Forget the fruitcakes and fuzzy socks! This holiday season, ditch the predictable mall mayhem and the long lines at the post office and dive into a treasure trove of unique, locally-sourced gifts found within walking distance right here in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
The Gift of Health and Style from InStyler in the Fashion District
To support local businesses and encourage locals to consider a strong 2024 start, InStyler CEO, Dan Fugardi has sponsored one-half of an already discounted $450 3-session holiday gift package from Pilates by Nadia. This offer is valid for the first 15 purchases and is non-refundable but transferable in order to make for the perfect gift. In addition, InStyler supplements hair health with a high-quality InStyler hair tools & products set, redeemable at the completion of your sessions! Claim this valuable gift bundle all for $225, and have yourself a happy, healthy holiday! www.instyler.com
The Gift of Beauty – Taylor Melrose Luxury Body & Skin Care
Looking for an interesting gift idea for your favorite person? Or sometimes, you just need that extra stocking stuffer for a friend or family member. Whether they are naughty or nice, Taylor Melrose is one of the most beautifying gifts this holiday season, especially for those who are hard to shop for in their lives. This LA-based brand has a vast line of products ideal for men and women, including hand wash, facial cleanser, and body wash. www.taylormelrosebeauty.com
Bozu Plant: The Gift of Good Luck from Little Tokyo
Yukio from Bozu of Little Tokyo and his two children have been pairing exotic plants with one-of-a kind handcrafted pots for the past five years. Making each BOZU design unique and personally mated with its new owner, a few of their plants, like the sacred bonsai, are traditionally known for bringing in good luck. Best of all, they are becoming easier to find, branching off to new locations, including the Arts District DTLA at Boxx Coffee Roasters, Rice & Nori in Little Tokyo, and during the Little Tokyo Street Fair held every other month in Weller’s Court. https://bozu_la
Gifts of Grapes from Pali Wines from the Arts District
Last-minute gift shopping? Check out Pali Wine Co. virtual gift cards! Any wine lover can enjoy a wine tasting experience at their Arts District tasting room, find their next favorite bottle to take home, or enjoy their special New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wine Tasting & curated pairings! Options are endless at Pali, which serves traditional and natural-style wines. www.paliwineco.com
Gift of DTLA Apparel from Undisputed Principles in the Historic Core
Downtown Los Angeles is a dream to some and a nightmare to others. Nothing embodies this mixture of chaos and luxury like DTLA’s favorite Unofficial Gift Shop. Located in the Historic Core on 6th and Spring, Undisputed Principles is a revolutionary gift shop that celebrates DTLA’s individuality via apparel with thought-provoking graphics, speaking to the toxicity of our relationship with the city and establishing their pieces as a great conversation piece or icebreaker on the hottest of summer days. www.undisputedprinciples.com
Swanky Gifts from Arketa on Broadway
Experience the holidays with Arketa. Whether you’re looking for the perfect fur coat, leather gloves, or knee-high boots to complete your holiday look, we’ve got you covered. Stop by Arketa’s new flagship store in DTLA to shop the holiday collection that will leave you vibing all year long. www.arketa_la
The Gift of Creativity at the LA Art Show coming to South Park
LA Art Show 2024 is returning on Valentine’s Day, February 14–16, to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tickets to the international art event featuring world-class galleries, museums, non-profit arts organizations, and individual artists from around the world are on sale now. The annual showcase is the largest and most prestigious art show in South California and will be exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photography, design, video, and performance. Giving tickets to the LA Art Show is like two endearing holiday gifts in one, and any purchase may increase that endearment’s value far into the future. www.laartshow.com
Gift of the Gods from Victorioso Mezcal
A luxury spirit, Victorioso Mezcal, makes for the perfect gift. Each bottle is priced appropriately for an artisan tequila true to its craft. Each limited-batch, numbered bottle is forged to echo the lightning of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec calendar, and the pyramids of Oaxaca.
Awarded the platinum medal at the 2022 LA Spirit Awards, Victorioso Mezcal mixes well with traditional cocktail ingredients, can be found online, in boutique hotels, and in bespoke liquor stores, and is quickly becoming a fixture at more and more upscale restaurants in downtown Los Angeles. www.victoriosomezcal.com
Gift of Timeless Treasures from After Hours Vintage in the Fashion District
Crystal decanters, signed original artworks, frozen 1960s terracotta leopards, abstract designer vases, and tusk-legged cocktail tables are just a few juxtaposed delights that await the explorative eye at After Hours Vintage. Nestled in the back corner of Deep House Design, just south of 7th and Spring, their showroom feels like a speakeasy for design aficionados. It’s where history meets hip, where clients find sustainable style with a wink and a story. www.afterhourvintagela.com
Gift the Gift of Nature with Bellissima Prosecco
Give the bliss of the sip with a luxury collection of premium Prosecco and wines, all grown organically and thoughtfully made in Italy. In Italian, Bellissima doesn’t just mean beautiful, but “most beautiful.” Bellissima grapes grow naturally, beautifully, and express their natural qualities. Their wines have no residuals of pesticides, herbicides, or any other nasty chemicals; they are just clean and delicious.