Featuring ideas for gifts for any of the many gift-giving occasions you and/or your friends and/or family members might be celebrating at about this time of year, or, indeed, other times of year!
Featuring artists, artisans, practitioners, craftspeople, and merchants who are local or magical or sustainable or just nifty!
Also featuring ideas for gifts that aren’t things!
Solstice, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, Mithras’ Birthday, your loved ones’ birthdays that happen to fall in late November/December/early January... any one of these events might be an occasion for you to give someone a gift, even if you do not, personally, celebrate that event. With that in mind, and prompted by an idea from the Lady Yeshe Rabbit, source of so many good ideas which have improved my life (and quite possibly yours), I have created this Holiday Gift Guide. Feel free to use these gift ideas at other times of year, as well. ‘Tis always the season to spread happiness while supporting local and/or magical and/or sustainable businesses!
I have divided the guide into five sections. Section One is a list of artists, artisans, practitioners, and craftspeople. Section Two is a list of nifty stores in the Bay Area. Section Three is a list of Craft Fair(e)s happening in the Bay Area this winter. Section Four is a list of musicians. Section Five is a list of gifts that aren’t things.
If I’ve left out one of your favourite members of any of these categories, please let me know so that I can include them in next year’s edition!
Section One: Artists, Artisans, Practitioners, and Craftspeople
Clothing, Jewelry, and Custom Herb Blends
Odessa Avianna Perez
Odessa Avianna Perez is a certified Theta Healer, Raindrop Practitioner and Massage Practitioner. She has over a decade of experience using therapeutic-grade essential oils for greater health and wellbeing and is a distributor for Young Living. She completed massage training at the San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork in July 2013, Raindrop Training at the Lightwing Center in 2012, and first received her Theta Healing certificate in 2011.
Heather's Holistic Health
Massage therapy and Moving through issues using massage, energy clearing, counsel, Tarot, and sound healing. 510-846-5519, gift certificates available.
Builders of the New Dawn
We offer you an eclectic, highly curated selection of Vintage Books & Ephemera
Specializing in Countercultural & Subcultural movements of the 20th Century, we also include a healthy dose of Classic & Avant Garde literature as well as the quirky & offbeat.
Blossom Merz, the Weaving Monk
Weaving is my meditation and spiritual communion. Guiding thousands of threads into place, winding bobbins on the porch where I can hear the birds, finding myself still in awe of a length of finished cloth - these are all ways that I feel connected to the the divine and to the world around me. I hope that my handmade garments help to remind people of their connections to others.
Glow in the dark jewelry, hoodies, t-shirts, tanks, monsters, earrings, pendants, brooches, pins and more! Things that bring light into the darkness. Pushing the limits of weird. Welcome to my bizarre little store!
Just Rewards: Amber and Jet
Operated by Drew Ward, a Heathen priest of Frey and member of Hammer of Thor Kindred, Just Rewards will be offering genuine Baltic amber jewelry and small gift items including birch bark boxes and other treasures at surprisingly comfortable prices.
Stars in Jars
Stars in Jars Essences are vibrational remedies co-created with Nature from a combination of flower, gem, environmental and cosmic essences. Our one of a kind formulas are created in sacred space with channeled blessings.
By Nieves: Handmade Natural Body Care
By Nieves is a natural handmade body care line produced with organic ingredients and served with a twist. Nieves delights in formulating unique and wonderful body care, developing products that she wants to use - and has found that other people are looking for the same! Voted Best Local Skincare Line by SF Weekly.
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law: Shadowscapes
Stephanie Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds, populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense that this is a world that underlies our own, when viewed with a desire for beauty, and a shifted perception for the potential within the kernel of all.
Rhatura is a mystic, sage, healer, activist, youth worker, and creative genius with a touch of East Coast and soulful swagger. His art is influenced from sacred geometry, metaphysics, cartoons, nature, indigenous cultures, social justice, and graffiti. He often considers himself as the vehicle in which the Universe channels creative energies that manifest in various designs and art forms. He hails from Boston, MA but has found solace in the chill vibes of the East Bay in California.
