Holiday Guide 2011

Last-minute gifts: Terrarium, $10

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Got loved ones in need of more green? Here's a last-minute gift idea that's sure to provide them with a respite from the concrete jungle...

MISSION STATEMENT: 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. Read more »

Last-minute gifts: My Mission Guidebook, $7

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Continuing the countdown of 11th hour gifts, here's a locally-made Mission-centric guidebook that clocks in well under $10...

MISSION LOC@L: Mission Loc@l's guidebook lives up to the neighborhood news site's name: their pocket-sized collection of various Missionites' (from grade-schoolers to aging boho poets) favorite places in the 'hood could open the eyes of the most seasoned South Van Ness dweller to hidden gems amidst the murals and taco shops. Read more »

Last-minute gifts: Vagabond Indie Craft Fair gems

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You may have missed the awesome Vagabond Indie Craft Fair this past Saturday in the backyard of Urban Bazaar, but luckily all the great, hecka-local vendors have shops online, so you still have time to snatch up some of their lovely wares for the holidays. And what do they have to offer you, you might ask? Check it out:Read more »

Last-minute gifts: Dick Vivian Mix CD, $10

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Need an 11th hour gift idea? Want to shop local and support Bay Area-owned businesses? Here's a present that's sure to please your music-loving loved ones...

ROOKY RICARDO'S: There is perhaps nothing more happy than a man with soul in his heart, as anyone who watches the YouTube video entitled "Dick Vivian cuttin' the rug at Rooky's!" can attest. Vivian is the owner and spiritual embodiment of the venerable Lower Haight record store, which he stocks with real-cheap 45s, vintage camera equipment, and a passel of witty lapel pins and magnets.

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Flipping the bird: Your best bets for last-minute Thanksgiving meals

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Wandering through the smorgasbord of Thanksgiving options is no small feat.Turkey, duck, fake bird, no bird? Pie flavors, side dishes, stuffings, and guestlists present a swamp of options -- assuming you’re staying home to toil in the kitchen.

But for those eager to get out for whatever reason – a volunteering spirit, a mounting desire to escape from relatives, your ex decided to bring him to your Friendsgiving – there’s a cornucopia of alternative Thanksgiving choices in the Bay. Some of these samplings are far cheaper (and maybe even better?) than an at-home meal attempt. Some entail helping out folks who might not otherwise get to eat on T-Day. Some are real-deal moveable feasts: order it up and take it to go. But all run their pudgy fingers up and down the backbone essential of Turkey Day: eating, and then eating some more. Read more »

Gifts with grace

HOLIDAY GUIDE 2011: Sure they're perfect for your pals -- but these presents also give back to the community

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Holiday gift guide

HOLIDAY GUIDE 2011: 27 local presents for $10 and under to kickstart your holiday shopping spree

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Dickens and drag queens and dreidels (oh my!)

HOLIDAY GUIDE 2011: Guide your sleigh's runners towards these concerts, parties, bazaars, and bizarre

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