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

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

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Tortoise General Store

Gift shops are the perfect place to buy a present the next time you need one. Whether you're spending the day on Montana Avenue or Abbot Kinney, find gifts at these shops on the Westside for anyone on your list.

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Tortoise General Store

Critics' pick

A symbol of longevity in Japan, the tortoise is the theme for this lovely little store that showcases traditional Japanese crafts and items designed to last. The stock normally includes cast-iron ornaments and recycled glassware. There's a sister store, Tortoise, just down the block.

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Venice

Huset

Perfect the modern, Scandanavian look for eveything in your home—huset means "the house"—from furniture, houseware, kitchenware to women's clothing and accessories and knick-knacks for children. Each piece, including the recent addition of men's clothing, is curated by Swedish owner Holly Hollberg who makes regular shopping trips to her native land for unique finds.

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Venice

LACMA store

Critics' pick

This museum gift shop is a bit on the pricey side, but the items here represent the eclectic art that the museum houses. Shop the sleek store to find a range of books, gifts, clothing, art pieces and children’s items—perfect for anyone on your gifting list. LACMA members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

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Miracle Mile

Plastica

Carla Denker's shop in the midst of 3rd Street's eating and shopping stands out for its well-curated mix of all shapes and colors for the house and kids. Items from around the globe include bento boxes from Thailand, one-of-a-kind woven plastic totes from Oaxaca, Japanese bath products and Scandinavian home design. There's a whole section dedicated to children from baby's bibs, toys and lamps for tots and mini canvas totes.

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West Third Street

Garde

Store owner Scotti Sitz brings new design life to LA with her perfectly curated store on Beverly Blvd. The look: modernist, boho chic. Shop for home goods (think: mohair and alpaca throws, Mad et Len candles and knives) or stock your closet with a curated selection of jewelry, scarves, leather slippers and bags.

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Beverly

Livingreen

This store is for the environmentally conscious shopper. Shop home products and furniture that are carefully designed to be eco-friendly. Shoppers can also find cleaning products, baby and children’s goods in addition to green gifts.

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Culver City

Moods of Norway

Norwegian fashion trio Peder Børresen, Stefan Dahlkvist and Simen Staalnacke expand their clothing brand’s stateside presence with this store specializing in European imports. The store takes a quirky spin on classic clothing items. You’ll find the full range of men’s ($49–$899) and women’s ($69–$599) apparel, alongside shoes ($249–$449) and accessories ($49–$649). Shoppers are greeted with a big, gold tractor at the front of the store while surrounded by men’s and women’s clothing and accessories in bright colors and crazy prints. Shop here for winter his and her sweaters, blue and yellow suede boots, and cool watches.

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Beverly Hills

Hammer Museum Store

This museum gift shop specializes in its extensive range of books. Shop over ten thousand titles covering topics such as contemporary art, photography, art history and environmentalism. Also shop the selection of jewelry and gifts, including handmade items by local artists. Members of the Bruin family (students, faculty and staff) can always enjoy a 10% discount off their purchase.

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Westwood

A+R

Critics' pick

Run by and named after British expat Andy Griffith and LA style journalist Rose Apodaca, A+R offers a super-fresh selection of desirable designer goodies: mostly homewares, alongside a few other gift ideas (books, artworks and other chic novelties). Goods are sourced from around the world, making it a good place to find something unusual.

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Venice

Heath Ceramics

Synonymous with mid-century design, Heath Ceramics is a California institution for home décor. Established by Edith Heath—whose original works are displayed in LACMA—the LA branch offers iconic pieces for every room in the house.

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Beverly
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