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17 Holiday Gift Ideas For San Franciscans

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Updated: 21 November 2016
From locally made goods to incredible ways to embrace the Bay Area, we’ve got you covered when shopping for the friends and family that just really love San Francisco.

Howl & Other Poems

Give someone a local literary history lesson with a copy of Howl & Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg. This poetry collection epitomizes the beat generation in San Francisco, published by City Lights Books and inspiring a series of famous obscenity trials. You can buy the book on Amazon for $7.95.

Howl & Other Poems
Howl & Other Poems | © Caroline Culler/Wikipedia

Chocolate Making Class

Inspire a creative spirit with a pass to take Dandelion Chocolate’s Chocolate 101 class, perfect for cooks and sweet tooths alike. This two-hour class will teach the different types of chocolate and take attendees through the chocolate-making process, including plenty of tasting. Book the class here for $50.

Fog Point Vodka

For the cocktail connoisseur in your life, purchase a unique spirit that embodies the Bay Area – Fog Point Vodka. This vodka by Hangar One is made with San Francisco fog. Purchase a bottle here for $125.

Picnic Set

For the bourgeois outdoorsman in your life, order a picnic set that will give them a chance to enjoy one of the city’s best parks, like Dolores Park, Washington Square Park, or Golden Gate Park. Try this backpack set on Amazon for $47.99, complete with a cooler, blanket, and more.

Custom Fortune Cookies

If you’re looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, head over to Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory to pick up some custom fortune cookies. You can make them as unique as you like, and as a bonus, enjoy watching the cookie-making process firsthand. Customizing costs $1 for two cookies.

Scents of San Francisco Candle

Fill your loved one’s home with the scents of their favorite San Francisco neighborhood by purchasing a candle from Scents of San Francisco. The candles combine various fragrances to create a scent that is reminiscent of a specific neighborhood, covering everything from the Castro to Golden Gate Park. The candles can be found at a variety of locations throughout the city.

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