Shopping for dad? Easy. Picking up something special for Grandma? No problem. Even finding the perfect gift for your annual White Elephant party is a piece of cake. But when it comes to shopping for the Los Angeles local in your life, well, let’s just say that you could use a helping hand. It’s not that Angelenos are picky, it’s just that they have exceptionally good taste, in addition to an appreciation for unique gifts and all things wellness. But don’t fret—we’ve got you covered with our pick of the best gifts for Angelenos, featuring a myriad of companies and small businesses based in California making one-of-a-kind goods. Happy holidays, y’all.
The 23 Best Gifts for Angelenos (Aka the Coolest People on the Planet)
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’Tis the season to be naughty and these cookies, which are decadently stuffed with gooey centers (we’re talking Nutella, caramel, peanut butter and more) are worth the splurge. Baked locally in North Hollywood, the cookies are available for pick-up or shipping nationwide and come in fun holiday pack flavors such as Hot Cocoa, Peppermint Cookies and Cream, Christmas Sugar Cookie, Salted Gingerbread Cheesecake, Santa's Chocolate Chip and Not Your Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin. Yum.
Edgemar & Co is a family business, and the California natives show their love for the state in every candle. The California Riviera smells of California Cedar, Eucalyptus, and Sage and the scent is a celebration of the beautiful coast, from San Diego to Santa Barbara (aka Angelenos’ favorite weekend getaway spots).
For the Angeleno who has it all, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. Compartés gourmet chocolates are made from scratch in Los Angeles, and their packaging combines art with style (the set looks great and tastes even better). This gift pack includes four bars: Strawberry Shortcake, Potato Chip Crisp, California Dreaming and Donuts & Coffee.
Author Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and the city feels like an additional character in all of her captivating novels that mix historical fiction with family drama and romance. This book set includes four of her best sellers: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Malibu Rising, Maybe In Another Life, and One True Loves. This reads are so addicting; bookworms will devour these stories one after another.
What friend couldn’t use another beach towel? And not only is this one soft and stylish, but it supports a phenomenal local charity – Homeboy Industries. For the past 30 years, Homeboy Industries has provided hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to re-enter and become contributing members to our community.
LA-based designer Clare V. is the epitome of cool and her fanny pack is no exception (the trend rages on). The bags are made with buttery soft leather and the Grand Fanny can be worn crossbody or on the waist. Now that Angelenos can jaywalk without fearing a fine, get that slightly oblivious friend of yours the cobalt blue color so she’s sure to stand out.
The foodie in your life knows all the must-eat spots in the city so they’ll will love this book that features many of those iconic locations, celebrated chefs and their favorite recipes. This comprehensive book works for those who like to cook (and will actually make the recipes), as well as for those who just appreciate good food and love a great coffee table book.
Angelenos lead the charge in being pro-CBD and Potency No. 710 is a woman-owned, local brand that produces high (pun intended) quality CBD products. Their Higher Good full body moisturizer is for anyone who needs some self-care this season. It has a light fragrance and 750mg of soothing CBD.
For your friend who got into puzzling during lockdown, this Dogs of Beverly Hills puzzle by LA-based photographer Gray Malin will keep them entertained this holiday season. The puzzle is two-sided – the front with a glossy finish and the back is matte – and the photos of dogs at The Beverly Hills Hotel are so cute, you may just be tempted to purchase them as prints once the puzzle is complete.
Between the hikes, spin classes and sunny days, Angelenos can never have enough water bottles. And this one from LARQ is the eco-friendly, healthiest option around. The sleek-looking bottle has a self-cleaning activation mode that eliminates up to 99 percent of bio-contaminants from the water. So if you know you’ve got a bud with tons of water bottles in their car and gym bag, this gift is a no-brainer.
Did cupcakes exist before Sprinkles? Not to Angelenos at least, and with this fun kit your friends can make some of these classic LA treats at home. The kits come with all you need to bake and decorate 12 Sprinkles cupcakes – flavor options include Red Velvet, Vanilla or Dark Chocolate. The kits are available for both pick-up or delivery anytime between November 28 and Christmas Day.
