Embrace the season of giving by supporting local crafters and businesses. Whether you're decorating your home, significant other, baby, or pet, these ingenious artists and designers have cooked up something unique worth spending your hard-earned cash on. Who knows, you might get inspired to create your own crafty gift next year.
Coffee Clutch in Orange, $164, Available at: LuluandMac.com, Noblu.
This fabulous clutch purse from El Cerrito-based Lulu & Mac has a classic, streamlined shape, but its bold color gives it legs for seasons to come. Luxe-looking enough to please even the most discerning fashionista, but won't leave you empty-handed. Made of handcrafted leather.
The perfect gift for everyone on your list. This book features hundreds of coupons to local and sustainable products in your 'hood, from yoga classes to grocery stores, hybrid cars to local arts and entertainment. Plus a business directory and tips on living sustainably in the East Bay.
Tree Wall Art with Hooks, $32, Available at: Curiosity Shoppe, FluffyCo.com, Park Life, Residents Apparel Gallery.
San Francisco-based accessories and apparel company FluffyCo is known for its hipster-worthy, earth-friendly, screen-printed designs. Quirky yet functional, this wood-based wall art with hooks will appeal to that special artistic someone in your life, who could use a little organizational help.
Divided Dish, $45, Available at: Pro Arts, Snapshot Mosaics, UncommonGoods.com.
Oakland-based designer Sarah Hirneisen borrows vintage textile patterns in her kiln-formed glass ware. Modern, understated, and lovingly handcrafted, this divided dish is the perfect accompaniment to holiday nibbles.
Eat. Sleep. Rock. Repeat Onesie, $16, Available at: Shop.willotoons.com.
What's the hottest accessory for hip parents (and those who think they're still hip)? A hip baby, of course! San Francisco based T-shirt, jewelry, and accessories company Willotoons gets straight to the point with this adorable "eat. sleep. rock. repeat" onesie. Perfect for that future drummer.
Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into A Business, $16.95, Available at: Area bookstores, ChronicleBooks.com.
You know the type: that friend of yours who's always cooking up something crafty in her bedroom but complains about her nine to five. Well, halt the complaining with this just-released book by East Bay author Meg Mateo Ilasco. In it, Ilasco gives clear, step-by-step instructions — based on her own experience — on turning a hobby into a financially viable business.
Typewriter Key Cuff Links, $95, Available at: The Treehouse Green Gifts, Urban Indigo, TheWeekendStore.com.
Finding gifts for men during the holidays isn't easy. Yes, he's got boxers and socks up the wazoo. This year, encourage him to dress up with these unique cuff links made from defunct typewriters by Oakland designer Adjowah Brodie. He'll seem vintage-appreciative and well-read all at once.
Pelican T-shirt, $19, Available at: Enclothe.comDerek .
Myers began his T-shirt company Enclothe in early 2003 with a comic-book, graphic-style design of President Bush and a curtain of dropping bombs behind him, the slogan "War Monger" underneath. The Oregon native continued his business after enrolling in San Francisco's Academy of Art University to study 3D animation, but his T-shirt biz (which has since expanded to sweatshirts) has become so popular, he's quitting school. This Pelican shirt with the San Francisco skyline in the background is a particular local fave.
Chili Pepper Suit, $99, Available at: Babies, DogstarClothing.com.
Dogstar Clothing started when Sausalito filmmaker Christian Schneider decided to make a Halloween costume for his long-haired Chihuahua Paco, and the project got, as he put it, "waaaay out of hand." While walking his dog with the now-famous chili-pepper suit, passersby kept inquiring where he got it. Taking the hint, Schneider bought an industrial sewing machine and surplus fabrics and sewed to his heart's content. His designs reflect his subtly ironic humor, playful nature, and functionality for the little ones. Custom designs are available and a portion of the proceeds goes to pet rescue organizations.
Classic Dress, $140, Available at: Magnet, She-bible.com, Slash.
San Francisco-based label She-bible uses a sweatshirt-relaxed aesthetic in its knit dresses, tees, and pullovers. Its classic dress is by far the best-seller — its comfy, empire-waist shape is trend-conscious without trying too hard. Best of all, it flatters several body types.
Red Branch Bag, $62, Available at: KateDurkin.etsy.com, Lavish, Needles & Pens, The Treehouse Green Gifts.
San Francisco artist Kate Durkin handcrafts her handbags with embroidery, silkscreening, and acrylic and stitched paintings. Her Red Branch Bag lined with vintage fabric is one of her hottest sellers: its delicate design yearns to hold a notebook to doodle on lazy days. And because she makes each one herself, no two items are exactly alike.
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