The Coolest, Most Perfect, Last Minute Holiday Gifts from West 3rd Street
We get it. Finding the perfect holiday present is difficult, if not downright frustrating. But listen, it’s December 22nd. Which means you’ve got three days left before you’ve got to drop that present into the stocking, or place it under the tree. If you’ve been waiting till the last minute to find that perfect gift, we’ve got two things to tell you: 1) Quit stalling. Time’s Up. and 2) Screengrab the list of gift ideas below and head to West 3rd Street right now to pick them up. You won’t find these items anywhere else in town. And they’re as close to a guaranteed “perfect gift” as you can get. You’re welcome. Now get shopping!
1. “ON RAMP” TEE FROM WITTMORE.
A classic short-sleeved T-shirt from LA label, Hiro Clark. Made from 100% cotton jersey with a relaxed fit, and rendered in a Heather Grey color that will match with everything. This T-shirt is inspired by LA traffic, which sucks to be stuck in, but makes for a great talking point when you wear the shirt out. Another great talking point: only 25 shirts were made. Which means only 24 other people will have it, not just in Los Angeles, but in the ENTIRE WORLD. Pick up the “On Ramp” tee and other limited-edition gear at Wittmore – 8236 West 3rd Street.
2. HOLIDAY HAIR FOUR-PACK FROM DRYBAR
Let everyone else bring a four-pack of “organic” wine or craft beer; you’re picking up a four-pack of holiday hair goodies from Drybar. The gift set includes four of Drybar’s most popular items (with the most amazing names): “Detox” Dry Shampoo, “Triple Sec” 3-in-1, “Money Maker” Flexible Hold Hairspray, and “Sparkling Soda” Shine Mist. If you’re asked what each product does, here are a few words to help you out: texturizes, volumizes, amplifies, refreshes, tousles, repairs, and cleans. Add a bow on top and you’re good to go. Available at Drybar – 8379 West 3rd Street.
3. “ARCHBISHOP” WOVEN HOBO BAG FROM SHOW PONY
Show Pony always gets the best stuff from the best local, independent designers, and this is no exception. This “Archbishop” bag, from LA-based One Fated Knight, satisfies the fashion lover on your list who wants something other than that generic “IT” bag. Tell your recipient that One Fated Knight founder Jen Yau designed these bags for smart, savvy women, who create the life they love. Then tell them about the luxe basket weave detail – all made from scraps of remnant leather (a.k.a. leather that was repurposed from the cutting room floor). This is a bag that’s eco-friendly AND style-friendly. Use that in your accompanying card and you’re set. The “Archbishop” Woven Hobo Bag and more One Fated Knight bags available at Show Pony – 8363 West 3rd Street.
4. BLACK BEAR TRAVEL PILLOW FROM FLIGHT 001
This travel pillow transforms from a black bear to a full-sized, U-shaped travel neck pillow. Yes, read that again; you can either cuddle with a plush bear on the plane or unfurl it into a super-soft pillow! Talk about versatility! The microbead filling provides your head and neck with firm support, and a comfortable resting position. The beads are also a great stress reliever when you’re squeezing and holding the bear…which could come in handy on those 12-hour flights this Christmas as you’re stuck in a middle seat with a screaming child beside you. Another option: just give the bear to the kid and see if it’ll keep him occupied. The Black Bear Travel Pillow is also available in brown, and can be purchased at Flight 001 – 8321 West 3rd Street.
5. POM POM KEYCHAIN FROM POLKADOTS AND MOONBEAMS
Look, this furry pom-pom keychain trend is a real thing this season and you have Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld to blame. Just don’t fight it. (We tried and then found ourselves googling, “ways to wear pom-pom keychain with purse.”) While the Fendi keychains are now going for $500+, and the Lagerfeld ones for over a grand(!), you can pick up a handful of these pom-pom charms from Polkadots and Moonbeams and still have money leftover for Christmas dinner…or rent. You may not fully understand this trend, but that’s okay. These are the perfect stocking stuffers for 2015, and every girl in your life will thank you for it. Available now at Polkadots and Moonbeams – 8361 West 3rd Street.
6. BLUE “TIPSY” GLASSES FROM PLASTICA
Get tipsy with these illusion cocktail glasses from Plastica. Made from French “Duralex” Picardie glass, the glasses are fired in a kiln at a very high temperature, and then transformed slowly into cheerful sculptural pieces. Melted in Teplice, a small town in the Czech Republic, each glass is truly unique. Makes for a fun conversation piece at dinner, especially for guests who are known to get a little *ahem* spirited. Sold as a set of two and available in a number of colors… designated driver not included. Get Tipsy at Plastica – 8405 West 3rd Street.
7. HOUSE TARGARYEN BANNER ID BRACELET FROM PYRRHA
For your husband or that friend that keeps going on and on about Game of Thrones, this House Targaryen ID bracelet from Pyrrha is the perfect gift to tie him over until GOT returns next year. Made from sterling silver and handcrafted in Vancouver, Canada, the bracelet features the House Targaryen motto, “Fire and Blood.” Yes it’s a bracelet, but it’s also strong and rugged and will wear in handsomely over time. It’ll also let your husband feel a little closer to his TV crush Daenerys without forgetting who the real queen is in his life. See the full Game of Thrones collection at Pyrrha – 8315 West 3rd Street.
8. CHRISTMAS COOKIES FROM SWEET E’S BAKE SHOP
When all else fails, nobody can resist Christmas cookies. Especially when they are hand-decorated, Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies from Sweet E’s Bake Shop. The best part: Sweet E’s gift tins are tied with a matching ribbon and gift tag, and they’ll let you add a custom note at checkout. So basically, it’s ready-to-gift but also kind of personalized. If you’re not a fan of shortbread, you’re in luck – Sweet E’s also makes cupcakes, gingerbread men, cake pops and candies, all available in the same, giftable holiday packaging. Pick up a tin for a holiday dinner or housewarming, and grab one to go for yourself as well. Place your orders at Sweet E’s Bake Shop – 8215 West 3rd Street.
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