This year when the holiday rush hits, bypass the big box and shop local for some unique gifts created and made in LA. Scope out our LA holiday gift guide to check everyone off your list, from kids to grandparents to teachers. We’ve even got a few things you’ll want to add to your own wish list…


Skip the Pinterest-inspired gifts and give something unique and locally made that will definitely show your teachers how much your little learners appreciate them. At Soaptopia you can put together a relaxing gift basket full of handmade, all-natural scented soaps, body oils, and bath salts, all of which are made right in the store’s kitchen. You'll probably want to add a few bars to your own list too.

Where To Shop: The soothing scents wafting through the air are worth a trip to the Mar Vista boutique, but you can also shop online.

12228 1/2 Venice Blvd.
Mar Vista

photo: Abby W. via Yelp

Where’s your favorite spot to shop local for the holiday season? Share any awesome places we missed in the comments!

—Shahrzad Warkentin