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From beaded earrings to beard washes, generators to GMO-free hemp wraps, a gift for everyone on your list.

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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. — EGJ

Beast 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.
  • Glow Facial from Bertie‚Äôs Beauty.

Bertie's Beauty Glow Facial

510-244-0205, BertiesBeauty.com


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. — EGJ

BKRoots 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. — EGJ

Burning 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.orgJanis Hashe

Cotman 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 Miller

Elderberry 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 Devine

Essential 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. — AC

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