2020 Holiday Gifts: 16 Great Shops in Los Angeles

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Shop local for the holidays at these independent boutiques across Los Angeles, from Venice's Abbot Kinney and Platform in Culver City to Beverly Boulevard and DTLA

The holidays are here and though 2020's celebrations may look a bit different, and socially distant, it is still the season of giving. This year has featured a global pandemic, a national social justice movement and a lot of time spent indoors, leading many to focus on comfort, cleansing and self-care when selecting their gifts this year. A huge emphasis has also been put on buying local, so here are some of Los Angeles’ top boutiques, and their picks for gift giving this year.

1. Broome Street General Store

2912 Rowena Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039

The Broome Street General Store, part coffee shop, part gourmet market, part lifestyle boutique, is named after founder Sophie Graham’s first apartment on Broome Street in New York City. With a flagship store in Silver Lake, Broome Street opened a location at Culver City’s Platform over the summer. Gift options include a limited edition Verde glass French press ($85), a porcelain spice grinder ($35) and the paella bundle ($108), a kit including everything one needs to make paella at home, including an authentic Valencian paella pan. broomestgeneral.com

2. Chariots on Fire

1342 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Chariots on Fire, the art gallery and design store on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard, is where Japanese ceramicist Makoto Kagoshima was first introduced in the United States. Alongside the rotating exhibitions, art director Ritsuko Yagi curates a gift shop of artists’ creations. This holiday season she recommends alchemist-potter Tenshin Juba’s organic material bowls (starting at $98). chariotsonfire.com

3. Counter-Space

1837 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Run by Kirill Bergart and Joe Lorens, this Silver Lake home goods store recently reopened all three of its spaces, though C-S Inventory and C-S Art Studio in Highland Park are by appointment only. The wide-ranging store offers gifts like Japanese inspired candles ($32) and incense ($10) as well as desk clocks ($70) and paper lanterns ($135). Noting that people have spent more time in their homes this year than ever before, Counter-Space expanded their kitchen goods with products like handmade Korean knives ($52-$210). counter-space.com

4. Flamingo Estate Harvest Shop

8850 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

The 1940s flamingo-pink estate in east Los Angeles has been home to an adult film studio, a pirate radio station and a publishing company, but currently houses Chandelier Creative founder Richard Christiansen, who has turned the property into a nature-focused oasis and brand. In October, the estate opened its first retail store, The Harvest Shop at Platform in Culver City, featuring all of its chemical free, biodiversity focused bath, beauty and wellness products like the herbal tincture collection ($110) and Tuscan rosemary facial mist ($28). flamingoestate.la/blogs/sights-sounds/the-harvest-shop

5. Ige Design

7382 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A Los Angeles native, Helene Ige launched her first furniture line in 2001, expanding into home and accessories two years later. The flagship store on Beverly Boulevard is a boutique full of Ige’s own creations as well as new and vintage products from around the world. In addition to the clothing, furniture and stationary, Ige’s gift selection includes a happy face cutlery set ($13) to brighten any kitchen, and bronze desert bells (starting at $35), made of recycled steel and copper and sand-baked in India. igedesign.com

6. Individual Medley

3176 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039

The Atwater Village boutique has something for everyone, offering a variety of goods from vintage clothing to international apothecary brands to children’s toys and accessories. In addition to a collection of ornaments, Individual Medley’s gift selection includes an everyday aromatherapy oil blend ($22), the Templo catchall tray ($44) and the organic cotton face mask set ($32). individualmedleystore.com

7. Los Angeles County Store

Specializing in pre-made and custom gifts and gift boxes, the Los Angeles County Store is an online-only gift shop that sells L.A.-made products exclusively. The local offerings include artisanal food, small houseware items, apothecary and stationery. This holiday season, owner MaryAnne LoVerme recommends the mini ritual kit ($29.99) and the eucalyptus shower melt ($24.99), both of which can be included in custom care packages. lacountystore.com

8. Nickey Kehoe Shop

7266 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Interior designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe created their namesake brand in 2004, featuring a growing handmade furniture collection, vintage pieces and home accessories sourced from around the globe. The Kehoe quilt ($525), which comes in rust and navy or blue and green, is a perfect gift for this holiday season. Other gifts include a minimalist Japanese cast-iron incense holder ($30), a stoneware coffee dripper and carafe ($180) and a handcrafted leather toiletry bag ($175). nickeykehoe.com

9. The Optimist Beach Club

8830 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

The Optimist, a menswear store at Culver City’s Platform, opened its follow up, Beach Club, in October, which focuses more on activewear and beach essentials. The Copacabana linen towel ($200), textile printed vintage studio vase ($275) and silver tone whale bottle opener ($115) are perfect gifts for the beach enthusiast. theoptimistla.com/collections/beach-club

10. Otherwild

1768 N Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Otherwild is a retail store offering a curated selection of handmade and American-made goods with an emphasis on sustainability, as well as a graphic design studio. Their zero-waste products include plastic-free lunch kits ($48) and clean-ingredient hand sanitizer spray ($10). Other gift options range from bath soak salts ($5), the woven “Source Within” blanket ($180) and the Patriarchy is a Pyramid Scheme t-shirt ($40). otherwild.com

11. Pergolina

10139 Riverside Dr. Toluca Lake, CA 91602

In the heart of Toluca Lake Village, Pergolina opened in 1990 and has been a community staple ever since. Well known for their exquisite gift wrapping, the boutique sells home goods, jewelry, children’s toys and books. Items like the pebble-stone-inspired tea set ($82) and lemon and oak incense ($28) make perfect gifts for the holiday season. pergolina.com

12. The Piece Collective

1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291

Founded by Marine Azaria, whose father is behind BCBGMaxAzaria, and her husband Leran Hadar, The Piece Collective is a home goods and apparel store with a focus on unisex products. The store's selection of neutral tone décor includes a vase made from coconut fibers ($108) and numerous throws like an ethically made peach and sage blanket ($368) from Mexico. thepiececollective.com

13. Poketo

374 E. 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

The design-conscious lifestyle brand Poketo gets its name from the mispronunciation of “pocket” by co-founder Angie Myung’s grandmother, which fits perfectly with Poketo’s first product line of artist wallets (starting at $22,) which now come in various sizes and colors. Their selection of paper goods and notebooks also make for great gifts, like the Creativity Journal ($28) or the 365 Days of Journal ($35). poketo.com

14. Tortoise General Store

12701 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90066

Located in Mar Vista, the Tortoise General Store was inspired by the local and community-based Hawaiian concept of a “general store.” Opened in 2008, TGS sells art, apparel and home goods like aromatherapy atmosphere sprays ($45), Japanese Tai soap ($42) and Sola cubes ($125), a paperweight like acrylic cube containing beautifully preserved plants, making great gifts. tortoiselife.com

15. Tumbleweed & Dandelion

1502 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

The furniture and design store by Lizbeth K. McGraw is full of high-quality home goods and personalized services like custom furniture design, reupholstering and real-estate staging. This season, Tumbleweed recommends its 2021 meditation candle, which currently comes in the scent red currant, to help manifest better things in the new year. tumbleweedanddandelion.com

16. Urbanic

1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

Another Abbot Kinney staple, Urbanic opened in 2006 and is best known for its curated selection of stationary, wrapping paper, cards and other paper goods. The boutique also offers a unique array of notebooks and journals, such as the rituals journal ($17.95) or the well journal ($24), plus self-care sets like the clay face mask kit ($25) and the time to unwind relaxation set ($35). urbanicpaper.com