Westside 2015 Holiday Guide

Posted November 23, 2015 by The Argonaut in Gift Guide

Eastern Lowland Gorilla Plush Doll
Take your pick from an assortment of adorable plush snugglies that also raise awareness about endangered species, including the Eastern lowland gorilla, polar bear and leatherback turtle. Designed right here in Marina del Rey, these plushies are made in the USA from sustainable fabrics and stuffed with recycled plastic bottles.  $47.99
Indy Plush
Fisherman’s Village, 13763 Fiji Way E-10/11, Marina del Rey
(310) 902-1651 | indyplush.com

Handmade Brave Collection Necklace
Carved into each of these handmade woven necklaces
is the word “brave.” Made by a native artisan group in Cambodia, a portion of necklace sales proceeds goes
to fight human trafficking and to support women and
girls across the globe. Beauty and purpose make this
gift extra special! $80.00
Moondance Jewelry Gallery
1530 Montana Ave., Santa Monica | (310) 395-5516 moondancejewelry.com

 Paper Pinhole Camera / Solargraphy Kit
If you know somebody who likes photography but hates taking selfies, help them go really old-school for the holidays with this kitschy throwback pinhole camera. It’s fun to play and experiment with, and sales proceeds support free writing programs for local youth through the nonprofit 826LA. $12.99
The Time Travel Mart
12515 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista| (310) 915-0200

Coloring Notecards for Grownups
This is a thoughtful gift for creative types who need to disconnect from their smartphones and computer screens. The cards come with a set of brightly colored fine-point Sharpies, giving them all they’ll need to create beautiful, personalized notes to share with friends and loved ones. $15.00
318-B Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey | (310) 384-9771

Butterfly Habitat Garden
This garden kit will help you grow the flowers that both butterflies and bees will be buzzing about. Butterfly favorites in the kit include Mexican sunflowers, black-eyed susans, butterfly weed and holly hock. No outdoor garden, no worries: these flowers grow easily in pots. $26.00
9726 Washington Blvd., Culver City | (310) 842-8400

Baxter of California Travel Kit
Give a man who travels the first-class treatment with this water-resistant canvas bag containing leak-resistant, TSA-approved two-ounce bottles of Baxter of California’s popular daily face wash, oil-free moisturizer, super-close shave formula, aftershave balm and daily protein shampoo. There’ll be no roughing it out there for him! $50.00
Deus Ex Machina
1001 Venice Blvd., Venice | (888) 515-3387

Local Handmade Items
From crocheted blankets to clever bottle openers and truly unique hand towels, The Guilded Cage has a variety of handmade items ready for the holiday season. A hidden Westside gem, this gift shop is staffed and managed by community volunteers as a fundraising effort for the nonprofit Westchester Mental Health Guild. various prices
The Guilded Cage
8917 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester | (310) 641-7850 | westchestermhg.org/guilded_cage.htm

Rootz Sweet and Spicy Table Sauce
Please the palate of any spicy food lover with a bottle of Playa del Rey chef Kaitlin Chamblin Hodgson’s secret blend of sweet, spice and everything nice that’s preserved and sweetened naturally using local ingredients. $13.00
Find it in Playa del Rey at Asap Phorage, in Venice at Simon’s Market and The Golden State, and in Santa Monica
at A Cut Above | rootz-sauce.myshopify.com

Playa del Rey Locals-Only T-shirts
Wear your Playa pride on your sleeve. Designed and printed locally, these Playa del Rey men’s and women’s tees are made of 100% organic cotton and printed with eco-friendly water-based ink. The one with the “Playa Eye” design shows you’re part of the elusive Westside Illuminati. $28 to $32
CLEAN {aesthetic}
323 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey | (310) 821-2527

Wishbone Wagon-to-Car
The Wishbone Wagon is much more than your
traditional red wagon. Appropriate for ages 1 to 10, The Wishbone easily transforms from a wagon to a foot-to-floor car to a sleek gravity racer. Adaptable for growing kiddos, this is a gift that encourages outdoor play and
tons of imagination. $299.99
Caro Bambino
2710 Main St., Santa Monica | (310) 399-7971

Crazy Cat Lady Board Game
The perfect gag gift for that single friend who openly fears becoming a “crazy cat lady,” this game is fun to play whether its family time or a gathering of friends with several bottles of wine. It may be the only time you can say whoever collects the most cats wins. $22.00
2010 Lincoln Blvd., Venice | (310) 452-2900

Yellow House Handmade Charm Bracelet
Made right here in Los Angeles, these filled gold or sterling silver charms come on cute 100%-recycled cardstock with whimsical and uplifting statements that will create a feeling she’ll remember every time she puts this on and thinks of you. $15.00
The Golden State
1916 Lincoln Blvd., Venice | (310) 392-7800