Lulu Deux Millinery
I absolutely love love love historical fashion, even the downright silly, and have been a student of all things historical and millinery for over 20 years. I've been fascinated by all of the possibilities of the fascinator after studying in London with Rose Cory, former milliner to the Queen Mum. So much punch for such a little package!
Velvet Harpy Productions
If you ever wanted something well made, custom fit, beautiful and highly unique, you're in the right place. Specializing in historically accurate outfits and corsets, made to measure. Velvet Harpy Productions can make you your perfect outfit.
Crow’s Daughter Earthly Goods
Crow’s Daughter’s Earthly Goods offers herbal creations hand-crafted in the Wise Woman Tradition. It is our belief that self-love, self-healing, and care of Mother Earth are essential for creating peace in the world.
Renae Taylor: Prints, Wings, Lamps and Art Dolls
My work is about memory, imagination, and retaining the sense of wonder in the world that I felt as a child. It’s about holding on to the idea that something wondrous and strange is just around the corner. Why shouldn’t little girls have tea with moths, trees dance under the stars, and beautiful women wear ugly fish as hats? I want my work to make people smile, laugh out loud, just let go and remember.
Blue Moon Designs: Fancy Utility Accessories and Light Up Clothing
Katherine the Great began designing costumes in 1995 while still in high school, inspired by the lack of interesting clothing and costuming in her sizable size. She has brought that same commitment to beautiful clothes that fit well to her unique accessory business Blue Moon Designs.
Welcome to the magical world of Woodland Whimsy where you can find magical things for your home and garden that will bring a smile to your face.
Leather masks with a unique fantasy flair
Feather earrings, made with cruelty free feathers
My laser-cut and and etched designs are inspired by industrial, natural, and historical subjects. I welcome commissions as well as making standard items in colors of your choice. My portfolio of projects ranges from jewel-toned acrylic earrings to two-foot-wide constructions of faux-metal gears.
Widely recognized as one of the world's leading polymer clay artists, Kathleen Dustin has been a pioneer, an educator, and source of inspiration for those interested in this emerging medium. Her exquisite evening bags have been celebrated for their emotional images of women, translucent depth of surface, and vibrant colors. Her most recent purses and art jewelry pay attention to the natural forms she finds in the woods of New Hampshire.
Preponderance of the Small: Photography by Kathy Cronin
We live in a world full of imagery. Every day we are presented with an almost overwhelming amount of visual information and we must all pick and chose what to pay attention to. People will travel great distances to see scenic beauty but they often miss the beauty that lies beneath their feet or that exists in a common view that they see day after day. The cracks in a sidewalk, the rust on an old tin can, the peeling of paint, these things can also be small scenes of great scenic beauty. Nature is constantly reclaiming and remaking the man made and as the greatest of all artists it has it way with all things both great and small. My art is about paying homage to this. I like to focus on the views that are easily overlooked and show how the universal is in the moment. I call my work the Preponderance of the small after the 62nd hexagram of the I Ching.
Pilgrim Soul Forge
The Pilgrim Soul Forge is dedicated to the creation of both traditional and fanciful metal work at a competitive price I offer custom blacksmithing, metal fabrication, repair and restoration of metal objects and duplication of historic metal items. I also offer hand-made custom cutlery for kitchen, field and military users I teach classes in metalworking, for those with a creative bent. I specialize in French-Deco and Arts-and-crafts metalwork, but I would love to bring your ideas to life! Additionally, I repair and sharpen knives and agricultural hand tools. I also offer training seminars on sharpening and tool care at my shop AND at venues afield!
Founded in recognition of the unprecedented evolutionary challenge of our time, Original Language was formed to offer tools for transformation. We are a clothing line and screen printing service that uses crystal infused inks, charged with conscious intent and fortified with sacred geometry.
Nagle Forge and Foundry
Nagle Forge and Foundry is a small family operated American casting company that specializes in designing and crafting historically inspired and limited edition jewelry and clothing fasteners from the finest lead free pewter, bronze, sterling silver or 14k gold.
