Hostess Gift Idea:
A Bay Area-inspired Goodie Bag

In a week, I'll be heading home for the holidays (SFO to EWR) for the first time in three years. I was inspired to put together this goodie bag of local favorites for friends and family (note: my budget will mean one item per loved one). The good thing about these is that you don't need to live in the Bay Area to enjoy — you can order them all online. Here's to a little taste of my adopted hometown and a happy holiday!

Top row, left to right:

  • Project Green Bag made these organic totes in honor of San Francisco's no plastic bag law.

  • No bigger than a bread box, local favorite Tartine's Cookbook.

  • I don't know what's better, Christopher Elbow's chocolates or his spicy hot chocolate — a Hayes Valley must.

  • Sausalito-based Heath Ceramics sells soft goods too, like these new classic Everyday Napkins.

  • There are many amazing wineries all over the Bay Area, but my Napa favorite that is big enough to have online orders is Peju — it's a fun place to taste when you're in the area and has great mustards too.

Bottom row, left to right:

  • Local illustrator Cat Seto has a great little Russian Hill shop and festive calendars you can buy online.

  • Get your organic cheese from THE place to get dairy in San Francisco: Cowgirl Creamery.

  • My mom insists on picking up North Beach's Molinari Salami when she comes to town.

  • Finally, an oldie but goodie: Heath's classic hard good, the bud vase in a range of colors.

(Images: as linked above)