Conscientious Consumerism - Last Minute SF Shopping in the Spirit of the Season
Luckily, there are still amazing opportunities to fill out prime under-the-tree real estate. An assortment of locally sourced shopping options abound. The icing on the gingerbread house? Proceeds from your holiday spree will benefit worthy Bay Area non-profits.
The KPFA Radio Crafts Fair is a quirky Bay Area tradition. Held in its new location at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on the last weekend before Christmas (Dec. 20-21), this 200-artisan strong crafts fair has unique gift-ables that appeal to the consumer with a conscience. Innovative wood and glassworkers, photographers and artists in myriad media showcase their wares, bags, prints and other visually striking merch., while a host of non-profit booths keeps the vibe socially aware, as befits public radio.
Now in its 31st year, Creativity Explored's Annual Holiday Art Sale (Dec. 5-31), is still going strong as a must-see interactive exhibition for art fans. Over 100 painters, sculptors and artists of every ilk set up their stalls at this bustling Mission marketplace. The non-profit org provides artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art - so you can feel good about gracing your micro studio loft with a future Henri Rousseau.
La Cocina at the Ferry Building
Give your loved ones a taste of San Francisco this year. Located in the Ferry Building, La Cocina, stocks an assortment of local edibles. By purchasing their handcrafted treats, you are giving to a worthy cause - La Cocina educates and mentors local food business entrpreneurs via their incubator program.