From lovers of fashion to those who crave a splendid book, here are five categories and venues we love—here's to finding the holiday's most foolproof gifts.
For the elegant minimalist, shop casual, timeless clothing at French clothing brand A.P.C. in Jackson Square. Originally known for its classic raw denim jeans, the brand created by Jean Touitou in 1987 now offers men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, shoes and bags. Touitou believes in the return to the essentials, so expect to find high-quality, understated pieces rather than flashy garments in this Parisian-inspired shop. 407 Jackson St., 415.236.7999
Cool, flattering and practical—these are the three principles of design American Israeli fashion designer Ruti Zisser lives by. From athleisure to business attire, Ruti proves that clients don’t have to sacrifice comfort to dress with style and sophistication. The perfect combination of chic, edgy and casual for the fashionable woman on the go, Ruti has the option to virtually consult a stylist, so every “cool girl” will find just what she’s looking for. 2119 Fillmore St., 415.441.4412
Somewhat of a counter-cultural landmark, City Lights, founded in 1953, is brimming with new-release hardcovers and paperbacks from major publishers as well as rare titles from smaller specialty publishers. The bookstore is both a seller and publisher, featuring an extensive, handpicked selection of poetry, fiction, translation, philosophy, history and more. Bookworms can spend hours perusing the shelves at City Lights. 261 Columbus Ave., 415.362.8193
The Booksmith has been a part of the San Francisco community since 1976 and is known for its beloved events program—hosting hundreds of author readings each year. In its new location on Haight Street, the store offers one-of-a-kind signed books, gift certificates and mystery boxes curated by the booksellers on staff. 1727 Haight St., 415.863.8688
Green Apple Books
Tens of thousands of books, new and used, occupy the many nooks and crannies of the 5,000-squarefoot interior of Green Apple Books. Founded by Richard Savoy in 1967, this shop offers an ever-changing variety of high-quality books in just about every subject area. 506 Clement St. at Sixth Ave., 415.387.2272
Gefen Gallery features works by Craig Alan, Joel Amit, Julien Marinetti, Paul Braslow, Georges Monfils, Patrick Rubinstein and more
In the 9,000-square-foot former door factory, find a sky-lit space full of contemporary works from new artists in the Bay Area and beyond. The Hosfelt Gallery founded the first digital media conservation lab to preserve digital and electronic art, and it’s committed to exhibiting work that doesn’t align with current trends. Browse the Hosfelt Gallery and find a new favorite work. 260 Utah St., 415.495.5454
Jim Melchert, “Shards Speaking For The Group 12” (2021) at Gallery 16.
Owned by San Francisco-based painter Griff Williams, Gallery 16 features contemporary abstract art and limited-edition prints that are signed and numbered by the artist. The gallery’s publishing program, Gallery 16 Editions, uses contemporary printmaking methods to create artist portfolios and books. Inquire about an original or pick out a limited-edition print for a friend. 501 Third St., 415.626.7495
Gefen Gallery features a variety of contemporary media from internationally acclaimed artists like Patrick Rubinstein, Joel Amit and Julien Marinetti, along with emerging artists from the Bay Area. Colorful works, sculptures and references to popular culture are some of the highlights in Gefen Gallery’s three San Francisco locations. The gallery offers delivery and installation from Napa Valley to Los Angeles, making it easy to install a new piece in any home. 239 Grant Ave.; 950 Mason St.; 315 Grant Ave., 415.323.4080
Since 1897, Filson has been a favorite among those with a passion for exploring the outdoors. With a reputation of being extremely durable, reliable and comfortable, this brand has everything a nature lover may need—from protective clothing to tool belts and dog bowls. Filson even provides a lifetime guarantee against damage and failure for all of its products, so there’s no risk in splurging here. 722 Montgomery St., 415.658.9231
Located in a refurbished warehouse down an alleyway, Mission Workshop is an industrial-chic space where the retailer designs, develops and sells upscale lifestyle and outdoor apparel. Find classic weatherproof bags and jackets, or discover specialty activewear like the new Acre series cycling collection. With a focus on practical products that are beautifully made, Mission Workshop is the spot to shop for the active and adventurous. 40 Rondel Place, 415.864.7225
Housed in an old grocery store on Sacramento Street, Anthem Home’s open interior offers a gorgeous array of decor, lighting, furniture and more. Founder and head buyer Janelle Loevner has more than 20 years of experience in interior design and has curated a refined selection of elegant home pieces, from sleek luggage racks to opulent 24K gold platters. Check out Anthem’s online gift collection ahead of the holiday season. 3274 Sacramento St., 415.440.6500, ext. 2
Anthem is a treasure trove of eclectic finds to impress the people on your list.
The Rug Company
The Rug Company’s handknotted rugs are artfully crafted by skilled weavers in Nepal. With bespoke and custom capabilities, the rugs range from eccentric, staple pieces to subdued classics, so shoppers can find the perfect match for their home size and decor style. From skinny walkways to winding staircases, the pieces are perfect for any space. 722 Montgomery St., 415.941.3171
Photography by: FROMP TOP: PHOTO BY TAMARA BELLIS/UNSPLASH; PHOTO BY VALENTIN ANTONINI/UNSPLASH; PHOTO BY GABRIELLE HALADY; PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY 16; PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTHEM