This is the last in the series of my SF guides. It has been so much fun showing you my favorite places around my favorite city. My hope is that next time you book that plane ticket to San Francisco, you look up this little guide and visit a few of the places on it. As I mentioned last week, I developed a Pinterest map that includes all of the locations to make it a little easier.
Get those credit cards warmed up ladies because today we are talking about shopping. One of the things that I love about this city is that there are so many makers here that are creating products right in the SF. There is a lot of pride in things crafted here in the city. So, no need to buy a plastic golden gate bridge, these stores will give you something unique to take back home and treasure long after you have left.
Best Places Pick Up a Souvenir
I thought that we would start with this category because I always struggle with this myself. These have become my go-tos when grabbing a gift for someone from out of town. They are a step up from the ubiquitous Ghiradelli chocolate and tough-to-transport sourdough.
1. Heath Ceramics - I fell hard for this place a few years ago. Their durable ceramics have been sold in San Francisco for over 30 years and are made in the Bay Area. You can visit one of their factories in the Mission or take a look at their assortment of beautiful ceramics in the Ferry Building. The pieces aren't cheap but the quality more than makes up for it.
2. Dandelion Chocolate - One step into this chocolate factory and you will be wishing that you could eat it all. Right behind the registers, they are mixing up chocolate around the clock. Grab a little sweet treat for yourself and pick up a few beautifully wrapped chocolate bars for someone back home.
3. Juniper Ridge - While they dont have a freestanding store, their products are sold in several San Francisco boutiques. Their soaps, colognes and shampoos are make right across the bridge in Oakland from hand foraged ingredients. This would be the perfect present for the modern day lumberjack back home (because obviously you have one of those)
Best Places to Find a Birthday Present
Its not always easy to find someone the perfect thing for their birthday but these places make it a whole lot easier.
1. Rare Device - I love their modern assortment that spans from jewelry to small housewares. All of the items in this store are incredibly well designed and fairly affordable.
2. Aggregate Supply - This little boutique blends together the coziness of Pendleton blankets and rich wood with modern glass terrariums and dining accessories. They also have wonderful prints of San Francisco which would make the perfect gift.
3. Lavish - A cute, more feminine-skewed card store with all sorts of fun gifting items. My favorite part of the store is that they have a whole section dedicated to Rifle Paper Co.
Best Places to Treat Yourself
Because let's be honest, you deserve a little something now and again. These places are perfect for giving yourself a little thank you present.
1. Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry - The pictures in this post are all from the Margaret Elizabeth store. To me, it is one of the most (if not the most) beautiful shops in the city. Their pieces aren't too expensive, perfect for picking up a gift for a special person in your life (and that can be yourself) I love their use of semi-precious stones and their incredible array of colors. You will have a hard time just finding one thing to walk out of there with. Right now, this ring is on the top of my must-buy list.
2. Cuyana - Simplicity is the key at this store. They have beautiful leather bags and chic makeup bags that are perfect for traveling. Their little showroom is hidden away amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown.
3. Freda Salvador - I have had a pair of their shoes on my dream list ever since they opened their doors. Ranging from edgy boots to proper-with-a-twist flats, their shoes are handmade in Spain and designed in San Francisco.
Best Home Stores
My roundup of of stores wouldn't be complete without this category.
1. Aldea Home - This little gem of a store has everything that you would want. From beautiful furniture to accessories from Jonathan Adler and a wide range of candles. The employees are incredibly friendly and happy.
2. Hudson Grace - Stop by at this little neighborhood store to pick up the perfect wedding present for a close friend. They have incredible candles from Cire Trudon, a company making them since the 17th century.
3. Maker and Moss - A new kid on the block but certainly worthwhile of this list. Their accessories and housewares have a modern but rustic feel. Its a great place to grab a nice housewarming gift or a little something for yourself.
A few more pretties from Margaret Elizabeth…
Isn't it the prettiest?
I hope you have enjoyed these tours and you visit San Francisco very soon.