Los Angeles Holiday Shopping Guide

By Lanee Lee

With less than a month left for holiday shopping, we’re here to help with the Los Angeles Holiday Shopping Guide for the naughty and nice trendsetters, gadabouts, design snobs, art fiends, and culture hounds on your list.

We scoured Los Angeles so you won’t have to and divvied up the nifty gifty shopping by neighborhood:


Tortoise Gallery & General Store:  Both stores feature unique modern gifts made in Japan. The General Store has super luxe camping supplies, kitchenware, and stationary. Tortoise Gallery is a wonderland of handcrafted jewelry, tea sets and art.

KOKO: A purchase here not only supports local Venice economy but preserves the ancient hand-weaving craft in Cambodia. KOKO has vibrant silken works of wearable art for women – but the intricately woven, hand-dyed scarves are unisex.

Strange Invisible Perfumes: Feels like you’re walking into a spa rather than a perfumery, but Strange Invisible Perfumes specializes in the sensory experience from the space to the scents. To really impress someone, buy a gift certificate for a bespoke fragrance (approx $1000) that takes place in a private chamber in the back based on their favorite smells.

Los Feliz

WACKO Soap Plant: For the ultimate white elephant gift, WACKO is filled with thousands of kitchy, eclectic ideas from ketchup squirting guns to obscene religious ornaments. If you’ve got a prankster on your list, look no further.

Glory: For the motorcycle maniac, you can find ’70s vintage helmets, motorcycle inspired racing sweaters,  and vintage cut tees from their own brand Glory Utility and other spiffy speedster accessories. 

Mid – LA

Matcha Source: Newly opened on lucky 11/11/11, give the gift of green – Matcha green tea that is. Beyond the teas and Matcha accessories, stocking stuffers like HANRO undies, flip-flop socks (Japanese tabi socks), and gourmet brownies are just the kind of little luxuries we all need more of in life. 8036 W. 3rd St.

Mister Freedom: A vintage men’s clothing haven with old and Mister Freedom originals fashioned after WWII Sailor uniforms and Parisian gangsters of the ’40s called Les Apaches.

ARP: Do the lady in your life a favor and skip the generic mall jewelry stores for the holiday bling. ARP is hallowed ground for artisan jewelry. ARP has delicate museum-quality pieces from LA and NYC artists that she’ll actually be proud to wear. 8311 1/2 West 3rd St.

OK Store: Need a mini snow globe or a squirrel bobble head? Check. Have a friend into obscure art books? Check. How about a Michael Jackson costume kit? Check. Whatever you need for the quirky or artsy, OK has it all.

Sunset Junction

Dean: Support local and make someone swoon with quality leather goods like eye-catching purses, thick leather watches, and punk rock messenger bags – all made on site with a knack for design and craftsmanship. You can find Dean at Barney’s too, but the shop is a worth a visit for the full experience: leather aroma, tactile suede, and rich colors for the eye to behold.

Barkeeper: From vintage bar accessories to customized bar kits (including the alcohol) fashioned after LA celebrity mixologist’s recipes, for the lush on your list, this is L.A.’s premium place to go.

ReForm School: With a local artist pop-store in the back selling customized gifts, these crafty gifts will certainly make the naughty on your list straighten up. www.reformschoolrules.com


  • http://twitter.com/_MisterFreedom_ Christophe Loiron

    Thank you for the mention Miss Lanee ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/_MisterFreedom_ Christophe Loiron

    Thank you for the mention Miss Lanee ;-)