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Modern Family Gifting: Part 1

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

The Ghoreishi-Danpour Family

"Ahmad's hobbies are cooking and reading. He thinks retirement is kind of boring, actually."


Bialetti pasta pot, $35 at Cole Hardware, 956 Cole St. (near Parnassus Ave.), 415-753-2653

"My baba [Ahmad] tells the best stories, cooks the best Persian food, and makes a mean martini."


Two's Company Aspen horn-handle four-piece bar set, $75 at Aldea Home, 890 Valencia St. (near 20th St.) 415-865-9807

"I like those little boxes--like the ones you can get from Tiffany's, for instance. I like the fun things, not big diamonds."


Villa Paloma pendants, $2,200 and $800 at Tiffany & Co., 350 Post St. (near Stockton St.), 415-781-7000

"My grandparents throw parties like they were in their twenties. They love having company."


Maria Holmer Dahlgren Coffee in Bed tray, $36 at SFMOMA, 151 Third St. (near Mission St.), 415-255-9307

"My wife [Sharmine] is a maniac about her morning coffee."


Bodum electric French press, $60 at Cliff's Variety, 479 Castro St. (near 18th St.), 415-431-5365

"My mom [Sharmine] loves animal print--anything leopard."


ALC camel crew-neck print sweater, $365 at Barneys New York, 77 O'Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500 

"John builds furniture in his garage. He built a beautiful coffee table and bookcases. One year, he made everyone little desk clocks."


Nicole Bauguss reclaimed-wood box, $175 at Zonal, 568 Hayes St. (near Laguna St.), 415-352-3520; Ryobi 18V One+ lithium-ion cordless drill, $70 at Home Depot, Westlake Shopping Center, 303 East Lake Merced Blvd. (near John Daly Blvd.), Daly City, 650-755-0178

"Camilla always has to have the newest iPhone and iPad, with accessories to match. She's gadgety in that way."


Ana Romero iPhone case, $45 at Barney's New York, 77 O'Farrell St. (at Stockton St.), 415-268-3500

"Camilla moved back to the Bay Area last year and has her own little apartment now. She's the kin dof person who likes to make her surroundings cozy and beautiful--not just a place to sleep."


Vintage frames, from $295 at Cavalier, 1035 Post St. (near Larkin St.), 415-440-7300

"It has always been my dad and me as a two-man [fishing] team. It's anything but relaxing--we're always screaming at each other--but that's part of the fun."


Paul Smith & Barbour Men's Navy Waxed Seafarer jacket, $1,040 at Paul Smith, 50 Geary St. (near Kearny St.), 415-352-3520

"My brother used to live in a frat house and now lives with two dudes and two dogs."


Dog hoodie, $25 at San Franpsycho, 505 Divisadero St. (near Fell St.), 415-829-7874

The Ghoreishi-Danpour Family: A Persian professor and his party-throwing Swedish better half; their woodoworking son and his "hiking hottie" wife; a jet-setting, networking, NoPa-dwelling daughter and her fresh-from-the-frat fisherman brother 

(From left) Camilla Marie Danpour, 26, public relations professional, John and Sharmine's daughter

Ahmad Ghoreishi, 80, retired professor, Sharmine's dad

John Danpour, 57, married to Sharmine

Rodd Danpour, 23, materials planner at Oracle, John and Sharmine's son

Ann-Marie Ghoreishi, 80, homemaker, married to Ahmad

Sharmine Danpour, 57, homemaker, married to John

More Gifts for the Whole Tribe: Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.