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Santa Monica Pier
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The best L.A. experiences to give as gifts

Create memories instead of giving a materialistic gift with these fun unique gift ideas that are sure to please

By Ramona Saviss and Michael Juliano

Looking for unique gift ideas? You know us—we’re all about experiences over things, especially when it comes to Los Angeles. Give your friends and family gifts that create memories (instead of clutter) like these only-in-L.A. experiences—perfect for L.A. natives and newcomers alike. These fun things to do and attractions are great options for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

25 L.A. experiences to give as gifts

Seven Grand
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

1. Whiskey Society membership

A $15 fee, which includes a welcome cocktail and at least three whiskies to taste, grants you access to tastings at Seven Grand.

Fireworks at the Hollywood Bowl.
Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Philharmonic Association/Adam Latham

3. Hollywood Bowl subscription

Prices vary by concert series. Available by phone or on the Hollywood Bowl website.

Temescal Gateway Park
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6. Parking pass for the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA)

$450 for a seven-day annual MRCA pass, good for 17 parks and trailheads—including Corral Canyon Park and Temescal Gateway Park. Available through MRCA.

LA Beer Hop
Photograph: Courtesy LA Beer Hop

10. L.A. Beer Hop

$69 per tour. L.A. Beer Hop offers brewery tours in East/Central L.A., the South Bay and Long Beach.

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Griffith Park
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The 101 best things to do in Los Angeles

Things to do

Looking for the best things to do in Los Angeles? We've got you covered with tons of options—101, to be exact. Whether you're a culture vulture, outdoorsy type or simply a lover of our fine city, there's more than enough here to keep you busy. Even lifelong Angelenos will find something new to add to their to-do list.


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