Cindy de Losa's "Homes for Homies" diaoramas available at Precita Eyes
A buncha stuff you can only find in the Mission
A buncha stuff you can find only in the Mission.

1. Mission Skateboards Gear
If you know a young skateboarder, get ’em this hat and they’ll worship you forever, especially if they happen to live somewhere other than here. All skaters jock San Francisco. $12. Mission Skateboards, 3045 24th St.

2. A Rainbow of Bandannas
Got an aspiring gangster in your family? Send ’em a few of these and they’ll be “down” in no time, holmes. $1. De Todo un Poco, 3039 24th St.

3.Old Record Snack Dish
Sure, it’s a little Urban Outfitter-y, but who cares. Everybody likes serving snacks, right? Why not use an old Bowie record? $28. Arkay Workshop, 2869 24th St.

4. Jesus Malverde Statue
This dapper fellow is the patron saint of drug trafficking.  Supposedly he’ll keep your children alive, your stash pure, and your crackheads a-comin’. $65. Arreglos Florales, 3182 24th St.

5. “Homes for the Homies” Dioramas
Cindy de Losa of Precita Eyes makes these things out of those “Little Homie” figurines you get at liquor stores. The backdrops are all photos of real SF spots and each diorama depicts an awesome scene. Check out her “White Trash” piece for a good laugh. $200. Precita Eyes Mural Art Center, 2981 24th St.

6. R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet
Hands down the best background video for all the holiday parties you’re about to attend. Second season available for purchase ($22) at Aquarius Records, 1055 Valencia, or rent both seasons ($3.25 each) across the street at Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St.

7. Dead Stuff
Nothing says, “I think you’re creepy and I like it,” like a polished rat skull. $9+. Paxton Gate, 824 Valencia St.

8. Cool Indian Stuff
If you’re not bumping the new Haji Springer CD, then you don’t deserve to live in the Bay. “Hurry up and buy!” Don’t forget to grab some Ganesh lobby cards and a scoop of saffron ice cream while you’re here. CD, $10.49/Lobby Cards, $2, Bombay Ice Creamery, 552 Valencia St.

9. New Works by SCUBA
Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson are SCUBA, a team of two local artists who share gallery, canvas and bed space. Pick up some of their latest work at Studio 3579 where their exhibition, “Toys Don’t Cry,” will be on display from now until January 21. $20-60+. Studio 3579, 499 Dolores St.

10. Awesome Stocking Stuffers
Candy canes and mixed nuts are for old people and children. If you’re putting together a gift sock for anyone between the ages of 25 and 40, then you’re gonna need some schwag from the seventies and eighties. Skip Ebay and head to St Francis. Candy cigarettes, Garbage Pail Kids, Beverly Hills 90210 trading cards and more. $2+ St. Francis Fountain, 2801 24th St.

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Justin Juul is a freelance writer based in San Francisco's Mission District. He covers culture, arts, entertainment, and city living.

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