When you live in Los Angeles, you have access to the best of everything – dining, shopping, concerts, museums and more. So it’s challenging not to feel stumped when confronting your nice and naughty lists. What do you buy for the residents of a city that has it all?
No one knows how to please an Angeleno like a fellow Angeleno, so, with the help of LA Magazine, we’ve put together a holiday gift guide full of L.A. makers, brands, and shops that are sure to please every local on your list. In a town full of creative artists and artisans, why not skip the mall and get your holiday shopping done right here in town? Read on for our some of our favorite hand-picked, LA-made goodies.
FOR THE LADY (OR GENT) OF LEISURE
Block Shop is a sister-run textile studio with roots in both Los Angeles and Jaipur, and their entire process start to finish is manual. They sketch their beautiful designs, print with wooden blocks, and dye in small batches. We’re fans of their sumptuous 100% organic Indian cotton bath robes in bold, geometric prints. Plus they invest 5% of Block Shop’s annual profits in their Bagru Women’s Empowerment Program, so you can feel good about giving back while you check names off your list.
FOR THE EARTH MOTHER
Edible Gardens LA designs, builds, plants and sustains organic vegetable gardens and edible landscapes right here in the heart of Los Angeles. Founder Lauri Kranz teaches gardening at local schools and with her company Edible Gardens LA, helps chefs, restaurants, families, museums, schools, and more grow lush gardens full of organic fruits and vegetables. Check out Lauri’s careful and beautifully curated shop section on the site. We love the Seven Voyages tea, a blend of golden-flecked black tea, cardamom, and pink rose.
FOR THE HOMESICK GLOBETROTTER
Perhaps you’ve wondered, does California have a smell? What about Silver Lake? According to local candlemakers P.F. Candle Co. and Flores Lane, they do. P.F. Candle Co. interprets California as a blend of coastal sage, dry desert, redwood, and beachwood, and our own ‘hood, Luarel Canyon (from Flores Lane) boasts an intoxicating mix of ginger and white amber. Take the comforting smell of home with you wherever you may roam.
FOR THE BOOZE HOUND
Produced by local outfit Ventura Spirits Company, Amaro Angeleno starts with un-aged brandy that’s infused with local native botanicals, bitter herbs, and heaps of California citrus. The eye-catching label—a poppy-strewn California Art Nouveau throwback—is sure to be a lovely, bright addition to compliment any home bar.
FOR THE SUGAR FIEND
Never heard of Halva? Ok, here us out because sesame paste doesn’t sound that incredible. But This rich and flaky dessert is incredibly popular in the middle east, and makes a perfect gift that’s both small and sweet. For the perfect stocking stuffer, check out the artisan variety produced by L.A.’s own Hebel and Co., started in 2017 by husband and wife duo Scott Hebel and Katie Gurvin. Freshly made with quality ingredients, choose from flavors like chocolate chunk, espresso, and pistachio-nigella.
FOR THE MYSTIC IN TRAINING
Come on, it’s LA! We all have that one friend that’s obsessed with all things mystic – physic readings, star charts, crystals, you name it. Enter Small Spells – illustrator, spiritual advisor, and stick-and-poke tattoo artist Rachel Howe. This set of witchy-cool tarot cards comes in either color or black and white, and is available online or at the Small Spells storefront in Virgil Village.
FOR THE INSTAGRAM PHOTOGRAPHER
Famed L.A. photographer George Rodriguez has spent his career capturing two sides of the City of Angels; ritzy celebrities living the high life and regular people, mostly Eastside Latinos, just trying to achieve equality. Hat & Beard press released a beautiful 192-page book filled with his photography that looks as good flipping through the pages as it does resting on a coffee table.
FOR THE bird scooter boycotter
Skate into 2019 in style! Local LA illustrator Julia Walck is known for her colorful, hand-lettered designs, used here to decorate a limited-run, retro-style skateboard crafted by BOARDLife. Walck’s design is the bold, colorful “COOL IT” board pictured top center.
FOR THE HOSTESS WHO ALREADY HAS THE MOSTEST
You know the type – the hostess with the snazzy wine opener, the charming wine stoppers, the marble cheese boards, the olive wood serving spoons… so what can you get them? This is a perfect option. The Semolina pasta is made over in Pasadena on traditional bronze dies from all organic durum wheat. Complete with simple gift wrap, this gift set is bundled with a pack of Jacobsen sea salt and an adorable brass salt spoon.
FOR THE KID WHO’S COOLER THAN YOU
Shopping for a kid who’s already impossibly more chic than you could ever hope to be by age 5? Welcome to Los Angeles. Babies in this city are seriously sophisticated, so you’ll have to think outside the box. Pick up this Alice Coltrane classic, recorded at the late jazz musician’s Sai Anantam Ashram (which was sadly lost in the recent Woolsey fire) and filled with joyful chants and harp melodies that will be appreciated by trendy babies and parents alike.
FOR THE FRIEND WITH CULTURAL PRIDE
One of our favorite things about our city of Los Angeles is how incredibly diverse it is. Cultures of all kinds unabashedly celebrate their roots, loud and proud. If you’ve got a Latinx in your life just jonesing to flaunt their heritage, get them Hija de Tu Madre’s limited edition bandera denim wash jacket. You can also choose from jackets with the Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador flags. We all know the denim jacket is THE Los Angeles uniform, and the special sequin detailing gives this piece some truly special flair.