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Best Places In Los Angeles To Shop For Unique Wedding Gifts

June 10, 2014 5:00 AM

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Wedding registries may be all the rage for Los Angeles couples about to say “I do,” but sometimes friends and family want to offer something that speaks more personally of their relationships with the bride and groom. For those who are hoping to gift a unique present to a soon-to-be married couple, following are five ideas worthy of marriage material.
(credit: Freehand Jewelry)

(credit: Freehand Jewelry)


Freehand
8413 W. 3rd St.
Los Angles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2607
www.freehand.com

Hands down, this mid-city veteran not far from West Hollywood is the place to go for finding a wedding gift beyond comparison and unique to its new owners simply because this boutique that is actually a gallery typically offers one-of-a-kind handmade items. Expect to unearth stunning ceramics, handblown glass and fine jewelry galore, among other special finds. As the folks at Freehand explain, the inventory is made up of art objects “ranging from functional to decorative and from traditional to modern and/or architectural in style.” So, as you can see, there’s something for everyone at this carefully curated emporium that’s tops on the lists of the most discerning shopper.

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(credit: John Shearer/Getty Images for MOCA)


Museum of Contemporary Art Gift Shop
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222
www.mocastore.org

Museum gift shops are always appealing but especially so when you’re seeking a gift to give to a couple about to marry. The boutique inside the Museum of Contemporary Art never disappoints with its array of goods ranging from cutting-edge clocks to artistically inclined beach towels to futuristic speakers. You’re sure to find the unexpected in this downtown Los Angeles outlet that is always seeking to stock whatever’s next in style.

(credit: Gallery Judaica/Joy Stember)

(credit: Gallery Judaica/Joy Stember)


Galleria Judaica
1312 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 475-1242
www.galleriajudica.com

Invited to a Jewish wedding but not quite sure how to gift the couple getting married in the appropriate way while still being true to yourself? Head for Galleria Judaica in Westwood where the folks in charge will not only show you their glorious inventory but also explain as much as you want to know about what each piece of finery symbolizes. While you’re there, ask about seeing the shop’s mezuzah collection or consider one of the many fine art works available in the store’s 30-year-old gallery space. Once that’s done, you’re sure to walk out the door with a bag holding the perfect wedding present that says congratulations in so many ways. Shalom!

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(credit: Wacko Soap Plant)

(credit: Wacko Soap Plant)


Wacko Soap Plant
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 663-0122
www.soapplant.com

A go-to shop for presents for all occasions, this Los Feliz mainstay is perfect for the unconventional gift giver who wants to come up with something original as a way to congratulate the new bride and groom. From current pop culture references to action figures and retro toys to all sorts of coffee table books, this is the place to find the perfect stuff to put together in a basket of goodies that say you are wishing the featured couple a lifetime of curiosities.

(credit: Sunbeam Vintage)

(credit: Sunbeam Vintage)


Sunbeam Vintage
106 S. Ave. 58
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 908-9743
www.sunbeamvintage.com

Instead of taking the time to scour the Rose Bowl and any other of Los Angeles’ great flea markets to find the right retro gift to give to the wedding couple who grooves to eras other than this one, swing on over to this east side establishment. Although stocked with plenty of vintage furniture too big for most guests to gift, the smaller options on hand will be treasured by those who like conversation pieces like mid-century vases and lamps made in the 1950s as kitsch items that have survived the test of time, just like any good marriage is supposed to do.

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TEST Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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