In this unpredictable year 2020, it is more important than ever to support local businesses. We have put together this Holiday Gift Guide 2020 to help you connect with independent shops that offer locally made products or products with a purpose; you should find something nice or useful to put under the tree.
We also like to support the French brands that are present physically or online, especially as it will be hard to go back to France this winter.
FASHION / ACCESSOIRES
The sunglasses by The Ocean Clean Up created by famous San Francisco-based designer Yves Béhar, are made with recycled plastic collected from the ocean. All proceeds will go to the ocean clean up: one pair of glasses allows to clean the equivalent surface of 24 football fields. If all the glasses are sold, The Ocean Clean up will be able to remove 500,000 football fields of plastic in the ocean!!!
Gazette Store: This little corner of France in the Bay Area is now 100% online but you can book a video appointment for a personal shopping experience. Many French brands are featured from clothing to jewelry.
Les Petits Carreaux: a beautiful selection of French blouses for women, designed and produced locally in the Bay Area by Stéphanie Ross.
Atelier Prélude: a cashmere is always a good idea. Order online or follow Atelier Prélude on Instagram to find out when and where the next pop-up sale will take place in the Bay Area.
Cotton Five: a line of customizable embroidered accessories including bags, tea shirts, home decor embroidered with your favorite names or French words! Oh la la ! Orders accepted until December 10th.
Les chapeaux Hampui
This brand of hats that are locally made in Berkeley with sustainably sourced Patagonia wool, makes on-demand pieces adapted to your needs and desire. For Him & Her.
BRYR Clogs – BRYR Studio is quintessential San Francisco fashion. They were already in our gift guide last year. Locally made with American leather, you can customize your heel height, the color, the model. This year we fell in love with the metallic capsule collection that will be available in January, but you can pre-order… and it is worth the wait. In-store shopping in the Dogpatch or order online.
MyBulle: the one-stop-shop for all the French Toys. My Bulle is bringing France to you without you flying!! Delivered in 5 days max, MyBulle features all the best French brands for educational games, toys, books, crafts (sometimes bilingual) for kids 0 to 10+ years old. It’s not local but is the only online store in the USA to offer such a selection. Bonus: family can order from Europe.
Sew Francisco: a sweet collection of adorable baby accessories from soft toys to personalized photo albums to bibs. Handmade by Emeline, with the softest fabrics with a French savoir-faire.
Fly Little Dragons: toy brand created by a French mom based in the Bay Area
European Books and Media in Berkeley – One of the rare French bookstore in the USA. We support them unconditionally as it is close to us and we love their selection of French kids books, school books (and also the grown-up selection).
COSMETIC BIO / WELLNESS
New Mom set: Blue Tansy Aroma, created by Géraldine, an aromatherapy specialist based in San Francisco. She partnered with The Sibyls to create this special set containing 3 essential oils and access to a wellness workshop.
Le Labo is a fragrances brand founded by two French people who now have boutiques all over the world. They are based in San Francisco and you can find a fragrance that suits you. You can also personalize the bottle with your name. For the experience, go to Le Labo store – 2238 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
Dr Elsa Jungman (formerly known as Elsi Beauty) – It is the beauty brand created by the French scientist Elsa Jungman. A selection of a moisturizing and soothing oil as well as a cleanser for all skin types. Composed of only three ingredients, Let’s Start Over and Begin Again are designed to nourish and respect the skin without irritating it. Clinically tested.
Body Délice – A local brand of organic, natural, and eco-conscious soap. In order to eliminate plastic from the bathroom Body Délices produces a set of soaps, shampoo bars, bath salts, and conditioners. They have a special Mrs & Mr holiday set in collaboration with Sew Francisco.
Electric bike by Decathlon
We agree, this is not a small business … but we are so happy to have them in the Bay that we like to talk about them. We really like this electric bike, especially these days when we prefer to avoid public transportation…
La skate culture chez FTC
THE skate shop opened in 1994 in the heart of Haight Ashbury. It offers boards with original designs but also a range of clothing inspired by the culture born of the skateboard movement. There is something for all budgets, from collector models to more affordable boards. You can also buy online
Yves Delorme: Did you know that there are three Yves Delorme stores in Silicon Valley? One of them is in Burlingame where you can find a large selection of refined linens.
Calendrier Drag Queen: This is the ultimate San Francisco gift. Spend the year with 12 drag queens photographed by local photographer Gareth Gooch with this Drag Queen Calendar. The proceeds will go to the LGBTQ+ society.
FOR THE MIND
A thriller set in San Francisco (book in French) – Le goût du rouge à lèvres de ma mère by Gabrielle Massat. If you do not win the paper copies in the raffle, you are strongly advised to purchase it by ordering it online. Also available in Kindle format