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Oh Joy

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Need gift help from San Francisco
« on: June 02, 2013, 11:50:32 AM »
Hello, San Francisco e-Hellions!

Some dear friends are relocating to your town, and I need some going-away gift ideas.  Probably a smaller gift from our family and a larger gift from our group.

Mom, Dad, and preschooler.  LDS (so no alcohol or caffeine, etc.), clean living (more organic foods, natural cleaning products, etc.), big on great design, doing Montessori -style learning...think that's a good description.

They'll probably end up renting in the Upper Market or Castro District neighborhoods, will have one car and be doing public transportation.

What are some suggestions for gifts we can get for them?  I was thinking about ordering gift cards to a local co-op or market and a family-friendly museum or zoo, or somewhere they can buy something for their new place.

Thanks so much!

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Re: Need gift help from San Francisco
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 12:06:45 PM »
Since they are moving, you certainly don't want to get them tangible "things" that have to be packed up.

I'd suggest a membership in one of these:

Friends of the Library. the higher levels include discounts at independent bookstores and a storytelling series

California Academy of Sciences. This is a research institution, but more importantly, it is one of the best nature & science museums ever. Great aquarium as well. It can get crowded & one of the perks for members is member-only hours. More expensive, though, and might be of more interest to an older child.

The Exploratorium Just opened a new building. Things for all ages of kids, so the toddler can keep moving on to new activities. Membership includes free admission and access to things like having a birthday party there.

Speaking of the library, you might want to let them know about the free walking tours offered in conjunction with the library--great way to learn about the city. SF City Guides


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Re: Need gift help from San Francisco
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 12:10:31 PM »
You're a nice friend, Oh Joy!

How about a Clipper Card for each family member? It takes care of most kinds of public transportation including the MUNI busses and BART, the commuter train. You can get them preloaded with a small balance (I started with $20, you might be able to get them for less), and they can then set them up to auto load from their bank account.

Www.clippercard.com

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Re: Need gift help from San Francisco
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 10:36:34 AM »
Thank you!  Definitely going to do membership at the local library, and think we'll pass the hat for the Exploratorium.

Any great co-ops or natural foods stores in those neighborhoods?

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Re: Need gift help from San Francisco
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 11:50:21 AM »
The best place for buying natural foods is probably one of the many farmers markets in the city. Many have stuff other than fruits & vegetables--cheese, eggs, meats, bread, grains, pasta... Much of it is either organic or sustainably produced.

There's Rainbow Grocery They have gift cards.

Here's a list of "grocery and health-food stores, farmers' markets and CSAs with great selections." CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. You sign up with a farm and once a week you get a box of whatever is seasonal & ripe. There are more than are listed on that site. Yelp list

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Re: Need gift help from San Francisco
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 10:05:57 PM »
The best place for buying natural foods is probably one of the many farmers markets in the city. Many have stuff other than fruits & vegetables--cheese, eggs, meats, bread, grains, pasta... Much of it is either organic or sustainably produced.

There's Rainbow Grocery They have gift cards.

Here's a list of "grocery and health-food stores, farmers' markets and CSAs with great selections." CSA is Community Supported Agriculture. You sign up with a farm and once a week you get a box of whatever is seasonal & ripe. There are more than are listed on that site. Yelp list

Oooh...we have Planet Organics delivery and love it!   https://www.planetorganics.com   That would be a great gift.