Gifts

Mindfulnest

3319 W. Magnolia Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91505

818-840-0123

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.

Website: http://www.mindfulnest.com

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Mohawk General Store

One Colorado, Los Angeles, CA, 91103

626-440-1603

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.

Website: http://www.mohawkgeneralstore.com

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Montage Beverly Hills

225 North Canon Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310.860.7800

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.

Website: http://www.montagebeverlyhills.com/

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OK

8303 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-653-3501

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.

Website: http://www.okthestore.com

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Pergolina

10139 Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91602

818-508-7708

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.

Website: http://www.pergolina.com

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Pygmy Hippo Shoppe

306 N. Stanley Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-501-6187

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.

Website: http://www.shop-pygmyhippo.com

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RJ Design

1428 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90028

310-623-1751

Until recently, more was more when it came to floristry…

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Robotoys.com

15500 Erwin St., Los Angeles, CA, 91411

818-908-4055

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…

Website: http://robotoys.com

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Shelter Half

161 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-936-0225

Davide Berruto advocates an outdoorsy, responsible lifestyle. His line of furniture is upholstered in recycled WWII army tents, and almost everything is American made.

Website: http://www.shelterhalf.com

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Shine Gallery

Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-937-7488

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…

Website: http://www.shinegallery.com/

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Shop@CAFAM

5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-937-4230

The Craft and Folk Art Museum’s gift store, aka the Shop@CAFAM, is otherworldly.

Website: http://www.cafam.org/shop.html

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SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills

465 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310.247.0400

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.

Website: http://www.slshotels.com

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Terranea Resort

6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Los Angeles, CA, 90275

(310) 265-2800

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.

Website: http://www.terranea.com/

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The Frame Shop Ltd.

2659 Mission St., Los Angeles, CA, 91108

626-441-3208

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.

Website: http://www.theframeshopltd.com

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The Library Store

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90071

213-228-7550

Located in the Central Library, the shop is dedicated to all things literary, with a whimsical twist.

Website: http://www.lfla.org

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The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Highway, Los Angeles, CA, 90802

(877) 342-0738

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.

Website: http://www.queenmary.com/

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Tortoise General Store

1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

Thank your host for fretting over that roasted chicken with a token of gratitude from Tortoise General Store.

Website: http://www.tortoiselife.com

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