Books Inc., Best Bookstore

Store for Unusual Gifts
East West Bookshop

East West Bookshop is designed to be a place for "self-exploration, expansion of understanding and self-awareness in an uplifting environment," according to the store manager, who said it stocks unique gift items with that philosophy in mind. The bookshop has also hosted several famous speakers through its seminars and musical events, including Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and Marianne Williamson.
324 Castro St.;; 650-988-9800

Bike Shop
Cognition Cyclery

A full-service bicycle shop for sales, repairs and bicycle fittings, Cognition Cyclery offers a wide stock of commute-style and high-end road bikes to accessories and bike rentals. The business also hosts a weekly group bike ride at the Arastradero Preserve.
903 Castro St.;; 650-386-1955

Books Inc.

Currently in its 18th year in Mountain View, independent bookseller Books Inc. stocks nonfiction, fiction and kids' novels, in addition to cards, games and gift items. Books Inc. hosts author events bimonthly and community fundraising nights in December, during which it donates 25% of sales to local schools.
317 Castro St.;; 650-428-1234

East West Bookshop, Best Store for Unusual Gifts


The chain boutique store Therapy sells clothing, home goods, vintage furniture, jewelry and unusual trinkets. The company also donates 1% of all sales to community organizations, including food banks, wildfire relief funds and charities.
250 Castro St.;; 650-691-1186

Fleur de Lis

The neighborhood flower shop Fleur de Lis sells floral arrangements for weddings, birthdays, holidays, funerals and corporate events. The store also offers a selection of gifts, fruit baskets and plants.
811 Castro St.;; 650-968-0220

Hardware Store
Blossom True Value Hardware

Started in 1973, Blossom True Value Hardware sells items for plumbing, gardening and electrical work, in addition to housewares and other small appliances. The hardware store also provides a key- and glass-cutting service for customers.
1297 W El Camino Real;; 650-964-7871