20 Best Places to Buy Unique Gifts This Holiday Season

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While everyone knows you can get something from Amazon delivered to your door, this year, go the extra mile and pick out a special present at one of LA’s best gift shops and deliver a thoughtful and unique present to that special someone

When it comes to holiday gift giving, you have many personalities to cover on your list—a picky kiddo who hates anything that’s not just the right shade of purple, your eccentric aunt who collects creepy clown figurines (#nojudgements), or that fantastic teacher for whom one gift doesn’t seem nearly enough. To help you find unexpected gifts that will make everyone feel special, we’ve curated a list of the very best shops in LA no matter what type of gift you’re looking for.


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1. Tesoro

Tesoro owner, Tara Riceberg, describes her store as “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory meets little store around the corner.” Filled with meticulously curated gifts that enhance people’s lives—whether they’re educational, purposeful, convenient or just plain old fun, Tesoro is one of our absolute favorite gift shops in the city. Handpicked selections include everything from unique books, imaginative games, and creative art kits to home décor, gadgets and stationery. Gift wrapping is available.

Beverly Hills & Beverly Grove
Online: bestgiftstoreever.com

2. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland

This Eagle Rock gem founded in 2010 by owner, Leanna Lin, is one of our go-to spots to find the perfect gift for any age. From wooden food trucks, unique books and collectible toys to Studio Ghibli knick-knacks, artist prints and stationery, the shop is a treasure trove of creative gifts. Be sure to check their website for special pop-ups and art events throughout the year as well.

5024 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: leannalinswonderland.com

3. Time Travel Mart

Time Travel Mart is a time travel themed convenience store that sells humorous products from the past, present and future. Whether you’re in the market for some dinosaur eggs, a robot toupee or Wooly Mammoth Chunks, they have you covered. This place is great for some truly unusual stocking stuffers. Best of all, proceeds from the shop go to 826LA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Los Angeles students with their creative writing skills.

Echo Park & Mar Vista
Online: timetravelmart.com

4. Shout and About

On a mission to find a place that offered special, unique and affordable gifts, owners Tamara and Russell Houghten, founded Shout and About in in 2015. The couple prides themselves in stocking an ever-evolving selection of well-designed finds, including books and various novelties for kids, stationery, home goods, and jewelry. It’s the perfect spot for those not so easy to shop for folks on your list.
Echo Park & Carlsbad
Online: shoutandabout.com

5. Yolk

This independent design and gift store features an incredible selection of artisan designer goods, locally produced wares and individualistic kids’ fashions sourced from around the world. Whether you’re shopping for toys, candles, kitchen goodies, or children’s clothing, you can rest assured that your gift will be special.

3910 W. Sunset Blvd.
Silver Lake
Online: shopyolk.com

6. Burro

Burro is a one-stop shop for well-curated goods. This warm and welcoming space features items like kids’ clothing, adorable stationery, luxurious bath and body products, specialty books, home goods, jewelry, and the list goes on. It’s truly one of the best treasure troves for unique gifts in town.
Venice & Santa Monica
Online: burrogoods.com

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7. Kip’s Toyland

Family-owned and operated since 1945, LA’s oldest toy store, Kip’s Toyland, has long been a favorite of locals who are searching for the perfect toy. Owners, Don and Lily Kipper, and all their staff members are experts when it comes to toys, and there’s no better place to turn when you have zero clue what to get your littles. They prioritize having the hottest items in stock, as well as beloved oldie but goodie classic and retro toys. And to encourage kids to use their imaginations and interact with one another, Kip’s doesn’t sell any toys that plug in.

Original Farmer’s Market
6333 W. 3rd St, Suite 720
Los Angeles
Online: kipstoyland.com

8. Miracle Mile Toys and Gifts

This magical neighborhood toy store focuses on classic toys and games that will stand the test of time. They carry a wide selection of offerings from special brands around the globe and offer fantastic customer service to find just the thing you’re looking for. Parents should note there are no returns, exchanges only.

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

9. Soap Plant/Wacko

This self-described “pop culture toy shop with a punk rock attitude” is total heaven for kiddos who are into Funko collectibles, Hello Kitty, Garbage Pail Kids, Naoshi artwork and Anime. With a knowledgeable and friendly staff that can help you find anything you’re looking for – boring gifts are a thing of the past.

