HOLIDAY GUIDE 2011: 27 local presents for $10 and under to kickstart your holiday shopping spree
FRESH SPINACH FETTUCCINE, $3.98 PER POUND
There's just something that works about Italian feasts over the holidays. Maybe it's the decadence of the cuisine, or perhaps the vivid hues of marinara, eggplant, and basil — wherever the allure lies, you can get your buddy rolling on a meal to remember with this cheap but classy gift: a pound or two of Lucca Foods' housemade spinach pasta.
1100 Valencia, SF. (415) 647-5581, www.luccaravioli.com
NEIGHBORHOOD BATH SALTS, $8
Few might initially elect to smell like Union Square, but Roman Ruby's handmade soaps ($10) and bath salts are redolent in the postcard-pleasure of San Francisco's most beloved areas. Ocean Beach (coconut and sea salt), Golden Gate Park (grass and rose), Potrero Hill (goat milk and lemon verbena), and Bernal Heights (fig and brown sugar) are all represented.
1371 Ninth Ave., SF. (415) 664-4422, www.urbanbazaarsf.com
ICE CREAM CONE EARRINGS, $1-4
This sweet Etsy page is run by a self-proclaimed misanthrope right here in the city, and stocks a passel of darling, uber-affordable earrings. Made of polymer clay, ice cream cone earrings can be ordered in a variety of "flavors" — the mint is a lovely light green and bubblegum is a pretty pink dotted with green and blue sprinkles.
ONE POUND OF INCENSE, $10
BUDDHISM FENG SHUI SUPPLY
We all know the adage about quantity and quality, but what about when you can get a lot of something that also happens to be really good? Buddhism Feng Shui Supply's incense is high quality (meant for use in shrines) and comes in a wide variety of scents. Unless your giftee is a real burner, it's pretty much bound to last a lifetime.
907 Clement, SF. (415) 831-1987
DATE NIGHT AT THE MOVIES, $5 DONATION
How very adorable will it be when you take your baby to this well-loved local video store for one of its cheap-as-heck movie nights? Like, very very. Grab two of the seats near the front of the store and bring their fave candy for maximum points. Film buffs rejoice: Lost Weekend's projection screen productions tend to involve flicks not available on Netflix (in fact, in September it hosted a film festival called just that).
1034 Valencia, SF. (415) 643-3375, www.lostweekendvideo.com
LUBE SHOOTER, $8.95
One touch and you'll be touching: this handy little number from Oak-Town's hottest new feminist-queer sex shop promises that it "puts the lube between your cheeks, not on the sheets." That means the only unwanted friction between you and your lover over the holidays will be about whose family is more bizarre.
1703 Telegraph, Oakl. (510) 891-0199, www.feelmore510.com
SECONDHAND T-SHIRT, $6
NEW JACK CITY
Along one wall of this super-fly supplier of 1990s and aught-era Starter jackets, ball caps, and occasional fanny packs is the $6 t-shirt rack. Browse its hangers for tees from your giftee's alma mater, fave sports team, or artistic nemesis: a recent trip to the store uncovered a Takashi-Murakami-designed number from Kanye West's "Glow in the Dark" tour.
299 Guerrero, SF. (415) 624-3751, newjackcity.blogspot.com
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