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For Her

Market Fresh

Cheese Plus: Taste Cheese will customize a farm-fresh basket for you with different vendors’ specialties, like Eclipse chocolates, Jackie’s Jams and Taste cheeses, at the Little Italy Mercato on Saturday mornings. $50-$150, tastecheese.com.

For the Fashionista

Jessica Simpson clutch, $52, macys.com. Betsy Johnson bracelet, $35, macys.com. Gold-dipped cross hoop earrings add a touch of sparkle to her stocking. $62, dogearred.com.

For the Chef

Spices and Teas: Owner Toni Renier has a wide selection of exotic teas, decorative jars, infusers and mortars and pestles at her Just Spice stall at the Hillcrest and Little Italy farmers’ markets. Create your own mix of spices, or pick up her gift boxes. Prices start at $3. justspice.org.

For Lady Locavores

1 & 5: Mitts and Cutting Boards: Cutting boards, aprons, oven mitts and serving utensils are among the fair-trade, handmade gifts sold by local company Seven Hopes United. Partial proceeds are donated to artisan communities around the world. Teak boards start at $19.50; oven mitts start at $7. Little Italy Mercato. sevenhopesunited.com.

2: Gourmet Salts: She Sells Sea Salts (Little Italy Mercato) and Salt Farm (Mission Hills farmers’ market) both offer natural sea salts, bright finishing salts, delicate flake salts, coarse salts for grinding and smoked salts from as far away as the Himalayas. $10-$28, depending on style and size. ­shesellsseasalts.com, salt-farm.com.

3: Vintage Farm Baskets: Stop by the Label Rouge stall at the Little Italy Mercato for vintage baskets from villages around Shandong, China. $119, descansovalleyranch.com.

4: Handmade Pottery: The Wheel owners, Dominique and Mike Totah, sell their glazed serving platters and casseroles to restaurants — and at the Little Italy and Solana Beach farmers’ markets on weekends. Prices start under $20. ­thewheelstoneware.com.

For the Procrastinator

Digitime digital multifunction watch, $36, macys.com.

Members Only

New Children’s Museum: Like giving someone permission to play for an entire year. Memberships start at $85. thinkplaycreate.org. Sailing: Care about getting to Catalina but don’t care about caring for a yacht? Two words: fractional membership. Fees start at $2,500 annually. sailtime.com.

WaveHouse: With a live deejay in the weight room, parties by the pool, Latin dance nights and family days, this is so not the average fitness membership. Plans start at $39. ­wavehouseathleticclub.com.

Slow Food San Diego: Locavore lovers can meet local farmers, cook group dinners, travel to other slow-food communities and help support local-food initiatives around the country. Membership starts at $25. ­slowfoodsandiego.org.

For Him

For the California Soul

Locals Only by Hugh Holland showcases classic skate ­photography. $39.95, ammobooks.com.

For the ­Classic ­Rocker

This Tivoli table radio looks as good as it sounds, thanks to its high-gloss cabinet. $180, neimanmarcus.com.

For the Style Maven

Dita Charger sunglasses, $275, available at Azzaria in ­Cardiff, shopazzaria.com.

MD bag by Dean’s Accessories, $405 deanaccessories.com.

Heather Moore cufflinks, $845-$2,565, neimanmarcus.com.

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