Home to a thriving community of artists, designers, craftspeople, culinary artisans and scientists, San Francisco offers one of the world's most richly varied shopping environments. Here's a curated list of unique items you can find around the city, guaranteed to delight even the pickiest person on your gift list. Irresistible Chewiness Kika is the nickname of Brazilian-born confectioner Cristina Arantes. A San Franciscan since 1999, she has developed an artisanal line of chocolate-covered goodies using local Dandelion Chocolate and a range of natural sweeteners. Coconut palm sugar lends its own unique dark sweetness to the addictively tasty caramels, which were voted "best caramels" at the San Francisco Chocolate Salon. Kika’s Treats are available online and at more than a dozen fine food retailers throughout the city. Limited-Edition Baseball Surprise the baseball enthusiast in your life with a handmade ball they won't be able to find in any old sporting goods store. Huntington Base Ball Co.'s limited-edition ball was designed especially for San Francisco's FOG Design+Art fair and is available in two vintage colors. This ball and other delights are found in the Park Life Store and Gallery in the Inner Richmond, voted "Best Gift Store" by SF Magazine. Bundle it with a behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Park and you're all set. Bags Built to Last Founded in a garage by local bike messenger Rob Honeycutt, Timbuk2 has continuously manufactured its stylish and nearly indestructible messenger bags, backpacks and accessories in the Mission District since 1989. The company takes the utmost care to design, construct and test its bags with city life in mind, establishing the brand as an essential element of San Francisco style. Pick out your own Timbuk2 bag at the factory store or stop by their flagship in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Coffee From the Diaspora The Museum of the African Diaspora has partnered with Red Bay Coffee for a curated selection of coffees that represent the flavors of the African Diaspora — Ethiopia: Origins; Kenya: Movement; Burundi: Adaptation; and Brasil: Transformation. Each cup is a reminder of how the diaspora connects us all. Roasted in Oakland in a garden roastery dubbed the "Coffee Dojo," Red Bay was founded by artist Keba Konte. He sources his beans from Sweet Unity Farms, founded by David Robinson, son of famed baseball player Jackie Robinson, and his wife Rachel. Small-Batch Soap Soapmaker Alana Rivera creates her line of Etta & Billie bath and body products in small batches in her San Francisco workshop, using botanical ingredients sourced as locally as possible. Rivera's soaps are available in a rich palette of unusual fragrances such as Guurl Grey Tea and Cold Brew Mint Coffee (made with San Francisco-based artisan Ritual Roasters coffee). Find Etta & Billie in the online store as well as gift shops such as The Perish Trust in the Western Addition/NOPA district. Geometric Jewelry San Francisco jewelry designer Colleen Mauer specializes in effortlessly chic mixed-metal pieces that complement any look from modern to timeless, casual to elegant. Visit her Mission District atelier to select a custom combination of stackable rings and bracelets, available in a tempting array of shapes, colors and textures. While you’re there, you can also check out the studio’s creative space, brimming with tools and sketches, to get a peek inside the design and production process. For more SFMADE products, be sure to visit the San Francisco Travel Visitor Information Center on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza where the cable car originates at Powell and Market streets.
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