Marty Magic Jewelry
The jewelry and sculpture I design is created by the lost wax casting process. I personally sculpt each original in wax at my Santa Cruz studio. My designs are then cast into gold, sterling silver or bronze. Fantasy, fairy tales and the magic of nature significantly influence my work.
Alexandra Von Burg
All Dolls are soft sculptures, made with cotton bodies and polyester stuffing. Some have moveable joints, and some are fixed. They are handmade by Alexandra from original patterns designed by Alexandra. They have needle sculpted and hand painted faces, each one made individually for a unique and one of a kind personality.
Benvenuti, welcome, to the world of Luna Fina. A sensitive place where Annabella lives and works. It is Luna Fina's sphere, hallowed ground, where hearts open and words and songs unfold.
Caren D. Catterall: Artist, Printmaker
My creativity feels like a divine gift to me, and I honor the gift by making my art about Spirit. I am inspired by the places of ancient ritual and celebration, such as the megalithic, solar aligned temples of Malta, the standing stone circles of Stonehenge, and images of the Divine Feminine in all her guises. I want to express the numinous quality of life, where the elements of nature and the stones and the places of power come alive and speak to us on a deeper level.
Suzanne deVeuve: Art of the Mystical Divine
My work is about introspection and bringing inner treasures outside. It’s tending to the moment and being with the flow of grace.
Tristan St Germain
Welcome to My World! Where fantasy inspires style, not limited by genre, living in the timeless now, ever changing and evolving moment to moment.
D'BI.YOUNG ANITAFRIKA: dubpoet mono-dramatist and educator
the art(is)t shaman: sacred gatherings at the crossroads of life, art, ritual, healing and magic
Cerridwen Fallingstar: Author, Priestess and Shamanic Witch
Cerridwen offers a wide selection of classes, including a year long Apprenticeship program. She also works as a professional psychic, offering readings and trance journeys (hypnotherapy in a shamanic context.)
Patricia A. Leslie: Author
Austenian comedy of manners meets whimsical folklore-inspired historical romance! Her storytelling has a lighthearted tone, juxtaposed against some serious philosophical issues. Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy Ms. Leslie's deft exploration of the quirks and contradictions, absurdities, strengths, and vulnerabilities of human (and not-exactly-human) nature, and the variety of missteps, joys, and misfortunes that always attend love and romance. In fact, the course of true love is extremely rocky for the destiny-starred Randolph family, who cross the Veil from the Mortal World into other realms, as readily as most people cross the street.
Janina Angel Bath
Tarot reader and vintage boutique owner Janina Angel Bath shares her vintage treasures, aromatherapy products and more in The Tarot Woman Etsy shop!
Lady Equine Custom Wand Designs
What is it that you need most in your life? Do you desire to fulfill your highest wishes and dreams? Do you wish to offer your sacred gifts to humanity? It is my belief that Wands are tools which can be used to assist in the expansion of your highest human potential. They represent your internal power as well as enhance your spiritual purpose.
Snake and Butterfly Chocolates
At Snake and Butterfly we believe that a business should be based on passion, integrity, a strong sense of purpose, and responsible, ecologically-sound business practices. We believe that responsible business practices include supporting the farmers who grow our raw ingredients in a sustainable, environmentally sound manner, and paying a fair price for those ingredients. Furthermore, we believe that our packaging should have a low environmental impact. Snake and Butterfly is committed to providing the highest quality chocolate and impeccable customer service to our customers.
Drake’s Glen Chocolates
Welcome to Drakes Glen Creations!
We make all of our chocolates by hand in Humboldt County, California.
All of our chocolates are made fresh when you place your order.
We sell to many stores in Humboldt County and here on our website.
We begin with ethically sourced RAW Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada, and Madagascar - and add low-glycemic sweeteners, nutrient-dense superfoods and medicinal herbs sourced fastidiously from the Amazon to the Himalayas.
Our products are certified Organic, Vegan, and Kosher, and are free of soy, gluten, and dairy. The result is a functional, decadent chocolate that will delight your taste buds, awaken your senses and provide profound nourishment.
