Top ten tips for holiday shopping in San Francisco

From department stores to local San Francisco boutiques and discount stores, here is a short list to not only get you started, but also to get you finished, and maybe even pick a little something up for yourself.

SAN FRANCISCO, DECEMBER 14, 2011 – The frantic holiday shopping season is in full swing.  From department stores to local boutiques to discount stores, here’s the Top Ten places in San Francisco to help you get through that gift list (and maybe even pick a little something up for yourself):

  1. Ambiance: a local boutique for women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories.  With three locations, this super-sheik gem is convenient for nearly everyone. Be sure to get on their mailing list to get discounts and invites to sale events.  Champagne is always flowing at their sale events.
  2. San Francisco, Ambiance boutique on Union Street

  3. Anthem: a local boutique with a great selection of gifts for the home and entertaining, as well as items for your personal style like clothing, jewelry, accessories and even pet accessories. You can always find something beautiful and stylish here.
  4. Booksmith: a local independent bookstore with thoughtful and inexpensive gifts. Packed with ideas, crafts and events, you are sure to please nearly everyone on your list.  Check out their Booksmith Bookswaps.
  5. Carol Doda’s Champagne & Lace: a local boutique lingerie shop specializing in that romantic gift for your favorite snuggle bug. High-end lingerie for not-so-high-end prices; just a little something to help you feel extra sexy this holiday (maybe this is the self-bought gift purchase).
  6. De Novo Boutique: a local boutique for women’s clothing and accessories where you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for price. Two locations to choose from, assisting you in your holiday shopping for the fashion-ista on your list.
  7. San Francisco, De Novo Boutique

  8. Hot Cakes Design: a local boutique of handmade jewelry. This hidden gem is literally easy to miss with its location tucked up and away in their retail shop FAVOR.  Great gifts for the people in your life with accessory style.
  9. Jeanine Payer: a local boutique with signature, hand-made jewelry that is super-sweet and even includes a hand-written poem in her own handwriting with every purchase.  Excellent for women, men and children alike. Make this holiday season bright with jewelry with a personal touch.
  10. Loehmann’s: a semi-national discount store for men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. If you sign up for their “Back Room” deals, the discounts really add up.  Be patient and be prepared to spend some time hunting and you will certainly find luxury items for a fraction of the cost.
  11. Park Life Store: a local boutique and gallery with funky gifts, books, jewelry and rotating art. Shop from apparel, art, books, DVDs, home-wares, accessories and more.  Browse their event calendar to see if there are any special shows scheduled.

10.  Warby Parker: a semi-national boutique; low-cost eye glasses and frames with a heart & soul.  For every pair of glasses/frames you buy, they donate a pair to someone in need.

San Francisco, Warby Parker, buy a pair, give a pair

Honorable mention, Moulin Pooch:  This cozy dog heaven is perfect for your four-legged family members.  Complete with a holistic approach to nutrition, grooming, daycare, fun leashes, collars, beds and carriers.  They even feature a Yappy Hour once a month for the social side of your pets, and you.  Your pets won’t know how to stop the love and affection they will be showing you. 

Here is more information on shopping on Union Street and Chestnut Street.

Here is more information on shopping in San Francisco’s Union Square.

Both Union Square and the Neimen Marcus in Union Square put up absolutely gorgeous trees.  The tree in Union Square is outdoors in the center of the square and inside Neimens in their rotunda.  They is worth seeing for yourself. 

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