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Happy Holidays, San Francisco! Now that your bellies have been stuffed full of turkey, it’s time to gather those gift lists and get shopping. Not sure where to start? Here are six places to get fun, unique gifts in the Castro.

For the pet lover (and pets):

Best In Show

Best In Show is the perfect boutique to find unique gifts for the pet lover in your life — and their pets! They’ve got everything from kitty umbrellas and "Cats are the new kids" mugs to dog sweaters and personalized dog tags. Learn more: www.bestinshowsf.com

545 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 864-7387

For the knick-knack lover:

Cliff’s Variety

Cliff’s Variety is your one stop shop for all kinds of knick-knacks. Where else can you buy a pot to boil some noodles, a paper lantern for your outdoor patio, fur fabric for your bed and a rainbow tulle skirt all in one place? Cliff’s Variety, which is known for its, well, variety, is the Castro District’s one-stop shop for housewares, crafts and gifts. (Warning: You may be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of amazing-ness and adventure that you will experience when stepping foot in this store). Read more: http://goo.gl/qAyOp7

479 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 431-5365
http://www.cliffsvariety.com

Under One Roof

This store (full of fun toys, cards and other random goodies) is a non-profit that generates funds for community-based organizations that provide assistance to the HIV/AIDS and LGBT populations. Under One Roof has sold over $11 million in retail merchandise on behalf of these organizations!

518A Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 503-2300
http://www.underoneroof.org

For the book lover:

Aardvark Book Store

Aardvark Books is an independent neighborhood used bookstore. They have it all: affordable prices, rare and out-of-print books, quirky and helpful employees, and an adorable cat to greet you at the door!

227 Church St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 552-6733

Books, Inc.

Books, Inc. at 16th and Market Streets in San Francisco has a wide variety of awesome books: From mainstream to masochism, Achebe to Zzyzzyva, Book’s, Inc. is the only full service general interest bookstore.

2275 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 864-6777

For the sex-fanatic:

Does Your Mother Know?

This shop has an eclectic mix of anything you might need. Penis-shaped cookie cutters, penis-shaped candles games, and of course, your necessary gay porn and sex toys.

4141 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 864-3160

[Photos: Yelp]