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Paxton Gate

In the Harry Potter heptalogy (that's a trilogy times two, plus one), there is a Room of Requirement at Hogwarts Castle where students can find whatever they need — books, potions, a room full of chamber pots. In San Francisco, our needs are somewhat more ... unusual, but certainly no less dear. Paxton Gate — purveyor of strange taxidermy, garden delights, odd curios, and more — saves our skins when we need a last-minute birthday gift or perfect hostess gift (we have weird friends, OK?). If it's a kid you have in mind, and that youngster wouldn't absolutely adore a dodecahedron hanging lamp or a mounted and framed tarantula (just $35!), the nearby Paxton Gate for Kids has cool puzzles, books, and toys for the deeply weird San Franciscans of the future.

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