2983 Ave., Berkeley, 510-548-8595, 100PercentPure.com
Your lipstick lover will have the perfect pout with the Holiday Lipstick Duo from 100% Pure. Featuring both a red gold and rose gold pomegranate oil lipstick, this gift pack will carry them into 2020 with shine. If you're unsure about colors or products, give a gift card instead. All cosmetics from 100% Pure can be purchased with a happy conscience, as they are cruelty free, with colors and ingredients sourced from plants and nature, not chemicals. The founders are both UC Berkeley alumni. The Holiday Lipstick Duo is $38. Other 100% Pure holiday gift sets include a Lip Balm Trio for $13, the Jammin' Out Nail Duo for $10, the Rose Gold Romance makeup kit for $76, or the Korean Sheet Mask Essentials for $22. — Annie Crawford9Round Holiday Package
4864 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-275-4151, 9Round.com/Fitness/Oakland-CA-x9372
Give the gift of a kick-butt workout with 9Round this holiday season. This 30-minute, kickboxing-based circuit training gym has multiple independently owned franchises in the East Bay. Owners David and Tam Operario of the Telegraph Avenue 9Round explained how their gym is a welcoming community for everyone. "We have members of all ethnicities, genders, fitness levels, athletes, non-athletes, people who love to workout, and people who hate to workout — the 9Round, whole body workout works for everyone." With nine circuits overseen by personal trainers, the workout moves quick, keeps you safe, and best of all — whips you into shape. Gift a monthly membership or a holiday package that includes: Gloves, wraps, water bottle, keychain, no registration fee, and one month of unlimited workouts for $139. — ACHot Towel Razor Shave or Beard Wash
2712 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, 510-531-8677, ALittleOffTheTopBarberShop.com
- Beginning Qigong Class at Energy Matters.
Provide some full-face love this holiday season with a Hot Towel Razor Shave Service from A Little Off The Top Barbershop. It's the gift that'll have them looking so fresh and so clean. After a hot towel treatment, the barber uses an old-school razor to shave 14 areas of the face. The barber then goes back over a second time to perfect and smooth any residual or rough spots. The razor shave is $45 for the 40-minute service. For someone with a beard that needs love, give the Beard Wash, Conditioning, and Softening Service. This brings life back to a bedraggled beard while cutting down on itchiness and flaking. Cost for the beard treatment starts at $30 for 25 minutes. — ACAnasa Yoga Gift Packages
4232 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, 510-482-9642, AnasaOakland.com
Yoga equals love, and love makes a wonderful gift. Anasa Yoga, owned by two yoga-loving women from Oakland, is located in the heart of the Laurel District. The much beloved yoga studio is known for its welcoming vibe and range of class offerings. Best of all, in addition to being green-certified and fragrance free, the studio is 100 percent ADA accessible inside and out. The studio has a range of gift options including a $45, two-week unlimited offer for new students; a $95 five-class pass; or a $180 ten-class pass. Classes include Vinyasa, Hatha, Asunara, Kundalini, restorative yoga, Reiki, pre-natal yoga, meditation, 12-step based recovery yoga, dance, and more. Purchase gift cards at the studio or website. — ACArt of Ayurveda Cosmetics Women
Women Made at 1901 Fourth St. #108, Berkeley, or at Art-Of-Ayurveda.com
Know someone who glows from the inside out ... or maybe someone who wants to? Gift them added incandescence with a locally made skin care product from Art of Ayurveda. Glow Soothing Skin Balm calms acne or irritated skin with neem oil and other ayurvedic ingredients, creating happy skin that glows from within. Owner Jennifer Brophy also creates the Dream, Move, Focus, and Relief body balms, all priced $40 for 3.6 ounces, or $25 for 1.8 ounces. Brophy has an M.A. in Ayurveda and is also available for wellness coaching for clients. — ACArts & Crafts Pillow Workshop
Open by appointment, 510-654-1645, dev.TextileStudio.com
- 5-Leaf Ginko pillow from the studio of Dianne Ayers.
