The holidays are right around the corner and that means it’s time to start the search for the perfect gifts for your family, friends, and significant other. If you did not find a deal on Cyber Monday and are still in need of a trinket or toy, browse this Los Angeles gift guide to land a great gift for your loved one while supporting our local economy.
For the coffee lover: Die hard coffee connoisseurs cannot resist the smoky sweet aromas of the perfect cup of coffee made from premium coffee beans, brewed in a ceramic dripper, which is the best brewing method available. The dripper can be purchased from LA Mill Coffee and can be paired with a pound of their high quality coffee, making a perfect gift for coffee lovers.
For the bookworm: LA has a slew of local bookstores, each with their own collection of gift worthy merchandise. Vroman’s in Pasadena carries Mr. Darcy tote bags for the Jane Austen fan, T-shirts that say, “I read banned books” and “Book Nerd,” and even a Scrabble-esque game called Bananagrams in which players race to finish their own crosswords with letter tiles.
For the fashionista: A high-end consignment store, Ampersand Boutique will have the gorgeous one-of-a-kind finds you are looking to give the most fashionable person in your life. From unique purses and designer shirts to vintage pieces and patterned scarves, this boutique has expensive taste at a small budget so you don’t break the bank during the holidays and can still give a great fashionista gift.
For the beer aficionado: Established in 1997, Angel City Brewery recently moved to Downtown LA where they set up shop in a combination brewery, bar, and event space. The doors will be open any day now, and until then, you can purchase a pack of their Eureka! Wit or Angeleno IPA beers for gifting at many locations around Los Angeles. The ultra-local flavors of these beers will be a hit with all beer lovers.
For the artist: In a world of Micheals, Tops Art Supplies stands out like a glowing star. Their large selection of high quality sheep hair, mouse whisker, and goat hair brushes will be cherished by the creative soul in your life. Combine a brush set with a ShinHan Oriental Paint set to give an artistic gift that will be treasured for years to come.
For the sports fan: No matter what team your recipient roots for, any sports enthusiast would love to attend an action packed game at the Staples Center. If the NHL or NBA are not in your recipient’s interests, consider giving tickets to sports game at USC or UCLA which has a greater variety of games such as football, soccer, baseball and volleyball. College games also tend to be more affordable than nationals and the experiences your loved one receives will be priceless.
For the foodie: Visit Surfas, a foodie’s heaven, and put together a themed foodie gift basket. If your foodie is a pizza lover, pick out a heavy duty pizza aluminum to produce an evenly baked crust, a fancy pizza cutter and a few specialty topping ingredients such as a glass jar of whole black truffles. If you want to give a grouping of rare or extra-special ingredients, take a trip to Nicole’s Gourmet Foods where you can find fleur de sel, olive oils from all over the world, nut oils such as hazelnut oil and pistachio oil, and a wide range of vinegars from French fig and spice balsamic vinegar to tarragon vinegar.
For the gamer: What video game lover wouldn’t enjoy playing a rare imported video game? The inventory at Hyper Game consists largely of Japanese imports that are difficult to find anywhere else so you can be sure that your recipient does not already have the gift you are bestowing upon them.
For the adrenaline junkie: The heart pumping experiences to give are boundless and highly customizable. You can give the gift of flight or fall with a skydiving package through Skydiving Los Angeles or give the gift of speed with a race car driving class with LA Racing. If the recipient prefers their adrenaline on the water, the nearby ocean provides the perfect atmosphere for surfing lessons with Learn to Surf LA or jet ski rentals with LA Boat Rentals. Whether in the air, on the ground, or in the water, an adrenaline junkie will have a blast with any of these high throttle gifts.
For the music lover: According to Bono, “Music can change the world because it can change the people.” If you want to change the world, one gift at a time, visit Headline Records to find a gift for the music lover in your life. Whether it is a guitar pick earrings or a pillowcase of their favorite band, Headline Record has many gifts that your recipient would love that are more unique than the average record.
The local stores in LA are almost as diverse as its residents. For this reason, the season of giving can be fun, affordable, and personal for each recipient. What are your favorite stores in LA to shop for your friends and family?