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There is an art in gift giving: think about not what you would want, but what your recipient would enjoy. When giving a gift, avoid the same old thing by staying away from gift cards and get something different. Any gift will be appreciated but if you can hone in on special hobbies or their individual style, you might be able to find a clever gift which will stand out amongst the rest. Los Angeles has an abundance of chain and department stores which are often easiest to get to, but for out-of-the box gifting, check out these five stores.
7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
MUJI is one of those stores where you can find just about anything for anyone. The Chinese-designed merchandise embodies innovation, high design and quality, and reasonable price tags. Gifting is easy here as well – shoppers can find wooden childrens toys, soap stone desk accessories, funky 3D cardboard and wood puzzles, clever “shrink wrap” cotton scarves, travel accessories, essential oils, aroma diffusers and much more. Gift wrap and packaging products are also available to purchase.
1211 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
A favorite among Westsiders, Ritas Rags is a charming womens clothing and accessories boutique on the charming Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Imported cashmere wraps in a myriad of brightly colored hues, Indian kurtas and scarves, 100-percent cotton lounge pants, beads and dainty jewelry picks fill this quaint space. And, whether you need a gift for mom, your sister or your BFF, this is a great place to visit. The owner, Lisa, who is on hand for styling and pulling pieces together, wears what she preaches and always knows how to find the perfect piece to give.
GEARYS Beverly Hills
351 N. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Weddings and anniversaries bring gift givers to Gearys. Since 1930, Gearys has been the destination for luxury dinnerware and gifts. Couples to be take the guesswork away from guests with Gearys fantastic registry program as well. From sterling to stainless, formal and traditional to casual and contemporary, Gearys offers beautiful timeless gift pieces from Herend, Haviland Limoges, Baccarat, Daum, Reed & Barton, Saint Louis, Towle and Wedgwood. Stemware and barware are also available.
4922 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Kingfisher Road is a unique boutique for artful and functional gifting. Housewarming and hostess gifts are easy to pick up here as well and you’ll find many candles and scents options from Voluspa and tableware from Beatriz Ball. Birthday gifts could include comfy tees from Spiritual Gangster, Subtle Luxury cashmere, Good hYOUman message tops and wrap bracelets from Chan Luu. Kingfisher Road always has the trendiest merchandise lines as well and helps customers find that special and touching gift.
6333 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Monsieur Marcel is an ideal shopping destination for your favorite European gifts. The gourmet market and adjacent restaurant feature premier imported goods including unique cheeses, wines from France and Italy as well as imported chocolates, pastas, mustards, macarons, tapenades and namesake delicacies which fill the upscale grocery store shelves. Chic kitchenware and serving pieces from Le Cadeaux are always welcome in a new kitchen.