Holiday Guide: Feeling broke this season? We help ease your shopping woes
Looking for a wintertime wonder amid Sweetdish's happy racks of rare and delicious candies? Try their hot chocolate sets, packaged here in San Francisco: Taza drinkable chocolate disks and a Japanese ceramic mug and spoon are included in this power punch for the holiday sweet tooth. While you're there, pick up some locally made Poco Dolce chocolate — the burnt toffee ($6.50 per pack) is to die for.
2144 Chesnut, Marina, SF. (415) 563-2144, www.thesweetdish.com
TRAVEL-SIZE BUTCH BODY SPRAY, $8
This one's fun for sending a pleasant mixed message: "They want me to butch it up when I'm on the go, but with a body spray?" Forunately, one sniff of this enticingly spicy scent will ax all doubts, and the travel-spritzing will begin in earnest. (Also available: floral Femme and tangy Original scents.) Local-centric beauty product makers Nancy Boy provides line after line of scrumptious freshness.
347 Hayes, Hayes Valley, SF. (415) 552-3802, www.nancyboy.com
LASER MONEY DEVICE, $7
Misdirections Magic Shop
When your teenager wants to expand his trick repertoire beyond lighting farts, it's time for a magic laser money device. With practice, your teenager can create money out of nothing, just like the Fed! It's also the perfect comeback to "You can stop washing the dishes when you start making money." Misdirections has other magic galore.
1236 Ninth Ave., Inner Sunset, SF. (415) 566-2190, www.misdirections.com
PERSONALIZED INITIAL STICKERS, $5
Toss designs its own classy prep looks, which will hit the spot for any beachy babes within striking distance of your gift list. But if the pretty handbags and frothy dresses are too spendy, cop the store's style with embroidered stickers that'll customize any existing satchels your bronzed beauty swings over their shoulder.
2185 Chestnut, Marina, SF. (415) 440-8677, www.tossdesigns.com
ORIGAMI FAST FOOD SET, $3.95
Fold-your-own hamburger, shake, and fries for ... what, your vegetarian sister? Meat-loving Uncle Mark? Paper Tree's aisles of origami kits — paper and laughably cryptic Japanese instructions included — range from make-your-own meals to puppy dogs and finger puppets, and make a fantastic offering for any of your friends who dream of creating their own world.
1743 Buchanan, Japantown, SF. (415) 921-1700, www.paper-tree.com
HAMBURGER KITCHEN TIMER, $8
Too bad hamburgers don't go in the oven, 'cause that would be the funniest thing ever with this plump, juicy-looking thing! (The joke might work with Hanukkah sufanganiyot, too.) Park Life's a neato outpost of cleverly designed artifacts and nom-nom art, with something for everyone, but mostly really cool everyones.
220 Clement, Richmond, SF. (415) 386-7275, www.parklifestore.com
SOURCE ZINE, $3
Needles & Pens
Locally published advice on fermenting, planting, and all kinds of other stuff makes a swell gift for your favorite urbanite interested in sustainably downsizing for 2011. Needles & Pens stocks indie clothes and jewelery designs, as well as racks of zines from fresh local artists and doodlers.
3253 16th St., Mission, SF. (415) 255-1534, www.needles-pens.com