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- The Bold Italic's Dinner-Party-in-a-Box is a perfect last minute gift to pick up.
For those who prefer last-minute shopping, here are some easy-to-purchase gift ideas; many can be found in independent stores in The City and greater Bay Area.
Dinner Party in a Box $50
The Bold Italic’s box party includes recipes from chefs at flour + water, State Bird Provisions, Beast and the Hare, Bi-Rite and 101 Cookbooks. It also has a wooden bottle opener, kitchen towel, foodie bingo game, E. Guittard chocolates, “prophecy” cookies and a hookup preparedness kit in case someone gets lucky. Get yours at The Curiosity Shoppe, 855 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 671-5384, www.curiosityshoppeonline.com and www.thebolditalic.com/shop
Stocking stuffers $7 and up
Elephant-shaped coin banks ($14), harmonicas ($7) and vintage Beatles memorabilia cards ($8) are among many gift items available at Tantrum in Cole Valley, a delightful shopping experience for kids and adults with a penchant for midcentury design. The store also has a well-curated selection of 1950s kitchenware. Get yours at Tantrum, 858 Cole St., S.F., (415) 504-6980, www.shoptantrum.com
Booze delivery service $12.98 and up
San Francisco entrepreneur Matt Mireles began by delivering booze to friends in a purple Scion xB wearing a Viking hat, pimp coat and gold leggings. His company Swig! delivers cold beer, liquor, wine and condoms to most addresses east of Divisadero and Dolores streets and north of Cesar Chavez Street in a flash. A six-pack starts at $8.99, plus $3.99 for delivery. Get yours at www.swigme.com
Clutch purses $48 to $88
Jennifer Lopez’s 1980s-style envelope purses ($88 at Kohl’s) recall the glamour of “Dallas,” while Anthropologie’s faceted pouch ($48 in pink, silver or gold) sparkles like a thousand diamonds. Get yours at Kohl’s, 1200 El Camino Real, Colma or Anthropologie, 880 Market St., S.F.,
Dog sweater $65
Tory Burch’s dog sweater, available in small and large, is a cozy, supersoft pullover made from superfine Merino wool. It comes in navy with three polished buttons at the back. Get yours at Tory Burch, 50 Maiden Lane, S.F., (415) 398-1525, www.toryburch.com
Yacht mobile $54.99
Available at The Ark, a high-quality toy boutique in San Francisco, the pre-assembled mobile with four graceful 1930s-style yachts is made from solid wood and has cotton sails. Get yours at The Ark, 3325 Sacramento St., S.F., (415) 440-8697, www.thearktoys.com
Apple, pear teak bowls $16
Pot & Pan in the Mission sells the lovely bowls, made from logging industry remnants. The specialty kitchen boutique also buys, sells and trades new and gently used kitchenware; the eclectic shop is worth a drop-in. Get yours at Pot & Pan, 593 Guerrero St., S.F., (415) 206-1134, www.potandpantry.com
Postcards, prints and paintings $10 and up
In the Sunset, 3 Fish Studios sells work by local artists, including Annie Galvin. Her popular “California” and “Scenic Drive” series are available in postcard sets ($15), prints ($25) and paintings ($120 to $149). Get yours at 3 Fish Studios, 4541 Irving St., S.F., (415) 242-3474, www.3fishstudios.com
San Francisco card deck $20
Artist Aaron Trotter illustrated 52 iconic city landmarks — including Chinatown, City Lights bookstore, the SFMOMA and the Golden Gate Bridge — for this unique deck. Get yours at FLAX Art and Design, 1699 Market St., S.F., (415) 552-2355, www.flaxart.com
Bird rattle $10
Owl and bird rattles — handmade in San Rafael by Yellow Label Kids with soft, organic, fair-trade bamboo yarn — are among many cool gift items at Rare Device, a San Francisco boutique and gallery showcasing independent, innovative design. Get yours at Rare Device, 600 Divisadero St., S.F., (415) 863-3969, www.raredevice.net
Baci chocolates $1.49 and up
Perugina’s delectable chocolate-hazelnut bonbons have love notes inside them that quote authors such as Petrarch and Shakespeare. Two-packs are a good stocking stuffer at $1.49. Baci also offers a 24-count box with a ceramic dish, handmade in Italy, for $25.95. Macy’s and Cost Plus World Market have good selections. Get yours at Macy’s, 50 O’Farrell St., S.F., (415) 397-3333; Cost Plus World Market, 2552 Taylor St., S.F., (415) 928-6200; www.peruginacafe.com.
Literary city puzzle $36
San Francisco artist Ian Huebert’s 152-piece wooden puzzle — made in the U.S. by Artifact Puzzles — illustrates The City’s distinct neighborhoods with literary quotes from the likes of Maya Angelou and Mark Twain. Get yours at Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F., (415) 863-8688.
Planters $25 and up
Flora Grubb Gardens is a one-stop shop for the plant-happy. Owned and operated by Flora Grubb (yes, her real name), the nursery, florist and design firm sells Boskke’s award-winning upside-down Sky Planter ($22 to $70), wall bubble aeriums and ornaments ($24 and up), and much more. Get yours at Flora Grubb, 1634 Jerrold Ave., S.F., (415) 626-7256, www.floragrubb.com