The Lettermate
For those who appreciate the art of letter writing or
just have a ton of wedding invitations to send out,
the Lettermate is a handy tool that enables anyone
to exquisitely address personalized letters. Pair it with
one of Urbanic’s adorable stationery sets to make any
snail mail lover’s day. $14.00
Urbanic Paper Boutique
1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | (310) 401-0427

Reclaimed Wood Cheeseboard
Ideal for a frequent dinner host or hostess, this gift is the perfect accent to dress up any tabletop. Crafted out of reclaimed walnut from a local cabinet maker’s shop and aged steel boat cleat handles, this elegant serving board
is far from being a cheesy gift. $79.00
1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | (310) 450-6288

Shiva Rose Zenbunni Chocolate
You can’t go wrong with chocolate, and Zenbunni chocolate is made the way only chocolate from Venice could be — from artisanal stoneground biodynamic cacao. This particular variety, a collaboration with The Local Rose, is flavored with organic Bulgarian rose oil that’s celebrated for its anti-depressant and aphrodisiac properties. $40 (ten bars)
Zenbunni Chocolate Shop
1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | (424) 238-3388

Handmade Small-Batch Soaps
Made right in the store’s kitchen on Venice Boulevard, Soaptopia soaps come in dozens of delightfully fragrant varieties — citrus, floral, earthy, spicy, you name it — and are cruelty free and do not contain synthetic ingredients. There’s also a wide selection of natural body lotions, scrubs, oils and perfumes. $6.95 per bar
12228 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista | (310) 398-8333 | soaptopia.com

Recycled Auto Parts Chess Set
Cogwheels are kings, screws and bearings are queens and spark plugs are bishops. Mexican metal sculptor Armando Ramirez gives discarded auto parts a second life as chess pieces through NOVICA, a fair-trade online brokerage that’s run out of Santa Monica. $204.99
(310) 255-6580 | novica.com

Tea for One
An elegant gift for the tea lover in your life, the lid of this decorated ceramic teapot sits on top of what doubles as a cup and saucer and comes in a gift box designed for storing loose-leaf tea. For someone more on-the-go, pair with a designer travel mug ($24.50). Also available through February at the Petals ‘N’ Wax pop-up shop at Westfield Culver City. $49.00
Petals ‘N’ Wax
Westfield Culver City, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City (310) 390-5073
Marina Marketplace, 13432 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey(310) 305-8883

Home Brewing System
Buy a man a beer and he drinks for the night. Buy a man
a home brewing kit and he can brew any style of beer
he wants for the rest of his days. Choose a basic, standard or deluxe kit to match anyone’s level of devotion to hops and malted barley. $79.95 – $129.95 – $179.95
Culver City Home Brewing Supply
4234 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City | (310) 397-3453

Vintage St. Christopher Pendants
Legend goes that St. Christopher was 7.5 feet tall and carried people safely across a rushing river. Long relied upon for the protection of travelers, St. Christopher pendants became popular with surfers navigating dangerous waves in the early 1960s and remain a loving gift for people of all faiths and ages. $125 and up
Surfing Cowboys
12553 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista | (310) 915-6611 | surfingcowboys.com

Vintage Rhinestone Parasol
This canopy of cuteness will help the classy dame in your life take on El Niño in style. If actual weather does not materialize in L.A., this rhinestone-adorned vintage accessory can still indulge her inner Holly Golightly while deflecting UV rays during a sunny beach stroll. $125.00
Ms. Vintage
314 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey | (310) 314-6999

Ashlyn’d Acrylic Clutches
Adorable and fun, these acrylic clutches by L.A.-based designer Ashlyn’d come in so many varieties — glitter, sand, pearls, flowers, you name it — they’re the perfect accessory to bring out the best of every personality. Attach a furry keychain to add a little extra flare.  $276.50 and up
Nasty Gal
1254 Third St., Santa Monica | (310) 566-1700

Handmade Ascot Scarves
With the forecast calling for a wet and chilly winter, keep the one you love warm and in good cheer when you can’t be there with one of these colorful and cozy handmade ascot scarves. Even in nice weather, it’s an accessory that won’t go out of style. $50.00 to $80.00
Late Sunday Afternoon
1920 Lincoln Blvd., Venice | (310) 450-0290

Vinyl Records
Give the gift of analog bliss. Soundsations stocks enough new and vintage vinyl (starting at 99 cents) to match any musical taste. Hot new releases include “Thank Your Lucky Stars” by Beach House ($18.99) and Adele’s “25” ($24.99), but there’s also a copy of the vinyl collector’s Holy Grail: the “butcher cover” version of the Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today” (ask about pricing).
8701 La Tijera Blvd., Westchester | (310) 641-8877




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