From every destination, I buy a magnet (you know the ones we put in the fridge) that is strongly connected to that destination. Now for a guy that has been to several Greek Islands, (and not only), you can understand that buying something special matters, something unique!

Is there any place that sells (special/nice/beautiful/distinctive) magnets in San Francisco?

For example, from Monaco I bought a magnet that was like a wall-frame, and my mother found it marvelous! I really want to bring her one that she will find special..

A negative answer would be also accepted (i.e. that every store that sells souvenirs is pretty much the same for magnets).

  • @GayotFow but shopping says to be specific and it has 1.1k followers...! Moreover, I am pretty sure my question is related to Travel, but if there is a rule, there should be something done about the tag too... :)
    – gsamaras
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 4:40
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    We have a specific name for these in English, "fridge magnets". If you just say "magnet" we imagine a red horseshoe shaped lump of iron with shiny ends. I suggest editing your question title to say "fridge magnets". Everybody knows that these are commonly collected souvenirs, like snowglobes etc. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 4:54
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    @GayotFow: Re-read the shopping rules. We're not allowed to take "price shopping" questions. That is we can't find you the cheapest backpack or plane ticket of a specific type/date. We can help you find a souvenir you're having trouble locating. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 4:56
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    Done @hippietrail, you are right! I don't want anyone to believe that I am interesting in buying a Magnemite! :) Fantastic news, Gayot I assure you I am not even considering the price factor here!!! :)))
    – gsamaras
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 4:56
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    @hippietrail jolly good, I'm retracting my close vote, thanks for the explanation
    – Gayot Fow
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 5:04

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For some reason, Chinatown is Ground Zero for these kind of knickknacks. Cable-car magnets, Transamerica-Pyramid magnets, Golden-Gate-Bridge magnets, whatever you need.

They are all made in China, of course, but given that it is Chinatown, I don't know if that makes them more or less authentic.

  • OP, if you are after something fancier than the typical fridge magnet souvenirs, you should add a bit more details about that to the question. To me I could read your question both ways so I wasn't sure. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 5:11
  • I am sure for fancy the OP can try their luck at Pier 1 or similar. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 6:12
  • I posted my question after visiting some stores in Chinatown and near Union square, but I don't know if I had visited them all around there, that's why I didn't mention it. Pier 1 @BurhanKhalid? I haven't been there yet. ;)
    – gsamaras
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 1:43
  • I think Burhan was making something of a joke. San Francisco has a waterfront and the piers are numbered -- Pier 39 being the most famous -- but the first pier is part of the Ferry Building, which is an upscale food court and, as you'd guess, a ferry terminal; no fridge magnets. The "Pier 1" he was referring to is a chain store that specializes in home furnishings and decor. There is one near the corner of Geary and Stanyon, but there are over a 1000 stores across North America. Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 1:54
  • Ah thanks! I did actually buy two from Pier 39! ;)
    – gsamaras
    Commented Sep 11, 2016 at 19:48

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