Holiday Guide: Feeling broke this season? We help ease your shopping woes
Put an end to the chronic "Yes, I loved the roses you gave me last week but now they're DEAD" statements with this ceramic rose. Baked by a local ceramics artist and available with or without a stem, the roses come in lovely shades of pink, ivory, peach, and lavender. Xapno can also set you up with a vase or ribbon to set it off.
678 Haight, Lower Haight, SF. (415) 863-8199, www.xapno.com
GLASS STRAW, $9
The glamour girls and boys who won't drink coffee or red wine with you anymore because it stains their teeth need to get back to reality with one of these glass straws. (Buh-bye, BriteSmile.) Ensure that they bring it with them to your next drinking game by getting them bamboo carrying case as well.
Online only. (707) 964-9350, www.glassdharma.com/straws
CLASSIC SOUL AND R&B MIX CDS, $10
Rooky Ricardo's Records
Diehard record collectors love to dig through crates of dust-covered vinyl searching for elusive, long-out-of-print song 45s. Rooky Ricardo's is perfect for them (cool old singles for around $3!) — and for those of us who just want to hear some awesome music without the stiff back and neck (or record player). A sweet selection of classic soul, pop, and R&B mix CDs culled from Rooky's collection will get your sweet ones humming.
448 Haight St., Lower Haight, SF. (415) 864-7526, www.rookyricardos.com
TOPOGRAPHIC TRAIL MAPS, $8–$9.50
This holiday season, tell your loved ones to take a hike. A handy trail map of southern Marin ($9.50) combined with the 76 Marin Headlands bus can easily help them rediscover the glorious nature beckoning just outside the Golden Gate. Also at Sports Basement: Nalgene PBA-free water bottles start at $8.50.
1590 Bryant St., SoMa, SF. (415) 575-3000;
610 Old Mason St., Presidio, SF. (800) 869-6670, www.sportsbasement.com
SWEETIE PIE PRESS BUTTONS PACK, $6 FOR 3
Who doesn't love buttons? No one. They're a quick, easy way to customize your backpack, hat, coat, scarf, whatever. And even when they're designed by artists, they're still cheap. Sweetie Pie buttons are produced as series by designers using security envelopes, reclaimed silk-screened posters, and other recycled materials. There's a ton of individuality in each pack, so grab more than one.
1845 Market St., Hayes Valley, SF. (415) 863-3969, www.raredevice.net
ICE CREAM GIFT CERTIFICATE, $5
Three Twins Organic Ice Cream
Give a special gift of sweet, sweet empty(ish) calories. Using only organic ingredients, Three Twins scoops up incredible flavors like milk and honey, lemon cookie, chocolate peanutbutter cookie, or the exotic Dad's Cardamom. With a $5 certificate, your giftee can choose between two teensy ice cream cones or a pint to munch on at home while watching 30 Rock on Hulu.
254 Fillmore St. Lower Haight, SF. (415) 487-8946, www.threetwinsicecream.com
THE WALKING DEAD COMIC, $2.99