December’s Top 13: Gifts Creatives Will Love

December 13, 2022 | By Dava Guthmiller, Founder & CCO

Everyone is a little bit creative. Maybe it’s with flavors in the kitchen, or they take great photos, perhaps they’re creative in their home decor, or it’s part of their job. And kids have creativity coming out in everything they do. There is something on this list for everyone and we chose items that are local and/or sustainable. Personally I always buy gifts I want for myself, even for kids!

For the Decorator

  • Handmade pottery is both art and a wonderful gift. If Dava hit the studio more we’d link to her page, but even better are the excellent creations from her Clayroom mate Richard Lau whose minimal vessels and lidded jars look beautiful in any room.
    IG: @richardlaupottery

For the Chef

  • What happens when you are the chef in a museum, you make a book about Cooking For Artists. Mina Stone is the chef and author of this beautifully minimal book with wonderful stories and delicious food.
    IG: @minastone

For a Group (family, friends, or team)

  • Everyone loves a good cookie and this box of creative deliciousness will cover everyone. Send, or better yet, bring over, a big box from ThreeBabes. The pies are f***ing next level as well. IG: @threebabes

For the Hostess

  • We love a good dual purpose item and these keepsake candles from United by Blue hit the mark. The ceramic vessels with lids are reusable and look great. Also love a BCorp biz.
    IG: @unitedbyblue

For the Kids

  • Playdough is both nostalgic and salty delicious when you are a kid. Make it safer to eat and more fun by mixing the ingredients yourself. Commis Kids has sweet sets that even adults will love. Hurry though, they are almost sold out.
    IG: @commiskids
  • Wooden toys are not only more sustainable but also more durable and timeless. We love the creative colors and vintage styling of the ones from CandyLab. These are for adults too and look great in the home when left out from play.
    IG: @candylabtoys

For the Photographer

  • For the weekend photographer, we love the colorful and strong camera straps from Stroppa with lots of lengths and colors to choose from. They are based in Poland, which means longer shipping times, so check if they sell at a local retailer.
    IG: @stroppa_straps 

For the Designer

  • Riso printing is old school and totally hip again. We love it for the textural layered quality and the lo-fi freedom. No Magic in Riso is a book any graphic designer would love. We’d grab one from Printed Matter and you might find other books to boost creativity there, too.
    IG: @printedmatter

For the Writer

  • For those writers in your life that take notes on scraps of paper, and then have to retype it all, save them time with the Supernote tablet. Write with a pen on a paper-like surface and then AI types it up, allowing writers to focus on creativity and not production.
    IG: @supernote_official

For the Shoe Fanatic 

  • Sneaker style is a creative outlet for the fashion forward and keeping those sneaks clean is top of mind. Love the branding and community mindedness of Reshoevn8r. Grab a set and divvy up as stocking stuffers.
    IG: @reshoevn8r

For the Artist

  • We love a great local shop and Arch in SF is an art supplies paradise for any artist or creative. From watercolor and color papers, to pens and spray paint, there is something for everyone. Not sure what they need, grab a gift card.
    IG: @archsupplies

For the Mixologist 

  • Low and no alcohol based cocktails are on the rise. We love the creativity we see both in flavors and design when it comes to NA spirits right now. We did some serious shopping of these beauties at the new Boisson shop in Hayes Valley, SF.
    IG: @boisson.sips

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