4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: wackola.com

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10. MOCA Store

Next time you find yourself at the Museum of Contemporary Art downtown, make sure to stop by the MOCA store for a fabulous array of unique items for art lovers. They have everything from art-inspired activity books, t-shirts and totes to home goods, skate decks and special edition MOCA Vans sneakers. And if you’re a museum member, you get 10% off your purchase!
250 S. Grand Ave.
DTLA
Online: mocastore.org

11. Academy Museum Store

Hands down, there’s no better place to find a gift for the film fan in your life. And if you’re thinking it’s going to be like the souvenir shops on Hollywood Blvd., think again. The Academy Museum Store features an impressive selection high-quality t-shirts and hoodies, hats, jewelry, art prints, cinema books, games, framed film posters, movie-related collectibles, and specialty Oscar gifts. Many items reflect current exhibitions on display at the museum, and some things are totally exclusive and one-of-a-kind to the store. It’s truly a cinephile’s paradise.

6067 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: academymuseumstore.org

12. LACMA Store

The LACMA Store at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art features incredibly cool art products, books, toys, exhibition catalogues, art prints, tote bags, t-shirts and much more. Every item in store is carefully chosen to represent current collections featured at the museum, as well as products that showcase Los Angeles’s unique culture and diversity. LACMA members receive a 10% discount on almost all purchases.

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: thelacmastore.org

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13. The Library Store

The Library Store is part of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles which supports the Los Angeles Public Library. There’s no better place to find a gift for the bibliophile in your life with a curated selection of books, totes, tees, games, plushies, stationery and all sorts of book-ish novelties.

630 W. Fifth St.
DTLA
Online: shop.lfla.org

14. The Last Bookstore

As brick-and-mortar bookstores sadly continue to die out, The Last Bookstore in downtown LA continues to survive and thrive. Boasting the title of California’s largest used and new book and record store, it’s no wonder this is a swell spot for finding extra special gifts. With over 250,000 new and used books on two floors, a rare book annex, tens of thousands of vinyl records and graphic novels, and some super cool gallery shops on the mezzanine level, you’re sure to find something special. Plus, it’s just a super fun place to spend an afternoon exploring

435 S. Spring St., Ground Flr.
DTLA
Online: lastbookstorela.com

15. Reparations Club

LA’s premier Black woman-owned concept bookshop and creative space features an incredible array of curated books about and written by people of color – truly one of the best we’ve seen in the city. The vibe here is cool and cozy – a place you want to hang out and have great conversations. They have a fantastic variety of kids’ books, adult selections, t-shirts, puzzles, games, art prints and more.

3054 S. Victoria Ave.
Los Angeles
Online: rep.club

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16. Japan LA

This unique retail shop on La Brea caters to big fans of Japanese pop culture. With a fabulous variety of character goods, toys, apparel, accessories, art and one of the best Sanrio selections around, it’s the perfect shop to find something unexpected.

233 S. La Brea
Los Angeles
Online: japanla.com

17. Giant Robot Store

Located in Sawtelle’s Japantown, Giant Robot Store features a wide variety of products from around the world, including a mind-blowing selection of Asian pop culture products, fun housewares, stationery, t-shirts, art prints, comics, plushies and toy figures.

2015 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles
Online: giantrobot.com

18. Anime Station

Anime is all the rage with kids at the moment, so there’s no better place to shop for gifts than Anime Station in Little Tokyo. With a wide selection of Anime items from the most popular TV shows and a great variety of authentically licensed goods—you’ll find everything from figures and plushies to clothing and accessories.

330 W. 2nd St.
Los Angeles
Online: animestation.com

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19. Gone Bananas Bread Co.

A woman-owned business started during the pandemic, Gone Bananas Bread Co. just opened their first retail shop in November at the Original Farmer’s Market. It’s truly some of the most to-die-for banana bread we’ve ever tasted and makes for an unexpected hostess or teacher gift this season. With heart-shaped breads lovingly baked in flavors like Chocolate Chip Banana, Nucking Futs, Bluenana Bread and more, what’s not to love? Also, a portion of their net profits go to charities, Baby2Baby and This is About Humanity.

Original Farmer’s Market
6333 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles
Online: gonebananasbread.com

20. Helen’s Wines

If you’re gifting vino this season (we’ll give you our address), we love Helen’s Wine Shop. Started by Helen Johannsen inside Jon & Vinny’s restaurant in the Fairfax District in 2015, the shop focuses on naturally driven and organically farmed labels, small production vineyards, and winemakers with integrity. With a carefully curated selection of allocated items, limited releases, exceptional gems and new finds that are in constant rotation, plus their knowledgeable and friendly staff, it’s a great place to pick up a bottle for someone special—or yourself!

Fairfax District, Brentwood, Slauson & Beverly Hills
Online: helenswines.com

 

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