San Francisco, CA
Walking into Currents off of Valencia Street, you are immediately transported into a small world of calming aromas and beautiful wares. The boutique setting offers handmade soaps, scented candles, handmade jewelry, and a bounty of accessories for the home. It is a small, locally-owned shop that is a great stop for simple pleasures and great gifts. Touting a seemingly endless stable of artisans creating handmade goods like aromatherapeutic bath salts, ceramic pottery, and the owner's own infused oils, Currents is a treasure trove of gifts and sundries. In addition to the handmade items, they offer a selection of unique products for kids, paper goods and stationery, hats, scarves, and small trinkets.
Gifts are made easy with their extremely clever pre-assembled gift packs with items from the store. If you find your own assortment of items, the staff is quick to gift-wrap your purchase with delicate wrapping and personal touches. It's fairly easy to find things in almost any price range, making this a one-stop shop for all kinds of occasions. Look for distinct pieces for your own home here, as well.
(Image credits: Chelsey Dyer)