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Unique Gifts

Get one-of-a-kind presents along Berkeley's Fourth Street.


The Ark

With 42 shops stocking a covetable selection of handcrafted, sustainable, and high-quality goods, Berkeley’s Fourth Street acts as an ideal destination for scoring gifts that will make loved ones gush with gratitude this holiday season.

For kids

The Ark sparks kids’ imaginations, with gifts such as Margaret Ostheimer’s hand-carved wooden animals and plush hand puppets from Emeryville-based Folkmanis. The tiny pieces in Automoblox and NanoBlox kits challenge future architects. thearktoys.com.

For book lovers

Snag an impressive coffee table book for your favorite bibliophile at Builders Booksource, which also carries tomes on tattoos, street art, and boating. buildersbooksource.com.

For pet lovers


Ribbed cashmere sweaters and peanut butter–based doggie cookies from George are the perfect gifts for pampered pooches. Even aloof kitties will warm up to hand-knit alpaca catnip toys. georgesf.com.

For Dad

Ditch the tired tie and opt for a sleek, water-resistant watch from Nixon’s only retail store. Not big on timepieces? The hand-oiled, full-grain leather wallets and belts come in handsome finishes dads are sure to admire. nixonnow.com.

For Mom

At Thousand Cranes, elegant Iwachu cast-iron teapots elevate morning tea, especially when paired with a set of hand-painted cups. Delicate vintage silk kimonos add an unexpected touch to Mom’s wardrobe. (510) 849-0501.

ConvertFor fashionistas

Jeffrey Campbell’s exclusive vegan shoe line at Convert is enough to cause serious heel envy. Cinch the perfect gift for a fashion-obsessed friend by pairing some with a beaded Obey belt and a flirty tunic from Cameo.  convertstyle.com

Tip: Wrap it up

For the most beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, head to Castle in the Air, which sells delicate handmade papers and imported ribbon, and offers in-store calligraphy services. castleintheair.biz.


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