The concept of pop-up stores popped in our lives a few years ago, when retailers suddenly realized the exciting potential of temporary spaces and limited-edition offerings. The pop-up shopping experience becomes especially valuable during the holiday season, as everyone embarks on the impossible mission of scoring totally unique, amazingly thoughtful gifts.

This year, San Francisco’s variety of pop-ups is as creative as ever. Here are a few of-the-moment favorites:

Every Ivy pop-up at Loft 1513
Until December 31st
The Noe Valley boutique is hosting Every Ivy, the stylish made-in-California, San Francisco-based brand designed by Liliana Ventura. Since the brand doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar store, this is a good opportunity to surprise a favorite fashionista with an exclusive dress or blouse with a local twist.

Pop It Like It’s Hot at Schatzi
Until December 31st
The Mission vintage shop is getting even hotter for the holiday season with a musically themed pop-up. Vintage records and goodies are joined by laser cut organizers by Kate Koeppel Design and letterpress posters and totes from Paper Jam Press—all of which make attractive gifts for that sophisticated couple who has it all.

Makers Market at Westfield Mall
Until December 28th
The online retailer specializing in handcrafted artisanal goods is presenting its merchandise in the heart of Westfield’s commercial cornucopia. Dozens of attractive, unique gifts compete for the customer’s wallet, and occasional trunk shows by local designers and makers keep things interesting.

Chubbies on Union st.
Until December 28th
Gifting shorts in December might be against better judgment, but men’s fashion brand Chubbies supplements the summery selection of shorts and Hawaii shirts with ugly Christmas sweaters and plenty of holiday drinks. The perfect place to shop for a dad or an uncle with a sense of humor.

Headlands at Park Life
Until January 4th
This popular gallery and shop is hosting the Marina Headlands Center for the Arts. tThe gallery’s already satisfying selection of art, books and souvenirs is spiced up by limited edition prints, jewelry, backpacks and pottery by local artists.

BeGood Clothing at the Harrington Gallery
Until December 24th
The eco-friendly and organic clothing and accessory brand is tempting shoppers with exclusive offerings that can’t be bought online, located at a welcoming gallery space for only two weeks. The socks and the scarves make for especially versatile gifts, unisex and personal.