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The Ultimate Gift Guide

’Tis the season to celebrate, gather with friends and family, and of course, shop. No matter the size of your recipient list (or your budget), our expert team has curated a selection of sure-to-please goods that are either made or can be purchased locally.



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Under $50

Even if you have limited funds, there are plenty of memorable gift options to satisfy all tastes. Here are some bow-worthy ideas for the men, women, and children in your life (with a bonus chocolate treat to sweeten up even the grumpiest colleague).

 

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For Your Coworker

Nuubia Award-Winning Signature Collection $36
The Pleasanton-based artisan chocolatier is committed to sourcing ingredients in a wildlife-friendly way. This 18-piece box features nine different flavors—each of them good for the taste buds and the soul. nuubiasf.com.

 

 


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For Her

Custom Succulent Arrangement From $20
The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek is known for its creative designs featuring drought-tolerant plants. Take home some of that artistry with a custom arrangement. ruthbancroftgarden.org.

 

 

 


Sephora

Sephora Lipstories Lipstick $8
This is lipstick meant for real life, with full coverage and a lightweight finish. Pick up a variety of shades, or for a stocking stuffer that promotes Bay Area pride, look for the berry-licious Golden Gate color. sephora.com.

 

 

 


Oakland Coffee

For Him

Oakland Coffee Fourth Wave Blend $10.50
The guys from Green Day aren’t just blending notes anymore; the East Bay–raised punk rockers are also blending beans via the organic coffee brand they founded. This gourmet, environmentally sustainable brew comes in compostable single-serve pods, perfect for making a fresh cup at any time. oaklandcoffee.com.


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Grid Matrix Roller $36
Whether your loved one is a workout-aholic or works a desk job, this foam roller is ideal for ironing out any soreness, aches, or pains he might have after a long day. 360fitnesssuperstore.com.


Stance, the official on-field sock of MLB

For Kids

Oakland Athletics Mascot Crew Socks $20
The Oakland A’s stepped up their game last season, clinching a wild-card playoff spot and celebrating their 50th year in Oakland. Now, the kid in your life can step out in style with these Stomper socks by the California-based brand Stance. mlbshop.com.

 

 

 


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DIY

Mixify Polish $35
Nail polish aficionados can now make their own signature hues, thanks to Alamo’s Mixify Beauty. This five-bottle kit includes vegan ingredients and instructions to guide newbies through the process. mixifybeauty.com.

 


Under $100

Win over your favorite techies, foodies, and fashionistas with these locally designed goods—or create your own keepsake with a handmade glass ornament that will add sparkle to any Christmas tree.

 

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For Kids

Livie and Luca Boots $71–$81
Young fashionistas will love the boots from Emeryville’s Livie and Luca. The chic footwear—for toddlers, kids, and youth—mixes soft leathers and whimsical designs to achieve a perfect balance of comfort and flair. livieandluca.com.

 

 

 


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DIY

Lindsay Art Glass Hand-Blown Ornaments $65
It’s blow time. Craft your own lovely glass orna­ment at Lindsay Art Glass in downtown Benicia. Sessions are by appointment only and for participants ages 10 and older (minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). lindsayartglass.com.

 

 

 


Spicer Bags

For Him

Spicer Bags Dopp Kit $54
Style meets utility in this toiletry pouch from San Francisco’s Spicer Bags. Constructed from cork, canvas, and leather, the water-resistant kit is tailor-made for storing or transporting grooming essentials. spicerbags.com.

 

 


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For Your BFF

Oaktown Spice Shop Essential Spice Kit $79
Even non-chefs will appreciate this flavor-packed selection of Oaktown Spice Shop seasonings, which includes elevated basics like Saigon cinnamon and Quang Tri peppercorns as well as the beloved Better Than Everything Bagel Spice. oaktownspice.com.

 

 


Optoma Nuforce

Optoma Nuforce Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones $79
Give your audiophile a cordless and comfortable listening experience that doesn't sacrifice sound quality. the lightweight BE6i model from Optoma (the company's North American headquarters are in Fremont) has a battery life of up to eight hours. frys.com.

 

 

 

 


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For Her

Heath Ceramics Multi-Stem Vase $98
This colorful and shapely vase from local home decor institution Heath Ceramics is a work of art that will brighten up any household—even without the flowers. heathceramics.com.

 

 

 

 


Viscera Studio

V by Viscera Treatment Set $90
V by Viscera offers handmade beauty products featuring a blend of essential and organic oils. This hydrating treatment kit from the Oakland-based retailer soothes the face, hair, and nails.
shop​viscera.com.

 

 

 

 

 


Under $250

Treat the nice (and naughty) people on your list. These luxe items—including a sensual kimono, a stylish fitness tracker, and Ayesha Curry–endorsed cookware—will have your gift recipients toasting you with their fog-distilled vodka martinis.