13. Vuori Joggers
These ultra-soft joggers from California-based Vuori check off all the boxes. The pants are a relaxed fit but have a drawstring and crop at the ankles, so work just as well for hikes on Runyon to grabbing coffee at Alfred. The super soft DreamKnit jersey fabric is one of a kind, keeping the lucky recipient raving about their comfort. Oh, and did we mention this value-based business priorities sustainability to make sure they offset 100 percent of their carbon footprint?
Staying at the forefront of wellness is a priority for Angelenos, and some of the best therapies for mental and physical health can be found at Pause Studios which has locations in Venice, El Segundo and West Hollywood. Give the gift of some much-needed downtime with a gift certificate (available online or in studio) that can be used for flotation therapy, an infrared sauna and cold plunge, cryotherapy or a vitamin drip. You can also gift the studio’s December promotion—buy a five-pack, get a sixth session free or buy a 10-pack and get two sessions free.
If you have any pregnant ladies or new moms in your life, this cozy, oversized cardigan from maternity brand STORQ is perfect for them to lounge with at home, or if they’re nursing, they can wear it out to do so discreetly. No kids? Honestly, no problem. The cardigan is so buttery soft and fits in with that classic Cali-cool look of jeans and an oversized cardigan.
This delicate lariat with a black onyx is a great layering or standalone piece. The necklace by Leeada Jewelry was made by two LA-based designers and is said to “invite only positive energy.” For the friend who welcomes good vibes only, she’ll be all about this piece.
Afternoon tea has become a thing in LA, but if you’re gifting to someone who prefers tea at home, this tea gift set from Art of Tea will be right up their alley. The blends are handcrafted in LA and the set includes two of their most popular seasonal blends – Dark Chocolate Peppermint and Pumpkin Spice Chai. They come with a box of tea filter bags which makes for easy sippin’.
The ROW DTLA has tons of shops from local designers and one of our favorites is the art studio Maker’s Mess. Their art projects can be done at home and this dried floral wreath kit is sure to zhuh up any space. It comes with seasonal bouquet colors and all other items needed to make this fun and simple art project.
For the best in nail care, Angelenos head to Olive & June, which has locations in Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Santa Monica. Beyond their salons, their at-home Mani Systems are a great gift for anyone who is on top of their nail game. Their new Winter Collection Mani System arrives in a festive box and comes with seven new polishes (our favorite is a dark emerald that looks almost black but is called “It’s Actually Dark Green”) and literally everything needed to master a manicure at home.
Many of us Angelenos don’t have tons of space for an entire home gym system (thank you, LA housing market) but this training system by WEHO-based gym LIT Method is sleek and works anywhere. It contains four resistance bands, an anchor point, attachable handles and ankle straps. Through two sensors that connect to the bands, information is relayed in real time to the LIT Method app. It is through here where you can stream their classes onto your TV. Your fitness enthusiast friend will be thrilled to be up on the latest from LIT. (Psst: It comes with three months of complimentary online access and after that, it’s as low as $6 per month).
Ice cream is a big deal in LA and luckily in this climate, it’s a year-round treat. Vegan ice cream? Even better. Send your loved ones, regardless of dietary preferences, five pints of ice cream from Dear Bella Creamery (which has two locations in Hollywood and Costa Mesa). December features seasonal flavors including Santa’s Cookies, Peppermint Patty, Apple Cider Sorbet, Italian Butter Cookie and Butter Pecan.
EF Collection and LA-based designer Emily Faith are known for their timeless jewelry pieces loved by celebs like J-Lo and Emma Stone, but her new limited edition capsule collection of home items should be gifted before it’s gone! Emily teamed up with her husband, who works in textiles, to create this lightweight merino wool throw that adds some umph to any room.
For the mature cocktail-loving friend, this four-pack from atōst is a unique gift option that lets your pal be their own mixologist. These drinks pack a punch and have the complexity of a whisky or gin, but are much more palatable and drinkable (like a chilled rosé). The sample pack includes Roots (spiced & herbaceous), Woods (warm & oaky), Bloom (sweet & floral) and Citrus (crisp and refreshing). All the tastes of a mixologist’s concoction, without the two-hour painful Tinder date.