Sacred Chocolate is the future of chocolate. Our goal is to create the greatest chocolate bar and chocolate products in the world. We are the first chocolate manufacturer in human history to create a raw (low-temperature processed), organic, finely tempered chocolate bar. Through the use of healthy herbs, love, gratitude, prayers, music, and mantras, Sacred Chocolate has the potential to awaken consciousness. With no trans fatty acids, and lots of polyphenol antioxidants, Sacred Chocolate is a SUPER FOOD containing all the health benefits of raw chocolate without refined cane sugar. The alchemy of this chocolate, made with love and gratitude, and for your health, has manifested on mother earth at this time to help bring about a planetary shift in consciousness towards love and oneness.
My unique glass and sterling silver jewelry is made using focused sunshine to melt glass into simple and elegant droplets. I use a giant magnifying glass to focus sunshine to melt old liquor bottles and stained glass - the temperature reaches 3000 °F on a good clear day! Sundrop Jewelry is shaped solely by gravity, making my signature droplets a glittering symbol of the combined power of the Earth and Sun.
With the help of other Sonoma artisans, we handcraft fashion jewelry in our California studio which we offer at democratic prices. We subscribe to the Arts and Crafts principle that beauty should be available to everyone. The materials we use are often vintage, salvaged, and made in the USA. Many of the components used in our designs are made by American companies (some 100 years old) with libraries of original molds from many decades past, giving them an authentic, vintage quality.
A Pigment of Your Imagination! Extraordinary Painting & Design services: Fine Art and Portraits, Murals and Art Classes.
Elaine D. Smith brings over 15 years of colorful and varied experience in metal fabrication, stone setting, custom design development and repairs. She believes that creativity is an energy field where anything is possible.
Sacred By Monica Parks
Sacred is a captivating jewelry line that will showcase every aspect of your personality. These beautiful handmade pieces are made from a wide range of different types of chains, exotic stones, and unique beads. Make a personal statement without having to say a word.
Fragrances inspired by faery lore and bardic tales of magic
Ragged Thistle Clothing
It is the work of Ragged Thistle to bring extreme and meticulous beauty into the clothing of daily life. Our designs are made with post consumer clothing components coupled with vintage as well as new textiles, trims and findings.
Astral speaks to the other planes of existence, that which is connected to the cosmic stellar light, that which emanates the divine energy of the stars. Chrysalis, the pupa of a butterfly, that space in which profound transformation occurs, until emergence is beheld and what once was is no longer. Astral Chrysalis Designs is that sacred cosmic space where our creativity transforms and is born anew, ever unfolding, ever growing, ever evolving. Our leather craft is handmade (designed, cut, engraved, sewn, painted) in our art studio surrounded by the natural beauty that is Santa Cruz, CA. We use mostly vegetable tanned leather and we are slowly transitioning (due to the higher cost) to natural and all organic tanned hide. We use Eco-Flow water based stains and dyes, which are less toxic than the alcohol based stains/dyes.
I was taken to the Renaissance Faire and seemingly never left... For the last 10 years I have had my own booth, Ancient Amulets, where I sell my Jewelry! My work has been represented at
galleries around California including The Phoenix at Big Sur, Freehand in Los Angeles, and Gallery Fair in Mendocino.
Welcome to my shop of eclectic wearable art! I create everyday clothes that will inspire you to live like a child full of curiosity in the urban forests of the world. I infuse new life into into vintage finds and use findings from the forest floor. Branches, Pinecones, Acorns oh my! Get lost in the woods and have FUN!
Wild and Wooly Feltworks
My mixed media needlefelted sculptures, masks and tapestries celebrate the whimsy and wildness of life.
We invite you to imagine...
There were ages when things were crafted with timeless elegance… when people honored masterful artisan workmanship… when dedicated craftsmen would hone their abilities for years, and find ways to integrate their skills with emerging social needs and innovative new technologies. These were times that did not embrace the culture of fast, cheap, disposable. These were cultures that had a high regard for those who spent their days not in passive entertainment, but in the relentless pursuit of excellence. What if we could bring a little bit of that back?
