HOLIDAY GUIDE 2011: 27 local presents for $10 and under to kickstart your holiday shopping spree
VINTAGE BOWTIES, $10
PAUL'S HAT WORKS
Paul's Hat Shop has been around since 1918 — and the same goes for many of its hat styles. Check out the silky old bowties that sit seductively on a countertop. They come in patterns that haven't seen the light of day for decades, guaranteeing that vintage fans recipients will wear them with care.
6128 Geary, SF. (415) 221-5332, www.hatworksbypaul.com
CANDY NIPPLE TASSELS, $10
Open the door to the best kind of trouble with these dangling pasties, made from the same chalky rainbow sweets as traditional candy necklaces. Swing by Good Vibe's newest store at 899 Mission to check out the sex toy vanguard's downtown flavor.
Various Bay Area locations. www.goodvibes.com
JAPANESE HOUSE SLIPPERS, $4.89
SAKURA DISCOUNT STORE
Unless your recipient's feet fall outside the size four to thirteen range, they can rest easy in the soft silken threads of Sakura's house slippers. A jam-packed and family-run Japanese discount store, this spot stocks hundreds of the kicks, which are perfect for padding around the house or slipping on for a last-minute car-moving operation since yes, street sweeping is this morning.
936 Irving Street, SF. (415) 665-5064, www.sakurasf.com
DIY HOLLOW BOOK, COST OF SUPPLIES
YOUR HOUSE (YOU'VE GOT OLD BOOKS, RIGHT?)
A sweet present for a secretive soul: choose a book from your shelves that you're done with (hardcover tends to work best), glue the pages together with super glue or epoxy leaving one cover free, and use an Exacto knife to cut out a square in the middle of the pages, creating a nook worthy of a Sherlock Holmes novel. Stick in a note that declares your end-of-2011 love and give to the super sleuth you fancy the most.
For more DIY present ideas, check out www.instructables.com
ROSEWATER CANDIED CASHEWS, $8 FOR ¼ POUND BAG
Slow Food adherent Laura Forst makes the perfect housewarming present for nutters: candied floral cashews that steer clear of holiday-heavy saccharine.
1985 MR. POTATO HEAD WITH ACCESSORIES, $10
SF MISSION FINDS
An online Etsy toybox of vintage toys and kitschy coffee cups, SF Mission Finds clearly subscribes to that old Playskool truism: "Mr. Potato Head's other parts might get mixed up, but his heart is always in the right place." Cop the shop's 1985 Mr. Potato Head for the beloved misfit toy on your list.
MYSTERIES OF THE UNKNOWN BOOK, $5
Could Time-Life Books have imagined that their series on the paranormal — which was published between 1987 and 1991 and broke sales records for the publishing house — would find new popularity on the shelves of a Mission District vintage clothing store? Surely not, but the occult fan in your life will certainly appreciate the resurrection of such titles as Cosmic Duality and Spirit Summonings.
1360 Valencia, SF. (415) 401-7027, www.paintedbird.org