Imagine this. It's the eleventh hour and you're frantically scouring the internet to find a gift for that special someone before Christmas. At this point you don't even care if it's something unique or 'out of the box' per se, you're just hoping it ships in time. After countless hours, you finally find something and add it to your cart. Thank goodness. But wait, as you're checking out you learn that it's from some far-away country where shipping costs are a fortune.  So now you're in full blown panic mode. Great.

We've all been there. It's a holiday nightmare that leaves you even more stressed out; and you make a promise to yourself that it won't happen again next year...Well, we're here to give you a simple solution that will ease your holiday woes.

Not only would you'd be supporting local brands and artisans stores, but you'll have a plethora of unique brands to choose from. In fact, we've rounded up a few of our favorite picks for 2018 you'll love.

Los Angeles Candle Company 

Similar to our story, Los Angeles Candle Company has been hand pouring small-batch, American-grown soy candles since the 1920's. Each candle is handmade and locally poured in LA to deliver the highest quality product to its customers. Not only do they pay homage to LA through their packaging and design, but they also give back to the community by donating $1 from each purchase to a local charity. 

Give the gift of relaxation and indulgence by choosing from a wide variety of scented candles. Candles promote a calm and serene atmosphere, which is a perfect gift during the stressful holidays! Every time they light it, they will think of the thoughtful person who gave it to them. 

 

Uncle Pops Popcorn

Jason Shah, founder and creator, left the corporate world in 2013 and decided to start Uncle Pops based in LA. His fond childhood memories of his Father making kettle popcorn on a weekly basis inspired the conception of the business. Today, they believe in high quality, healthy, and innovative products that put a smile on their customer's faces, making them feel good. 

Shop from a selection of gourmet popcorn flavors ranging from sweet to savory and everything in between! They even offer popcorn tins, which is a perfect way to give a sampling of multiple flavors. 

Rays BBQ 

Ray Ramirez is a BBQ genius. His brick-and-mortar located in Huntington Park is a Texas-inspired barbecue spot local Angelinos can't get enough of. He's known as a man on a mission who started his empire by selling barbecue pulled pork sandwiches out of his house. Today, he works alongside his family members in the city he grew up in. His love and passion for sharing authentic BBQ with LA residents fuels him to produce a quality product. 

Treat your loved one this holiday to a delicious BBQ meal and leave with a full belly and some cool Swag! Not only will you have the chance to meet the lovely owners of this establishment, but you'll be able to enjoy some top of line BBQ without traveling to the South. 



Peoples Choice Beef Jerky

Last, but not least we're including ourselves in the round-up. For those unfamiliar with our story, we're a family-owned, 4th generation company handcrafting artisanal beef jerky in downtown LA. Since 1929, we've continued to practice the same techniques and recipes our great grandfathers started, making everything in house from scratch. 

This holiday season, buy the gift of beef jerky! Not only is it a unique and delicious treat, but we offer a wide selection of curated Jerky Boxes fit for every taste bud. It's already packaged and comes with a handwritten note, not to mention our seasonal Maple Brown Sugar jerky! Feel free to stop by the factory downtown to pick up your jerky box or order online. December 16th is the order deadline for Christmas gifts. 

 

Do you have any other LA brands you'd recommend? Share with us below!