It’s a salebration! It’s never too early to begin shopping for that perfect gift 

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1 A Day at the Pond Placemat and Marker Set  $28


This hand silk-screened FDA-approved silicone placemat comes with six dry-erase markers, inviting illustration or note-taking. The surface is easy to clean and multipurpose, with a whimsical illustration from Los Angeles artist Carrie Gifford. [SFMOMA store, 151 Third St., S.F., (415) 357-4035, www.sfmoma.org]

2 Helvetica tote  $14

This clever tote bag is great for design enthusiasts with a sense of humor. The ever-omnipresent font Helvetica, used by the likes of American Apparel and American Airlines, takes a witty turn with this bag, making most people do a double take. [Available from The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F., (415) 863-8688 or Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 776-1111]

3 Letterpress family tree  $10

The holiday season is often a time of family celebration, when relatives from near and far come together. What better way to honor family and relations than with this gorgeous letterpress family tree chart from Oddball Press? At only $10, it is a marvelously inexpensive, beautiful and frame-worthy way to keep track of relatives young and old. [www.oddballpress.com]

4 LomoKino Super 35  $79-$99

Whether it’s because anything old-school is new-school, or because Lomo has legendary status as a spy-camera makers, the Russian camera manufacturers are trendy. New for the holidays is the LomoKino Super 35 Movie Maker, which enable users of 35mm film to create their own movies. Enjoy the excitement of filmmaking with the Lomo’s no-frills, analog setup in the palm of the hand. [www.lomo.com]

5 Ladurée: The Sweet Recipes  $39.95

The quintessential French treat, the macaron, is, trend-wise, the new cupcake. French patisserie Ladurée, inventors of the double decker macaron, has released its secrets in a sumptuous volume. Wrapped in tissue paper and nestled in a paper-covered macaron box with gold trim, this cookbook has the “wow” gift factor. Pair with a box of real macarons from La Boulange, Miette or Chantal Guillon in Hayes Valley. [Ladurée book from Omnivore Books, 3885 Caesar Chavez St., S.F., (415) 282-4172, www.omnivorebooks.com]

6 Tara Auerbach shapes card deck  $175

San Francisco artist Tara Auerbach has a cult following, especially among those who favor geometry in art and design. Her card deck continues the theme of her black and white work “50/50.” The black-and-white cards are hypnotic and mesmerizing, incorporating mathematical function and form, tidily packaged in an embossed linen case. These limited edition decks, numbered and signed by the artist, will sell out. [Park Life, 220 Clement St., S.F., (415) 386-7275, www.parklifestore.com]

7 Bird café  $25

Nature can be hard to come by in urban areas. This clever, cute and innovative bird feeder can be hung anywhere, inviting nature to come to you. The Bird Café Feeder, designed by Teddy Luong and Dennis Cheng, allows birds to peck at the seed through the windows and nibble from the tray below. [SFMOMA store, 151 Third St., S.F., (415) 357-4035, www.sfmoma.org]

8 Rosewood tableware  $3-$55

These handcrafted, legally harvested, limited-edition rosewood tabletop items feature a palm oil finish. Purchased separately or together, the oblong tray, dishes and spoons are tasteful and beautiful tableware, good for everyday or seasonal use. [Available at museum stores at the deYoung, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F., or the Legion of Honor, 10034th Ave., SF.; www.shop.famsf.org]

9 Little Otsu Annual Vol. 6 weekly planner  $18

The Little Otsu weekly planner is back in its sixth version, with delightful, fairy tale-inspired artwork from British illustrator Lizzy Stewart. These dateless planners have a cult following, in part because they are locally produced in Oakland, and because their flexible format allows users to fill in dates and begin tracking plans at any time. [Available from shop.littleotsu.com or www.anthropologie.com]

10 Snowflake lamps  $68

Three intricate snowflakes — doubling as lamps — cast a wintry glow. Grand in scale, these die-cut, hand-folded paper flakes make a festive substitute for the Christmas tree and are a welcome addition to any home during the holidays. Each includes a 25-watt bulb and 12-foot cord. [SFMOMA store, 151 Third St., S.F., (415) 357-4035, www.sfmoma.org]

11 Pirate beard T-shirt  $20

As 826 Valencia continues to do great work helping kids expand their imagination and discover their inner writer, the Pirate Shop storefront for the volunteer-run organization founded by Dave Eggers continues to sell fantastically fun gifts, all of which benefit the 826 workshop operations. This T-shirt celebrates all things “beard.” [The Pirate Store, 826 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 642-5905, www.826valencia.org/store]

12 Pyrex Easy Grab bakeware  $6.99-$12.99

The iconic glass manufacturer has a new line of kitchen-friendly products with updated design features at affordable prices. The Easy Grab Family features smarter and more versatile features to help you get a grip on baking. The non-porous glass won’t stain or absorb odors. Choose from various casseroles, loaf pans and pie plates — both festive and functional. [www.pyrexware.com]

13 Restored standard electric phone  $195

This phone has been restored by Russell Johnson Imports for use in any standard landline phone jack. The quaint, plump and simple design is a pleasant marvel of modern manufacturing and makes a unique conversation piece. [www.anthropologie.com]

