A Few of Our Favorite Things for Everyone on Your List
2020 has been a tough year and everyone’s in need of some holiday cheer. We’ve put together a fun Holiday Gift Guide for you – and sweetened it with a giveaway to win a few of Our Favorite Things!
This holiday season treat your loved ones to the perfect gift from local Downtown businesses to show how much you appreciate them – or plan a special holiday excursion for an experience to remember. Whether you’re shopping for family, friends, colleagues, or even your beloved pets, we’ve put together a list of our top picks to help you find everything you need while supporting your favorite boutiques and small businesses Downtown – many of them businesses owned by people of color.
Check out our Holiday Gift Guide below and experience all DTLA has to offer for the holidays. And don’t forget to enter to win a few of Our Favorite Things!
Get into the holiday spirit by finding fun, eclectic gifts to bring brightness into the lives of the people you love.
Bring Something to the Party is a one-stop-shop party boutique where you can find everything from seasonal greeting cards and gift wrap to balloon bouquets to brighten holiday gatherings. Give the gift of good luck and fortune with the perfect indoor foliage – a money tree plant. For your favorite foodies, try passion fruit syrup to spice up homemade cocktails. Practice self-care and snag a vanilla-scented Girl Boss candle for yourself.
The Small Shop LA is a modern boutique that sells loungewear, vintage glasses, ties, hats, and other accessories. Present stylish fits to your besties this holiday season. From a crewneck sweatshirt embroidered with a portrait of Malcolm X, or fleece jogger pants from the Lost in Los Angeles collection, to chic beanies and baseball caps, these locally sourced and manufactured goods are sure to spread cheer.
Paper Source is a haven for inspiration that helps you celebrate life’s simple joys. In addition to the perfect greeting cards and wrapping paper for all your gift-giving needs, you can find festive crafts and garland kits to decorate your home. Treat yourself to personalized stationery and gold wax seals to send letters to faraway friends.
The Last Bookstore is California's largest used and new book and record store where you can buy, sell, and trade rare and used books, vinyl records, and graphic novels. For the literary lovers in your life, choose from new releases by authors such as Zadie Smith, Joyce Carol Oates, Ursula K. Le Guin, and many others. You can also support the shop by purchasing their signature canvas tote bag or zombie hands face mask as a snazzy stocking stuffer.
MADE by DWC is a program from the Downtown Women’s Center offering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women the opportunity to earn income while gaining job skills in a supportive and empowering environment. Show your support of the Center and purchase items like an Earl grey-scented Joshua Tea candle, spiced Half Moon Bae candle, or a Candle, Soap & Bath Salt Gift Set, all made in small batches by the women in the job-training program.
Sweet & Savory
From pies and pastries to rare cheeses and meats, sometimes the best gift is something delicious.
Big Sugar Bakeshop features delightful, handcrafted desserts and charming gifts in a warm and inviting neighborhood environment. Grab a yummy cupcake or cake pop and surprise a friend with a sweet treat. You can also order a Celebration Box filled with cookies, blondies, and brownies to bring to a family gathering, or a specialty pie like the Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie or Apple-Cranberry Crisp to top off your holiday feast.
Pitchoun Bakery & Caféis a French bakery and pastry shop serving artisan bread and homemade pastries to authentic soups and salads. For a scrumptious brunch, how about a selection of viennoiseries like almond croissants, apple turnovers, and palmiers? Or order full-sized French delicacies such as a classic gateau St. Honoré or a flaky and decadent Millefeuille to enjoy with the entire family.
The Donut Man is the original famous purveyor of fresh baked, soft-glazed handmade donuts stuffed with seasonal fruit. Make someone’s day with a box of legendary strawberry or peach donuts, chocolate-striped tiger tails, or traditional French crullers. Looking for a midday pick-me-up? Treat yourself to a seasonal special like the pumpkin cream donut.
St. Vincent Jewelry Center St. Vincent Jewelry Center is the largest jewelry collective in the world with more than 500 independent merchants offering diamonds, precious gems, pearls, platinum, gold, silver, and designer time pieces at wholesale prices in Downtown LA. Whether you’re in the market for a head-turning engagement ring, red carpet-worthy diamonds, or the perfect jewelry gift this holiday season, St. Vincent Jewelry Center is your go-to destination for glam.
THE BLOC THE BLOC is a vibrant, open-air urban center in the heart of Downtown LA offering a diverse mix of thoughtfully curated shops, artisans, premier retailers including restaurants, bars, open-air green space, and entertainment. It welcomes Angelenos and visitors from all walks of life – and anyone seeking inspiration, community, and connection.
Eli & Ella Roseis a unique boutique offering a wide variety of fashionable children’s clothing. For the young adventurer, choose a children's MA-1 flight bomber jacket with sporty patches and an airplane zipper pull. A dreamy and delicate black lace star dress with pink slip is perfect for aspiring fashionistas. Pick up a sustainably-sewn Chaboukie romper hand-printed in Bali for baby.
FIGat7th FIGat7th is a three-level, 330,000-square-foot open-air shopping center located in the heart of Downtown LA’s Financial District. Located at the intersection of life x style, it is a one-stop shopping, dining, and entertainment destination – home to fashion finds, a collection of unique eateries, and more in a unique, oasis-like environment.
Victoria’s Secret is a popular clothing and beauty retailer selling the hottest lingerie and sleepwear to sportswear, accessories, and fragrances. Get that special someone a silky satin long PJ set with pant and matching top or supersoft modal kimono robe with lace-trimmed sleeves that’s perfect for lounging. She’ll also love the sleek racerback lace bralette made from recycled textiles in seven delicate colors.
Arts & Culture
While many institutions are closed, support your favorite spots by shopping Downtown LA stores online for the best picks for creative-minded people, bibliophiles, and arts and culture aficionados.
The Library Store houses a collection of unique items and gifts for readers, writers, friends, and family: books, stationery, educational toys, and more. Located at the Central Library, you’ll find inspirational children's picture books likeI Promise by LeBron James or storybook favorites like Frog and Toad. For adults, select the perfect gift from a variety of autographed books and present it in a screen-printed Classics tote bag that every bibliophile will love.