2021 Guide to the Best Gift Shops in LA for Holiday Presents

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Thanks to supply chain problems, getting holiday gifts delivered in time may not happen but never fear—holiday magic is here thanks to these local gift shops that have some of the cutest and coolest gifts for babies, toddlers, big kids and adults alike. And now that in-person shopping is back, you can see for yourself the curated selection of unique, timeless gifts that you won’t find elsewhere. Read on to see where you should be shopping LA’s best gift shops, all in a neighborhood near you.

Best Local Gift Shops in Santa Monica

Brooke Rodd: This eclectic coastal gift shop has fun, whimsical gifts for gifts and adults. We love the Candylab Malibu beach set while their California-centric tea towels make great hostess gifts no matter what time of year it may happen to be.

PS: Make sure to stop by Wild Moon Kids (dedicated to just kid stuff) and FUN by Brooke Rodd—located right next door—that also has more delightful goodies and gifts. 

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m-7:00 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

1716 ½ Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica
Online: brookerodd.com

Sprout SF: The Santa Monica outpost of this San Francisco-born boutique offers a carefully curated selection of safe and healthy toys and gear. So whether your shopping for a newborn or a big kid, you'll rest easy knowing whatever they are putting on their body (or in their mouth!) won't harm them. 

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. 11-5 p.m.

1015 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica
Online: sproutsanfrancisco.com

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Best Local Gift Shops in DTLA

The Last Bookstore: When it comes to local gift shops, no store is like the Last Bookstore. Their wide selection of new and used books is a treasure trove while the upstairs level boasts crafts and art by local venders for one-of-a-kind gifts with LA flare. 

Good to know: Not sure what to get? You can have them curate a surprise book bundle. Just tell them what your friend (or you) likes to read and they can take it from there. 

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

453 S Spring St.
Los Angeles
Online: lastbookstorela.com

Tanner Goods: All the gifts in here are handmade from leather, shipped to the shop from Portland, Oregon. Get a leather belt for dad (or mom) or a new backpack for carting around all your stuff. Got a pup? Buy a new leash or collar for Fido. 

Hours: Mon.– Sat., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

860 South Broadway
Los Angeles
Online: tannergoods.com

Best Local Gift Shop in Echo Park

Cactus Store: Everyone should own a plant or two (or three, or four) but is any plant collection ever complete unless you have a few cacti in the bunch? Check out this eclectic shop for one-of-a-kind succulents. And don't worry about gifting to someone who is known to kill plants—these guys can grow under any circumstances. 

Hours: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

1505 1/2 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: hotcactus.la

Best Local Gift Shops in Silver Lake

Lala Ling: The hip digs and ultra-cool clothing styles of LaLa Ling are quintessential Silverlake. Grab a few of their signature LA palm tree t-shirts and onesies for all the babes in your life. 

Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

1810 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: lalaling.com

Best Local Gift Shops in Chinatown

Now Serving: If you’ve got a foodie or budding chef on your list, check out this store located in Chinatown’s Far East plaza. You’ll find a wide selection of curated cookbooks as well as kitchen essentials. 

Good to know: Due to COVID, the store is only offering pick up hours instead of in store shopping. But their easy-to-navigate website makes things a snap.  

Pick Up Hours: Mon. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thur. – Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sun. noon to 3 p.m. Closed Wed.

Far East Plaza
727 N. Broadway #Unit 133
Los Angeles
Online: nowservingla.com

Phoenix Imports: A LA gifting institution! Choose from silk blouses and robes, intricate paper umbrellas, art prints, and more—here you'll find authentic Chinese gifts for that hard to gift person on your list without breaking the bank.

Hours: Open daily, noon to 8 p.m. 

463 Gin Ling Way
Los Angeles

 

 

Best Local Gift Shops in Venice

Parachute: For all things home, head to La-based and fan-favorite Parachute—and lucky for us, they have two locations here in LA (one in Venice and Silver Lake). You can't go wrong gifting cult-favorite bed linens, robes and quilts but for holiday gift-giving that is extra, we have our eye on their collaboration with Blomus—shatter resistant wine glasses in a sexy, moody, aubergine color. 

