San Francisco is a happening city with steep hills and a very interesting driving experience as you might imagine. There are many different districts here that are each unique to the activity or scene that is popular in that area. San Francisco is the commercial, financial, and cultural hub of Northern California. The entirety of the city covers approximately 46.9 km2.
Most of this city is located at the Northern most end of the Peninsula of San Francisco in San Francisco Bay. Not only will your visit introduce you to many cultures, but such sights as the Golden Gate Bridge. Also, this is a historic site where the California Gold Rush occurred. Take part in history and grab some great souvenirs to remember your trip by. Below I have outlined the top souvenirs for purchase in San Francisco, California.
1. San Francisco Collage T-Shirts
While not everyone wants to bring home something that could be seen as generic, this San Francisco T-shirt is still quite special. Plus, it makes for a great reference for your trip out West. Located mostly at Pier 39, you will find a vast collection of T-shirts that feature a collage of the wharf and other treasures of San Francisco.
Available in multiple colors as well, you can easily personalize your T-shirt purchase to your preference. Additionally, they give you the choice between short, long, and ¾ sleeve shirts. Therefore, depending on where you live, you can plan to dress for comfort.
While this might leave you yawning and wondering, why, you would be amazed at the magnets in San Francisco. They are not your run of the mill, everyday magnets that you find at the grocery store. Instead, they feature iconic San Francisco staples and tourist attractions. Whether you collect magnets, which many do, or you simply want to decorate your fridge, these are a great bet.
Magnets featuring the Golden Gate Bridge, the iconic cable car, and the cityscape are all available. While this is a diverse collection, there are many more to choose from. They additionally have the iconic jail and home design magnets like you will only see in San Francisco.
3. San Francisco Snow Globes
Much like with the other souvenirs on this list you can get a snow globe picturing multiple landscapes and sites around the city. This is true for a lot of souvenirs in large cities. Was there a site you visited that you want to bring home for you? The good news is, you can!
Bring home a snow globe full of landscapes, beaches, and structures.
From the Golden Gate Bridge to the rolling hills and homes—there is a snow globe in San Francisco for you. There are beautiful full-color snow globes, ones featuring fog, and others that are grey and white with added detail. The best part? They are more than affordable and easy to bring home.
4. Locally-Crafted Goods
No matter where you go when it comes to major cities, you are going to find the local craftsmen. These local craftsmen put their blood, sweat, and tears into their passions. Often, this effort results in a beautiful culmination of local crafts that are available for tourists and residents alike.
Find charming wooden carvings of California with resident animals on them. Also, there are cutting boards with similar designs. Need some new coasters for your living room? Grab some leather coasters crafted by hand. Need some new décor for your bathroom? Find some unique, adorably hand-painted soap dishes.
5. Gifts for Children
If you are traveling with children, they, of course, are going to want to participate in souvenir buying. And lucky for them, the collection of children’s goods in San Francisco is practically unlimited. Beginning with clothing all the way through to toys, there is something here for every child no matter the age or gender.
Some of the cuter children’s goods I have found are these adorable T-shirts that says brother for sale. Because what child has never wanted to sell a sibling or two? There are also your typical San Francisco official T-shirts that will be quite the talking point when your little one returns to school following your trip.
San Francisco Souvenirs
Visiting San Francisco is an unforgettable experience that is certain to grab you by the seat of your pants. With unbelievable amounts of sites to see and activities to participate in, San Francisco is a diverse, highly-populated city with a lot of culture to present.
Travel across the San Francisco and Golden Gate bridges. Traverse the hills of the streets that transport you through the city either by rented car, taxi, or the infamous trolley. With this guide in hand, you will be prepared to bring home the best the city has to offer.
Updated: August 21, 2018