The 2020 DTLA Holiday Gift Guide
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The 2020 DTLA Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday December 1, 2020

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!

Eclectic Shops

Colorful Corksicle x Poketo tumbler from Poketo; Festive garland kits from Paper Source; Zombie hands face mask from The Last Bookstore; A retro classic computer keyboard that lights up from Poketo; A money tree plant from Bring Something to the Party; A Candle, Soap & Bath Salt Gift Set from MADE by DW
Colorful Corksicle x Poketo tumbler from Poketo; Festive garland kits from Paper Source; Zombie hands face mask from The Last Bookstore; A retro classic computer keyboard that lights up from Poketo; A money tree plant from Bring Something to the Party; A Candle, Soap & Bath Salt Gift Set from MADE by DWC

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.
  • Poketo offers a beautifully curated collection of design-conscious goods meant to cultivate a creative lifestyle. Browse their selection of unique objects guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, such as a retro classic computer keyboard that lights up, a brass plant mister to keep your plants hydrated in style, or a colorful Corksicle x Poketo tumbler to keep your drinks cold or hot on-the-go.
  • 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

Celebration Box from Big Sugar Bakeshop; Gourmet accompaniments or a bundle of your favorite cheeses from DTLA Cheese; Legendary strawberry or peach donuts from The Donut Man; Traditional apple pie from Fat & Flour; Decadent Millefeuille from Pitchoun Bakery & Café; The jerky sampler from People’s Choice Beef Jerky
Celebration Box from Big Sugar Bakeshop; Gourmet accompaniments or a bundle of your favorite cheeses from DTLA Cheese; Legendary strawberry or peach donuts from The Donut Man; Traditional apple pie from Fat & Flour; Decadent Millefeuille from Pitchoun Bakery & Café; The jerky sampler from People’s Choice Beef Jerky

From pies and pastries to rare cheeses and meats, sometimes the best gift is something delicious.

Spa & Beauty

Salon services at Drybar; Private couple’s massage at DESUAR Spa; Nail enhancements from Chayil Maison Nail Salon; Detox dry shampoo from Drybar; Exfoliation wrap and massage at Spa at Omni Hotel; Signature massages at Frais Spa
Salon services at Drybar; Private couple’s massage at DESUAR Spa; Nail enhancements; Detox dry shampoo from Drybar; Exfoliation wrap and massage at Spa at Omni Hotel; Signature massages at Frais Spa

Share self-care this holiday season and give the gift of health, wellness, and beauty services and products.

Apparel & Accessories

Fine-knit turtleneck sweater from H&M; Luxurious cashmere scarf from Uniqlo; Stylish red and gold crossbody phone wallet from Macy's; Faux-fur backpack from Zara; PJs for the dog from Target; Head-turning engagement ring from St. Vincent Jewelry Center
Fine-knit turtleneck sweater from H&M; Luxurious cashmere scarf from Uniqlo; Stylish red and gold crossbody phone wallet from Macy's; Faux-fur backpack from Zara; PJs for the dog from Target; Head-turning engagement ring from St. Vincent Jewelry Center

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.

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.

Arts & Culture

Finger painting sets at Raw Materials Art Supplies; Puzzles at MOCA Store; A screen-printed Classics tote bag at The Library Store; Storybook favorite Frog and Toad at The Library Store; Walt Disney Concert Hall patterned tie at LA Phil Store; A quirky Bob Ross bobblehead at Raw Materials Art Supplies
A signature mug from LA Phil Store; Puzzles from MOCA Store; A screen-printed Classics tote bag from The Library Store; Storybook favorite Frog and Toad from The Library Store; Walt Disney Concert Hall patterned tie from LA Phil Store; A quirky Bob Ross bobblehead from Raw Materials Art Supplies

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.

Pets

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Venison treats from JustFoodForDogs; A squeaky holiday stocking burrow toy from Healthy Spot; Pet Dome from Pet Project LA; A colorful cactus garden-print pet bed from Pet Project LA; A doggie advent calendar from Petco; A Petcube pet camera and treat dispenser from Petco

Shower your beloved pets with pawesome holiday apparel, toys, treats, and more.

This December, head to Downtown LA to shop, eat, and celebrate for the holidays. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win one of 23 gift packages filled with our favorite things!