Holiday Guide 2012

Kitty porn: The SPCA windows at Macy's have arrived

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Business took me into the dark heart of Union Square Friday afternoon, a dolorous place to be indeed for those of us less inclined to celebrate the holidays with slow-moving tourist packs and glittery, non-denominational drifts of plastic crap. But Scrooge all you like, the kitties in the SF SPCA windows at Macy's are the height of December glory. Feast your eyes on my overly-comprehensive slideshow documenting their glory. Read more »

HOLIDAY GUIDE 2012

Dirt-cheap local gifts, event listings, and a poop log: Happy holidays from your friends at the Guardian

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We're sorry to contribute to your stress. We know that our 2012 Holiday Guide is coming out the day before Thanksgiving, and while you are to be accusing for bridling at our anticipation, we think you're going to like this one. After all, with a list of over 24 presents for your boo, your neighborhood, and more -- for under $10! -- Marke B.'s explanation of a slightly-scatalogical adopted holiday rite, a full listing of tree lightings and other twinkly November/December happenings, and so much more, you're going to be better prepped than ever for surviving the next six weeks. Read more »

Gabba gabba buy

What to buy your headphone-obsessed loved one? Our picks, from boxed sets to lovely local scores

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emilysavage@sfbg.com

TOFU AND WHISKEY'S HOLIDAY GUIDE Before I expound on anything, I've got to spit this out: buy local. If you're going to buy something; in particular, if you're going to buy actual vinyl records or CDs or books or musical equipment, get them from an independent store in the Bay Area.Read more »

Beating the poop log

My family adopts an ancient Catalonian tradition

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marke@sfbg.com

Poop log, log of Christmas,

don't poop herrings, which are too salty,

poop sweet almond cakes, which are much better!

if you don't poop well, I'll hit you with a stick,

Poop log!

HOLIDAY GUIDE Despite its media image, Detroit is a vastly diverse place, full of Hmong, Arabs, Christian Lebanese, Chicanos, Jews, Greeks .... but very few Spaniards, at least that I know of.Read more »

The reason for the season

No, not Jesus. Tips on holiday volunteering and Bay Area gifts that give back

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culture@sfbg.com

HOLIDAY GUIDE With the presidential election over, we are reminded that though our quest for reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality may continue unabated, making a difference must not be limited to a "Ya Voté" sticker every four years. Here's a brief list of ways to do good this season, including community gardening, beach cleanups, and gift fairs where you can shop for a good cause.Read more »

Under $10 gift guide: Under the mistletoe

Don't go overboard with your partner this holiday season. Pick them up a simple present that's goofy, sexy, or sweet — but save the big bucks for a special date or trip out of town.

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Swagger Cosmetic's founder Blake Karamazov is your holiday girlfriend. See her vegan makeup line at www.swaggercosmetics.comRead more »

Under $10 gift guide: Parent wrap

Let's be real: your ma's and pa's will like just about anything you box up and send their way this year. But that's not to say you shouldn't put a little effort in. Hit up these local businesses and they'll walk with something fab.

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The Guardian's parents for the holidays are Mary Camilang and artist Sarah Sass Biscarra-Dilley

>>CHECK OUT THE REST OF OUR HOLIDAY GUIDE FOR MORE CHEAP GIFTS, THINGS TO DO, ALTERNATIVE CHEER

VICTORINOX SERRATED KNIVES, ALL UNDER $8

What better place to replenish your favorite cooks' supply than this mom and pop shop in North Beach?Read more »

Under $10 gift guide: Neighborly love

We call it purposeful goodwill: buttering up that cranky elder downstairs with a well-thought-out something around the holidays. Maybe next time you throw a rager, your neighbor will call you before the cops?

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Our Holiday Guide "neighborhood" is Cookie Dough, who plays Sofia Petrillo in the now-classic annual drag queen production of The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes. The show runs Dec. 6-30, get your tickets at goldengirlssf.eventbrite.com

>>CHECK OUT THE REST OF OUR HOLIDAY GUIDE FOR MORE CHEAP GIFTS, THINGS TO DO, ALTERNATIVE CHEERRead more »

Under $10 gift guide: Thank you for being a friend

Presents for your best bud don't have to be major. Give them something to make the bike rides you share brighter or beermaking burlier. And when in doubt: bear socks.

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Serving time as "friend" for the Holiday Guide photoshoot, Guardian intern George McIntire exudes bike-buddy realness

>>CHECK OUT THE REST OF OUR HOLIDAY GUIDE FOR MORE CHEAP GIFTS, THINGS TO DO, ALTERNATIVE CHEER

LED REAR LIGHT, $9.99

Show your bike gang member you care with the gift of safety. What are you, their mom?

Nomad Cyclery, 2555 Irving, SF. www.nomadcyclery.comRead more »

That's a wrap

Gift ideas for your favorite film fan

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