Form + Field 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

For our second annual gift guide, we’re taking a slightly different tack to the usual gift guide. As we’ve gotten older, gift-giving has mostly given way to spending meaningful time with our loved ones, whether that be through food, travel, or new experiences. This year we’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for creating memories with your friends and family - experiences that we’ve either done ourselves, given as gifts, or have on our bucket list!

FOR THE FOODIE

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Outstanding in the Field

Forget farm to table, Outstanding in the Field takes the table to the farm! Set in stunning landscapes, this dinner party at a single long table is an unforgettable experience.

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Kaori’s Kitchen

Mochi class, anyone? If you don’t share our love of mochi, you can learn how to make ramen, sushi, or any of the other Asian dishes offered by daughter and mother team Kaori and Yuki.

FOR THE MAKER

Meryl Pataky  Neon Art: Joseph Kosuth

Meryl Pataky Neon Art: Joseph Kosuth

Meryl Pataky - Neon Workshops

Make your own neon masterpiece! Meryl is a local Bay Area artist focusing on neon and mixed media, and she happens to also hold neon workshops where you can create your own abstract designs or a pair of neon boobs from a selection of pre-designed patterns.

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sfclayworks

Ceramic art has made a huge comeback in recent years, so why not make your own? sfclayworks is located in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco and offers all-levels ceramics classes for wheel throwing and handbuilding in the evening. The best part? There’s plenty of parking.

FOR THE TRAVELER

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Esalen

Even for the non-hippies, Esalen is a must-do at least once in your life! Built on the side of a cliff in Big Sur, Esalen offers hot springs, intimate workshops, and the most delicious vegetarian meals that will win over even the most ardent of carnivores. One of our most memorable experiences period.

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Sea Ranch

For the architecture enthusiast, Sea Ranch is the perfect weekend getaway just 2-1/2 hours north of San Francisco. The upcoming SFMOMA exhibition sums it up perfectly, “Designed by a small group of Bay Area architects and designers in the early 1960s, the development was envisioned as a progressive, inclusive community, guided by the idealistic principles of good design, economy of space, and harmony with the natural environment.” Rent an iconic house designed by Charles Moore, William Turnbull, or perhaps, Joseph Esherick.

What are some of your favorite experiences to give or receive? Share with us in the comments!

Form + Field Annual Holiday Gift Guide 2018

The holiday season is upon us and to celebrate we’re sharing our first-ever gift guide. What follows are Form + Field approved (i.e. beautiful and functional) gifts that we have personally tried and tested. Go forth and gift well!

1. For the chef / After receiving this skillet as a gift, we stopped using all of our other pans. Its versatility makes it a must-have for any chef's kitchen. Shop the Finex Cast Iron Skillet.

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2. For the minimalist / This porcelain tableware from Japan is the definition of beauty in simplicity. Shop Hasami Porcelain.

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3. For the modernist / Remember your grandma’s quilts? Louise Gray’s quilts are nothing like that. Bonus: they can double as artwork. Shop the Louise Gray Throw Quilt.

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4. For the hostess / Brooklyn-based design studio Ladies & Gentlemen first broke out with their signature tray that combines a trio of luxe materials to better serve your guests. Shop the Perimeter Tray.

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5. For the collector / Local Bay Area ceramicist Sara Paloma's work is stunning and she’s having her annual studio sale on Sunday, December 10th from 12:00 - 5:00 at 4333 Holden St. #54, Emeryville, CA. Shop Sara Paloma on Etsy.

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6. For the music lover / These diminutive beauties will greatly improve the ease in how you listen to music. Shop Sonos PLAY:1.

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