Tinsel Town: LAMag’s Impeccably Curated Holiday Gift Guide

We scoured the city, not once but twice, and found perfect gifts for those naughty and nice

EDITED BY ERIN BUNCH, AMANDA EBERSTEIN & JESSICA KANTOR

Click here for part 2 of LAMag’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guide, featuring jewelry & watches, beauty products, and our ideas for presents for kids.

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High-fashion napkins and real golden dishes—housewarming gifts to fulfill every host’s wishes.

TRIM THE TREE. In 1957, Tiffany & Co. commissioned Andy Warhol to create a set of bold greeting cards. Now, the jewelry house is introducing limited-edition items based on his iconic illustrations, such as these hand-painted glass ornaments.
The Tiffany & Co. x Andy Warhol Collection Ornaments, $400 for a set of three at tiffany.com.

IKAT NAP. Former fashion designer Gregory Parkinson’s block-printed, hand-loomed Indian cotton napkins in honeycomb melon will sweeten any meal. Gregory Parkinson Surround Napkins, $220 for a set of six at Kneeland Co., 4767 W. Adams Blvd., West Adams, kneelandco.com.

RARE BIRD. Renowned for its premium watch selection, Gearys Beverly Hills offers equally covetable home decor, like this hand-painted, limited-edition ginger jar. Herend Blue Peony Ginger Jar, $6,275 at Gearys, 351 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, gearys.com.

BEAR FRUIT. These sumptuous plates from L.A.- and Paris-based tastemaker Zoë de Givenchy are hand-glazed in real gold and painted by Italian specialists. Z.d.G. by Zoë de Givenchy Fruits d’Or Salad/Dessert Plates, $240 each at zdgofficial.com.

 

PITCHER THIS. Design star Kelly Wearstler teamed up with Sticky Glass to create this elegant hand-blown pitcher that catches and refracts the light. Sticky Glass Bubble Pitcher in gold leaf, $390 at kellywearstler.com.

A NEW SPIN. A modern take on the classic Hanukkah toy, Marmol Radziner’shandmade walnut dreidel with brass stand echoes the spare lines and quality materials the architects use to build and restore homes across the city. MarmolRadziner + the Jewish Museum Dreidel, $190 at marmol-radziner.com.

SHEROES. Created by an L.A.-based author-and-illustrator duo, this book spotlighting 50 of the most influential Black women in history—from Michelle Obama to Cardi B—will inspire children and adults alike. Black Icons in Herstory: 50 Legendary Women, $28 at Chevalier’s Books, 133 N. Larchmont Blvd., Larchmont Village, and chroniclebooks.com.

ONE OF A KIND. ECF Art Centers across L.A. provide workspace and representation to gifted developmentally disabled adults. Their annual holiday sale features multimedia pieces by these artists, some of whom already work with museums and galleries. Ceramic vase by Larry Pearsall, $400 at artecf.org.

 


SEASONS GREETINGS.
Give the gift of greetings from dozens of L.A. landmarks with Glendale artist Ellen Surrey’s playful postcard sets. Each whimsical print features an iconic local space, such as Dodger Stadium or Canter’s Deli. Greetings From Los Angeles, from $1 at Treehaus, 3153 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, ellensurrey.com.

PILLOW TALK. British textile brand House of Hackney collaborated with L.A. designers Pierce & Ward to reimagine Phantasia, one of its most iconic prints. To celebrate, several limited-edition items, including this luxe piped cotton-satin and velvet cushion, are available at Pierce & Ward’s Los Feliz boutique. Phantasia by Pierce and Ward Large Piped Satin Cushion, $280 at Pierce & Ward, 1956 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, pierceandward.com.

SHELFIE. Popular vintage purveyor Maggie Holladay of Claude Home just launched her own collection of objects and furnishings based on her signature minimalistic Instagram-ready aesthetic. These bookends made of solid crema marble are equal parts functional and sculptural works of art. Crescent Bookends, $345 at claudehome.com.

