Yes, SFMOMA’s shop stayed open (albeit temporarily exiled to Yerba Buena Lane) during the museum’s seemingly endless renovation, but now the expansion is done and everything’s back in its proper place—including one of our favorite places to play Santa. Here’s what we’ll be putting in our sack this year: a watch that has feel-the-time raised numbers, the Buckminster floating-bulb light, a stylish container-ship toy (like blocks, only better!), and the museum’s own Cityscape tote bag, designed by artist Andrew Holder, to carry it all in. Oh, and because it is winter in SF, a striped umbrella to keep us covered for the rest of our stay.
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And while we’re in the neighborhood, we like to swing by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, which has a smaller but equally well-stocked gift shop. We’re always on the lookout for a modern, but not too hard-edged, menorah, such as the Dove menorah designed by San Francisco’s own Nima Oberoi. And here’s a great book for those of us artisanal food lovers who were brought up on jarred, supermarket stuff: The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Foods.
Courtesy of the Contemporary Jewish Museum