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Sarah Shaw at Fetish in Tiburon (credit: Sarah Shaw)

Ask An Expert: DIY Gift Ideas

With an emphasis on easy and fun, jewelry-maker and shop owner Sarah Shaw shares five tips for DIY enthusiasts thinking about handmade holiday gift ideas. If you can tie a knot, you can make some wildly successful, very affordable lasting creations that will be cherished by the recipient.

12/16/2014

Mansions of Pacific Heights (Credit, Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Best Free Guided Winter Tours In San Francisco

San Francisco’s museums, gardens, parks and neighborhoods reveal tales and secrets of past and present, waiting to be revealed by expert tour guides offering heaps of history and interesting anecdotes on fascinating winter walks and tours. Best of all, they’re free.

12/15/2014

The Ferry Building, San Francisco (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Best Places For Stocking Stuffers In San Francisco

While you don’t want to place bets on a white Christmas in San Francisco, you cannot lose by betting on stocking stuffer ideas from independent retailers around the city. We’ve selected a few from Downtown to Dogpatch and from the Inner Sunset to the Inner Richmond.

12/09/2014

San Francisco Food Bank (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Best Local Organizations For Holiday Donations In The East Bay

We look at East Bay-based organizations that are more than deserving of a spotlight for all they do 365 days a year. During the holidays, the increased demand for food and distribution must be met by volunteers’ actions and generosity.

12/08/2014

Gift Baskets (credit: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)

Best Local Stores For Gift Baskets In The Peninsula & South Bay

Shop local and make up your own themed gift baskets for the holidays.

12/02/2014

Union Square Winter Ice Rink (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Best 2014 Holiday Events In The Bay Area

Plan to enjoy more activities and events with friends and family around the holidays in 2014.

12/01/2014

Kisha Boutique, San Francisco (credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Where To Buy Your Next Holiday Party Outfit In San Francisco

If you’re looking for something special to wear for festive December occasions and New Year’s parties to bid adieu to 2014, this list of independent dress shops around the Bay Area ensures that you won’t see your outfit coming and going.

11/25/2014

Authentic Disneyland Railroad Train (Credit, Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

Best Winter 2014-15 Art Events In San Francisco

Even before the New Year’s resolutions are drafted and “do more cultural activities” appears on the list again, consider these San Francisco art events and exhibits for December and beyond.

11/24/2014

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Ask A Bay Area Expert: Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids

With a successful first year under their belts, owners Hope and Pete Colling are delighted to have brought their dream to life: a quaint little neighborhood shop where they mingle with customers and display their made-with-love items. Here are some Thanksgiving craft ideas from the experts.

11/21/2014

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Best Local San Francisco Businesses To Shop On Black Friday 2014

Camping out at the mall through pre-dawn opening hours to snag the Black Friday discounts on blenders and televisions at the big box stores isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Do remember our small independent retailers and SFMade while you’re out there.

11/18/2014

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