Shop Here: The Best Boutique Stores for Holiday Gifts in Los Angeles

Sure, you could get all your holiday shopping completed at The Grove or Americana at Brand, but Los Angeles also has many amazing boutique shops all over town offering locally made goods perfect for friends, family, and even yourself.

Cookbook, Echo Park – This neighborhood green grocer on Echo Park Boulevard, sandwiched between shops and Chango Coffee, is a favorite of locals looking to pick up supplies for a hearty family dinner. But the tiny store sells much more than fresh food. It’s the perfect place to pick up, yes, a cook book for a loved one, or an exquisitely wrapped jar of honey or jam, a unique rolling pin, a brass pepper mill, locally made ceramics and calendars. Their instagram is chock full of holiday gift ideas!

Diesel, a Book Store, Brentwood – No, not the clothing chain. Diesel, a book store, in Brentwood has been serving the West side in Brentwood Country Mart for many years. They have an amazingly curated selection of books, both new and used, and their staff are knowledgable and friendly and always able to recommend the perfect selection, especially if you are buying a winter read for a friend. 

Dotter, Highland Park – Dott Dotter, which comes from the Swedish word “daughter,” offers a great curated mix of women’s clothing, jewelry, and shoes alongside housewares and a whimsical nook of children’s clothing, games and books. If a friend or family member has a new baby or a baby on the way and you’re looking for a gift that’s rare and unique, Dotter is the place to go.  You simply won’t find many of their items elsewhere. Perfect for stocking stuffers for all ages!

Echo Park Craft Fair, Silver Lake – Happening this weekend on December 10 and 11 at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake, the Echo Park Craft Fair began as a small gathering of friends exchanging goods at a backyard in Echo Park and has grown into the annual destination featuring work by over 120 artists and drawing thousands of guests. The Fair has become a pioneering showcase for the thriving Makers Movement.  The fair offers a meticulous curation of work from some of the finest artists in America, the Fair celebrates innovators creating in a vast array of mediums – from ceramics to jewelry, perfumery to clothing design, woodworking to fabric art.

Gold Bug, Pasadena – If your friend is a little offbeat and has a preference for home decor and artwork that is, let’s say, a little out there, there’s no better place than Gold Bug in Pasadena to pick them up a distinctive gift they’ll cherish for years to come.  The unique collections of art, objects, and accessories at Gold Bug in Pasadena California are for the eclectic, eccentric and absurd. And, yes, they sell gold bugs.

The Magic Apple, Studio City – The “Earth’s Largest Magic Shop,” this outlet sells only the highest quality magic supplies. Great for the kids in your life or the kid in your friends, The Magic Apple offers playing cards, magic kits, mind reading and mentalism books, and so much more.

Mohawk General Store, Silver Lake – This is a very cool store with artfully curated pieces for men, women, and the home. Amazing gifts like luxurious candles, potpourri, jewelry, handbags, hats, scarves, and more. Plus, the men’s section now has their own shop next door, so there’s plenty of merchandise on display. 

Otherwild, Los Feliz – This Bohemian gift shop features goods by local artists, clothes, plus workshops & graphic-design services. You may have seen “The Future is Female” shirts and sweaters in the past year and those originated here at Otherwild. All of their items are made by local “jewelers, ceramicists, perfumers, artists, chefs, designers, herbalists, quilters, fabricators, musicians, witches, picklers, woodworkers, curators, weavers, photographers, dancers, and publishers.”

Poketo, Arts District – Founded in 2003 by a husband and wife couple, Poketo in the booming Arts District is a modern shop that features a selection of stylish accessories, toys, and homewares in a minimalist interior. If you can’t make it into their store, their website is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop!

Rolling Greens Los Angeles, Fairfax – We all need some greenery in our lives and in our homes, and Rolling Greens is LA’s premiere nursery. The location was originally designed in 1930 as an open-air market, and Rolling Greens has kept the building’s original rustic character by restoring the exposed brick walls and wood-beamed ceilings. This location is all about the home; from the remarkable assortment of containers and planted arrangements to one-of-a-kind found objects, furniture, candles, gifts and pantry must-haves, their assortment does not disappoint! The Arrangement Bar is where our Baristas create unique planted living + faux arrangements in collaboration with customers.

Short Hand, Highland Park – Sometimes the perfect gift is simply a beautifully illustrated and designed card.  You will find a wonderful selection of holiday cards here and much more. This little store in the heart of Highland Park on York Boulevard also specializes in beautiful supplies for the desk. From unique stationary to notebooks to beautifully designed mechanical pencils, this is a great shop for any writers you know.

Tenoversix, Melrose – This sleek boutique on Melrose features designer threads for men and women, plus books, gifts, and more in their comfortable, airy digs. At Tenoversix, they’re all about living with beautiful things: whether it’s fashion to be worn, art to be loved, home design to be lived with, beauty to uplift, or music, books, and films to inspire.

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