A locally produced gift can be extra special to your friends and family, since local usually means unique, celebrating handcrafted products and a sense of place for where each piece was created.

Northern California’s own the Jonsteen Company, for example, offers a Giant Sequoia Seed Grow Kit with everything you need to grow California’s state trees (the Sequoia is one of the planet’s most massive redwoods), including seed, soil, and a mini greenhouse ($10.99).

Buying local is not only a gift to your recipient, but to the community. According to a 2018 American Express study, for every dollar spent at a local business, 67 cents stays in the community. Of that, 44 cents goes to the owner and employees as wages and benefits, while 23 cents is reinvested in other local businesses. It’s a win-win.

Plan your holiday presents around these great NorCal-centric finds from San Francisco Bay counties:

San Francisco

1. Pink Peony Kids Face Masks from the Woods ($12): Cute pooches frolic on the double layer, reusable Puppy Party mask, with the interior made of cotton jersey and the exterior made of printed cotton denim in a comfy, no-gap design. Sized for 3 to 6 or 7-plus years old, the masks also come in cheerful but hip styles such as confetti hearts, stars, mermaids and ice cream cones. Owner Sandra Chu debuted her shop in the Mission District in 2019 and also offers masks and clothing for adults.

2. Traditional Korean Ssamjang from Queens ($12.99 per 9 oz. jar): This 2021 Good Food Awards finalist is handmade by Clara Lee and Eddo Kim, the husband-and-wife owners of the Queens, a neighborhood superette at 9th Ave. and…


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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