The Bay Area is home to many wonderful small and large businesses. With so many great products made right here, why not shop local this holiday season? We’ve found some amazing local brands and wanted to share with you some of our favorite gift ideas for this coming season. There is certainly something for everyone on your list!
For the Adventurer
These blankets are soooo comfy and are just what you want to snuggle up with on a cold winter’s day! Perfect for the outdoorsy type that also values creature comforts, look no further than Rumpl. Their signature puffy blankets are just like high quality sleeping bags and are great for road trips, camping and even at home. For something more lightweight, opt for the Down Puffy Blanket which weighs only 1.12lbs and compacts to 7″x7″.
Mafia Bags are made using recycled materials and they are also just plain cool. Each bag is uniquely made in their SF shop using recycled sails, making each bag one of a kind, super lightweight, and water resistant. They have a few back packs to choose from depending on your needs. We loved the simple Sail Pack, great for traveling and running around the city. Their Mini Mafia Bags are perfect for camping, backpacking, or simply hauling your lunch to work. Also check out their wallets if you are looking for a simple, one of a kind guy gift that they will love and won’t break the bank.
Camelbak are the experts in hydration bottles and have wonderful gifts for anyone who drinks water…which is everyone! Their Stainless Vacuum Sealed Insulated Bottle is the water bottle you never knew you needed until you have it. After hours on the trail, or in a warm car, you’ll still have cold water! The bite valve is also so much easier to drink from while on the move. We also love their Chute Stainless Vacuum Insulated 20 oz. and 40 oz. bottles, which keep things hot AND cold, just what you need in the wintertime. A warm bottle of cocoa after a day of skiing? Yes please!
For the Stylish
When it comes to casual comfort, American Giant takes the cake. Their famous Classic Full Zip for men and women is known for being the best hoodie ever made. It has a classic silhouette built with durable heavyweight fleece and designed for a modern, tailored fit. It’s definitely warm enough to live in all winter. We also love their sweat pants and joggers, they are certainly the most comfy pair of pants we own.
Nothing is more thoughtful than a personalized gift. We absolutely love Timbuk2‘s custom weekender duffel bags. Pick from a slew of fabrics in a variety of textures and colors to create the perfect bag for your recipient. Timbuk2 bags are super durable and well made. The small weekender is great for the essentials, while the large one will hold all your things for a weekend ski trip to Tahoe. Did we mention that designing the bag is super fun?! You’ll want one for yourself too, and we don’t blame you.
For locally made quality leather bags, Town Collective should be your go to. Each bag is handmade one at a time with minimally processed fine leather that is meant to age beautifully over time. They even suggest to “let it get dirty and develop its own patina”. Their Bennett Box Tote is a staple bag to carry all of your everyday essentials. We also adore their simplistic Avery Briefcase with enough space for your papers, laptop, keys and chump change. If you are feeling extra generous this holiday season, they make a great gift set, as the Avery Briefcase actually fits perfectly inside the Bennett Tote.
Town Collective is a new brand as of 2016 and products are sold exclusively at AB Fits in store and online.
Flowie Style creates the most darling bags for any fun loving, creative fashionista! Their Tulip Collection will put a smile on your face and is available in an array of trendy colors. The suede is so soft and the bags are unique, it certainly makes for a special gift. Flowie Style also makes Large Zippered Pouches in an array of original fun patterns. The pouches make a great gift for the person who has everything, it has tons of uses. It can be used as a clutch bag or to store jewelry, makeup, small art supplies and much more. (20% off with code HOLIDAY20 thru 12/31/16)
Colleen Mauer Designs
Why not gift her some amazing jewelry this Christmas? Colleen Mauer‘s jewelry designs are simply elegant while still being modern and on trend. Her Tri-Toned Virga Necklace is an eye catcher, we haven’t seen anything quite like it. The rose gold, silver and oxidized silver colors make it easy to match with most anything, whether she’s a gold or silver gal. Colleen Mauer Design’s Stria Posts are the type of earring anyone can wear and feel great. All of her designs are effortlessly elegant and are sure to please any lucky girl!
Betabrand is a unique clothing brand that is constantly designing, manufacturing, and releasing new products everyday. Clothing is co-designed by the community and crowdfunded. All of their clothing is precisely designed with purpose. Betabrand has a great return/exchange policy (110% back store credit!) and customer service, so you can buy gifts for the holiday’s worry free as to wether it will be the right size for your recipient.
