HOLIDAY GUIDE 2011: 27 local presents for $10 and under to kickstart your holiday shopping spree
CHOCOLATE-COVERED MANGOS, $9.95
Snag a treat from the city's most educational chocolate factory for your holiday honey — if they're really into the fine chocolate bathing these succulent pieces of fruit you can bring them back for one of TCHO's Wonka-fied tours of its factory floor.
Pier 17, SF. (415) 981-0189, www.tcho.com
ORGANIC PLANT SIX PACK, $3.69
In our experience, all it takes to restore confidence in a would-be gardener with a track record of failed ferns is a salad green seedling. Rainbow's got the goods in this department: stock up on a sixer of Asian mizuna greens, lemongrass, chives, and more for your budding grower.
1745 Folsom, SF. (415) 863-0620, www.rainbow.coop
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PLAYING CARDS, $8.50
What started out as an interior design studio has since evolved into a great resource for handpicked vintage goods, but hints of Room 4's roots are visible in its selection of playing cards, which features a deck printed with the Prairie School architectural school progenitor's greatest hits. Your giftee's Solitaire game has never been this well-constructed.
904 Valencia, SF (415) 647-2764, www.room4.com
BEESWAX SHEETS, $4.59; WICK, 29 CENTS PER YARD
THE HOBBY COMPANY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Candlemaking is a craft pretty much anyone can conquer — and a fragrant one at that. Hobby Co.'s beeswax comes in a variety of colors, including the standard yellow. With wicks retailing for less than fifty cents a yard, expect your giftee's electric bill to significantly drop.
5150 Geary, SF. (415) 386-2802, www.hobbycosf.com
One of the three owners of this well-turned-out Mission boutique crafts these "air plants" in bulbous aquarium bowls. Rocks, sand, moss, and greenery coexist peacefully within the bowels of the terrariums – the perfect window sill companion for your buddy who longs for more nature in their life.
3458 18th St., SF (415) 244-7457, www.missionstatementsf.com