As much as we love the glittering lights, boozy-egg-nog-fueled cheer and coziness of the holidays, that "Oh God, what am I going to get [insert any person's name here]?" feeling tends to overwhelm us by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Get ahead of the game with our gift guide for guys.

The Chef

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“Bake it till you make it” isn’t quite a thing, but maybe it should be. Help the chef in your life spice things up by gifting him something from Corbe, a Detroit-based ceramics studio whose series of state-shaped baking dishes will appeal to any hometown-proud locavore. Find it at Convert in Hayes Valley.

Where: 556 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
More info: 415-252-7991;


The Sartorialist

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Whatever a guy's style, you won't cramp it with one particularly versatile piece from local outdoor apparel company Triple Aught Design. If you've passed by the Hayes Valley store next to Public Bikes, you probably noticed it's stocked with serious gear. But tucked inside is a piece that every man should own, even if his most outdoorsy excursion is his morning commute: the Praetorian Hoodie. This merino wool sweater is as adaptable to the weather as it is to his style. 

Where: 551 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
When: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: 415-318-8258;


The Engineer

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Tinkering: this might be the most engineer-y word in the English language. These folks have to understand how things work, and they will take them apart all over the floor if need be. That’s why we recommend, well, any class from the Crucible. In the intro blacksmithing class, for example, he can bend hot steel to create simple tools like forks, knives and hooks. Satisfying, nerdy and totally cool.

Where: 1260 7th St., Oakland
More info: 510-444-0919;

The Bookworm

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The voracious reader in your circle exists to remind you to put down Facebook and pick up a damn book every now and again. Thank him for all those 10-pound hardcover classics he's given you and encourage him into the digital age with a DODOcase. This Dogpatch-based company crafts custom cases for smartphones, tablets and laptops — all of which are reading devices easier to tote around town than massive tomes. The waxed canvas and felt-lined Durables sleeves protect tech and offer some eye-catching elegance as well. Did we mention that President Obama is a fan? You can even customize the case with whatever fabric, color and text you want. 

The Mixologist

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Since you're already at Convert to pick up that baking dish, it'll be easy to grab something for the amateur bartender in your life. We'll keep this one simple: Every guy needs a good flask (that he hasn't had since freshman year of college). Misc. Goods' embossed white ceramic flask is so stunning he’ll want to show it off. Plus, the cork cap with leather and brass details is a fun twist on tradition.

Where: 556 Hayes St., Hayes Valley
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
More info: 415-252-7991;

By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.