Here a Craftsman, there a Craftsman — it seems like almost everyone in the East Bay has a Craftsman bungalow. And what better way to complement a Craftsman home than a pillow embroidered in the Arts & Crafts style that flourished between the 1880s and 1920s? Arts & Crafts Period Textiles from the studio of Dianne Ayers offers an array of embroidery kits for pillows, including the 5 leaf ginkgo. Perfect for a beginner or intermediate needlesmith, the pillow comes pre-stenciled on raw linen and utilizes the stem and satin stitches for a project resulting in a beautiful item that captures the elegance of the period. The finished pillow measures 20" by 16" and sells for $45. Ayers also offers an array of custom textiles, with prices on request. — Elizabeth Gonzalez JamesBeaded Geometric Chevron Pendant Earrings
Everyone loves jewelry. Especially locally made, timeless designs. To add some extra sparkle in those stockings, shop Topaz and Pearl's beaded geometric chevron pendant earrings. The beading comes in a range of colors — from bold options like turquoise and cobalt to classic colors like terra cotta or ivory. These earrings are a simple style with a colorful twist and make a darling gift that will wow without breaking the bank. The beaded chevron earrings are $39. Topaz and Pearl also offers a range of other jewelry, including necklaces, chokers, and bracelets. When you order online, they'll even gift wrap them for you. — ACBeginning Qigong Class
4341 Piedmont Ave., 2nd Floor, Oakland, 510-597-9923, EnergyMattersEastBay.com
If there's anyone on your list whose life feels somewhat out of harmony, consider giving them an 8-week class for beginning qigong at Energy Matters. The word, qigong, literally translates to life-energy cultivation, and is a system of body posture, movement, breathing, and meditation meant to improve overall health. The practitioners at Energy Matters are experts in Chinese medicine and are ready to share their qigong methods in an effort to increase flexibility and vitality, improve concentration, alleviate aches and pains, lower stress, and boost the immune system. Qigong movements are adaptable for those with limited mobility as well as those recovering from surgery or illness. The 8-class pass is $130. — EGJBeast Mode Racerback Tank
811 Broadway, Oakland, 510-908-2195, BeastModeOnline.com $32
Got a female Marshawn Lynch fan in your life? Why not get her a Beast Mode racerback tank from Beast Mode Apparel? Made from 100% combed cotton, this tank is cut with a curved hem and preshrunk so there won't be any surprises pulling it out of the dryer. In black and charcoal grey, the tank is lightweight enough for a hot day, and chic enough to layer under a sweater or blazer for the office. It's the perfect top for unleashing the beast within at an intense workout or wearing over yoga pants for a night of Netflix and chilling. The top sells for $32 and is available at the Beast Mode flagship store in old Oakland. — EGJ
- Glow Facial from Bertie’s Beauty.
Holidays got you feeling run down? Treat yourself to a Glow facial from Bertie's Beauty and leave looking and feeling like you're lit from within. Bertie's Beauty is a private skincare oasis nestled in Oakland's Glenview neighborhood, and clients are taken care of in a relaxing indoor/outdoor space. The Glow facial is a two-hour-long personalized high-touch treatment that addresses dry, congested, and dull skin through a combination of clean beauty products and the latest in advanced microcurrent technology. Whether you save the facial for yourself or give it to a good friend, it's an excellent way to put your best face on for holiday parties and family get-togethers. — EGJBKRoots Workout Package
300 4th St., Oakland, 510-817-4954, BKRootsFitness.com
For the would-be fitness buff on your gift list, BK Roots has a three-class package for $50 that's perfect for anyone looking to get back in shape, or for those who want to add something a little different to their workout routine. With classes in Pilates + Yoga, TRX, Muay Thai, Self-Defense, and Circuit Training, BK Roots has something for everyone at any level of experience. Their Pilates + Yoga and Restorative Pilates classes are geared toward those looking to ease into total body fitness, while TRX, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Circuit Training will appeal to those who love a bootcamp-style workout. Class times vary, with some early morning offerings, some evening classes, as well as weekends. — EGJBurning Man to Candlelight
Various museum gift shops
