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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.
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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