Los Angeles Gifts For The Holiday Season
All I Want for Christmas
Put a (Christmas) sock in it, Mariah – it isn’t all about you, you know. This is the LUXE festive gift list of dreams, whether you’re seeking treasure for bae or baby. Throw in some mince pies and a Santa hat and you’ve got yourself a very merry Christmas...
If they’ve been really, really, really good this year – or perhaps if you haven’t – head to Gabriela Artigas on a jewellery safari. Your prey is a single rose-gold tusk earring, decorated with black diamonds. (Give the Christmas tree a run for its money.) This striking piece of ear-candy also comes in yellow and white gold; it can be worn down or flipped up into the ear (either way, it will prompt ‘where did you get that?’ chat). This is one of the signature pieces crafted by the nimble-knuckled Artigas sisters, who meld their Mexico City roots with a classic California aesthetic. Pick from other architectural-leaning pieces, plus boldly minimalist wedding bands. (We do…) Get ordering pronto, as you need to factor in at least a few weeks for delivery.
‘I don’t want another perfume’: said zero females ever. Treat your own blooming-lovely rose to a flower-power scent from Strange Invisible Perfumes, whose bohemian-chic bottles add a dash of , botanical magic to any boudoir. Signature scent Aquarian Rose is a top pick, regardless of your beloved’s star sign (it’s part of the covetable astro collection, which allocates a scent to each sign). Forget namby-pampy florals: here, warm rose gets a spicy kick courtesy of orange, marjoram and sandalwood. Strange Invisible scents are natural and nasties-free.
Nick has adorned many a celebrity noggin from Madonna to Pharrell – arrive en-doughed, ask him nicely, and he'll handcraft a bespoke piece to top your beloved’s bonce, too. That said, we have something of a soft spot for the ready-to-wear, ruby-red Santa Fe hat, made from 100-per-cent beaver felt and featuring a dashing tribal-print band and gold brim clip. Dapper.
Self Edge: 727 La Jolla jeans
Cali can ace blue-jean-chic in its sleep, as these chain-stitch specialists prove with flair. Treat your own jean-genie to some Japanese raw denim; the slim-fit, tapered-leg 727 La Jolla Jean is a covetable option. They’re single-needle-sewn, too, which is rare for their price point. You’ll earn a lifetime of brownie points by investing in these denim darlings...
Expect your fellow parent-friends to go green with envy when they clap eyes on your little one’s emerald-green Spruce Tree Bookcase, which doubles up as a little piece of art. Sure, it looks good, but it’s practical, too: each ‘branch’ can hold around 12-15 books; you can also use its branches to store favourite toys or treats. The bookcase is made of sturdy hardwood; we want 10 of them.
Having purchased the bookcase of dreams for your nipper, the only thing left to do is fill it with tomes. Buy yours from Tweak (they’ll come gift-wrapped, too), whose stash of reads includes the
Little People, Big Dreams series, which tells the stories of famous women throughout history, from Maya Angelou and Agatha Christie to Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie. You could also treat them to a ukeleleand an Etched Latches Barn toy, perhaps...
Gabriela Artigas / Suite 1/2 / 370 N La Cienega Blvd / Beverly Grove / +1 310 360 0796 / 11.30am-6pm Mon-Fri / gabrielaartigas.com
Strange Invisible Perfumes / 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd / Venice / +1 310 314 1508 / noon-7pm Mon-Wed, 11am-7pm Thu-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / siperfumes.com
Nick Fouquet / 853 Lincoln Blvd / Venice / +1 310 310 2315 / noon-7pm Mon-Sat / nickfouquet.com
Self Edge / 144 N La Brea Ave / Hancock Park / +1 323 933 9000 / noon-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-5pm Sun / selfedge.com
Tweak / 8384 Beverly Blvd / Beverly Grove / +1 323 653 6531 / 10.30am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6.30pm Sat, 9.30am-5pm Sun / bestgiftstoreever.com