LA Holiday Gift Guide 2015

We have compiled some of our favorite Los Angeles gifts to help you give creatively this season. Our list includes gifts for the friend who likes to give back, the mom who likes to have healthy items delivered to the house for convenience, the partner who likes to make things, or the brother who only uses natural, eco-friendly products. Perhaps you don’t know the person well or you are looking for that special LA token of appreciation for someone who has everything. We’ve included gifts for the thoughtful reader, the Angeleno who wants to make a statement, the “thank you for having me over” gift and stocking stuffers.

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Mylkman, The Original Almond Milk Delivery Service

Can’t drink real milk? Have you read all the research that states we shouldn’t even be drinking milk? Well, this delicious almond milk comes right to your doorstep in a glass jar, and you can also add fresh coconut water to your order, which tastes so much better in glass. Perfect for that LA vegan because there are absolutely no additives and zero sweeteners. Dairy Soy and Gluten Free. Made with freshly cracked coconuts
and raw organic almonds, it is packed with protein, electrolytes, potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin E and magnesium.  We recommend drinking all of the coconut water once opened to avoid the liquid going sour the next day. Founded by a Venice Beach local, your purchase also helps the Good Shepherd Shelter. Why not treat someone to healthy drinks, delivered right to their door?


Homegrown Collective – Gift-a-Green-Box

Every month replace something in your home with something better, something natural and organic. Who doesn’t want to improve their health and well-being? For your crafty eco-friends who like to make things, give them  a curated GREENBOX that includes all the tools to lead a more self-sufficient and toxic-free lifestyle. You can gift a one month, three month, 6 month gift, or more. Some of the items that can be made in the boxes include eco laundry, candles, DIY detox in a box, super food and antioxidants, and kombucha. Right now I am using my box of natural goodies to make a homemade face mask out of black Chinese tea, wildflower honey, organic chia seeds and Indian hardwood activated charcoal while I sip my black tea, of course. There are make your own product gift ideas for everyone.



Darling Magazine Subscription

This large photoshop-free quarterly magazine feels more like a good book filled with content that is enlightening and has one clear message: empowering women to feel good about themselves. This new media focuses on real meaningful content transforming the way media represents women and the type of content women are asked to consume.

Order a gift subscription (around $80) which includes four, 160-page, ad-free and content-rich issues throughout the year, as well free access to digital versions, and free domestic shipping. To sample their online content, check out the Darling blog. Print content is exclusive to their print magazine and not found on the blog. Use our discount code for 10% off a gift subscription:  LALASCOOPFRIENDS.
For those who crave experiences over things, buy them an upcoming night with Cur-ATE at LACMA. We recently attended an intimate gallery tour of German Expressionism following by a hearty many course German-inspired meal. As you enjoy the history of art, your culinary ending is based on the theme of the night. Culturally satisfying as you dine at Ray’s and Stark Bar. $100.
LA Books 

Enrich your friend’s life with the gift of reading. Run to Skylight Books in Silver Lake for the best selection. Choose an inspiring Angeleno for some bedside reading or a coffee table conversation piece. Some of our favorites from this year include three Angelenos we have heard speak: Roy Choi’s L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food  discussing his family’s evolution in Los Angeles paired with recipes, his creation of Korean tacos, and how he became the leader of the food truck movement, Shepard Fairey‘s latest book Covert to Overt showcasing the significant amount of art he has created the last several years: street murals, mixed-media installations, art/music events, countless silk screens, and work from his extremely successful OBEY brand, and Cindy Crawfords new hardcover book Becoming, chronicling her life and career, sharing stories and lessons learned, and featuring her most memorable images. The supermodel in the 1990s blazed a trail moving between the runway to unconventional outlets, such as cutting-edge MTV, Super Bowl commercials, and even Playboy magazine.

Sol Angeles Tees

The softest Tees and sweatshirts you can find in LA. We live in them. Vintage styles, thin and loose, with fun sayings, like “Living the Dream” This effortless classic California cool style is for everyone. We can’t get enough of their comfy gear. Perfect for your SoCal man or your lounging weekend family.  Many more styles can be found in Kitson and stores around Los Angeles.


Sisters of Los Angeles Glassware

Spread sunshine and city pride with the best Los Angeles gear, like the zip code glasses, the Los Angeles area tumblers, or our favorite Golden State Rocks – glassware tinted in different shades spelling out SUN, SMOG, SURF, SKI. $56 for 4 glasses.