Head to the local museum shops for unique gifts that also support the institutions, such as: An art book celebrating the current exhibit Burning Man: The World's Biggest Playground, $19.99, Oakland Museum of California, Shop.MuseumCa.org; Rosie the Riveter lunch boxes, in two color choices, $12.99, Rosie the Riveter WWII Homefront Historical Park, RosieHomefrontStore.com; odd and engaging six-footed Pintacuda Wind Up Toy, $19.99, Chabot Space & Science Center, ChabotSpace.org; perfect choice for film geeks, Cinefile: A Card Game, $20, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (no online orders) BAMPFAa.org; nostalgic and lovely Teacup Candle, $15, Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th St., Oakland (no online orders) PardeeHome.org — Janis HasheCotman Watercolour Compact Set
Art supplies are always "gifts that keep on giving," sometimes for several years. A gift of art supplies can inspire someone to experiment in new ways of seeing that they hadn't considered before. Cotman Watercolors have been carefully selected to offer a wide color spectrum at a reasonable price. They're able to do this by replacing some of the more costly pigments with less expensive alternatives. This water-resistant bag with an adjustable strap is ideal for the travelling or outdoor artist. This water color set contains a Cotman Water Color Compact Set, a Cotman Spiral Pad 8" x 5" 140lb/300gsm, two Cotman Series 111 brushes, a water bottle, a folding bucket, a pencil, and a kneaded eraser. D. Scot MillerElderberry Elixir
One of the state's premier edible companies is getting one of its most famous products back on the shelves for the legal market. The ladies of Om worked hard in their Berkeley kitchen to reformulate the elixir into something consistent enough from batch to batch for the state's strict standards. One of the things that gives the elixir it's amazing flavor is the raw local organic honey used in it, "we actually got it from another female brand because we wanted to support it, so it's from the family farm of the Potli girls," Om told The Express. Om recommends using the elixir to spritz up some champagne or sparkling apple cider. Buy this one up if you see it; it will be very popular this holiday season. — Jimi DevineEssential Sweater V-Neck
Soft, sophisticated, sexy, and sustainable, Epoque Evolution's Essential Sweater V-Neck is your style lover's new go-to, cool weather staple. The Bay Area women behind Epoque Evolution work with sustainable, chemical-free materials and socially conscious factories so your gift recipient can feel as good as they look. The sweater's super-fine merino wool yarn is from Italy, and Epoque Evolution uses an eco-felting process to give the wool a buttery-soft, totally not scratchy feel to the touch. Gorgeous and cozy. Besides looking fabulous with everything, this v-neck is hand washable so you avoid dry cleaning costs and chemicals. Great style is a great gift to give. Shop this essential sweater and other wildly chic but perfectly minimalist looks at epoqueevolution.com. — ACFig Farms "KushMint Cookies" Cannabis
Fig Farms always has a seat at the table when talking about Oakland's best pot. For years strains like the Purple Fig, and more recently White Nectarines, took our breath away. But their newest set of genetics is looking to flip the world of East Bay Cannabis on its head again. Among that new pack, the KushMint Cookies was the stunner, including when put against the wildly popular Animal Cookies x Face OG pairing Animal Face. When you open a jar of KushMints Cookies, the first thing you're hit with is an amazing fuel aroma to tickle the back of your nostrils, then other subtle sweet and citrus notes are in the background. While this one is full-bodied for sure, it still packs plenty of cerebral edge and won't glue you to a couch or anything like that. — JDGold Wrap Statement Necklace
- The Gold Wrap Statement Necklace.
For the bold fashionista on your gift list, why not get them a Gold Wrap Statement Necklace from Show & Tell? This is a necklace with a personality big enough to pull together any outfit, perfect for work, brunch, or date night. Handmade in-house from colorful cotton and polyester yarns, it's surprisingly lightweight, comes in red, black, navy, purple, and green, and is about 7.5 inches in diameter. Since 2011 the Show & Tell Concept Shop has been committed to authentic self-expression and celebration of people of color, the LGTBQIA+ community, women, and marginalized peoples. Order online for the widest selection of colors and materials. — EGJHandcrafted Soaps Oakland Supply Co.,
427 Water St., Oakland, 510-817-4488, EttaAndBillie.com
- Pumpkin Porter soap from Etta + Billie.