 

MARBLE MARVEL. Interior designer Jeremiah Brent’s new Atrio boutique at Culver City’s Platform includes exclusive home items, such as this handsome checkered marble catchall created in partnership with Montana Labelle Lifestyle. Checkered Catchall, $345 at Atrio, 8888 Washington Blvd., Ste. 100, Culver City, shopatrio.com.

MEMBERS ONLY. Gift your loved ones the vibe of a private club without the membership fee. Soho Home’s Verona Fig Verde candle is made of lushly scented wax hand-poured into a stylish green onyx marble vessel. Soho Home Verona Fig Verde Candle, $85 at Soho Home Studio, 8540 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, sohohome.com.

 

PLANT IT. Los Angeles-based artist Bari Ziperstein makes collectible ceramic home goods with brutalist vibes, such as this distinctive planter, from L.A.-based contemporary gallery the Future Perfect. Ball Bearing Planter, $4,950, at thefutureperfect.com.

 

BOOK TOUR. The latest book in illustrator James Gulliver Hancock’s “All the Buildings In…” series offers a traffic-free way to visit favorite L.A. landmarks. All the Buildings in Los Angeles: That I’ve Drawn So Far, $22.50 at rizzoli.com.

 

INVEST-HER. Invest In Her Art is a new L.A.-based discovery platform and creative agency dedicated to elevating female and non-binary artists, such as local painter Nina Klein, whose works on canvas explore gender identity. Nina Klein’s Origin Story “Gender,” $3,500 at investinherart.com.

HAPPY PLACE. These vibrant placemats are handmade in small batches by K-Apostrophe, an L.A.-based textile maker founded by local mixed-media painter K’era Morgan. Nana Pastel Placemats, Set of 2, $75 at k-apostrophe.com.

 

AT HEARTH. Superstar L.A. design firm Amber Interiors’s one-of-a-kind stockings are made from vintage textiles in an eclectic array of patterns that will bring warmth and character to any holiday decor. Vintage Stocking, $140 at Shoppe Amber Interiors, 859 N. Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, shoppe.amberinteriordesign.com.

 

MIRACLE OF LIGHT. Designed to accommodate oil candles rather than wax, Via Maris’s borosilicate glass menorah hearkens back to the original miracle of Hanukkah. When lit, each contour of the modern design will lend a colorful glow to any home for those eight special nights. Glass Chanukiah, $235 at via-maris.com.

Food & Drink

Bonbons! truffles! A wreath made of meats! Just a small sampling of this year’s best holiday treats.

GO FISH. L.A.-based Siesta Co.’s owners pay homage to the canned seafood of their native Spain with high-quality fish packaged in charming tins. Variety 5-Pack, $41 at siesta-co.com.

FORBIDDEN FRUITS. Flamingo Estate’s sensuous gift set combines theHighland Park property’s dark, sweet wine and special edition botanical chocolates made with regeneratively grown fruit and spices. Night Bloom Vino Dolce and Botanical Bonbons, $180 at flamingoestate.com.

BON APPÉTIT. Justin Chao learned the art of French caramel-making at Paris’s Michelin-rated Le Meurice before opening Le Bon Garçon in East Hollywood. His signature treats are available in mint for the holidays. Holiday Mint Caramels, from $19 at lebongarcon.com.

IDEAL BLEND. Brightland’s latest olive oil, cold-pressed with olives grown on California’s Central Coast and infused with rosemary extract, pairs perfectly with cozy holiday cuisine. Aurora, $40 at brightland.co.

SWEET & STYLISH. Make a fashionable entrance with this panettone from Gucci Osteria, created with chef Roy Shvartzapel, known for his mastery of this old-world Italian sweet bread. Panettone, $160 at Gucci Osteria, 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, gucciosteria.com.

 

WELL-ROUNDED. Santa Monica-based Lady & Larder’s charcuterie wreath kit includes gourmet prosciutto, salami, sea salt-blistered almonds, dried fruit, and fresh herbs. DIY Holiday Charcuterie Wreath, $215 at Lady & Larder, 828 Pico Blvd., Ste. 2, Santa Monica, ladyandlarder.com.

