Give More, Go Local: 15 Covetable Made-in-L.A. Gifts to Give This Holiday

11:18 AM 12/20/2016

by Ingrid Schmidt

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If you have yet to close some major gift deals, consider us your power broker of sorts. Let’s just say that cozy cashmere and jaw-dropping jewelry can go a long way; small-batch chocolates and a chic champagne-filled tote can go even further. And no need to wait for shipping. Hit local boutiques right now for these 15 spectacularly special pieces. Bonus: They are all handmade right here in L.A.

  • Neck Candy

    What goes around, comes around. One of Irene Neuwirth’s dazzling, red-carpet-ready creations: A one-of-a-kind 18-karat rose gold necklace with tourmaline, fire opal, sunstone, aquamarine, tanzanite, carved pink opal, emerald & diamonds; $157,040. Irene Neuwirth, 8458 Melrose Pl.; 323-285-2000,

  • Naughty and Nice (in a Box)

    Florist-to-the-stars Eric Buterbaugh is offering this limited-edition "Nice" gift box with hand-tied flowers, bud vase, gilded notecards, EB Florals Rose candle, wick trimmer, D.L.& Co. match box and Compartes truffles, $245. The alternate "Naughty" box, $1295, swaps in a large candle, plus a pashmina shawl and EB Florals 8 Scent Discovery Kit. Eric Buterbaugh Los Angeles, 7001 Melrose Ave.; 310-247-7120,

  • Injeanious

    George Esquivel has long cobbled shoes for the well-heeled at his workshop in Buena Park and, with slip-ons easing into "It" shoe status, what lady wouldn't love these handcrafted denim Grace mules? $540 at or call 714-670-2200

  • Toast-Worthy Tote

    Crafted in the L.A. studio of Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz, this Graf & Lantz wool felt wine carrier with leather handles is sure to up your bubbly-giving game (Hello, Helen's Wines!), $128 at and Goop's pop-up shop at Brentwood Country Mart.

  • Smoking Haute

    You pretty much can't go wrong with a present from Greg Chait's luxe cashmere label, The Elder Statesman, crafted in Culver City. But this cozy, hand-dyed Hugh cashmere smoking jacket, $1495, tops our list. The Elder Statesman, 607 Huntley Dr.; 424-288-4221,

  • Eau-La-La!

    A gift they can share — unisex scents from L.A. fragrance house, Capsule Parfumerie, launched in 2012 by Santa Monica husband-and-wife team Linda and Mike Sivrican. Shop all four of the brand's fragrance lines at the new Orris flagship in Melrose Heights. Capsule Parfums natural essential oil fragrances, $90 each. Orris, 7970 1/2 Melrose Ave.; 323-556-6026,

  • Luxe Loungewear

    In the market for comfort and joy? Look no further than the Cotton Citizen flagship in WeHo for Adam Vanunu's colorful, hand-garment-dyed cotton and French terry essentials for ladies and gents, made in a factory in South L.A. Cotton Citizen's French terry women's Milan trousers, $225 at Cotton Citizen's flagship, 8463-2 Melrose Pl.; 323-852-3573,

  • Burning Desire

    A stand-out candle? Check. Candle-maker extraordinaire Lisa Carrier concocts her decorative soy wax creations in Burbank. With notes of sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense and amber — inspired by the scent of incense burnt since the 1400s at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris— this candle is dressed up in faux snakeskin, with citrine and quartz adorning the metal lid. $149 at the Malibu Colony Company at the Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Rd; 310-317-0177,

  • Pack a Punch

    Don’t all power players dream of being hands-free? Meet the new take on a ‘90s belt bag, reinvented in highfalutin fabrication. Python-embossed leather hip pouch, created in L.A. by Maryam and Marjan Malakpour of NewbarK, $495 at and Just One Eye, 7000 Romaine St; 888-563-6858

  • Sweet Talk

    When in doubt, go for designer chocolate. Compartes x Kelly Wearstler small-batch chocolate bars, made in L.A., are ready to give in a limited-edition box decorated with a Wearstler print, $59.95 to $94.95 for sets of four, six or eight bars at Compartes in Brentwood and West Hollywood and Kelly Wearstler in West Hollywood,

  • Put on a Happy Face

    Here's a message we all want to send (and receive) in 2017. Paige Mycoskie's California surfer brand Aviator Nation brings back the '70s smiley face. Aviator Nation kids unisex Smiley zip hoodie, $106 at Aviator Nation stores in Venice and Malibu,

  • Scents and Sensibility

    Infuse her world with clean, green fragrance. Eco-friendly candle-maker Kristi Head has expanded her Lite + Cycle line with three hand-blended, aromatherapeutic essential oil fragrances in uplifting citrusy bergamot Inrapture, calming lavender-rose Ingrace, and grounding vetiver-sandalwood Inheart; $58 for limited-edition gift set of three at

  • Color Cues

    Gifts that give back. Multi-hyphenate Cheryl Saban (glass blower-jeweler-weaver-author-philanthropist-psychologist-former United Nations representative) personally handcrafts a cornucopia of vibrant glassware and jewelry in L.A., with a percentage donated to charitable organizations. Cheryl Saban Designs hand-blown Calypso tumblers, $300 for set of six at Cheryl Saban Designs, 9065 Nemo St.; 424-284-3219,

  • Seat of Power

    Whether at work or at home, any design-wise person on your list should appreciate a sleek and portable mid-century-inspired chair. Designed with a texture-rich American bison leather cover (the signature of high-end L.A. leather goods brand Parabellum, co-founded by Mike Feldman and Jason Jones) and a copper-plated base, $1400 at or call 323-852-0800

  • Hoops, I Did It Again

    In search of bijoux with an organic vibe? Santa Barbara-based handbag and accessories designer Kendall Conrad offers these graceful, down-to-earth 14-karat gold plated brass Pluma hoop earrings; $300 at Kendall Conrad stores in Venice and Brentwood,