Great things happen when function marries form, and you get an abundance of both in the beautiful, handcrafted soaps from natural body care experts, Etta + Billie. Oakland-made in small batches, everything at Etta + Billie is organic, free of artificial colors or scents as well as palm oil, and is made from a combination of organic oils and food-centric essential oils for a true farm-to-bottle skincare experience. With tantalizing, food-inspired aromas like Chai Tea, Spiked Cider, Hot Bourbon + Lemon, and Ritual Coffee + Cardamom, they make a perfect stocking stuffer for any foodie who also loves a calming soak. Soaps are $14 each and are available from the company's website and at Oakland Supply Co. — EGJHella Hoodie
$38.25 with discount
Be hella dope by gifting the Hella Hoodie. "The word 'hella' is one of the most frequently used words in the Bay Area vocabulary," according to owner and designer Teresa Kimbrough of Hella Bay Clothing Company. Whether you're looking for a cozy gift for a Bay Area native or a novelty gift for an out-of town guest, this hoodie will show your Bay Area love. The material is super soft and comfy, to better ward off those chilly Bay evenings. All the hoodies (and the brand's other clothing items) are designed and printed in Oakland by Kimbrough. The hoodie costs $48, but for the month of December Kimbrough is extending a 15 percent discount to readers who use the promo code: EASTBAYEXPRESS. — ACHigh Hemp Wraps Vegan/GMO free
$30 for a box of 25
Few things are as synonymous with Bay Area hip-hop as blunts, which are cigars rerolled with some of the best marijuana in the world in this case. When Mac Dre said he was rolling up an eighth in a Backwoods, the poor kids east of The Rockies didn't even know that was possible until they heard it. Yes, whether a woods, dutch, or Philly Titan if you're a real weirdo, we love our blunts in the East Bay. But sadly, they're not very good for you. For those who want to stay away from tobacco, High Hemp Wraps are here to save the day. Yes there are still going to be some carcinogens like their tobacco-based cousins, but Hemp Wrap is made out the same thing you're smoking anyway. — JDHorus Necklace
3935 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-601-7768, WaterliliesShop.com
- Horus necklace from Waterlilies.
If you're looking for a gift for the peace-loving Egyptologist in your life, the Horus Necklace from Waterlilies on Piedmont Avenue is the perfect choice. This arresting amulet is handmade in Los Angeles from recycled brass bullets, and is said to bring good luck and protection to its wearer. It hangs from a 28-inch matte steel chain, and depicts two falcons, symbols of the Egyptian god, Horus, ruler of the sky. This stunner is sure to elicit oohs and aahs on Christmas morning, and long after. Come by the store or order online. — EGJIAmlocal Delivery Service
Shop local without leaving home with IAmLocal delivery service. Instead of hunting all over town for the perfect gift, or else surrendering to online shopping from a massive corporation, enjoy local online shopping and delivery through IAmLocal. The delivery service was created by two East Bay residents — one the former owner of Hatch gift shops — who realized how much business the local community was losing to online giants. Their website lets you search real time stock of local boutiques, order it online and have it delivered to your home. Finally, you can shop local while in your jammies on your couch! There's no fee for shopping through IAmLocal, paying online, and picking up in the store. There's a nominal delivery fee (similar to food delivery costs) if you want IAmLocal to deliver to your home or office. It's a triple win: shop local, support a local online delivery service, and do it all from the comfort of your couch. — ACIntroductory Kayaking Class
409 Water St., Oakland, 510-893-7833, CalKayak.com
If you need a gift for someone looking to shake up their workout routine, how about an introductory kayaking class at California Canoe & Kayak? This four-hour class will address the basics of kayaking including forward stroke, reverse stroke, turning, and sweeps, as well as water skills, safety, and an overview of the different kinds of kayaks available. This group lesson takes place in the beautiful Oakland estuary and is sure to ignite a new passion for rowing. Perfect for couples and families of older children, participants must be 14 years or older to attend, and children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. — EGJ
- KaliPAK, in case PG&E shuts you down.
This 558 Watt-hour, 14 pound suitcase is a life saver for campers, outdoor event organizers, and folks who just don't have power because of PG&E. Inside that suitcase is a big battery capable of powering and charging all of your devices. Couple that with the included, foldable solar panel and you've got a quick-to-setup solar charging station that works anywhere the sun is shining. Users can connect to the power station with Bluetooth to see how it's performing and if you're willing to buy more solar panels, you can daisy chain them together for even more sustainable power generation. — Alex Handy
- Customize your Klays.
