I always have trouble buying things for some of my friends. Its not to say that I don’t know them â€” hell, I’ve known most of them for WAY TOO LONG, in fact â€” but that their interests are so hodgepodge that its hard to say what they would like for a gift. They’re usually independent and sufficient enough to have what they need, but what do they want?! By god, what can I get them that is cheap and amazing!?
A little tip: go to design festivals. Honestly, you will find the most amazing things you never knew existed! You also will be able to probably save on the product, as a lot of designers sell their products for less than you would pay online or in a store, and are often willing to haggle with you. Get those negotiating skills in line!
And even though I’m always looking for a way to save money, the best part is getting to know the person that made the product I am buying. I never have a lot of money to spend, but I always want it to go directly into the hand of the person responsible. Plus, you’ll have a great story to tell your friend once you give them the gift!
Now, while I’m still saving up for the next Indie Mart, I think I might check out the Union Design Festival in Hayes Valley today to get some goods. Just think of it this way: if you end up empty handed, you have the rest of the afternoon to explore quaint little Hayes Valley. God, I sound like a stroller mom. But you get the point.
What: Union Design Festival
Where: On Hayes Street, stringing through Hayes Valley
When: TODAY! 11 am â€” 5 pm
Why: Because you’re sick of making cards for your best friend but you want to get them something badass and affordable. And its FREE.
REMEMBER TO BRING CASH! As much as you want to put that t-shirt on plastic, I’m sure the vendor won’t indulge. Check out their website for a map and a list of designers.