Where can I buy animal shaped cookie cutters in SF?
They're quite pricey, but I've seen them at Williams Sonoma. They even have a set that resemble the animal crackers I loved as a child, the kind that came in a small box with white string.
Yeah, W-S has expensive ones (Sur La Table may too). If you call Spun Sugar in Berkeley, you can check to see what kind they have, because they usually are my go to for baking supplies (and they would certainly be cheaper than W-S), though I don't know if you can get to Berkeley.
Maybe Cost Plus or Cookin?
339 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA
Cost Plus World Market
2552 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
The WS ones look really cute, though, and the part that imprints looks pretty snazzy. I have 'em on my birthday wish list. They don't seem unduly price-y to me, but, then, I don't get out much.
Sur La Table has tons of classic tin cookie cutters in every imaginable shape.
The Sur La Table in Berkeley has them so I am guessing the SF locations would carry them as well. I purchased an elephant-shaped cutter (metal variety) a few weeks back.
I've seen animal cookie cutters sets, letters and seasonal shapes at Michaels Arts & Crafts (container of about 25 plastic cookie cutters - and cheap too), though I don't see much on the website now. Out of the places already mentioned, Spun Sugar and then Sur La Table have the best selection of loose metal cookie cutters. I've seen cookie cutters in the "Super" Long's Drug Store in Oakland too.