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SF Holiday Gift Guide

This post is sponsored, but all the opinions are 100% are own. We do list Amazon Associate affiliate links. 

It’s that time of year again!  Family gatherings, wonderful meals, holiday music, gifts, and MORE!  It truly is the “most wonderful time of the year!” But, we know that the holidays can be a stressful time too, so we wanted to make it a little easier for you.  Below are some amazing gift ideas to make the holidays happier for everyone on your shopping list!

In this guide: Spotlighted sponsors must-have gifts, Top 2017 Toys, Guys Gift List, and our Funny White Elephant Gift List!

Plus, follow us on our SFMB Facebook page to win Holiday GIVEAWAYS from all of our spotlighted sponsors!

Hanna Andersson

Hanna Andersson

How about matching jammies for your family or your kiddos!  

For over 30 years, kids have played and laughed in Hanna Andersson’s clothing. And our absolute favorite Hanna products?  Their pajamas!  If you’re on the hunt for matching family pajamas this holiday season, then be sure and check out The Village at Corte Madera or shop online.  You’ll fall in love with their sweet stripes and fun prints too!

“I thought all pj’s were created equal until I was introduced to Hanna Andersson. The fit of these pajamas is just right, with the perfect amount of softness and stretch, and the designs are timeless and adorable!”  

 

Ambiance

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Ambiance San Francisco offers great women’s clothes and personal styling service at any one of their 4 San Francisco locations.  Ask about their free parties and shopping appointments. Check them out on Instagram @ambiancesf and at www.ambiancesf.com

“Cross multiple names off your list with a stop at Ambiance! One of San Francisco’s best women’s boutiques! From accessories to clothes to lingerie, Ambiance has got it all – including the most helpful staff in the city. My top pick for the season is the multi-wear sweater vest, which comes in a half dozen colors and can be worn a half dozen different ways. It is sure to be a huge hit for all ages and sizes – and while you’re at it be sure to pick one up for yourself! It is the best SF layering piece that I’ve always needed!” 

Christopher Elbow Chocolates

Need a beautiful hostess gift, co-worker present, or just something special for the chocolate lover in your life? Look no further.

As if you needed 16 reasons to get excited for handmade premium chocolate. Classically trained chef-turned-chocolatier Christopher Elbow has created a limited-edition 16-piece holiday collection that is the perfect gift for those with a sophisticated sweet tooth. Available for $38 at elbowchocolates.com.

“The limited edition 16 piece holiday collection from Christopher Elbow is the perfect gift for friends or family with a sophisticated sweet tooth. This set of handmade artisanal chocolates celebrates iconic festive flavors, such as Eggnog, Gingerbread and Peppermint. The ganaches and caramels in this collection are intricately decorated to reflect eight different holiday flavors.  The Winter Spice flavor, for example, features a beautiful design of red flowers that instantly brings to mind Poinsettias. The chocolates look almost too gorgeous to eat, but I found it impossible to resist. With one bite I realized that the melt-in-your mouth chocolates from this collection taste even better than they look! This holiday collection is not only a unique and delicious gift, but a practical one too, because there’s no need to wrap it- it is already beautifully packaged in a classic red and gold box.”

ted&kate

tedandkate

ted&kate is a little stationery brand inspired by two tiny humans and everyday life. Life lived of long days, but short years create a lifetime of memories, moments that should be embellished just as beautifully as your major life events. ted&kate is a shop where you can get beautiful everyday stationery, invitations and gifts delivered straight from your computer to your door.

“A handwritten note will never go out of fashion, and neither will ted&kate’s stationery. Their designs are restrained and elegant (in a hip sort of way) making their cards perfect for everyday use and for every occasion: Today I wrote a note to a one-year-old on his birthday, and tomorrow I’m going to use the same stationery to write a thank-you note to a family member. The packaging, like the stationery itself, is simple but inviting—it beckons you to admire it, but only for a minute because the cards scream out their usability. ted& kate’s stationery is the perfect gift for a friend, your child’s teacher or caregiver, or anyone else of note in your life!” 

Kwik Stix and Magik Stix

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Our favorite Stocking Stuffer!

The Kwik Stix 12 pack comes with a variety of bold colors. The thick stick allows them to fit perfectly in the tiny hands of children. The color transfers smoothly and beautifully on wood, poster paper, cardboard, canvas, and more! Kwik Stix leave a paint like finish. They dry in just 90 seconds and they are mess free, so no smocks, brushes, or water required! They are perfect for even the messiest artists. Kwik Stix are AP certified nontoxic, as well as egg, peanut, soy, gluten, and dairy free. 

Also check out the NEW Magik Stix washable markers. These markers are odorless and won’t dry out for 7 days with the cap off – that is guaranteed! These markers combine safety and creativity because they are nontoxic.

“Kwik Stix are the perfect stocking stuffer! The shape makes them easy for little hands to grasp, the colors are vibrant and fun, and the fast drying paint means there’s little to no mess for me to clean up after the kids have created their masterpieces. I’m always more likely to say “yes” to a painting project with Kwik Stix. And now with their new marker line, Magik Stix, it’s a #momwin for sure!”

Find them on Amazon or click Shop Here below for The Pencil Grip website!

 

Our 2017 Top 10 Toys

We checked out all the top toy websites, so you wouldn’t have to! Here are all the toys that we kept seeing listed over and over everywhere! From tech toys, to pretend play, to Paw Patrol.  We’ve got you covered! 

 

        

Looking for a gift for the man in your life? 

Your husband, brother, or dad?  Here’s our top 10 list of Guy Gift Ideas!

 

For the Griller- A new apron with kids’ hand prints, a painted platter from your local ceramic painting store, or get fancy with a new grilling utensil or knife set! 

For the Sports fan– A new jersey or half zip pull over that they can wear over that super old and disgusting “lucky” shirt or tickets to a game. 

For the Outdoors men- New hiking boots, a headlamp, a down sleeping bag, or Yeti cooler.

For the Drinker- Beer brewing kit, Scotch ice molds, personalized mug, decanter, or electric wine opener.

For the Techies-  Series 3 Apple Watch, iphone X, cordless charging station, Amazon’s Alexa / Echo or Google Home. 

For the Coffee-lover- Espresso machine, French press, cold brew coffee maker, or personalized Starbucks tumbler with kid’s pictures.

For the Traveler- A new, hip toiletry bag, personalized passport holder, Tumi bag, portable charger.

For the Fashionista- Custom fit shirt from J. Hilburn, Travis Matthew hat, anything Peter Millar, or Tommy John undies.

For the Golfer- A golf lesson, Pebble Beach Pro-Am tickets (this February), a new pullover, or new golf shoes.

For the Music-lover- Concert tickets, Beats headphones, portable speakers, Sonos.

For the Foodie- Bluetooth thermometer, spice sets, cookbooks, cooking class or fancy restaurant gift cards.

Funny White Elephant Gift List

Finding the perfect white elephant gift for the grab bag gift exchange at your office party or with your family and friends is part art and part luck. Do you want to give a truly great gift that people will fight over or bring the “white elephant” that nobody wants, but everyone will remember for years to come? Here are some of our favorite picks to hit the sweet spot, all under $20 and all rated PG!

 

 

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