There has been much hoopla about the upcoming Black Friday and the "official" start of the holiday shopping season. While we appreciate the offerings of many large chain stores, we think there's a more relaxing approach to the gift-giving season. Today, we bring you a list of some of our favorite stores (one for each day in December). One of our picks has 25 shops worldwide, but most are small boutiques. We doubt anyone will be lining up at these businesses the day the Thanksgiving plates are cleared, but at each one, you'll find home-centric gifts with a distinctly San Francisco flair for you to peruse at a more civilized pace.