In the heart of San Francisco lives one of the most fetching small boutiques I've found in a long time—Rare Device. It originally opened in Brooklyn, New York, but the owners brought the store over to the Bay Area, and now this is home for the tiny but adorable store that offers whimsical, modern, funky, stylish gifts, jewelry and housewares.
With much of the stock created by local artisans, you'll find a handful of "must haves" that no one else has—a leather watch, dangly earrings, new stationery, a teapot, as well as children's items. By far, this is a shopping destination if you're in the city. Everything inside is most definitely rare.
Rare Device, 1845 Market St., San Francisco, (415) 863-3969, raredevice.net.