1444 Broadway, Oakland, 510-251-9500, Oaklandish.com
Need a gift for the sneakerhead in your life who already has a closet full of Yeezys and Air Force 1's? How about a limited edition KT4 from Klay Thompson and Chinese sneaker brand, Anta? The KT4 Klay Area sneakers (Klay Area — see what they did there?) are infinitely customizable with colorful patches in English and Chinese in homage to the Warriors, Klay's number 11 jersey, Oaklandish, even his English bulldog, Rocco. Since the patches can be moved around according to the wearer's mood, they're always fresh. The upper portion of the sneakers is black and the lower half is brightly colored and gives off a playful, throwback vibe perfect for sunny days at Lake Merritt. And the coolest part of the KT4s? Only 200 pairs were released in the US, so claim yours before they're gone! — EGJThe Lancet Papercut MollyMDesigns.com
Gift great style with the Lancet in Neutral from Molly M Designs. The Berkeley-based artist creates beautiful worlds with her unique, paper cut art and the Lancet is no exception. Informed by her architectural training, all of Molly's laser cut, hand-layered creations are perfect for framing. The Lancet is part of the designer's latest collection of portal-inspired prints, and features gold, peach, black, cream, and other neutral tones. The design is also available in Neon with pops of pink and yellow for added flash. $125 or $200 with a wood frame. Molly M Designs offers a range of laser cut jewelry, home decor, and leather pouches and wallets, making it easy to handle all your holiday shopping in one local move. — ACMickey Hart's "Mind Your Head" Prerolls
In an age where every D-list celebrity and their brother are trying to figure out how to suck dollars out of their fan bases selling marijuana of questionable quality, thank god for Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. Yes Mickey certainly isn't dealing in what the aficionados might call "mids," in reference to the middle-tier marijuana marijuana most celebs are filling their jars or prerolls with. Hart has chosen the path of trying to find the best cannabis possible for his joints, and by working with the award-winning cultivators of IC Collective he isn't too far from the mountain top. Ironically growing the best Chemdawg on the West Coast helped put IC Collective on the map; the strain traces back to the Dead parking lots, or Shakedown Streets, of the early 1990s. — JD
- The Moleskine Planner.
Seeing how everyone has stuff to do all year, a sure bet Christmas gift is a planner, and Moleskine makes the best one. Coming in both hard and soft cover, they're dated from January to December 2020 and include monthly planning sections. But what makes this planner stand out is the functional design. With rounded corners, an elastic closure, and ivory-colored (not white, which casts a glare) acid-free paper, it is filled with useful tools like travel planning, time zones, and international measurements. The color-coordinated expandable inner pocket has proven itself useful time and again. Along with a matching ribbon bookmark, the cover has an elastic band to secure plans and a bookmark ribbon to help stay on track all year long. D. Scot MillerOrganic Bliss Day Spa
Pamper your precious one with a Pedicure Royale from Organic Bliss Day Spa. This luxurious, one-hour service offers all the goodies of a classic spa pedicure, and also includes a warm stone foot massage, warm oil foot treatment, organic sugar foot scrub, and a warm towel wrap with foot booties and hydrating honey and shea body balm. The spa products used at Organic Bliss are locally manufactured by Naturals' Republic, a botanical-based line of personal care products formulated by spa owner Rasheedah Loharsingh. Pricing is $50 for the Pedicure Royale, $33 for 40-minute Spa Pedicure, or $18 for a 25-minute Mini Pedicure. For super holiday pampering, treat your honey to a body treatment, facial, or super indulgent spa packages. — ACPolaroid OneStep 2
Face it: Instagram is actually an alternate reality filled with airbrushed faces and faux rich lifestyles. Your personal photos, on the other hand, are precious relics of truth, to be treasured forever. You can't Photoshop an instant photograph, and if you're being naughty, no one can digitally steal a nude Polaroid photo. The return to this more traditional form of physical photography can still satisfy the modern need for instant satisfaction, while also keeping those memories local; away from prying eyes. The Polaroid OneStep 2 can instantly mint new memories and turn them into keepsakes worthy of refrigerator hanging, framing, or hiding in important books. — AHPort of Mokha Al-Jabal Single Farmer Lot
Published this year, local lit-lion Dave Eggers' latest book, The Monk of Mokha, is about Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Tenderloin-bred Coffee Quality Institute "Q grader" who returned to his homeland — Yemen, the celebrated birthplace not of coffee per se but of the glorious way we enjoy it today. Organizing highland farmers into collectives, he helped them employ sustainable strategies to create the main ingredient of his Oakland outfit's small-batch, super-luxurious brew. Beans that become the Al-Jabal Single Farmer Lot ($45 for a four-ounce box) are the ancient Udaini varietal, grown in the province of Sana'a: Harvested at 2,400 meters above sea level, they're some of the highest-grown beans on earth. At selected cafés, this stuff retails for $16 a cup. — S. Rufus
- A retro platform: the RG 350.
