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Holiday gift guide 2016

Our holiday gift guide has Christmas gift ideas for everyone on your list—from movie lovers to foodies and more

Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

We're making a list and checking it twice. Two pages worth, actually, with great Christmas gift ideas for everyone on your list. From unique local gifts that honor the great outdoors, to the perfect affordable stocking stuffers, to stylish Christmas gifts for that clothes horse in your family. Plus, cool gifts for LA night owls, foodies and film fans, as well as the prettiest pre-packaged presents. Whoever you're shopping for, our holiday gift guide is sure to inspire and impress.

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Local holiday gift guide 2016

The best LA experiences to give as gifts
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The best LA experiences to give as gifts

Looking for unique gift ideas? You know us—we're all about experiences over things, especially when it comes to Los Angeles. 

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Shop local this year with our 100% made-in-L.A. holiday gift guide
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Shop local this year with our 100% made-in-L.A. holiday gift guide

You can give gorgeous, handcrafted gifts and support small-operation, local businesses in one fell swoop this holiday season.

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Holiday markets in Los Angeles
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Holiday markets in Los Angeles

Shop the best seasonal holiday markets and craft fairs in LA to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists.

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Artisans in LA show off their handmade wares
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Artisans in LA show off their handmade wares

Meet 13 local artisans and shop their hand-crafted wares—you'll never give a boring gift again.

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Damsel in Dior's 7 favorite LA stores
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Damsel in Dior's 7 favorite LA stores

LA fashion blogger Jacey Duprie dishes on the local stores that make up her lust-worthy wardrobe.

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The most-L.A. gifts for the legit, if slightly ridiculous, Angeleno
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The most-L.A. gifts for the legit, if slightly ridiculous, Angeleno

Give the hard-core Angeleno in your life one of the most localized gifts around to perfectly capture their SoCal lifestyle. 

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The best LA Christmas ornaments
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The best LA Christmas ornaments

Los Angeles may have the nickname of "Tinseltown," but at Christmas time, it's all about the ornaments. 

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Cookbooks from your favorite LA restaurants and chefs
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Cookbooks from your favorite LA restaurants and chefs

Some of our favorite restaurants and chefs in LA have shared their coveted recipes in beautiful, glossy cookbooks.

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More gift guide 2016

White Elephant and Secret Santa holiday gift ideas
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White Elephant and Secret Santa holiday gift ideas

Shopping for White Elephant and Secret Santa gifts? Look no further than these top picks for anyone on your list.

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The best gifts for men
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The best gifts for men

Find the perfect gifts for men—no matter their age or style—with our handy gift guide for the gents.

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The best gifts for women
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The best gifts for women

Put the toaster down and get her what she really wants this year.

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The best funny gifts for the holiday season
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The best funny gifts for the holiday season

These quirky presents will bring a smile to everyone's face the minute they unwrap them.

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The best unique gifts
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The best unique gifts

If you’re looking for unique gifts this year, you’ve come to the right place.

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Stocking-stuffer ideas for $25 or less
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Stocking-stuffer ideas for $25 or less

These stocking stuffer ideas and crowd-pleasing gifts are an easy way to make a big impact on a small budget this Christmas

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The best monthly subscription boxes
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The best monthly subscription boxes

This year, get creative when shopping for gifts and check out the best monthly subscription boxes from all over the country

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The best tech gifts and gadgets for tech lovers this holiday season
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The best tech gifts and gadgets for tech lovers this holiday season

The gizmo-lover in your household is going to be very happy.

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The best gifts for music lovers
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The best gifts for music lovers

Check out the best gifts for music lovers, ordered by price.

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The best gifts for foodies for $25 and under
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The best gifts for foodies for $25 and under

Get your foodie friends and family thoughtful gifts for the kitchen (keep in mind, you'll probably benefit from this).

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Best gift shops in LA

Poketo
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Poketo

This husband-and-wife-owned shop/gallery in Downtown's Art District (named for her grandmother's mispronunciation of "pocket") strives to bring art into customers' everyday lives. Find all sorts of eclectic goods, from the artist-designed vinyl wallets to colorful socks and tees. Plus, the store occasionally hosts art shows and musical performances.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Tortoise General Store
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Tortoise General Store

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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A+R
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A+R

Run by and named after British expat Andy Griffith and L.A. 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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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Heath Ceramics
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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 L.A. branch offers iconic pieces for every room in the house.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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LACMA store
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LACMA store

Whether you're a veteran LACMA goer or first-timer, this museum gift shop thoroughly blurs the lines between want and need-right-now. Sure, the prices are a bit steep, but with selections like stationery, posters, books and other trinkets outfitted in prints from the latest exhibition, it's like you're taking a piece of the museum home with you (a tangible souvenir alongside your candid Urban Light lamp posts pic). Think a Frank Gehry poster, Barbara Kruger printed mug, Robert Mapplethorpe printed journal and more. The items inside reflect 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 percent discount on nearly all purchases.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Plastica
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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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Wacko Soap Plant
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Wacko Soap Plant

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.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Huset
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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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Broome Street General Store
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Broome Street General Store

Peter Graham and Sophie Esteban bring their New York style (both are NYC expats who named their store after their former East Coast address) to Silver Lake with a bungalow storefront selling home goods, gourmet kitchen items and cafe eats from pastries to sandwiches. Peruse items like Laguiole and Oriole knives to Pendleton and Stanely mugs or laze on the outdoor patio with a cup of joe. Unsurprisingly, the brew on offer is NY's Gimme! coffee, which is brewed to perfection while you browse around. It's a lovely spot for a coffee date, just don't be surprised if you leave having purchased more than just a drink.

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Spitfire Girl
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Spitfire Girl

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Check out the unique mystery bags, candles, jewelry, pillows, dolls and home goods at this shop owned by tattoo artist Jason Schroeder and wife Kristin, who first started making her whimsical box cards for her daughter's birthday. Shop for Spitfire Girl’s trademark thin wooden cards with fun sayings as well as funky wood-made goods such as trays, journals, hang tags and postcards in this quirky store.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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HelenHighly K
HelenHighly K

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Michael W
Michael W

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