Vintage Erotica Tarot
When you hold Le Tarot des Femmes Erotiques in your hand, you know you have found something extraordinary. In this tarot, the most beautiful women of the early 20th century echo traditional images while offering divinatory depth, power, and delight. An intimate window on history… an esoteric tool of personal discovery.
Artisan Candies - reserve your plum pudding
Baked Confections, Liquor Cakes, Caramel Sweets, Chocolate Delights, Confections, Fudge, Brittles, Flavored Caramel Corn, Nuts and more!
The Amber Wolf
Pyrography, Gourd Art, Henna-dyed Drum and tambourine skins, crystals, Yerba Mate Tea cups and Bombillas, Lucets (and instructions), Combustible Incense, Dangly Bits, and Tatters!!!
Denise & Joe Carbone, owners of The Welsh Baker company welcome you to our online store. We are America's Premiere Purveyors of hand griddled Welsh Cakes since 2009. We've been making our humble little cakes entirely by hand from an old family recipe handed down in Denise's family. Light, tasty and most only about 100 calories each, these delicious little cakes go nicely with tea, coffee, milk, ice cream, cheese and wine or just by themselves.
I make clay barrettes, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in Steampunk, Hallowe'en, and Christmas styles. I make handbags and belt bags in various fabrics, all with fun machine embroidery. Items can be special ordered or personalized.
Sha Sha Higby
Sculpture Moving Slowly in a Thousand Intricate Pieces
Emily May Lewis: Mentoring - Coaching - Holistic Organizing
Gain a deep awareness of the wisdom keeper that is seated in the center of your heart. If you long to get back in touch with your creative spark, to feel embodied, and to live from an empowered place, there's good news: it is 100% possible! The journey starts today with each powerful choice you make. Are you ready to start living your heart's fullest, most authentic expression? NOW is the time to start trusting your deepest truth so that you can engage in your life in a rich and playful way! The world needs your voice, your song, your message, your creative offering NOW...
Becky Medcalf: Matrix Energetics
If you want change, change your mind. We hold beliefs consciously, and deep below consciousness, old experiences, trauma, conditioning from childhood and culture, some are so consistent we believe they are "just the way it is". These beliefs affect our relationships, our work, how we feel about our selves, our health and vitality, and even our fundamental beliefs about how things work in the world and what is possible. When I work with clients I work directly on these beliefs, from the unconscious level to the conscious level.
Gossamer Stones Scents
Give a gift that will pamper your loved one in luxury this holiday season.
My work is a direct expression of my thoughts, visions and dreams, reflecting all that is essential and sacred: connection, reverence, compassion and love.
introducing sippable plant medicine infusions, healing mystic messengers, adaptogenic elixirs designed to awaken our heart-centered intelligence & promote travel into the electromagnetic resonant deep space of our sensory being of our sensory being.
I seem to always be exploring intimacy or spiritual practices. These days I have been painting as a way to explore what is underneath the surface, bring it to form and practice presence. I am inviting others to join me in painting and the results are really exciting. I am continuing to create delicious scents and luscious cordials and tantalizing nourishment. I continue to write, offer energetic work and co-create meaningful ritual. Lately, I have been engaged in creative conversation and practice around sovereignty, archetypes, community, wisdom and full presence.
Katrina Sky Weaver: Joy Works Baskets, Rattles, and Herbal Products
Katrina SkyWeaver is a mother, artist, herbalist, basket weaver, dancer and lover of plants and life. She learned to weave baskets in 1991, and has been joyfully weaving ever since. Her love for plants and gardening has been woven into her basket adventures. As she learned about local weaving plants, she planted them at her home and elsewhere to propagate nature's weaving wonders.
Blythe Spirits Fine Handmade Soaps and Emollients
I have been making soaps and lotions for almost twenty years. I never tire of creating new soaps and lotions for the Faires, and each year I am gratified by the patrons who return to my small shop to see what awaits them.
