Holiday Guide: Feeling broke this season? We help ease your shopping woes
373 Columbus, North Beach, SF. (415) 421-2337
TRAVELS WITH GINSBERG: A POSTCARD BOOK, $9.95
City Lights Books
Ginsberg in Benares, Ginsberg in Venice, Ferlinghetti in SF — this book of postcards is the perfect bon voyage present for your favorite wanderlustful loved one. Include a card urging that one of the notes makes it back to you when the L.O. has a spare moment. City Lights, as well all know, has the best and brightest in O.G. Beat lit as well as today's hottest book titles.
261 Columbus, North Beach, SF. (415) 362-8193, www.citylights.com
CHOPSTICK KIDS CHOPSTICK HELPER, $10
Get 'em going on noodle bowls young with these playful pinchers. Soon enough, your tyke will be ready to slurp udon with the best of them. Aldea's newly opened children store stocks all the finest in sustainably made baby products. For another cheap, fun gift, try the wooden fish castanets, whose clacking teeth with make a flamenco fiend of any toddler.
1017 Valencia, Mission, SF. (415) 874-9520, www.aldeababy.com
SUCCULENT CANDLES, $6
Oof — they couldn't even keep last year's astrophytum kicking? Lower the ante and reignite the light with this cacti candle. Current also stocks natural beauty products and small vases made to be tied up in a beautifully wrapped, color coordinating gift box. Indeed, many of its offerings already are, perfect for the gift-and-go.
911 Valencia, Mission, SF. (415) 648-2015
MR. LACY SHOELACES, $2.50
Sure, your buddy's got style — but are their Technicolor kicks looking technically mussed and scuffed? You can brighten the load for any sneaker kid with these ties, which sit alongside Shoe Biz's fantastic selection of boots and slippers and are available in a lacy rainbow of shades.
Various location, SF. www.shoebizsf.com
CHARDONNAY ANCHOVY STUFFED OLIVES, $6.95
Does it get more posh than Chardonnay anchovy-stuffed Californian olives? No. And they taste good too! We Olive's racks of California olive products, from tapenade to lip balm, will tickle the palate of any gourmand on your list. Plus, the store has samples that will sate you for hours. Squirt a dab of their transcendent olive oils on a bread cube and get shopping.
2379 Chestnut, Marina, SF. (415) 673-3669, www.weolive.com
ALBUM COVER NOTEBOOKS, $9.95
Green Apple Books
Giving new meaning to the words "liner notes," these repurposed record sleeves have been transformed into the keepers of your giftee's nascent raps and lovelorn lyrics. Green Apple has three floors of books and an annex of every stripe and flavor, so plan on getting lost for a few days — and emerging with an armful of amazing finds for everyone on your gift list.
506 Clement, Richmond, SF. (415) 387-2272, www.greenapplebooks.com
FOUR-INCH SUCCULENTS, $7
Haworthia, aeonium, echeveria, oh my! Snag one of these flower-producing enduring plants from this cacti shop — it even stocks two-inchers for the true budget gifty. Succulence also sells unique pots and frames, so your loved one's new plant buddy will be looking dapper indeed.
402 Cortland, Bernal Heights, SF. (415) 282-2212
MAGIC WAND $6