For a great gift for any guy, we recommend the Slackies. They look just like work appropriate khakis, but are so soft you’ll feel like you are wearing PJ’s. The Academic Hoodie is also fantastic. We like to think of it as a grown up hoodie with it’s wool tweed fabric. For the lady with a travel bug, the women’s Red-Eye Wrap is another one of our favorites for it’s clever design. It’s wonderful for traveling as it has a built in eye mask and special hidden pockets for stowing your passport and valuables. You can’t go wrong with any of their coat designs, the All-Day Coat and Morning Mess Jacket are quickly turning in to our winter wardrobe staples.
If you are looking for a gift that is stylish, yet comfortable check out the local SF shoe brand, Blu Kicks. They have the staple pair of kicks that are wearable everyday. They are super cushy for city walking versus other streetwear brand shoes that we have tried. Our favorites were the Women’s Arctic Wool and the Navy Charlie. They also make a bevy of Men’s shoe options as well!
For the Creative
Kristina Micotti Pins
There are so many creative artists in the Bay Area. Kristina is a local San Jose artisan that creates colorful illustrations that are translated to cute pins. Her pins make a great small gift for those who like adding a splash of color to their wardrobe. Her Golden Gate Bridge, California poppy and California pins are great for showing some local and state pride! She also sells some other items on her shop page and does customized pieces, so be sure to take a look!
YAC Seasonal Posters
What better way to keep track of the season offerings than to have it hanging on your wall? These gorgeous foil pressed posters are a perfect gift for gardeners and/or foodies. Choose from seasonal fruits and vegetables, wild flowers, or seafood posters. All posters come in different colors ways for you to choose which one best suits you or your lucky recipient. These posters are designed and printed right here in Santa Cruz, CA. (20% off with code “YAC20” now thru 12/19/2016)
We all love our subscription boxes that bring us new and fun goodies every month, but did you know there’s also one for the baker in all of us? SoBakeable sends you (or your recipient) 2 baking kits in every box. Choose on their website what recipes you want and have it shipped to you with everything you need (except for perishables) to make your next baking creation. Shipping is included and recipes are fun and easy to follow. Great for expert bakers or newbies! We also think this would make for a great holiday get together night!
Another fun subscription box! For your stationery and snail mail loving friends, Pennie Post is a fantastic gift idea that will keep giving well into the new year. Pennie Post is a San Jose based company that sends a variety of greeting cards to subscribers mailboxes monthly. Designs are cute, on trend and are sure to put smiles on faces. Check out their website for some sweet holiday cards as well. (Use Code “BUZZ” for 50% off your first recurring subscription mailing)
For the Techie
We all know have that friend of family member who always loses everything. Gift them Tile this year and save them from future headaches. They can easily attach Tiles to all of their belongings: wallets, keys, purses, etc. When they inevitably lose it, it’s super simple to find it. Tile Mate packs are great for attaching to key rings. Their new Tile Slim is perfect for slipping in your wallet and is as thin as two credit cards. These make a great stocking stuffer!
For top quality protective phone and laptop cases, Speck is the creme de la creme. Their streamline Presidio cases come in a variety of colors and designs. Choose from gorgeous glittered clear cases, to something more utilitarian with room for credit cards. These phone cases make for great stocking stuffers.
Click and Grow
Click and Grow is gardening made simple. This indoor herb garden is perfect for those of us who are too busy or don’t have a yard to plant and take care of a whole garden. Simply click in the little herb pots, plug in, and water once a month. A Click and Grow Indoor Herb Garden would make the perfect gift for the busy friend who still wants all the good things in life- like fresh herbs to cook with on the weekends!
For the Beauty Maven
Benefit is a makeup brand based in our beautiful city of San Francisco. They sell everything you could want as far as cosmetics go. Benefit also has several shop locations for your beauty service needs such as brows or other waxing services. Check them out and support a great local brand! We love their Girl O’ Clock Rock gift set which features their 12 bestsellers in a cheeky Christmas advent calendar.
Organic does not only apply to things we eat- it can also apply to skin care. Cocokind’s mission is to provide pure, nutritious, and meaningful skin care products for all. We recommend their organic facial oil, which is perfect for the dry winter weather. It helped sooth our chapped skin and it’s great to know that all of their products use quality ingredients!
For the Sweet Tooth
Everyone loves Candy! What better way to show that you love someone with cute and delicious looking sweets? What’s unique about Papa Bubble’s candy is that it is customizable. Papa Bubble is located in San Francisco and makes their handcrafted candy daily. Choose from their Bay Area themed candy or collaborate with them to make a one-of-kind candy for your special someone.
For chocolate lovers, Alexander’s Patisserie is a welcome treat. Pick up a chocolate Santa, or a tasty advent calendar (while supplies last). A box of their bon bons is not only a treat for your tummy, but also a feast for your eyes that will delight anyone.