Goddess Eggs & Needle Felting
Fantasy Lane Copper Fairies
These sculptures serve as whimsical accents to the home or garden. My work tends to revolve around the theme of nature, plants and the spirit of fairies. Many of the fairies I create are designed to teach their owners about the healing, restorative, and medicinal powers of the herbs after which the fairies wings are shaped.
Watercolors of the World
Watercolors of the World presents a dazzling array of images by San Francisco artist Raymond Martinez. His iconic images of San Francisco include views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park, Cable Cars on Nob Hill, Coit Tower, and the San Francisco Opera. European scenes feature Westminster Abbey in London, The Eiffel Tower, Paris, and the Spanish Steps in Rome. You will also find views of the Chrysler Building in New York, Yosemite Valley, various floral paintings and four unique Christmas cards.
Max Dashu’s prints and posters
Max is an artist, writer, and teacher who founded the Suppressed Histories Archives. She has built a collection of over 14,000 slides and 100 shows on global women's history, archaeology, Goddess traditions, priestesses and shamans.
The original iridescent Fairy Wings!
Michael Shaw Kaleidoscopes
Unique, hand made and one-of-a-kind, our beautiful kaleidoscopes come in a variety of sizes, colors and prices.
Sue Rioux Designs
Sue has been pursuing artistic endevors from a very young age; making jewlery and kaleidoscopes from glass for almost to 30 years. Sue's work is represented in galleries and museums in the US, Canada and Japan. As well as private collections around the world.
Firebird Fae Couture
Welcome to Firebird Fae Couture where your faerie fantasies come true!
Samiah Fine Clothing
Samiah Fine Clothing is a unique line of clothing inspired by movies, old world Royalty, and romantic eras, such as Victorian and Renaissance times. The Designs have a distinctive regal flair.
The Woven Potter
The Woven Potter represents the work of two fine craftswomen at Renaissance Faires, re-enactment events and street fairs. In addition to showcasing their wares both gleefully educate the public about their individual crafts. The potter's work includes hand-thrown, altered and formed ceramics such as plates, bowls, mugs, goblets, jugs, gargoyles and flasks. The spinner/weaver's work includes woven and crocheted/knitted goods such as scarves, shawls, hats, and blankets.
Sally Fox - Viriditas Farms
From My Heart to Your Hands
I am looking forward to the many years ahead with hopes of new discoveries. It is my belief that with continuous, patient labor, a treasure trove of natural color will be found!
Over the years, my plant breeding program has developed an exciting range of fiber types and shades of color in the greens and browns. New seed material given to me by spinners and most recently by public seed banks has proven to be a source of optimism in my quest for new color.
My inspiration comes from the various artists and free spirits I have met over years of attending full moon gatherings and festivals. I hope my work inspires you too.
Luminance Skin Care
Organic - Vegan - No Synthetics - No Toxins
Touch The Shiny
Altar Dolls and Sacred Jewelry
Shadow Grove Market
Here you will find bits of magic and faerie glamour.
I am inspired by all that is wild & feral:
Owls rising silently into the cold night sky at twilight, damp misty woods dripping into lush ferns & carpets of moss, fields of golden grass moving like waves in the ocean, the quickening of my pulse as the moon rises, your wild & feral soul.