 

Hangar 1 Vodka

For Him

Hangar 1 Fog Point Vodka $134
Give a taste of the region with Hangar 1 Vodka’s crisp, limited-release vodka, distilled using water from fog captured around the San Francisco Bay Area and blended with chenin blanc and viognier wines from Pine Ridge Vineyards in Napa. hangarone.com.

 

 


Motiv, Inc.

Motiv Ring $199
San Francisco’s Motiv touts its ring as the world’s first stylish fitness tracker, offering a heart-rate sensor and accelerometer in a waterproof titanium shell that comes in rose gold, silver, and black. mymotiv.com.


Crate and Barrel

For Kids

Crate and Barrel Snack Shack Playhouse $199
Take make-believe time to the next level with this charming play structure from Crate and Barrel’s new Crate and Kids line (now available in Walnut Creek). The snack shack does double duty with two sets of signage representing a colorful American barbecue stand and a sophisticated Parisian café. crateandbarrel.com.

 

 

 


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DIY

FARMcurious Homemade Cheese $135
Go beyond the typical home-baked gift of cookies and offer some freshly made cheese instead. At FARMcurious’ Three Cheeses in Three Hours class in Berkeley, you will learn to make burrata, mozzarella, and chèvre—all while sipping local wines. farmcurious.com

 

 


Svelte Metals

For Her

Svelte Metals Simone Hoop Earrings $225
These sleek, delicate earrings from San Francisco jewelry brand Svelte Metals are the perfect everyday hoops. If you feel like splurging, go for the customized engraved version. sveltemetals.com.

 

 


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Blackbird Underpinnings Inanna Kimono Jacket $215
Named after the Sumerian goddess of love, sensuality, and war, this kimono—designed by Oakland’s Blackbird Underpinnings—is made of burnout velvet and trimmed with lace for an elegant yet edgy look. blackbirdunderpinnings.com.

 

 

 

 


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For Your Parents

Ayesha Curry Aluminum Cookware Set $200
Trade your folks’ old pots and pans for a colorful cookware set by Ayesha Curry. The East Bay lifestyle mogul put her stamp on this 12-piece collection crafted from durable aluminum for even heating. macys.com.

 

 

 


Sky's the Limit

Yes, it’s the thought that counts, but sometimes, that thought is: Break out the credit card and make this holiday one to remember. Spoil your friends and family—or treat yourself—with these spectacular gifts.

 

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For Yourself

Dutra’s Island $999,000
You don’t have to jet off to the Caribbean to buy your own island; there’s one close to home. Located in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, Dutra’s is ideal for avid fishers or anyone with big real estate dreams.
For more information, contact Matt Hagar at matt@InteroWC.com.

 

 


Rolex

For Him

Rolex Datejust 41 $9,450–$12,700
The iconic Datejust watch, launched by Rolex in 1945, has been worn by some of history’s most powerful men (Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchill, for starters). This elegant timepiece comes in various sizes and styles; our favorite is the Datejust 41 in Oystersteel and yellow gold. hellerjewelers.com.

 

 


Xtracycle

Custom Xtracycle Edgerunner Bike $1,997–$7,802
Oakland-based Xtracycle has the solution to the Bay Area’s traffic woes: cargo bikes. These elongated two-wheelers have plenty of space for groceries and passengers, and an electric motor can be helpful on hilly terrain. Use the Bike Builder tool on Xtracycle’s site to create your own custom ride. xtracycle.com.

 


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For Her

Manjusha Bracelet $1,200
Concord’s Jyotsna Singh, the granddaughter of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, draws on her legacy in her jewelry line, Manjusha. This piece is fit for a princess, featuring 22-karat gold, fresh­water pearls, and single-cut diamonds. manjushajewels.com.

 


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Aftelier Custom Perfume $2,000
Berkeley’s Mandy Aftel is one of the top bespoke perfumers in the world. After extensive fragrance testing with your loved one, she will create a one-of-a-kind scent packaged in four shapes and sizes, including a solid and an eau de parfum spray. aftelier.com.

 

 


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For Yourself

Bay Area Skydiving Lessons $1,485
If expense is no object, why not take to the skies? Bay Area Skydiving in Byron offers a full Accelerated Freefall (AFF) skydive course. At the end of the seven sessions, you will be able to enjoy the thrill of a solo human flight. bayareaskydiving.com.

 


Wente Vineyards

DIY

Wente Vineyards Personalized Wine Labels $200–$400
OK, so maybe this isn’t really do-it-yourself, but oenophiles can collaborate with Wente Vineyards to create unique labels for a case of the winery’s estate-grown or single-vineyard vinos. You can even incorporate messages, photos, or logos for a truly special gift. wentevineyards.com.

 

 

 

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