L.A.-based artists account for most of the gifts and trinkets carried at this corner store. Diane Jackson and Amanda Vernon set up shop here in 2009, later adding a Santa Monica location. You can smell fruity lotions being concocted in a lab out back for their Klean-spa line.
The minimalist garments, jewelry, Da-nish furniture, and housewares compiled by husband and wife Kevin and Bo Carney are the stuff of Scandinavian modern dreams—or fashionable sci-fi flicks.
Butter-soft microfiber totes in shades from camel to pewter beg to be caressed at the richly outfitted gift shop at the Montage Beverly Hills. The staff helps customers sort through the multitude of costume and vintage jewelry behind glass along one wall.
There’s nothing status quo about Larry Schaffer’s “lifestyle store.” Tags identify the origin of the global pieces: porcelain spoons from Finland, hourglasses from Germany, brass bottle openers from Japan.
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
Paulanna Cuccinello’s compact spot is chockablock with creative notions for last-minute gifts: supple leather bags by Elk, shiny silver flasks engraved with Great Expectations, and handsome reproductions of such enduring board games as Noises in the Dark.
Neighborhood: Toluca Lake
For armchair artists who prefer to dream about making gifts rather than break out the glue gun, the itsy-bitsy Pygmy Hippo Shoppe has prefab presents that look like you spent weeks laboring over them.
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
Ditch the windup R2-D2. At the online store Robotoys.com, based in Van Nuys, the automatons and programmable pets are packed with 32-bit microprocessors and solar-powered batteries…
Davide Berruto advocates an outdoorsy, responsible lifestyle. His line of furniture is upholstered in recycled WWII army tents, and almost everything is American made.
The whitewashed two-year-old shop, tucked in the southern end of the Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax, stocks ephemera dating from the 1920s through the 1970s…
The Craft and Folk Art Museum’s gift store, aka the Shop@CAFAM, is otherworldly.
The gift emporium at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is an open affair with arty wares displayed under glass—everything from designer Piero Fornasetti tables and chairs to Kiki de Montparnasse sleep masks that indicate whether you’d like to do that or something naughtier.
The shops at the Terranea Resort aren’t just for tourists—Palos Verdes locals come here for high-end gifts. Pointe Discovery has outdoorsy accessories such as backpacks with pictures of endangered species, hiking gear, and James Perse sportswear.
Known for its rare and antique prints from Besler and Merian, the store has a large following of collectors who come to browse the finest of everything.
Neighborhood: San Marino
Winston Churchill slept here. The Queen Mary, berthed in Long Beach, houses several shops in which you can find everything from memorabilia of the Great War to tchotchkes that would look appropriate in an Iowa diner.
Thank your host for fretting over that roasted chicken with a token of gratitude from Tortoise General Store.