10 Unique Gift Shops In San Francisco

San Francisco Brewcraft © Zeljko.filipin/Wikipedia
San Francisco Brewcraft © Zeljko.filipin/Wikipedia
Photo of Courtney Holcomb
9 February 2017

As the holidays approach, you might be scrambling to find the perfect goods to give your loved ones. If you want to avoid the clichés and find gifts that are truly something special, head over to one of these incredible niche gift shops in San Francisco.

Paxton Gate

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Paxton Gate Hyenas
Paxton Gate Hyenas | © torbakhopper/Flickr
Check out Paxton Gate, a 2,000 square foot store on Valencia Street in the Mission District. The store’s shelves are crowded with a mysterious selection of taxidermied animals, skulls and bones, strange plants, and other unusual home goods. Explore the shop to find something completely unique to gift to your quirkiest friends, or decorate your home like something out of the first season of True Detective.

SFMOMA Museum Store

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For the art lover in your life, there is no better place to shop than the SFMOMA Museum Store. Since the reopening of the iconic museum, this spot has become a mecca for artists and creatives of all types. The store frequently carries a wide selection of books, jewelry, cards, home goods, and more, usually themed to match the museum and the artists whose work it showcases.

Dijital Fix

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This is San Francisco, so you’re sure to have some techies on your list of people to shop for. If you’re looking for something ultra-hip that will fit in perfectly with tech culture, Dijital Fix is the place for you. Located on Valencia in the Mission, here you’ll find audio equipment, camera supplies, and much more.

Olive This Olive That

Grocery Store, Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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This Noe Valley boutique will help you find everything you need to please the cook in your life. Olive This Olive That is primarily dedicated to offering the best extra virgin olive oils you can find, as well as a variety of cooking supplies and other incredible foodie goods. You can even enjoy some goodies at the tasting bar while you shop.

Park Life

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Park Life
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For more unique options that will delight the artistic people in your life, be sure to check out Park Life. This spot is part gift shop and part art gallery, showcasing incredible art and design products from around the world. Look for goods like photo and typography prints, books, T-shirts, home goods, jewelry, and more.

Cask

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Cask | © Sean Davis/Flickr
For the loved one who geeks out on creative cocktails, head over to Cask. This is the perfect place to look for unique or hard-to-find spirits and cocktails supplies, including all the basics needed to keep your home bar stocked. Top off the gift with a selection of high quality spirits that are perfect for a toast of any kind.

San Francisco Brewcraft

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If your people lean more toward craft beer than cocktails, switch gears and make your way over to San Francisco Brewcraft. This is the perfect place to find the supplies to make your own beer, wine, kombucha, root beer, and more. Alternatively, let the shop do the work for you and make custom drinks tailored to a unique palate.

The Love of Ganesha

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The Love of Ganesha’s new location
The Love of Ganesha’s new location | © torbakhopper/Flickr
If your crowd loves all things new age-y and zen, be sure to do your shopping at The Love of Ganesha in the Haight. This shop offers a wide selection of international products that will support the beauty and spirituality in your life. Some of the most popular goods on offer are stones and crystals.