So often, we seek out global artisan wares only to discover disappointing collections of unattractive textiles and jewelry. That's why we're excited by the Craft and Folk Art Museum Gift Shop, where the selection is as well curated as the exhibits themselves.
Set off from the museum's ground-floor entrance area, the cozy shop has hundreds of unusual gift items sourced from around the world. We found something for everyone: Our best friend is getting cute Nepalese cat slippers ($38) that recall similar (and much pricier) Charlotte Olympia flats. Mom is getting a silk scarf--either one printed using Japanese shibori techniques (from $60) or Bengali traditions (from $105). Dad is getting a few copies of Slake, a local literary magazine ($18) with quality journalism about our fair city.
Our nephews each got assemble-it-yourself dinosaurs (from $18) to keep them busy while they wait for our holiday meal. Now if we could only decide among the collection of palm-sized hearts we'll include as stocking stuffers for our beloved: There's a reflective nickel one with bells from Germany ($11), hand-carved river stones from Haiti (from $3.50) and a Peruvian red ceramic version ($4 to $6).
Craft and Folk Art Museum Gift Shop, 5814 Wilshire Blvd.; 323-937-4230 or theeggandtheeye.com