The holiday shopping season always whizzes by in a blur—especially when you're on a mission to find the perfect, local treasure for each individual on your list.
To take some of the weight off of your holiday shopping load this year, we've partnered with BARTable to bring you a handy guide to local purveyors situated just a quick walk away from centrally located BART stations in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.
First up, Powell St. Station. While it's easy to drift toward the area's major retailers, there are many local gems scattered throughout Union Square, Yerba Buena, Central SoMa and the Tenderloin.
After checking out our eight favorites below, head over to BARTable for even more BART-centric holiday ideas. And be sure to check back here each day this week for BARTable shopping guides for Civic Center, the Mission, Downtown Oakland and Downtown Berkeley.
Powell St. Station
For The Vegan
Westfield Mall, 3rd Floor (Nordstrom Side), 865 Market St. San Francisco, CA
Westfield Mall newcomer 676 Candles crafts 100 percent soy vegan candles right here in the Bay Area. With the desire to transport people through scent, the expanding local business offers more than 200 varieties inspired by destinations, like Dolores Park, Lake Tahoe, New York and Los Angeles, plus seasonal breezes, fruits and herbs.
You'll find a scent for proud natives, transplants and anyone in between. And be sure to let your special someone know that 676 will recycle the empty jars for them.
For The Modern Family
SF MOMA Museum Store
151 3rd St.
Does your special someone's home, office or nursery room resemble a contemporary art gallery? Then they're bound to find joy in any uniquely constructed gift you can afford at the SF MOMA Museum Store. Might we suggest a Lumio Lamp, a funcional book-like lamp invented by a San Francisco-based designer; a few new pieces for their bar cart; or brutalist blocks for their future architect?
While you're there, don't resist perusing the wide selection of locally inspired gifts—from tees and totes to books and jewelry—for anyone on your list who's left their heart in San Francisco.
For The Fashionista
The Designer Consigner
456 Geary St.
If your mother, daughter, sister or bestie has an eye for name brands that tend to fall way beyond your budget, pop by The Designer Consigner.
The locally owned shop is well known for racks of lightly worn apparel and accessories from coveted designers—like Stella Mccartney, Karen Miller, Armani and more—at surprisingly reasonable prices. And while you're at it, you might be able to sell off some of your own pieces to fund your purchases.
For The Sweet Tooth
Hooker's Sweet Treats
442 Hyde St.
For nearly seven years, Tenderloin resident and New Orleans native David "Hooker" Williams has been slinging suggestively named handcrafted caramel candies from his cozy cafe at Hyde and O'Farrell.
The treats are so popular this time of year that Williams stops taking orders weeks before the holidays officially kick off. To ensure you don't miss out this year, BART in soon to sample the selection and assemble a few 10-piece sets. And if you like them so much you want to send them to friends and family around the nation, place a delivery order online before it's too late.
For The Homebrewer
1150 Howard Street, SF, CA
The South of Market brewery has made a name for itself with small batches of highly experimental concoctions, like its taco-inspired IPA and very smokey coffee porter. Choose a steel or glass growler and a brew on tap, and inspire your hop-lover's next batch.
For The Bookworm
662 Mission St.
Novela has the thing your book club host didn't know they needed: Punch-To-Go. Each literary-inspired, just add booze and water, mix is made-to-order and comes with spirit suggestions.
You can submit an order online, then BART in to pick up the punch along with a complementary spirit at a well-stocked liquor store, like Cask, Flatiron Wines & Spirits or Zain's.
For The DIYer
354 5th St.
Treat your Secret Santa to a hands-on experience at this South of Market woodworking studio. All throughout the year they offer public workshops on making small items, like cutting boards and decorative shelves, up to larger furniture projects like wedge tables (pictured above).
Class fees include all the materials, tools and instruction, plus they'll proudly BART home with a finished product.
For The Child—Or Child At Heart
45 Kearny St.
The beloved Union Square toy store is back, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
The new location offers everything locals loved about the old: an extensive selection of toys, games, crafts, sports, puzzles, comic books and more for children of all ages.
Visit bart.gov/holidays for your chance to win one of five $100 “Shop Small” prize packages.
[Editor's Note: This is a sponsored article written by freelance writer Brittany Hopkins.]
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