware.com
FELT FLOWERS, $7
Why buy blooms destined for the dustbin for your loved ones when you can score them these long-lasting buds? Samsara's small sales floor is packed with small treasures imported from the Far East. Pick up a colorful woven headband or Indian lotus wooden stamp for the yogi on your list.
2035 Union, Marina, SF. (415) 563-5485
BOBINO CABLE BUDDY, $3.99
Under One Roof
Many a hook-up mood has been ruined waiting for the hookee to disentangle three feet of earphone wire from a fly or brassiere. Stop the madness with the Cable Buddy, which keeps cords neatly wrapped and out of the way. And get few extra for those cords you know you'll get ensnared in at the hook's house.
518 Castro, Castro District, SF. (415) 503-2300, www.underoneroof.org
It's not a competition, but your my-eco-bag-is-more-eco-than-your-ego-bag pals will love this Japanese-made eco bag. The bag comes in six different patterns, all groovy enough to go with all their hemp outfits. Ichiban Kan also has bento boxes, lunch bags, and knit panda hats.
22 Peace Plaza #540, Japantown, SF. (415) 409-0472, www.ichibankanusa.com
Your peripatetic pals can't help it if they find themselves casting off plastic utensils everywhere they go. Detox them with the Spork, a durable, washable spoon-fork-knife in one. The brightly-colored utensil is guaranteed to make fellow travelers say "go Spork yourself" to disposables. Flight 001 also has clocks, bags, and bagatelle for the traveler.
525 Hayes, Hayes Valley, SF. (415) 487-1001, www.flight101.com
NOE VALLEY APIARIES, $7.95
The Green Arcade
Give your honey bun some fresh-baked honey buns made with honey from Noe Valley Apiaries. Better yet, give your honey bun the whole jar and she can drink it herself. The limited-edition honey is unfiltered and antibiotic-free. Or get a book on beekeeping while you're at this perfectly curated, eco-centric store so you can give your honey bun her own hive someday.
1680 Market, Hayes Valley, SF. (415) 431-6800, www.thegreenarcade.com
CERAMIC ROSE, $5