14 Laundress travel pack  $48

The Laundress is a New York-based laundry service and stain removal outfit that has created its own veritable apothecary of potions to help service any wardrobe. This nifty travel pack includes 2-ounce bottles of Fabric Fresh Classic Scent, Delicate Wash, Crease Release and Stain Solution as well as a Laundress Hotel Laundry Bag — all encased in the classy black-and-white pouch. [www.thelaundress.com]

15 Framed moth  $49

Paxton Gate sometimes feels like the Academy of Sciences; the shop is full of fascinating life science curiosities that hypnotize adults and children alike. Packed with items from taxidermy animals to framed insect specimens, Paxton Gate and Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids are great places to find all kinds of gifts. Artifacts, objects, art, garden supplies — and more — are for sale in just about every price range. Most items may be ordered online. [Paxton Gate, 824 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 824-1872, www.paxtongate.com]

16 The Original Christmas Classics Blu-ray box set  $44.99 and under

The cute, family-friendly box set contains four of the most beloved holiday TV specials of all time, including the Rankin/Bass classics “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “Frosty Returns.” Watching these iconic TV specials are part of the American holiday tradition, like baking cookies or trimming the tree! [Available from www.bestbuy.com or anywhere Blu Ray DVD’s are sold]

17 Amazon Kindle  $79

Wal-Mart stampedes? Please. The erudite shopper just gifts a Kindle online for under $80 with free shipping. Almost guaranteed a Black Friday deal, the basic Kindle holds 1,400 books, weighs less than six ounces, and lasts a month without a recharge. Plus, Kindle’s e-ink works better in the sun than an iPad. The Kindle store has about 1 million books, magazines and newspapers, and 2 million free titles. [www.amazon.com]

18 TheraMat  $49-$69

Recognized as “The Swedish Gift of the Year,” TheraMat has provided “Spiky Bliss” in Sweden for many years. TheraMat’s portable body mats are covered with acupressure points that help the body to release thousands of “feel-good” and relaxing endorphins. Perfect for bed or a desk chair, providing escape, tension and stress relief, TheraMat products feature premium memory foam padding and are covered by 100 percent soft flax fabric. [www.theramat.com]

19 Let’s Rock Elmo  $54.99

Elmo gets his groove on with this new toy for preschoolers from Playskool’s Sesame Street line, which could be this season’s Tickle Me Elmo. Here, Elmo comes with a microphone, tambourine and drum kit; he magically recognizes any of the instruments he is handed, and can interact with other toys in the “Let’s Rock” series, such as the Cookie Monster Keyboard. [www.toysrus.com]

20 Pantone accessories  $9.99-$40

Pantone, the world’s leading color authority, celebrates its centennial this year by offering an array of delightful products, from storage boxes to journals and colored pencils for artists, designers or the colorful friend on your shopping list. “Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color,” the recent release from Chronicle Books, gives a fascinating overview of color in the last century. [www.dickblick.com, www.chroniclebooks.com]

21 Mogul headphones  $69.99


Headphones are like sunglasses, always getting lost or broken. Music fans everywhere would appreciate a new pair now and then, like the Mogul from iFrogz. Made with 50 mm speaker drivers, Moguls deliver super-deep bass, smooth, undistorted highs and clear vocals. They also fold up well for portable use. [www.ifrogz.com]

22 ‘The Muppet Show’ DVD sets  $20

The Muppets are back in fashion with the release of the latest Muppet movie. Jim Henson’s beloved creation, a popular TV show in the 1970s and 1980s, catered to both children and adults. The quirky humor and slapstick silliness can be revisited anytime with “The Muppet Show” DVD sets, available for seasons one through three. [www.amazon.com]

23 Radiometer  $42

Science meets beauty in this shapely glass radiometer. Invented in 1873 by Sir William Crookes, the radiometer is powered solely by the sun: The more light there is, the faster the heat molecules move within the partially vacuum-sealed bulb, causing the delicate vanes to rotate. Available in two sizes, handblown in Germany. [www.schoolhouseelectric.com]

24 Toshiba Satellite C650  $299.99

Laptops are fast becoming the disposable razors of computing, and there’s nothing more frustrating than a dull blade. If yours is older than two years, consider a quality-of-life boost with the Toshiba Satellite for $299.99 on Black Friday at RadioShack. Satellites are fast and flexible for average users like students and homemakers, but at a price that leaves room for the rest of the family this Christmas. In two or three years, sell and repeat. [RadioShack, 938 Market St., S.F., (415) 989-1219, www.radioshack.com]

25 Bob Ross Paint Kit  $54.99

Treat someone to a blast from the past with this Bob Ross paint kit. The beloved “happy trees” painter has an entire how-to paint franchise that includes this starter kit for budding artists. It includes five oil colors plus Liquid White, a palette knife, brush and instructions for a painting. [www. bobross.com]

26 Great Food books  $12

Penguin, the publisher that invented the paperback, has done it again. The world’s best book design team has come up with this richly decorated, slim, beautiful set of 20 books all about food, domesticity and eating well. Gems from the annals of food writing, including works by Elizabeth David and MFK Fisher are sampled in this batch of stunning, embossed volumes that can be held in the palm of the hand. Available at most local bookstores. [www.booksmith.com, www.booksinc.com]

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