Kiehl’s Limited Edition Crème de Corps Holiday Collection or Daily Reviving Concentrate

Stuff their stocking with Kiehl’s! Try the creamy honey whipped body creme called Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter which has a hint of a sweet smell and absorbs oh so quickly to keep your dry LA winter skin subtle and ready to be touched. The Collection also includes Crème de Corps Lotion. All proceeds from sales of the Collection will benefit Feeding America and the packaging features charming artwork by designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra.


Another stocking stuffer for the beauty product lover is Kiehl’s new product, the Daily Reviving Concentrate,image010 a facial oil specifically developed to support skin’s daytime defenses. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate revitalizes and helps reduce the signs of skin fatigue. It has a light smell and with just a few drops a day a noticeable difference in my skin has occurred helping me look youthful and glowing. The oil features a concentrated blend of 100% natural origin ingredients including Ginger Root Essential Oils, Tamanu and Sunflower Seed Botanical Oils.  Non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, mineral-oil free, water-free and paraben-free, this ultra -lightweight and quickly absorbing formula helps strengthen and protect the skin barrier for a smooth, fresh and healthy look all day long.

Aquiesse Luxury Candles

Sometimes you have no idea what to get someone you don’t know really well. Candles are the perfect option, especially luxury candles that last a 100 hours always make a perfect option to keep a home smelling relaxing and peaceful. Help them find their moment by selecting a scent that will conjure up a memory of long ago, like White Tea and Mint or Pink Peony. Check out their Holiday Collection.


Valerie Confections

For the candy lover, bring your guest a sweet treat from local chocolatier Valerie Gordon made with fresh, all-natural ingredients wrapped in chic, elegant packaging that is sure to impress! Our holiday favorite, the Peppermint Bark (10 oz., $35) featuring bittersweet chocolate sprinkled with dried mint leaves, topped with a layer of white chocolate, and Valerie’s handmade peppermint candy. If that’s enough, go BIG with one of these choco-holic deals:

peppermint_bark_bagged_420p_72dpiHoliday Gift Tower ($140) – Features an Ornament Box, an 11-piece box of Chocolate Dipped Fruits, and a 14-piece box of Holiday Nougat.

Chocolate Subscription– Perfect for the ultimate sweet tooth, this offers a different box of chocolate delights each month—from Valentine’s Day Hearts in February to Golden Eggs in April. 12 months is $600 and 6 months is $300, with details available here.

Petits Fours Subscription – Valerie is known for her modern, gourmet take on these small, elegant cakes. A subscription for 12 months ($750) and 6 months ($375) offers petits fours in flavors like Matcha & Rose for May and Bittersweet Chocolate for October. Details available here.

All items can be purchased at the Silverlake shop, with select items available at Valerie Echo Park and Valerie Grand Central Market.  Orders can also be placed online or call toll-free at 1.888.706.1408, with shipping available nationwide.

Mr. Kate’s White Beauty Marks and Pussy Panties

For your youthful gift recipient, give them the NEW makeup that has arrived in LA, thanks to Mr. Kate. Kiss your summer flash tats goodbye and start tatting up your body with white snowflake-like designs. You will sure to be the talk of the party. Surprise your friend with some Pussy Panties so she can flash her kitty. Panties sold as a set of 2 different cat faces.

White beauty marks and Pussy Panties, because as Mr. Kate say, “WHY NOT?”


Gentleman’s Beard Balm Grooming Essentials

If you haven’t noticed the plethora of beards and staches in every shape and size in LA, well, then you must be looking at the wrong things. Help your man keep his facial hair sexy and smelling divine with Los Angeles’s all natural Beard Care products, like waxes, oils, and combs.



Adjustable Travel Pillow from Myllow

For your frequent flier friend, buy them the only fully adjustable travel pillow. This pillow is genius. Here’s why it is better than the regular travel pillow. First, you can pull the drawstring cords to adjust the firmness. Second, you can turn it into a square pillow easily in case you want to put your head down and lay it on the tray. All you do is unzip the back, pull out the extra material, move the micro beads into the square, rezip, and voila, you have a square pillow. Third, there is a convenient snap on top so you can secure the pillow to your backpack or luggage. Fourth, a small pocket allows you to stick your iPhone, iPod, or earbuds into the pillow for easy access. Give the gift of travel comfort for around $25.


B & O Play Form 21 Headphones from Bang & Olufsen

For the music fanatic, give them exceptional concert quality sound with these sleek, lightweight headphones. Perfect for a long flight, or so they don’t bother their friends, these stellar adjustable headphones provide big sound for around $129. Bang & Olufsen also unveiled their proudest loudspeaker to date called the BeoLab 90 that runs for around $40,000. The 360 design even lets you place music where you want it. Blow your socks off (in your mansion) or on a smaller scale with the Form 21 headphones!






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