For the retro gaming fan in your life, the Retro Game 350 should be the perfect gift. This tiny little handheld gaming system offers a processor powerful enough to play Playstation 1 games, while still offering a price point that won't break the bank. The tiny size of this device means it will fit in any pocket, anywhere. The included SD card slot means you can expand the storage capacity to accommodate those big CD-based games from the late 90's. The responsive buttons and bright display ensure users will be able to obtain the optimum retro gaming experience anywhere. — AHTealover's Wish List
The tea fanatics on your list would likely love any of the following: Classic 2008 book The Tea Drinker's Handbook by the founders of tea retailers Le Palais des Thés, $18.99; a beautiful Chinese clay Yixing teapot for traditional tea preparation, $150-950, Teance in West Berkeley, teance.com; simple but lovely dark green ceramic tea cup, $18 (small), $20 (large), Berkeley's Eastwind Books, AsiaBookCenter.com; extra-elegant 2 ml. "mini" of "Lumiere" perfume, with notes of green tea and frankincense, $50, Aftel Archive of Curious Scents in Berkeley, Aftelier.com; or your choice of charming "tea pets," used in the Chinese gong fu cha tea ceremony, $19.99, Teance. — Janis HasheTomoko Ceramics
Fourth St Maker's Row, 1901 4th Street, Berkeley, TomokoCeramics.com
Handmade with love, Tomoko Ceramics are a practical and beautiful present. Tokyo-born potter Tomoko Jarrell has been making minimalist but whimsical pottery for nearly 20 years. Her signature designs have a timeless quality with a modern touch like delicate polka dots and touches of nature-inspired colors. Pricing ranges between $30-$50 for handcrafted pieces and blend well with a range of decors. From everyday items like mugs and plates to special occasion pieces like an ice cream cup, your recipient will think of you each time they use their gift. — ACCelestial Hoops Brass Earrings
Resurrect Oakland at 4135 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, 510-653-8716, Tropikali.com
Big and bold, graceful and beautiful, the Celestial Hoops are just right for your favorite goddess. Handmade in Oakland by designer Sydney Kahn, the brass earrings feature the healing powers of either rose quartz or lapis lazuli. Rose quartz is said to encourage compassion towards self and others, and also promotes peace, healing, and an open heart. Lapis lazuli is said to promote balance and clarity and ease anxiety. In addition to their crystal powers, both colors look stunning. Tropikali Jewelry also makes rings, necklaces, and some clothing. — AC
- Belcampo knows meat.
Box55 Webster St, Oakland, 510-281-0998, Belcampo.com
Belcampo has been raising standards in butchering and burger-ing since they opened their Jack London spot this summer, and if there's a carnivore in your life, they'll swoon for an Ultimate Meat Lovers Box delivered fresh to their door. The Meat Lovers Box comes with almost 8 pounds of fresh, grass-fed and finished organic beef including tri-tip, short ribs, flank steak, and chuck roast. Belcampo meats are renowned for their high quality, tenderness, rich marbling, excellent flavor, and ethical farming practices — these are no factory line cows. Whether they're grilled, slow cooked, braised or slathered in barbecue sauce, Belcampo meats are always delicious. The Meat Lovers Box is delivered frozen and will keep in its original packaging for up to a year, but who would want to wait that long? — EGJWEN 56200i 2000 Watt Inverter Generator
As we seem to be destined for many more years of power outages to prevent wild fires, it's probably time to start taking this fact of life into account when gifting. Today, there are a lot more options than the traditional loud and smokey portable gas-driven electricity generators. There are portable batteries, dual fuel generators, and inverter generators. On the playa, the old school generator is fine. In a nice neighborhood in the hills, you probably want something quieter. That's why an inverter generator is the right way to go: they produce fewer emissions, and they ramp up and down according to how much power it being used at the moment, saving fuel. WEN makes great, well-priced generators that won't poop out when things go dark. — AH
5292 College Ave., Oakland, 510-655-6363, BisouNail.com
Bisou Nail Lounge in Rockridge is the Bay Area's first organic nail salon and all products used are natural, organic, and/or biodynamic. Their "Wine-Therapy" manicure is a fabulous gift for anyone who loves a little wine with their pampering. This manicure includes an antioxidant skin treatment, primrose petal soaking, a chianti seed crush scrub, a Mediterranean wine and honey masque that's filled with polyphenols and vitamins, plus a massage with cabernet grape extract oil AND a glass of wine. It's a perfect way to show someone how much they've meant to you this past year. The package is $46 and extra minutes of massage may be added for an additional fee. — EGJ