Well, it?s officially too late for guaranteed by-Christmas delivery, and we?ve still got holes on our list. Luckily, Japanese apparel-and-housewares brand Muji just opened a location in Hollywood with a promise to assuage all our gifting worries. We stopped by on a recent weekday and gave the store a half hour to impress us.
11 a.m. Snagged metered parking on Sycamore Avenue. Zipped downstairs to bedding to grab a snappy checked duvet cover (twin, $59) for the little brother.
11:18 Decided said mom also needs a soft wool cape with armholes ($60).
11:20 Decided we need one, too.
11:24 Circled the 8,600-foot loft, stopped at housewares, picking up beige linen napkins ($7.50 each) and a handsome acacia salad bowl ($80) for our mom.
11:26 Mistook a covered Thai curry pot ($28) and matching bowls ($20) for pricey Heath Ceramics. Took one of each for our sister, the international foodie.
11:36 Finished checking out, scoring a few corrugated-cardboard gift boxes ($3 each)...and could have sworn that somewhere, we heard a bell ringing.
Muji, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 323-785-2013 or muji.us