Holiday Guide: Feeling broke this season? We help ease your shopping woes
Do you have a friend literally salivating and moaning for next week's The Walking Dead episode on AMC? Satisfy their zombie craving with an issue of the original comic book series (now at issue #78). And since comic books are Hollywood's favorite source material for summer blockbusters these days, Al's Comics is probably going to have 2013's summer action blockbuster of the year... right now!
1803 Market St., Hayes Valley, SF. (415) 861-1220, www.alscomicssf.com
FAKE MUSTACHE, $9.95
Costumes on Haight
If there's one thing everyone should own, it's a mustache. It might just be the most useful gift you could ever give. Who knows when your recipients may need to change identities quickly, appear as an authority figure, or even just get really really handsome instantly. Costumes on Haight provides 'staches for any need or hair color. Spirit gum's an extra $2, but you'll earn that back quickly at 10 cents per ride.
735 Haight St, Lower Haight, SF. (415) 621-1356. www.costumesonhaight.com
LONELY PLANET PHRASEBOOK $8.99
Get Lost Books
Your perennially-traveling friend always seems to have the most fabulous stories to recount. But the on-the-ground truth is probably a lot less romantic, with miscommunications, bad directions, and an unintentional slur or two. Swing by Get Lost Books for a handy Lonely Planet phrasebook they can take with them when they do. No more ignorant American oopsies for them (and possibly a lot more sex).
1825 Market St., Hayes Valley, SF. (415) 437-0529. www.getlostbooks.com
ZING! LAUNCHING SPOON, $5 and SOUPER! SPOON ACTION FIGURE, $10
Naughty uncle gifts alert: New People's got the goods for meal avoidance — a spoon that doubles as a superhero and another that spring-launches broccoli. Hand off to the nearest tyke, then duck (the wrath of the li'l ones' parents). Tokyo pop culture mall New People is an amazing one-stop source for quirky, beautiful lifestyle accessories like dope headphones and separated toe socks.
1746 Post, Japantown, SF. (415) 525-8600, www.newpeopleworld.com
MINI BURRO PIÑATA, $7.99
This party donkey's cool to get behind — the recipient will be stoked by his party-pumping bustability. (Hint: stuff with mini bottles.) SF Party's got what you need for instacheer — peep the local store's decorations and holiday flair for ways to trick everyone into thinking you're festive.
939 Post, Tenderloin, SF. (415) 931-9393, www.sfparty.com
IGNITE ME MASSAGE CANDLE, $10
You already know that Good Vibes is the top spot for fun, sexy, and horizon-expanding gifts for your sweetie (or prospective sweetie). These two ounces of scented soy wax set the mood for a little post-mistletoe vida loca. Just light the candle and it melts into massage oil.
Various locations, SF. www.goodvibes.com
HOT CHOCOLATE SET, $10