San Francisco is home to many local shops and designers. The gifting season is here and that means a great opportunity to support your community and ethical businesses by investing in local shops and makers.
Whether it’s a locally made candle from Scarlet Sage, vintage pieces from Wildflower, an ethically sourced cow skull from Paxton Gate, an astrology reading with Wild Witch of the West, or a hair treatment at Steel + Lacquer, you’ll find it here. Beginning with the Haight and the Mission, here are some of my favorites to shop ethically and locally in San Francisco. Price ranges as follows: Low: Under $40 Medium: $40 – $100 High: $100+
I hope this guide to shopping local in San Francisco inspires you skip Amazon and chain stores and add even more thoughtfulness to your gifts.
Scarlet Sage Herb Co. | The Mission
Established in 1995, the Scarlet Sage Herb Co. is a mainstay for wellness and holistic enthusiasts in the Bay Area. It is an apothecary, wellness bookstore, health, beauty and spiritual market. The staff are a collective of herbalists and healers, so feel free to ask for recommendations. Stop by for a custom blend of tea, herbs, crystals, beauty products, tarot decks, books, journals and more. All products are cruelty-free & chemical free.
Good for: Useful gifts, wellness products, natural health & beauty, spiritual
Price range: medium
Address: 1193 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 | Phone: (415) 821-0997
Love of Ganesha | The Haight
Another San Franciscan favorite, the Love of Ganesha has been winning hearts since 1990. There is a huge collection of crystals and stones from distant lands like Madagascar, India, Morocco and Guatemala. Choosing a crystal can be a challenging feat, let alone choosing one as a gift. Not to worry, the sweet staff are there to help.
Good for: home decor, spiritual gifts, imports, jewelry
Price range: low – high
Address: 1573 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 | Phone: (415) 863-0999
Wallflower | The Mission
Wallflower is a beautifully curated and well-organized local shop on Valencia street. There you will find high-quality vintage pieces spanning the decades of the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s as well as the Wallflower’s own vintage line. The back part of the shop is dedicated to local makers, like these all-natural candles from Oakland. They have an array of purses, sunglasses, jewelry and other accessories. You can even shop online!
Good for: vintage and new fashion and accessories, home decor, small gifts
Price range: medium – high
Address: 1176 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110 | Phone: 415.341.0314
Wild Feather | Lower Haight
As the name suggests, the items in this space are for the wild at heart. This unique boutique showcases vibrant jewelry and fashion for men and women from local SF independent designers.
Good for: SF designers, unique fashion, accessories, home decor, festival wear, jewelry
Price range: low – high
Address: 597 Haight St. San Francisco, California | Phone: (415) 786-2614
Paxton Gate | The Mission
For those on your list who are adventurous at heart, who seem to already have it all, or who have a deep fascination with insects, plants and animals, Paxton Gate has some unforgettable treasures. Think ethically sourced taxidermy, crystals, journals, plants, books and more. They even have a plant potting space in the back so you could make a succulent or air plant gift. This curious SF shop has been around over 26! years now.
Good for: taxidermy, home decor, plants, crystals, books, oddities
Price range: medium – high
Address: 824 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 | Phone: (415) 824-1872
Beauty + Wellness Gift Certificate
Perhaps the best gift to receive is a gift certificate for a high-quality beauty or wellness treatment from San Francisco’s best in their business. Here are my top recommendations for beauty and wellness in San Francisco.
Hair | Steel + Lacquer | SOMA
Four years ago, hair gurus Jarrod Aldama and Lena Garcia founded this chic SOMA salon. To give a gift of self-care and a seamless high-quality experience, these beauty angels are here to help. They also give back to the community – most recently bringing hair stylists together to raise money for the fire relief efforts.
Good for: self-care gifts, luxurious experiences
Address: 14 10th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 | Phone: (415) 503-1210
Massage | Janet DeHart Bodyworks | The Sunset
Janet is the most talented body worker I have found in California. My first massage with her was gifted to me. Her background is in NeuroMuscular therapy and her list of certifications is extensive. This is, hands-down, my favorite gift on this list.
Address: 1395 31st Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Gift Cards available online, see link above
Astrology Reading | Wild Witch of the West
Before astrology became trendy, Rebecca Farrar was already about it. Her study of philosophy led her to the root of Greek mythology – astrology. She has a Master’s in Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness. This woman knows her stuff. Don’t take it from me though, she was recently named Best Astrologist. Read her blog for more info.
Yoga + Pilates | The Pad Studios | The Marina
One of the brightest, cleanest studios in San Francisco with warm-hearted staff and super experienced teachers, The Pad Studios is great for all levels. They offer yoga, reformer and mat pilates, pre-natal, private and corporate lessons.
Cost: medium – high
Address: 1694 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123 | Phone: (415) 929-1690
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Happy local + ethical treasure hunting San Francisco!