Hours: Mon-Sat., 11 a.m-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.

542 Rose Ave.
Venice
Online: parachutehome.com

Huzzah Toys: You’ll enter looking for a gift for the kids but will end up staying to play with a few of your old time favorites yourself. This store boasts toys for kids from 0 to 90 and they aren’t kidding. The selection is huge and there’s something for everyone. 

Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2122 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice
Online: huzzahtoys.com

 

Best Local Gift Shops in Beverly Hills

Tesoro: This namesake means treasure in Spanish and Italian, this store by Tara Riceberg, the self-described “Curator of Happiness” offers joy in every nook and cranny. Hit this spot up for adorable home decor like animal lights and toys like the Persian blocks—we guarantee there will be no disappointed kids this holiday season. 

Hours: Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.

8384 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: bestgiftstoreever.com

Toms' Toys: This neighborhood gift shop—that's been around for at least two decades—is bursting with classic toys for all ages (including lots of nostalgic toys for us adults)! While online shopping is convenient, nothing beats going through display after display discovering some new (and rediscovering some old) favorites. 

Good to Know: They offer free gift wrapping so whether it's for the holidays or a last minute birthday present, they've got your present covered. Literally.

Insider Tip: If you are looking for a nosh, head over to Nate n Als, the famous Beverly Hills deli is across the street and order the latkes and cheese blintzes. 

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 am.-6 p.m; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

437 N Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills
Online: tomstoystore.com

 

Best Local Gift Shops in Sherman Oaks

Sap and Honey: Find trinkets and treasures at this small children's boutique, which carries popular European toy brands including Djeco, Janod, Maileg and more. Open for in-person shopping, pickup and delivery.

Hours: Wed.-Sun, 10a.m.-3p.m.

4317 Woodman Ave.
Sherman Oaks
Online: sapandhoney.com

Little Trendz: For budding fashionistas (boys & girls!)—look no further than Little Trendz where they've curated modern clothing with that edgy-cool-look you can't find at your local big box store. 

Hours: Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Mon.

14547 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks
Online: littletrendzstore.com

Best Local Gift Shops in Miracle Mile

Milk Jar Cookies: Not everyone is Betty Crocker in the kitchen. Luckily, you can have Milk Jar Cookies do the job for you. Order a dozen (or two) of their best sellers including old fashioned chocolate chip and red velvet. Have them shipped for you so all your gift giving is crossed off your to-do list.

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

5466 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: milkjarcookies.com

Miracle Mile Toys and Gifts: You’ll feel like you just walked into Santa’s workshop when you enter the doors of Miracle Mile Toys and Gifts. And you’ll be checking off your holiday shopping list left and right with big and small items alike. 

Hours: Tue.– Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mon.

452 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: miraclemiletoysandgifts.com

 

Best Local Gift Shops in Pasadena

Hodgeson’s Antique: Be green this holiday season and try the ultimate in regifting — antiquing. The thrill is definitely in the hunt. They also offer antique and furniture repair. So if you have a loved one who’s looking to restore family heirloom, this would make an excellent, and heartfelt, gift.  

Hours: Wed.– Sat., 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Mon. & Tue.

1005-C Mission St.
South Pasadena
Online: hodgsonsantiques.com

Book Alley: Give the gift of reading with a new tome from Book Alley. Here’s a great gift idea for your friends: Buy four copies of your favorite thriller and invite your closest pals to an inaugural book club meeting in the new year. 

Hours: Daily, 11a.m. to 6 p.m. 

1252 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena
Online: bookalley.com

Best Local Gift Shops in San Marino

San Marino Toys: San Marino Toys offers a wide selection of toys this side of Santa’s workshop with baby dolls, board games, books, puzzles and more. Got a Thomas loving tot? They’ve got a ton of trains too.   

