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Modern Family Gifting: Part 2

Four multigenerational Bay Area broods share their intrafamily gifting goals. Then we scour the city for the perfect presents.

The Dhillon-McNeely Family

"Inder's big into hiking and mountain climbing around Mount Shasta and Yosemite. We like to take the kids camping up in the Marin Headlands."

-Ken

Portland General Store Alpine shave jelly, $17 at Rare Device, 600 Divisadero St. (at Hayes St.), 415-863-3969

"Meera loves dolls, but she'll never get a Barbie from me. I like dolls with some learning involved."

-Sangeeta 

Woon iDoll iPod speaker, $50 at Barneys New York, 77 O'Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500

"Kabir loves writing and making books. He says he's writing plays about his life."

-Ken

Life Notable Memo Section notebook, $24 at Mill Mercantile, 3751 24th St. (at Chattanooga St.), 415-401-8920

"Sangeeta adores anthing Burberry. The checked print, the coats, the leather goods... As long as it's Burberry, she loves it."

-Jaspreet

College-stripe trench coat, $2,795 at Burberry, 225 Post St. (near Grant Ave), 415-392-2200

"Jaspreet loves gold jewelry. In India, it's the more the merrier: not just one bangle, but six."

-Ken

Optique Chaine d'Ancre bangles, $450-$780 at Hermes, 125 Grant Ave. (near Geary St.), 415-863-3969

"My mother [Gurkirpal] is a distinguished lady and looks great in scarves. Never enough scarves!"

-Inder

Abstract wool scarf, $148 at Kate Spade New York, 227 Grant Ave. (at Post St.), 415-216-0880

"It's tough to buy Arjun clothes, since he wears mostly T-shirts, but I know he loves custom Chuck Taylors."

-Ken

Alan Gonzalez Muni Chuck Taylor All Stars, $60 at Shoe Biz, 1420 Haight St. (near Masonic Ave.), 415-392-2200

"Arjun typically wears really big T-shirts and hoodies. My goal is to dress him like a hip young man. I think he secretly enjoys it." 

-Sangeeta

Waxed Shacket, $357 at Freemans Sporting Club, 696 Valencia St. (at 18th St.), 415-863-2155

For Arjun: Controller linocut prints, $25 each at 3 Fish Studios, 4541 Irving St. (near 47th Ave.), 415-986-4380

"With Ken's keen sense of style, pochettes and neckties work great. I find the best selection at Wilkes Bashford, Side benefit: I get to wear them myself."

-Inder

Isaia dress shirt and cashmere tie, $425 and $195 at Wilkes Bashford, 375 Sutter St. (near Stockton St.), 415-986-4380

The Dhillon-McNeely Family: A natty businessman and his wine-loving, rock-climbing husband; their high-performing kids; a well-read, Hermes-clad grandma; and her Burberry-lusting, marathon-running daughters 

(From left) Sangeeta Grewal, 49, CPA, Inder and Jaspreet's sister

Gurkirpal Dhillon, 84, retired high school principal, Sangeeta, Inder, and Jaspreet's mom

Meera Dhillon McNeely, 6, kindergartner, Ken and Inder's daughter

Jaspreet Dhillon, 54, internist, Inder and Sangeeta's sister

Ken McNeely, 50, president, AT&T California, married to Inder

Arjun Sidhu, 17, high school senior, Jaspreet's son

Inder Dhillon, 51, dermatologist, married to Ken

Kabir Dhillon McNeely, 7, second grader, Ken and Inder's son

More Gifts for the Whole Tribe: Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4.