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Museum Gift Shop
Even with all the temptations (Japanese floral-printed ceramics and iron teapots) at the newer Asian Art Museum, SFMOMA is still the queen of Bay Area museum gift shops. Whether you're looking for a quickie memento (how about an SFMOMA baseball cap bearing the museum's trademark white turret logo?) or furniture (break the bank on a walnut-veneer armchair by Norman Cherner), this spacious shop brings a modern aesthetic home. Up-and-coming jewelry designer Alexis Bittar's floral, square, and squiggly-shaped pieces in Lucite and sterling are top sellers, and the store even has a special sections for the young aesthete, including a contemporary dollhouse made from preservative-free wood. You could kill hours browsing before you even get to the stacks of art books, postcards, and museum prints.

Organic Flowers
For fragrant and perfect pesticide-free bouquets on a budget, hit the Moss Beach-based Cypress Flower Farm's booth Saturdays and Sundays at the San Francisco Ferry Building from 8a.m. to 2p.m. (Fridays at Oakland's Jack Londong Square farmers' market, Thursdays at Los Altos's farmers' market, and Sundays at San Rafael's farmers' market). Enormous bundles of blooms such as Icelandic poppies and ranunculus run anywhere from $3 to $5 per bouquet (each bunch contains at least a dozen flowers). Too busy to pick out that perfect organic bouquet in person? Order your blooms online from a Northern Californian eco-friendly florist. OrganicBouquet.com boasts a wide selection of flowers - from tulips to roses to Gerbera daisies, lilies, and beyond - that are safe for both "farmworkers and the earth." Now that's flower power.

One-of-a-Kind Gifts
Looking for something unequivocally unique for a friend who has everything but would appreciate a little something more - especially if no one else has it? The owners behind Twin Concepts, twin sisters Linda Fujimoto and Mary Schwarz, spend six weeks a year scouring the hinterlands for the cute, the handcrafted, and the completely frivolous, such as four-inch-high letters of the alphabet coated in silver glitter. Their tiny Menlo Park shop effortlessly blends it all in a treasures-in-the-attic setting that will trigger every buying impulse in your body. Along with pricey, handmade Cydney Mandel shoes, you might find a plump, teapot-shaped purse in silver vinyl for only $24. If you love something, grab it. Few items can, or will, be reordered; the shop's stock is completely revamped every six weeks. Get on the mailing list now for the Auguest and holiday season sales, featuring Linda's daughter's incredible edibles.

Way to Hook Kids on Poetry
To hear some parents tell it, most kids split their free time between ODing on TV and pirating tunes for their iPods. Here's a group that's given teens - including some who've flunked out of school - a chance to prove the Barcalounger critics wrong. Reaching out to 45,000 kids annually, Youth Speaks is known for its sold-out poetry events, where teens rock the house by figuring out their feelings and empathizing with their peers'. Youth Speaks is also hooking a new generation on literacy with events like hip-hop bashes and writing workshops. Those young voices will be heard.

Gift for a Bookworm
For the nerd you love, a membership to the majestic 150-year-old Mechanics' Institute Library is a steal at $95 a year ($145 for a household). It holds a large selection of books, periodicals, books on tape, and CDs, and its ultrasoft leather reading chairs inspire napping. Wireless access and a growing DVD collection don't detract from the old-world charm. The library plays host to the oldest chess club in the States - it boasts its own grandmaster-in-residence. The chess room schedule includes slots for casual play and tournaments.



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Sustainable Flowers Make The Perfect Gift For All Occasions

Organic Bouquet is the largest online provider of eco-friendly and organic floral gifts. All of our flowers are grown in a manner that is not only environmentally friendly but also provides outstanding resources for farm workers and artisans. Organic Bouquet partners with select flower farms in California, Ecuador and Colombia. All of our flower farms follow stringent growing practices which are monitored by multiple certification agencies and associations. When you purchase flowers from Organic Bouquet, you are helping to improve the life of a flower farm worker, their family and the local floral community.

Our eco-friendly flower arrangements include roses, calla lilies, tulips, gerbera daisies, hyacinths, sunflowers, alstromeria lilies and blue iris. In addition to a complete line of flower arrangements, we offer gift baskets, fruit baskets, nut baskets, gourmet chocolates, gourmet cookies, plants and  wreaths. All of these products are certified eco-friendly and/or provide for environmental benefits through our participation in Carbon Offset programs.

Whatever the occasion, our flowers make the perfect gift- birthday celebration flowers, anniversary flowers, holiday flowers, or floral arrangements simply to say thank you. Sending flowers from Organic Bouquet says that you care not only about the person receiving the flowers, but also about the environment. All of our gift items are shipped nationwide to all 50 states. So whether you need to send flowers to Florida, New York, California, or Colorado, we can guarantee overnight delivery to ensure they arrive fresh and ready to put a smile on someone’s face.

Whether you are purchasing online, or through one of our customer service specialists, you can be assured you are ordering the freshest quality of flowers and environmentally friendly gifts.