And make them local

The holidays are going to be different this year. Rather than jetting off to see relatives across the country or chillaxing on an exotic beach vacay, most of us will be hunkering down at home with our families and COVID-19 bubble buddies. Still, we can celebrate the spirit of the season, swig eggnog (or green juice), make cookies—and exchange gifts with loved ones. In keeping with 2020’s shelter-in-place theme, all our local holiday picks lean cozy, but elevated. Cheers to that! 

L-O-V-E MATCH

Love Is Project

For her, for him, for anyone you “heart,” the Love Bracelet will leave no doubt about your feelings. Handmade by women artisans in Kenya, this beaded beauty fits all wrists thanks to the pull-tie closure, while the red beads add a pop of happy to every outfit. Plus, each bracelet comes in a giftable cloth pouch. Bay-based Love Is Project is the baby of Chrissie Lam, who started the company five years ago when she was inspired to help provide fair wages and regular work for women artisans around the globe. Sales of the bestselling piece help provide sustainable livelihoods for Maasai women and their families. / $30, loveisproject.com 

HOT WHEELS

Bluejay Bikes

What’s perfect for that special person who is kind to the planet and looking for another way to zoom? The Premiere Edition Bluejay Bike. The elevated and customizable e-bike looks old school, but it’s built with the latest tech (five levels of pedal assist) and safety features. It’s available in two sizes and five vintage-y colors—plus there are really cool accessories (hi, Nantucket basket). Company founder Jen Cohen Bogan says, “Giving the bike is like giving the feeling of freedom—the pure joy of flight.” / $2,995, $150 for front basket, $75 for Nantucket basket, bluejaybikes.com

THE CASE FOR BASKETS

Saffron + Poe

Globetrotters, wanderlusters, and collectors will be touched when gifted with a stack of chic, hand-woven baskets. Saffron + Poe offers plenty of options that check the form, function, and fabulous boxes. Our favorites: the set of three Ilala Palm Wall Baskets, handcrafted by a women’s collective in Zimbabwe and featuring traditional geometric motifs in a neutral color palette. They’re perfect clustered on a wall or sitting on a shelf. We also dig the hand-beaded Bali Baskets which make stylish storage containers. They come in five sizes and are made using sustainable bamboo and seed beads to form their diamond designs. / Ilala Palm Baskets, $275 set of three; Bali Baskets, $30–$70 each (sold individually), saffronandpoe.com, 11 Locust Ave. (Mill Valley)

COMFORT AND JOY

Basil Racuk

Merry-making guaranteed! Any lovely who unwraps this cotton sweatshirt dress will want to slip into it, pronto! Exactly why it’s designer and San Francisco storeowner Basil Racuk’s pick: “The cocoon dress is a perfect holiday gift, designed for maximum comfort, yet stylish enough to feel good on the street.” It has a roomy fit and comes in several hues—and those big pockets? Swoon. / $250, basilracuk.com, 3980 24th St. (Noe Valley)

TWINKLE, TWINKLE

Harwell Godfrey

You can never go wrong with diamonds. And Harwell Godfrey’s letter pendants are serious charmers. Made to order, the initials are crafted of 18k yellow gold, enamel, and diamonds. “A personalized gift is always a perfect way to treat yourself or a loved one this holiday season—my version has knife-edge detailing and little inserts of the colored enamel of your choice,” says designer Lauren Harwell Godfrey. Letters come in two sizes and ship in six to eight weeks. / $1,390 (small), $2,050 (large), harwellgodfrey.com

THE CAT’S MEOW

Freda Salvador

Once the, ahem, cat’s out of the bag—leopard or cheetah—your Freda girl will be wearing these James Slippers on repeat. It’s the very first house slipper for the cult-fave San Francisco brand, featuring a natural shearling lining, padded suede sole, and 100% haircalf leather in black and camel cheetah print or black and white leopard print. They look super-cute with pajamas, jeans, and sweats. Bonus points: $10 from each sale goes to a non-profit foundation providing scholarships for underprivileged teenagers in El Salvador where the slippers are crafted. They come in small, medium, and large. / $150, fredasalvador.com, 2416 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights)

GOOD TO GLOW

Saint Jane Beauty

Clean beauty lovers and anyone craving radiant skin will blush with delight upon receiving Saint Jane’s Luxury Beauty Serum. The rich and silky CBD elixir—made of 100 percent organic ingredients (including 500mg of full-spectrum CBD per bottle)—is chock-full of omegas, antioxidants, and botanicals. The result for all skin types: a calm, balanced, and hydrated visage. Did we mention the ridiculously stunning and sophisticated black and gold bottle in which it comes? So many good (and glowy) reasons it’s the hero product of the Marin brand. / $125, saintjanebeauty.com

DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW

Allbirds

“I already have too many pairs of kicks,” said no guy ever. Indeed, Allbirds’ new take on the classic cup-sole shoe will make the holidays way merrier for lucky fellas. The Wool Piper replaces the leather typical of the silhouette with sustainable materials. The upper is made of breathable, moisture-wicking Merino wool, and the laces are crafted of recycled water bottles. Choose from black, white, and gray shades. Translation: you can’t go wrong. As with all shoes from the San Francisco label (and B Corp), the newbies are ethically made, machine washable, and ready to rumble—or couch potato. / $95, allbirds.com, 57 Hotaling Place (Jackson Square)

UNIFORM APPEAL

Evan Kinori

Gifting a men’s garment from buzzy Hayes Valley designer and one-man-show Evan Kinori is akin to giving a piece of art. Each workwear-inspired chore jacket, field shirt, or waxed-cotton anorak is made in small batches and hand-numbered. When a piece is gone, it’s gone. Of course, it’s all part of the Kinori appeal. Our pick for the holiday: the elevated hooded sweatshirt, crafted of garment-dyed organic cotton and hemp fleece. It has a relaxed fit, dropped shoulder, and ribbed cuffs and hem. Cozy-cool is an understatement. / $195, evankinori.com, 380 Ivy St. (Hayes Valley)

SNUGGLY STRIPES

Coyuchi

Hello, handsome! Coyuchi’s Mariposa Blanket will absolutely make spirits brighter and couches cozier. Inspired by a beloved vintage rug, it’s made of super-soft organic cotton and features all the right stripes. The bone, aqua, and gray color options are all divinely neutral, never boring. Comes in king, full/queen, and throw sizes. Put a bow on it … wait for thank-you smooches. / $148–$298, coyuchi.com, 1101 State Route One, Suite 201 (Point Reyes Station)

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