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT. Newly launched, women-led Maie offers modern wine drinkers a low-waste option with this trio of single-serving bottles. Discovery Pack, $28 at drinkmaie.com.

PAMPER THE PALATE. Foraged by trusty dogs deep in the forests of Piedmont, these primo fresh white truffles are just a car ride away at Century City’s hub for all things Italian, Eataly. White Truffles, market price at Eataly, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, eataly.com.

SLOW BURN. The City of Angels-based brand behind the cult-favorite Always Pan has created this handcrafted Moroccan clay tagine perfect for slow cooking and long leisurely dinners. Tagine, $80 at Our Place, 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, fromourplace.com.

IN THE MIX. Beloved grain-free pastry shop Sweet Laurel Bakery just introduced a chocolate cake mix that manages to be decadent yet health-conscious at the same time. Chocolate Cake Mix, $12.50 at Sweet Laurel Bakery, 15279 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, sweetlaurel.com.

CHEF’S KISS. This limited-edition “broccolini” smock from LA-based kitchenware purveyor Hedley & Bennett is a chef-quality apron that will make other home cooks green with envy. Smock in Broccolini Green, $95 athedleyandbennet.com.

OH, SNAP! The Nordic Ware gingerbread house-shaped duet pan from L.A.’s iconic kitchenware shop Surfas Culinary District will give bakers on your list a chance to create a delicious architectural centerpiece for any and all stops on this year’s holiday party circuit. Gingerbread House Duet Pan $30 at Surfas Culinary District, 3225 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, www.surfasonline.com.

SMOOTH LIBATIONS. Stay booze-free but festive with Boisson’s clever NOGroni Kit, which features the perfect combination of non-alcoholic spirits and aperitifs to make a tasty riff on the cocktail of the moment, complete with a rocks glass and Japanese-style jigger. NOgroni Kit, $130 at Boisson, 11762 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, boisson.co.

SNACK PACK. Started during the pandemic to help fight food insecurity and economic instability, especially in communities of color, Prosperity Market is a traveling farmers’ market featuring local Black-owned businesses and farms. Its curated bundle of artisanal snacks makes an original host gift or can be split up to ensure those stockings are stuffed on Christmas morning. Snack Gift Set, $50 at prosperitymarketla.com.

CHOICE CUT. Storied third-generation California-based butcher Flannery Beef offers renowned dry-aged beef cut just before shipping so that it arrives full of flavor for any holiday meal. California Reserve Dry Aged Ribeye Steak Gift Box, from $93 at FlanneryBeef.com.

GOOD VIBES ONLY. These crystal geode design concoctions are the creation of Jodi Mannis, whose famous fans include Drew Barrymore. Each cookie is hand-painted and delivered with an explanation of its meaning and one of the brand’s signature crystal quartz keepsakes. Chakra On Crystal Cookie Box, $44 at goodvibescookieco.com.

FRESH TAKE. LA chef and entrepreneur Jorge Gaviria has made his mark on the Mexican cooking industry with his company Masienda, known for its traditional corn flour and tortillas, as well as other kitchen essentials. In this tome, he reveals the secrets of his trade. Masa: Techniques, Recipes and Reflections on a Timeless Staple, $35 at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, booksoup.com.

Gear

Whether it’s outdoors or in the metaverse they play, Gearheads will be thrilled when these gifts drop from the sleigh.

REST AND RESET. The biometric sensor in this sleek eye mask from the innovators behind Theragun combines heat, vibration, and massage for personalized relaxation. SmartGoggles, $199 at Reset by Therabody, 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 101, Brentwood, therabody.com.

BLADE RUNNER. Pro legend Jon Julio’s Santa Ana-based Them Skates partnered with Clarks Originals on these retro in-line blades in the former’s signature head-turning hue. Clarks Originals and Them Skates 909 58MM, $400 at themgoods.com.