I weave the facets of myself into my work: artist, biologist, Priestess, wanderer. I hope to share with you a touch of the wild & magic. May you hear the call of the forest & step off the path into the wild unknown…
Section Two: Local Nifty Stores
The Sacred Well
536 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-444-9355
4075 Telegraph Avenue,Oakland, 510-653-3244
4926 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, 510-653-7196
The Mystic Dream
1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, 925-933-2342
2160 S. Winchester Boulevard, Campbell, 408-508-5900
401 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-0333
The Sword and the Rose
85 Carl Street, San Francisco, 415-681-5434
The Scarlet Sage
1173 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 415-821-0997
2015 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5477
Milk and Honey
123 North Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-824-1155
Air and Fire: A Mystical Bazaar
13136 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, 831-338-7567
Castle In The Air
1805 Fourth Street, Berkeley, 510-204-9801
1652 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-843-2527
Tail of the Yak
2632 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, 510-841-9891
Whales and Friends
2060 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, 510-769-8500
1419 Park Street, Alameda, 510-521-3313
1799A 4th Street, Berkeley, 510 527 1945
139 W Richmond Avenue, Point Richmond, 510-237-1199
37581 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, 510-794-7465
37485 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, 510-894-2488
354 East Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-379-7474
Adira Dance and Costume
1202 Lincoln Avenue, Suite #107, San Jose, 888-363-0119
The Belrose Costume Shop
1415 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, 415-454-6422
Pink Depford Designs
716 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, 925-788-4080
The Faux Louvre
117 East D Street, Benicia, 707-745-5694
The Tarot Woman Vintage Clothing Boutique
3140 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, 510-542-6196
Stone’s Throw at the Songbird Center
8297 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, 707-242-6669
6921 Stockton Avenue, El Cerrito, 510-528-5350
757 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, 510-542 - 6196
1405 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley, 510-525-9633
Treehouse in the Glen
1275 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 408-294-8699
Cheeky Monkey Toys
640 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, 650-328-7975
The Other Change of Hobbit
new location - 1600 Kearney Street, El Cerrito, 510-848-0413
Black Oak Books
2618 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, 510-486-0698
3086 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, 510-654-7323
The Escapist Comic Book Store
3090 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, 510-652-6642
1855 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, 510-525-6888
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-649-1320
5560 College Avenue, Oakland, 510-652-6259
478 Central Avenue, Alameda, 510-865-1443
Lewin's Metaphysical Books
2644 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, 510-843-4491
1760 4th Street, Berkeley, 510-525-7777
1344 Park Street, Alameda, 510-522-2226
2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, 415-931-3633
2275 Market Street, San Francisco, 415-864-6777
601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-776-1111
3515 California St, San Francisco, 415-221-3666
1375 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, 650-685-4911
301 Castro Street, Mountain View, 650-428-1234
855 El Camino Real, #74, Palo Alto, 650-321-0600
Web- and Phone-Orders Only, 415-673-2027
866 Valencia Street, San Francisco, 415-824-8203
Green Apple Books
506 Clement Street, San Francisco, 415-387-2272
1231 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 415-742-5833
275 E. Campbell Avenue, Campbell, 408-370-3514
1066 The Alameda, San Jose, 408-286-6275
1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, 408-292-8880
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, 650-324-4321
850 4th Street, San Rafael, 415-524-2800
140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 707-762-0563
3740 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, 707-252-8002
775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, 707-578-8938
138 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, 707-823-2618
1330 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, 707-942-1616
106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg, 707-433-9270
Sustainable, Fair Trade, Local, Herbal, Hand Made:
3798 Grand Avenue, Oakland, 510-541-2715
486 49th Street, Oakland, 510-495-6549
901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley, 510-255-0901
2223 South Shore Center, Alameda, 510-814-8830
Bubble Farm Soap Company
933b Central Avenue, Alameda
Gravel & Gold
Gravel & Gold is an independent, woman-owned design collective in San Francisco. Since 2008, we have supported one another and a broader community of artists to create joyful, useful items. We share business responsibilities, a studio, and meals, we run workshops, and we take care to express our common values through the work we create.