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2476 Huntington Ave.
San Marino
Online: san-marino-toys.shoplightspeed.com

Serafina: There’s a ton of stuff for mom (candles, wallets, scarves, dresses) but also a lot for kids (toys, books, blankets). While the pricing might be on the high end, the quality is unbelievable. You can pretty much cross everyone you need to shop for off your list at this one spot!

Good to know: Not crazy about shopping with a crowd? You can call to make a private shopping appointment. 

Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sun.

2670 Mission St.
San Marino
Online: shopserafina.com

Best Local Gift Shops in Los Feliz

Otherwild Goods and Services: There’s something for everyone at Otherwild Goods and Services in Los Feliz—including apparel, apothecary, accessories and more. They also carry Hirsuit, a unisex line of swim suits, because every day in LA is a beach day. 

Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

1768 N Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: otherwild.com

The Reckless Unicorn: Located in the heart of Los Feliz, Reckless Unicorn is a one-of-a-kind shop for all things fun and colorful. Our pick? The “L is Lennon” Beatles shirt or the pint-sized Cubs jersey. Wondering about the name? It’s a nickname for the owners’ daughter, Violet. 

Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

2124 Hillhurst Ave. 
Los Angeles
Online: therecklessunicorn.com

The Best Local Gift Shop in South Pasadena

The Dinosaur Farm: Calling all dino lovers! If you have a kiddo who just can’t get enough of all things dinosaur, check out this store. The shelves are filled from top to bottom with every kind of dino toy and accessory imaginable. Dino backpack? Check. Dino DVDs? Check. They even have room décor and inflatables. Stomp on over to see what they have. 

Hours: Tue.– Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mon.

1510 Mission St.
South Pasadena
Online: dinofarm.com

Best Local Gift Shop in Highland Park

Shop Merci Milo: Founded in 2015 by a husband and wife team, this shop takes its inspiration from Paris's traditional toy shops, featuring whimsical vintage-inspired and heirloom-worthy handmade toys. 

Hours: Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m; Closed Mon.

6017 Echo St. 
Highland Park
Online: shopmercimilo.com

Best Local Gift Shops in Culver City

Lundeen's Gift Shop: This is a local favorite and for good reason. Lundeen's is one of those spots that carries unique, thoughtful things you didn't know you needed to have. From cheeky journals and candles, to baby clothes and toys, you can literally shop for everyone on your list here.

Hours: Tue.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.

9726 Washington Blvd.
Culver City
Online: instagram.com/lundeensgifts

Aldea Home & Baby: This adorable spot is so cozy chic when you enter, you may never want to leave. They offer a hand-picked selection of stylish, eco-friendly nursery items, plus fun toys for the whole family. 

Hours: Mon.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

3825 Main St.
Culver City
Online: aldeahome.com

Best Local Gift Shops in Atwater Village

Treehaus: From books to baubles, this gift shop has goods for everyone on your list. Added bonus: Curbside pickup and shipping are available. 

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Treehaus
3153 Glendale Blvd.  
Atwater Village
Online: treehaus.com

The Runway Outlet: You’ll enter Runway Outlet to shop for a friend but will probably leave with something for yourself too. The store has a little bit of everything from clothes and jewelry, to shoes and accessories. They also have a great beauty selection. Try the Among the Flowers Aloe lotion, a customer favorite! 

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

3187 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: therunwayoutlet.com

Best Local Gift Shops in Glendale

Swoon: Quality baby clothes never go out of style. And the pieces from Swoon are definitely hand me down worthy. Cute leopard print baby rompers and pint sized track suits are just the beginning. 

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

367 North Chevy Chase Dr.
Glendale
Online: swoonstoresla.com 

Native Boutique: Fashion meets function at Native Boutique. You might be busy running errands or waiting in carline but, you can look darn good while doing it. Long fringe cardigans, boho skirts, and leather carry-all’s are just some of the chic offerings here. 

Hours: Tues.–Sat., noon to 7 p.m. Closed Mon. & Sun.

2036 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: nativeboutique.com 

 

–Christina Fiedler

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