BLING RING. This 18-karat gold Gucci logo-engraved Oura ring tracks sleep, physical activity, and other health metrics with unprecedented style. Gucci x Oura Ring, $950 at Gucci, 347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, gucci.com.

BLAST FROM THE PAST. This 1966 Jazzmaster replica from California-born Fender will delight the musicians in your life. Plus, it sells for a fraction of the original’s resale price. American Vintage II 1966 Jazzmaster, $2,400 at fender.com.

GAME ON. Pickleball is a phenomenon, and these Recess paddles, created in collaboration with HGTV interior designer Leanne Ford, will up any devotee’s game. Leanne Ford for Recess Pickleball Paddles, $86 each at recesspickleball.com.

 

PACK IT UP. The playful palm-tree motif inside this handsome Melrose capsule collection suitcase—exclusive to Globe-Trotter’s new WeHo flagship—will bring a smile to weary Angelenos away from home. Melrose Carry-On 4-Wheels, $2,195 at Globe-Trotter, 8483 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood, us.globe-trotter.com.

ON DECK. Huntington Beach skate shop Madrid partnered with the equally storied Garland Hotel on this custom board in the shape of the Golden State. California Skateboard, $150 at the Store at the Garland, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood.

HIGH DESIGN. L.A.’s Flora Nero is turning cannabis accessories into art, making this sleek joint holder the most sophisticated way to carry. Flora Nero Bronze Single Joint Case, $280 at Just One Eye, 915 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, justoneeye.com.

WORK IT OUT. For the stylish exercise fanatics in your life, Bala’s Pilates Gift Set includes a workout ball and resistance bands in addition to the local brand’s signature weighted bangles and a branded carryall tote. Pilates Gift Set, $154 at shopbala.com.

FOR THE RECORD. This fully customizable turntable from Common Wave, downtown L.A.’s design-centric audio showroom, is both an aesthetic and sonic marvel that will impress even the most discerning audiophile. Kumza Stabi S Turntable, from $4,750 at Common Wave, 1451 East 4th St., Ste. 106, Los Angeles.

EVERLASTING LIGHT. ’Tis the season for cozy candles. Rather than light a match for each one, try this sculptural USB lighter and LED flashlight, available in six colors at the MOCA store. One charge of the Motli Light offers 1,000 sparks. Motli USB Lighter, $45 at MOCA, 250 S. Grand Ave., Downtown, mocastore.org.

PIECE OF CAKE. Iconic Swedish motorbike company CAKE has arrived on our shores with a brand-new shop in Marina Del Rey. This classic lightweight helmet offers perfect protection for two-wheel riders. Daytona Cruiser Helmet + Helmet Peak, $108 at Cake, 4112 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, ridecake.com.

BEST IN CLASS. This new Pilates reformer is so sleek and attractive it will motivate any recipient to keep their New Year’s workout resolutions. Pilates Reformer, $3,999 at framefitness.com.

NECK TECH. Those who can’t seem to put down their phones will love this Ossa iPhone carry case necklace, which makes it so they never have to. The strap comes in a variety of styles, colors, and materials, including pearl, metal chains, and wooden beads. Cellular Connection, from $85 for each set,OssaNewyork.com.

SOUND WAVES. Zygo’s waterproof wraparound streaming headsets take the silent monotony out of swimming laps. In addition to delivering top-notch audio of podcasts, e-books, and music, each set pairs with an app that offers guided workouts and weekly updated content. Zygo Solo, $299 at shopzygo.com.

Fashion

From groovy bucket hats to an “L.A. casual” dress, stylish duds that are sure to impress.

 

TO THE MAX. This prairie-style maxi dress from women’s collective Dôen is made of 100 percent silk and comes in a kaleidoscope of autumnal colors. Aimee Dress, $798 at Dôen, 225 26th St., Ste. 4, Santa Monica, shopdoen.com.