2840 College Avenue, Berkeley, 510-548-0370
1371 9th Avenue, San Francisco, 415-664-4422
1950 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 510-841-5818
2391 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, 510-649-8800
5521 College Avenue, Oakland, 510-547-4116
1378 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek, 925-295-9808
611 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, 415-459-5806
5665 Bay Street, Emeryville, 510-428-2994
240 Powell Street, San Francisco, 415-693-9633
2116 Union Street, San Francisco, 415-921-5874
1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, 888-733-5874
1416 Stoneridge Mall Road, Pleasanton 925-737-0532
#147-2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Santa Clara, 408-247-5874
60 31st Avenue, San Mateo, 650-638-1687
925 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, 408-229-2530
Section Three: Craft Fair(e)s
Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
Saturdays and Sundays, November 28 through December 20, 11:00AM–6:00PM
various locations in Berkeley - see website for map
Holiday Boutique at Frank Bette Center for the Arts
Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru Street, Alameda
Allied Arts Guild Annual Christmas Market
Saturday, December 5, 10:00AM-3:00PM
The Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park, 650-322-2405
Mill Valley Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 5, 10:00AM- 5:00PM
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6,
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa
$2, Children 12 and under free
Holt Ceramics Holiday Sale
Saturdays-Sundays, December 5-20, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Gary Holt Pottery Studio, 1449 Fifth Street, Berkeley, 510-527-4183
Ashkenaz International Holiday Bazaar
Sunday, December 6, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
Weihnachtsmarkt: German Holiday Market
hosted by German International School of Silicon Valley
Saturday, December 12, 11:00AM-9:00PM
Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View
Berkeley Farmers' Market Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 12 and 19, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Center Street at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley
Goddess Crafts Faire
Saturday-Sunday, December 12-13, 11:00AM-7:00PM
Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
Suggested Donation: $5-$13 (kids free)
Winter Open House, Holiday Party and Sale
Sunday-Saturday, December 12-13, Sunday 12:00-4:00PM
Institute for Urban Homesteading, 839 60th Street, Oakland
Crucible Gifty Holiday Sale
Saturday-Sunday, December 12-13,
Saturday 11:00-6:00PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00PM
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, 510-444-0919
Handcraft Holiday Market
Saturday-Sunday, December 12-13, 12:00-5:00PM
Handcraft Studio School, 5885 Doyle Street, Emeryville, 510-332-6101
Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 12-13, 19-20, 23-24, 11:00AM-6:00PM
along Telegraph Avenue between Dwight and Bancroft, Berkeley
KPFA Crafts Fair
Saturday-Sunday, December 19-20, 10:00AM-6:00PM
Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
These are just a few highlights of the holiday craft fair season!
More events can be found on this directory:
Section Four: Musicians
Among my favourite artists are the independent musicians who sell CDs at their concerts, on their websites, and out of the back of their vans. Here are some you may find interesting - some are local to the Bay Area, some are local to somewhere else, some are local to wherever the friend’s couch is that they are crashing on tonight. Some are Pagan; all are making magic! Please support them!
Alexander J Adams
Gaia Consort, featuring Betsy Tinney of Tricky Pixie
Pandemonaeon, featuring Sharon and Winter Knight
T. Thorn Coyle
Vixy and Tony
DJ Hamouris/Moonrise (Moonrise = DJ Hamouris, Robin Dolan, and Denise Castleton)
Spiral Dance Chorus
Avalon Rising , featuring Cat Taylor
Four Shillings Short
Devaa Haley Mitchell
Anique Radiant Heart
The Stark Ravens
Alexa Sunshine Rose
The Mad Maggies
The Sea Dogs
The Poxy Boggards
Not (mostly) music, but wonderful audio worth supporting:
Section Five: Gifts that Aren’t Things
What do you get for the Witch who has everything?
Or, more realistically, the Witch who has waaay too many things?
My favourite gifts are ones that don’t take up any space in my house!
Experiences - Take them to a play, a concert, or other nifty event!
Some local theatre companies which I love:
Some intimate local venues for live music:
Rose Street Music
Berkeley House Concerts
Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden
Take them to dinner! Throw them a party! Pay for them to take a class! Pay for a Divination session! Pay for a Massage or Healing session!
Give the gift of an unforgettable experience that will create lasting happiness and never need to be dusted!
Donations - Make a contribution in their name to a charity close to their heart!
Surprise Bonus Extra Section: Gifts That You Can Make
Maybe you love the idea of making a gift yourself, but you don’t know what to make or how to make it. If you have access to a colour printer and good quality paper, you can make the magical models available on this website!
Isn’t that delightful? Delight is one of the best gifts of all!
Have a Delightful December! Give Graciously, Receive with Relish, and Reciprocate!
Molly Blue Dawn