Hollywood. Tinseltown. La-La Land. Whatever you call our city, it's a creative frontier constantly churning out works of imagination, from movies and TV shows to Barbie herself. Show your Los Angeles pride by giving gifts that are fashioned right here in the City of Angels.

Double Trouble Apparel

Back to the fashionable future


Created by the SoCal native Nicole Maino, the Chino-based Double Trouble is an homage to 1940s and '50s pin-ups: Think cap sleeves, pencil skirts, capri pants and polka dots. The motto is “Always being dressed to kill is how we like to roll.” For the giftee who prefers just a touch of retro glam, accessories like this glittery mint green handbag do the trick. If you're on the hunt for cute stocking stuffers, you can't go wrong with anchor earrings or Lolita-esque heart-shaped sunglasses

Where: Online & at pop-ups
More info: 949-683-0109; Facebook


Limited Edition James Perse Skateboards

Roll, bounce

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L.A. designer James Perse made his name in deep-hued, supple cotton T-shirts. Eventually he went into world-domination mode, expanding his brand to include shoes, accessories, furniture and interior design, and now limited-edition bikes and boards. Since skateboarding got its start on L.A.'s sidewalks, it stands to reason that a maker of California’s most important piece of clothing would produce another one of our iconic lifestyle emblems. Sleek, clean and handcrafted in walnut, this board is a skater’s dream come true.

Where: 8687 Melrose Ave. B-130, West Hollywood, CA 90069
When: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: 323-606-7660; email limitededition@jamesperse.com to order


ChocoVivo

Finding real chocolate

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We won’t hold it against Oklahoma-born chocolatier Patricia Tsai for not being a native Angeleno. After all, every third person you meet in California seems to be from somewhere else. Instead, we'll be grateful that she came to our city and presented us with her stone-ground chocolate. Tsai uses Mexican beans to create unrefined dark chocolate with no additives — you'll notice the difference in the rich, luscious mouthfeel. Your family's stockings are about to get a serious upgrade. 

Where: Culver City Chocolate Factory, 12469 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
When: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
More info: 310-845-6259; chocovivo.com


Blinking Owl Distillery

Getting boozy in Santa Ana

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For the friend who swears by handcrafted cocktails, Blinking Owl is your go-to for holiday gifts. The family-owned distillery (the first in Orange County), which opened its doors in September, is currently making and selling unaged alcohol, such as vodkas and aquavit, using locally sourced grains. Soon to come are barrel-aged whiskey and a gin made with juniper sourced from Northern California. Give your mixology maven a bottle and sign up the two of you for a 45-minute tour and tasting.

Where: 802 E. Washington Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92701 
Hours: Thurs., 4-7 p.m.; Fri., 3-7 p.m.; Sat., 2-7 p.m.; Sun., 2-5 p.m.
More info: 714-852-3947; blinkingowldistillery.com


Indy Plush

Toy story

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Plinio Garcia and Andrew Ruesch are doting dads on a mission. When their son, Luke, came home from school with a plush toy dog based on a drawing he made in his kindergarten class, Garcia and Ruesch went straight to Luke's teacher, Franceil Masi, and asked her to start a business with them. Thus, Indy Plush was born. The Marina del Rey–based toy company uses only ecofriendly and sustainable materials to craft adorable plush orangutans, goats, grizzlies, turtles, seahorses, goofy monsters and more. Part of the proceeds from the Endangered Species line go to animal- and planet-focused nonprofits.

Where: Fisherman's Village, 13763 Fiji Way, ste. E10, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
When: Mon., Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Weds., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
More info: 310-902-1651; indyplush.com


Weiss Watch Company

Time is precious

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In 2013, Los Angeles–based master watchmaker Cameron Weiss launched his eponymous company, crafting industrial-chic watches that are both elegant and hip. Weiss, who aims to, in his words, "restore prestige to American watchmaking," is a graduate of the prestigious Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School, and his experience includes stints at the luxury companies Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin.

Where: Online & in select stores
More info: weisswatchcompany.com


Sarah Horowitz Parfums

You smell good

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Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, Queen Bey: just three of many, many celebrities hawking perfumes. No offense to our favorite stars, but the sophisticated women in your life would prefer a more distinctive scent. Set up an appointment with perfumer Sarah Horowitz-Thran and the lucky recipient will spend about an hour at her Blending Bar, crafting a custom fragrance using pure oils. Horowitz has more than 25 years of experience creating luxury fragrances for fashion designers and, yes, celebrities.

Where: 822 Hampshire Rd., ste. A, Westlake Village, CA 91361
When: By appt. only
More info: 805-497-1901; Facebook


By Brian Garrido

Recently transplanted from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Brian is a marketer and freelance writer with a cooking blog. Having traveled to more than 200 international and domestic cities, he's in the process of writing his memoir about his deep female friendships and women that he's has loved as a gay man. He can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.