TWINKLE TOES. The Elder Statesman imbues the richest fabric with killer colors. These unisex cashmere socks are sure to spoil even the person whose closet is overflowing. Dazed Yosemite Socks, $275 at the Elder Statesman, 607 Huntley Dr., West Hollywood, elder-statesman.com.

JUST FOR KICKS. Designer Mike Amiri made “L.A. casual” luxe, with a store on Rodeo Drive to prove it. His men’s kicks easily leap from street to soiree. MA-1 sneakers, $790 at Amiri, 461 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, amiri.com.

SO CLUTCH. Nothing enhances a holiday look—or any look for that matter—better than a colorful print bag, like this whimsical Max Mara clutch. MediumTwill Pasticcino Bag, $395 at us.maxmara.com.

 

SUNNY DAYS. Alexander Daas’s eponymous brand of unisex frames, including this Portofino tortoise and mango sunglasses, add style and swagger to any ensemble. Portofino, $450 at Alexander Daas, 161 N. Larchmont Blvd., Windsor Square, alexanderdaas.com.

BUNDLE UP. Canada Goose may be famous for its light-as-a-feather down coats, but the brand’s 100 percent cotton hoodie in eye-catching inferno red is soft enough to steal the spotlight. Huron Hoody, $350 at canadagoose.com.

SHEAR JOY. The ultimate in hygge, Jenni Kayne’s shearling-lined clogs can go indoors or out, since the warm fuzzies are this winter’s hottest trend. Moc Clog in natural, $375 at Jenni Kayne, 614 N. Almont Dr., West Hollywood, jennikayne.com.

BUCKET LIST. Designer Asaka Fushimi sells these patchwork bucket hats made from vintage bandanas, Dodgers memorabilia, Japanese souvenir pillowcases, military jackets, and old polo shirts to the likes of Naomi Osaka and LeBron James. Reworked Bucket Hat, from $158 at asakafushimi.com.

BLUE DREAM BABY. The dreamy hue of the Guess Ginevra satchel’s faux-croc finish matches the L.A. sky and is the perfect color to carry into the new year. Ginevra Elite Society Satchel, $128, at guess.com.

BREAKING PLAID. Brad Pitt partnered with holistic healer Sat Hari on this new line of unisex shirts. Deceptively grunge, these handwoven cashmere tartans feature hand-cut gemstone buttons, with a price tag to match. God’s True Cashmere Cinnamon Tiger Eye Shirt, $2,250 at Just One Eye, 915 N. Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, justoneeye.com.

 

GOOD IN BED. Lunya’s mantra is “Rest, recharge, and restore,” and this dreamy silk robe in a rich holiday day hue is the ideal wardrobe staple for indulging in all three. Washable Silk Robe in morana crimson, $278, at lunya.co.

ARTISTIC WARES. These artist-and-maker-inspired wide-legged, cinch-back indigo trousers from L.A.-based fashion designer and activist Rozae Nichols are made on-site at her newly opened Hollywood boutique. Two Tone Artist Pant,$275 at Flora Animalia, 1517 N. Gardner St., Hollywood, floraanimalia.com.

HONOR ROLL. This ultra-flattering tiered matte sateen maxi-dress from local boutique owner Jill Roberts’ new line, Honorine, is perfect for holiday parties but light enough for a beach vacation. Long Camille Dress, $425 at Honorine, 430 Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, iamhonorine.com.

TOP COAT. In this town, you only need one great coat, and this year’s must-have is this floor-length camel number by local it-girl brand Favorite Daughter. The versatile topper will take your beloved daughter, sister, mother, or friend from jeans to gowns. Simon Coat, $595 at Favorite Daughter, 346 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, shopfavoritedaughter.com.

 

RAZZLE DAZZLE. This floor-length caftan by La Vie Style House—created exclusively for L.A.-based Natalie Bloomingdale’s niche e-commerce site The SIL—features gold-and-silver sequins in a bold zigzag pattern and modern elegant bell sleeves for a fresh and festive look. La Vie Style House Maxi Caftan, $1,050 at shopthesil.com.

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A version of this article appears in the December 2022 issue of Los Angeles magazine