Gifting Goods Made in Los Angeles
Attention all Angelenos.
We’ve put together a comprehensive gift guide honoring our home and the best city in the world — Los Angeles. Maybe you’re shopping for a fellow LA native or perhaps you want to share a piece of your city to someone elsewhere. Regardless of the circumstance, we are here for it.
When we think of Los Angeles, we think of diversity, food and culture. It’s those key components that constitute the backbone of this great city. Each of these gifts reflect these ideas and provides a thoughtful LA gift idea no matter the recipient.
Boon Sauce: Small Batch Chili Oil
When we’re eating at home, chili oil is always on the table.
Heck, sometimes we even throw it straight into our home cooked meals. Talk about a universal ingredient.
Boon Sauce is definitely our favorite brand of chili oil on the market right now. It is made in small batches by Max Boonthanakit, right here in our hometown of LA . This chili oil is made with a sunflower oil base, and consists of a perfect blend of chiles, spices, anchovies, shallots, and garlic. Mhhhmm garlic.
Neenineen Udon Mug
Who doesn’t love a good mug for the holidays?
Neenineen is an LA based ceramics brand founded by Ninon Choplin in 2017. His eye for whimsical ceramic tableware and smokeware is playful and unique. The Udon Mug is especially whimsical with an abstract design of color and structure. Each piece is hand thrown, glazed, and painted, making each mug truly special.
P.F. Candle Co. Candle
Fragrance is a powerful thing.
It plays with our senses and has the ability to brighten the mood, or trigger fond memories. P.F. Candle Co. hand pours some of our favorite candles here in Los Angeles.
While they have an assortment of fragrances, we especially enjoy the Golden Coast fragrance. The candle features notes of wild sage, eucalyptus, and palo santo, which would make any LA native living in another city less homesick.
Lolipop Records Cassette Tapes
Yupp, you read that right. Our favorite local record store is still pumping out freshly pressed cassette tapes!
In this rapidly evolving digital age, it’s nice to hold on to nostalgia of the past. Lolipop Records is a local independent record label and a global current day rock n’ roll revolution. They consistently press some of the best cassettes we’ve had the pleasure of purchasing.
And the best part?
The cassette tapes are incredibly inexpensive. At around $3 a pop, we recommend grabbing a few for that friend who is always digging up new music. They feature a wide variety of genres ranging from dream pop to psych rock, so they will surely have something everyone can enjoy.
Hedley & Bennett Crossback Apron
Hedley & Bennett is on a mission to make the most functional and best looking aprons in the kitchen, and they are doing a killer job.
Los Angeles is home to some of the best chef’s in the world. You know Hedley & Bennett mean business when these culinary gods are rocking this brand. We recommend gifting the All Day Crossback Apron to the friend or family member in your life that lives in the kitchen. These handcrafted aprons are truly built to last.
Canyon Coffee was started out of an apartment in Santa Monica back in 2016 and quickly became an LA staple.
We love Canyon’s commitment to roasting good coffee beans from farms they have formed positive relationships with. It ensures the well-being of the farmers who depend on the trade of coffee. You know - I’ll scratch your back, if you scratch mine sort of deal.
The Trio Box is the perfect gift for the coffee addict in your life. This box pairs two 12 oz bags of Canyon’s year round go-to coffee beans, with a box of their incredible instant coffee. This will keep coffee enthusiasts bouncing into the New Year.
Parks Project Minimalist National Park Playing Cards
Parks Project was born in 2014 with the mission of giving back to our beloved National Parks. Each year they raise more and more capital to give back to habitat restoration, visitor programs, wildlife conservation, youth education, and more!
We love the idea of gifting these Minimalist National Park Playing Cards to the friend or family member in your life that loves the great outdoors. This specific gift directly gives back to support Youth Education. So, you are really giving two gifts with this one!
Feel free to check out other awesome gift ideas from Parks Project.
Angeleno Wine Co. Bike Path (2018)
Angeleno Wine Co. is making wine naturally in Downtown Los Angeles from local vineyards in Los Angeles. Yes, that’s correct, grapes sourced from LA County. How fun is that!
We especially love the Alonso Family Vineyard - Bike Path (2018). This fruity wine is made from a blend of Tempranillo and Grenache grape varieties. It is completely unfiltered and unrefined, and reps an awesome label featuring the LA Bike Path.
The Comedy Store Original Hollywood Shirt
The Comedy Store in Hollywood is the epitome of an LA institution. Since its opening in 1972 it has been home to some of the best comics the world has ever seen. From Leno and Letterman to Bill Burr and Joe Rogan.
While the comedy store may not be hosting many shows at the moment, they are always selling their Original Comedy Store Shirt. This is a fantastic gift for anyone interested in stand-up comedy, and also a great way to support The Comedy Store during tough times.
Mollusk Surf Shop Ikat Beach Blanket
When out-of-towners think of Southern California, they tend to think of surf culture. We think that Mollusk Surf Shop encompasses that vibe perfectly at their Venice Beach storefront.
This Ikat Beach Blanket is the perfect gift for a friend or family member that is always at the beach, or enjoys spending time outside. Either way, it’s our go-to blanket when we want to post up with some friends outside!
General Admission Mushroom Glass
General Admission embodies Southern California culture, men’s style, and everything in-between. However, we are most fascinated by their homegoods collection.
The Mushroom Glass is definitely one of our favorite pieces of homeware on the market right now . It’s the ultimate gift for that buddy of yours who might be indulging a little more than normal at this time (ahhh quarantine life).
At only $12 per glass, it’s reasonably affordable.
SUAY Linen Napkin Set
These sustainable linen napkins got IT! This set is highly recommended for the eco-friendly person who loves to host dinner parties. Supporting SUAY means supporting reduced impact and ethical production.
The linens are sewn in LA, using softened deadstock linen and low impact dyes. They are washable, durable, and ready to keep the dinner table – and your friends or family members face – clean!
This is Los Angeles - Estevan Oriol
Estevan Oriol is arguably the most famous Los Angeles based Street Photographer. You may have caught him in the recent Netflix documentary: LA Originals.
His most recent book This Is Los Angeles is his largest publication yet and does an excellent job depicting LA as a whole. The book is essentially Estevan’s portfolio, capturing the last 20 years of his career documenting real life in Los Angeles.
People’s Choice Beef Jerky
There’s no better way to share the flavor of LA than with People’s Choice Beef Jerky.
We are LA's Original Beef Jerky Company since 1929. In other words, we know how to make high quality jerky with top-shelf ingredients and a handmade process. Plus, we’ve literally been in the same brick building in Downtown LA for 90+ years. LA is in our blood.
Our jerky is handcrafted in a family tradition that spans four generations and 90+ years in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. A tradition built on quality ingredients and a handmade process that delivers a better-quality, better-tasting, better for-you jerky.
Our Tasting Kitchen Collection features some pretty awesome, LA inspired packaging. It is the perfect gift for an Angeleno, or anyone that is a fan of our city!