The Ultimate Brisbane Gift Guide

By: Madison Davis, President/CEO, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, madison@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283

This year, more than ever, spending money at our local businesses is incredibly important and impactful. Many of our businesses have struggled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting them during this time helps ensure they can stay open. As you plan your holiday gift giving, consider seeking out items from businesses in town. Below are some ideas. Please note, some of these businesses may not offer gift cards or certificates but we encourage you to inquire:
Gift Cards for Restaurants
7 Mile House
Ichika Sushi House
Subway Sandwiches
L&D Bistro
Madhouse Coffee
Brisbane Lunch Truck
Julie’s Deli
Melissa’s Taqueria
Gourmet Foods
Phil Marks Chocolates (the white chocolate with black sesame is my personal favorite)
Brehmer’s Candies (the English Toffee is a MUST!)
Personal Care Services
Pro Nails
Beauty Fix Salon
Skin Body Zen (brand new business in Brisbane offering facials, massages, hair & nail treatments, and a spa retail section. Who couldn’t use the gift of relaxation?)
Jewelry & Gifts
Lloyd’s Jewelry
Home-Based Businesses
Know someone with a home-based business? Consider purchasing from a friend or neighbor who sells Arbonne, Scentsy, LulaRoe, etc.
Misc Gifts
Brisbane Hardware and Supply (Think flashlights and multi-purpose tools. Brisbane Hardware has an assortment of unique and practical items, worth checking out!)
Midtown Market (Grab a bottle of wine or champagne and a card and you’re done! Midtown Market may also carry small gifts closer to the holidays. They also have stocking stuffers such as small toys or candy for kids and scratchers for adults)
Mission Blue Nursery (for the gardener in your life, consider gifting them a native plant! All proceeds benefit San Bruno Mountain Watch and the volunteers can give you recommendations about which plant to purchase if you are unsure!)
Vicki Smith’s Masks (Brisbane resident Vicki Smith has made thousands of masks for Brisbane citizens, frontline workers, and at-risk people across the United States. Purchasing a mask from her sustains her ability to donate masks to those who need them most. Plus, masks are a great gift for everyone on your list! Find her at the Farmers’ Market)
Brisbane Farmers’ Market (While many of these vendors may not live in Brisbane, they are still small business owners. We recommend purchasing a jar of honey, artisan handicrafts, or a bag of kettle corn for a gift basket. We want to keep our market going strong and the more customers we have, the more vendors we can retain and the more new vendors we can attract. Pre-COVID, support of the market had been on the decline. Now, it’s the liveliest place on Thursdays. With the amount of traffic the market receives, we might be able to keep the it going year round.)