Best gift shops in LA for anyone on your list: Eastside

Find the best gift shops on the Eastside for the next time you need to buy a present for anyone on your list.

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Gift shops are the perfect place to buy a present the next time you need one. Whether you're spending the day in Los Feliz, Silver Lake or Downtown, find gifts at these shops on the Eastside for anyone on your list.

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Fifth Floor

  • Price band: 3/4
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Half art gallery, half boutique, this hybrid design store stocks merchandise from local artists on the first floor and runs an exhibition (that rotates every month or two) on the second. Walking through the gallery space, owner Robert Apodaca's background in architecture is prevalent through his eye for contemporary and edgy art and design pieces. The space is stocked with jewelry, accessories, furniture, home ware and unique hand-made objects. Browse for exclusive items made for Fifth Floor—such as a tree stump cat scratcher, Sewn Machine throw pillows and a Hug Machine chair (a handmade Windsor chair). Stand out pieces include ceramic crushed cups that look like trashed plastic cups and the chunky statement necklaces made by LA-based artists.

  1. 502 Chung King Court
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Kellygreen

  • Price band: 3/4

Kellygreen is the place to go for pretty things that are high design, low impact—everything in the store is environmentally friendly and would look at home in the pages of Dwell, but won't break your bank. It's a great spot for gifts, greeting cards and kids stuff as well.

  1. 2149 W Sunset Blvd
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MOCA store

  • Price band: 3/4

This museum gift shop specializes in all products (books, clothing, stationery and other goods) from the contemporary art world. Shoppers are exposed to new and exciting pieces from different designers and artists—many of which have shown works at the museum. Proceeds help support MOCA exhibitions, programs and collections. Plus, flash your MOCA members card to receive a 10% discount on most purchases.

  1. 250 S Grand Ave
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Wacko Soap Plant

  • Price band: 2/4
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In the clear light of day, does your apartment look like a shrine to mediocrity? Need a collection of Mao Tse-tung wall art or sparkly unicorn floor mats? Spice it up with the freaky offerings at Wacko Soap Plant, known to locals simply as Wacko’s. A curiosity and book store (with a gallery, La Luz de Jesus, in the back), this sprawling retailer offers an exhaustive collection of everything colorful and cool, like Hindu dashboard deities, Betty Page shower curtains, jalapeno string lights, Tibetan statues, Japanese bobbleheads, and Mexican death figurines. It’s worth spending an afternoon just amusing yourself with the extensive book collection on kitschy art.

  1. 4633 Hollywood Blvd
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Yolk

"Free Range Design" is the tagline at this colourful shop in Silver Lake, at which the products are sourced from around the world. Expect fresh, modern Scandinavian-inspired ideas for the home, along with children's furniture and accessories (think: strips and polka dots) at the store that looks like an Anthropology and Etsy lovechild.

  1. 1626 Silver Lake Blvd
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Mohawk General Store

  • Price band: 3/4
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The cardinal rule of gifting states that you should give that which you would want to receive yourself. If that’s the case, this serene Silver Lake mercantile is the ideal place for present-shopping, as we’ve never left without wanting to take each and every item home. For the ladies, we suggest checking out the delicate jewelry by L.A. brands Hortense and Gabriela Artigas; candles by 370-year-old brand Cire Trudon; polygonal terrariums by Score + Solder; and printed stationary by Postalco. Also worth noting: the shop’s impressive collection of modernist furniture and lighting.

  1. 4011 W Sunset Blvd
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