After another season of plowing through the usual sludge that are holiday gift guides, I’ve decided to make my own. Scroll though and enjoy some bitching gift ideas that are just as effortless as they sound.
More so now than ever, the Graphic T-Shirt is having it’s heyday in high fashion. The beautiful thing about these cotton garments speckled with random logos and tattoo flash, is how unique each one is. I’m not a devout collector of T-shirts, so someone may call me out on this, but it’s all the same to me whether a T is a $350 piece or a sweet $2 find at the bottom of a bin at GoodWill. Bottom line is, if you like the shirt, you should buy the shirt, unless it’s $350. Another great thing about the T, is that they’re almost always a staple at secondhand shops and usually go for $5-$25. They are easy to find and always make for a unique gift. Buy one for yourself and your friend too! If you’re buddy hasn’t worn one of these babies a while and can’t remember how to pull it off, remind them that it’s almost 2018, tuck it in Dad!
If I’ve learned anything from hanging out with winos, it’s that size matters. Nothing tickles them more than a big ass bottle. The bigger the better! I have to admit, there is something exciting about a bottle of wine that requires two sets of hands just to pour and contains enough juice to knock out 15 people. The wine on this list isn’t quite that big, but impressive none the less. Bi-Rite Market, the elite hipster collective, will sometimes offer 3L bottles of crispy French Rosé (Triennes & Moulin De Gassac) during the holidays and when large gatherings occur. The best part is that they are also usually on sale and around 25 bucks! Everybody appreciates the kid who brings Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies, but bringing the massive bottle of bright crushable rosé is just a little bit cooler.
If you follow our Instagram you know, we here at PYG are collectors. Collectors of clothes, memories, dining experiences, and all sorts of crap. I personally love things! Old things, stylish things, bizarre things. We all have our own weird little collections - okay, maybe not all of us - but I know I’m not alone on this one. We let ourselves get attached to furniture, plates, books, and things that remind us of those whom we love. And more than anything at all, we love gifts. Can’t get enough of them. That’s the whole reason for this fucking list, isn’t it? Thoughtful mementos are great because they go a long way and don’t need to break the bank. A simple vintage pocket knife, a cool leather keychain, a retro ashtray, are all simple examples of things that can be found on the road and in strange places. Trinkets are fun and their value is found in their meaning, not in their weight. These heirlooms that we find along the way are what let someone know we were thinking about them when we were in a far place or when we saw something we knew they’d appreciate. And that is exactly what Christmas is all about, you filthy animal.
Sun Fat Seafood Company is a soaking wet gem in the Mission with a bountiful selection of fish, bivalves, crustaceans and all sorts of sea barring fare. It’s is the ideal destination for anyone attempting to celebrate Christmas Eve with the traditional Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a fun annual ritual, that has something or other to do with the Vigil in Italy. As far as I’m concerned, the feast is really just about eating a butt load of seafood on Christmas Eve. The meal is especially fun to do with a group of friends who aren’t able to travel home for the holidays, because sometimes it just isn’t worth the two months rent it will cost to get there. Sun Fat Seafood Co. is the best bang for your buck whether you’re looking for fun exotic fish, octopus, oysters, crab, whatever it is, they’ve got it all. Nothing says holiday spirit like good company and a pile of fresh clams!
Silver is dope. It’s rustic, it's elegant, and as far a precious metals go, it’s pretty cheap. This is the gift on the list for someone special. Jewelry obviously isn’t for everyone, but sometimes all it takes is a nice piece to convert a friend who never thought they’d be comfortable wearing something flashy, into a regular chrysophilist. Gifts like a nice ring or bracelet, can change people’s confidence within themselves. - “Hey, if my buddy thinks this is cool, and thinks I can pull it off, maybe it is, and dammit maybe I can.” Now that’s the spirit! Friends loving friends and making Santa proud. When looking for something fun and unique, check out Aunt’s Bill's Stuff in the Mission on Valencia Street. They’ve got everything from jewelry and accessories to taxidermy and more. It’s a great place to find something special. Ho! Ho! Ho!