Holiday Gift Guide

Metro's Holiday Gift Guide

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Time—no way to slow it down or capture it, but the holidays offer many options for making a gift of it. Experiences make memorable presents, whether it's giving someone time to learn something new, or time together at a show or class. This year's gift guide offers ideas on how to spend—and give—time wisely, along with locally made food and drink, and places to find handmade goods. And speaking of time, there's also a look to the future, with a breakdown of how to acquire Bitcoins—and what exactly they can buy. Spoiler alert: it's not all stuff that would result in doing time.


Learn Something New: Since 1996, the nonprofit Bay Area Glass Institute has taught South Bay denizens the art of glassblowing, fusing and cold-working. The experienced use the studio spaces and the inexperienced come here to get acquainted with the art... read more

Make Music: Unless a person's list includes that impossible-to-buy-for music fanatic who has every CD almost before it's released, music is always a safe bet for gift-giving, because who doesn't love music... read more

Things to Watch: The Nutcracker seems to have single-handedly started the tradition of holiday theater, and Ballet San Jose is doing its part to keep the ritual alive-but fresh... read more

Foodies: What to get for the foodie who's eaten everything? We've rounded up some of the best of what South Bay food artisans have to offer, all of which make excellent gifts... read more

Beer Lovers: Good beer in the South Bay continues its ascent, with many locally made, quality offerings available in bottles to give-or to get together and share... read more

Play Hometown Tourist: Silicon Valley is known worldwide first and foremost for our nerds, and we're rightfully proud of them. So here's a chance to give gifts that confirm out-of-towners' suspicions that while self-driving cars aren't yet dropping us off at the office, we do live among the trappings of the geek life... read more

Handmade Gifts: The South Bay has become like its own Etsy, with a variety of handmade items and art easy to find-during the holidays it's even easier, with craft fairs and festivals showcasing local artisans. Here's a sampling of local fairs, pop-ups and galleries with giftable art... read more

Bitcoin's Naughty and Nice List: With the arrival of digital wallets, paper or plastic are going the way of shekels, ducats and dodo birds. But future markets will also feature crypto currency, and Bitcoin is already here... read more