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For most, holiday shopping translates to snaking checkout lines, exploded clothing displays, and a soundtrack of pop Christmas carol covers. Not this year.... More»

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Consider this cobblestone street off Union Square the holy grail of leather, cashmere, silk, and fur. Price-conscious shoppers should veer over to Powell,... More»

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Though Union Street may be overrun with spandex and fresh-from-campus fashion, this Marina strip is a layup for kids—four tot stores on a single block... More»

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Berkeley’s grown-up counterpoint to the collegiate Telegraph Avenue may skew a bit precious at times. But this stretch eschews kitschy-crafty... More»

Jenner wingtip boot Dr. Martens Haight Street

Though more often associated with head shops than holiday swag, this portion of the Haight houses Burton... More»

Salinger, an oral biography Browser Books Fillmore Street

This Pac Heights strip contains the only Marc by Marc Jacobs,... More»

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The wares on this North Beach stretch skew cute— better stocking stuffers than showstoppers—but the hidden-gem duo of... More»

Y'A Pas le Feu au Lac five-piece candelabra Propeller Hayes Valley

In a hood loaded with women’s boutiques, this block achieves an ideal mix of genres, whether you’re hunting for limited-edition Nikes,... More»

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With its mix of art, lit, gadgets, and pirate accessories, this is Mission Central. The strip’s oddball gifts are the antidote to socks and scented... More»

St. George Distillery gin sampler Plumpjack Wine & Spirits 24th Street

Noe Valley may have a rather sleepy reputation, but this block is prime for the holiday party rounds. Pick up rare, imported chocolate bars, ready-to-bake... More»


Face it—the holidays are coming sooner than you think they are. You probably should start thinking about what to get your Cousin Timmy and Great-Aunt... More»

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This back street is lined with tousled men awaiting a trim, perfumed by fried dough, and filled with rare books, men’s garb, and standout jewelry.... More»