Finished nibbling on leftovers and making returns? Step away from the stores and experience a little culture. Here are a few brilliant photography exhibits to peruse in San Francisco and beyond this week.

Christmas is over, but visions of vacation still dance in your head. The cure? Road trip it to the straight-out-of-a-movie-set town of Healdsburg and check out what’s new, north of the Golden Gate.

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift or a unique entertaining piece? Russian Hill home furnishings and accessories boutique Jak Home, owned by interior designer Kathleen Navarra, has just introduced a new line of beautifully designed tabletop ceramics from celebrated Los-Angeles-based artist Lesley Anton.

It may be unusual, but for this Baby Area start-up, an Edwardian home in the Haigh-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco turned out to be the perfect space for their big ideas. 

Some of our favorite lazy afternoons are spent browsing though the H.D. Buttercup store (they have locations in both San Francisco and Los Angeles), so you can imagine our excitment when we heard that their Half Yearly Sale starts Dec. 26 and lasts through Jan. 16.

This year, there’s a new meaning to gift-wrapping being hard. How would Ice-Cube, Too Short or Dr. Dre deck out their holiday gifts? Think paper with decorations of bullets, wads of cash, 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor, eight balls and black ski masks.

Editor's Note: Each month, Assistant Editor and Arts & Culture guru Bryan Anthony selects California's best upcoming art and design events. Mark your calendars—you won't want to miss these.

While we’re kicking unhealthy habits and chalking up our New Year’s resolutions, local gallerists are preparing to be out with the old and in with the new, as well. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift that will earn you some serious cred or seeking creative inspiration during this hectic season, be sure to visit these local art shows before they vanish in 2012.

Pop-up shops? So 2011. Popuphoods? Hello, 2012. With the New Year just around the corner, Old Oakland’s new neighborhood revitalization effort, Popuphood, just kicked-off thanks to locals Alfonso Dominguez and Sarah Filley.

We're getting down to the wire with holiday shopping. Rather than find yourself scrambling for last minute holiday gift ideas, check out some of our favorite finds from four of our go-to San Francisco shops!

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