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Local L.A. Gifts for the Holidays

(LA Trend) — Mountains, beaches, deserts—California has it all. Give a little golden state love to friends and family this holiday season. Shop small and support local businesses with a selection of unique California gifts.

Support the folks at Homeboy Industries and treat your loved ones to something sweet. The nonprofit helps rehabilitate former gang members and teaches them skills like baking to help them support themselves. Anything you order is sure to be a winner but Homeboy Bakery’s Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookie Assortment is one of the social enterprise’s most delicious options.

Venice standout Gjusta is known for its artisan bread made with high-quality, organic ingredients. Pick up a classic sourdough or grab a gluten-free rice and teff loaf. Pair one of their signature loaves with the Honey Trio featuring sage, walnut, and seeded honey produced locally.

The famed hamburger stand offers more than just animal style burgers and fries. Visit In-n-Out’s quirky online merchandise shop. Order an Ugly Christmas sweater to showcase your undying love of cheeseburgers or a kid-sized cheeseburger onesie. Check out the Vault48 for more upscale burger-related items like a jewelry box or realtor duffel bag.

Add a little spice to the holidays with Phillipe’s hot mustard. Philippe The Original has been operating in the same location since 1951. Since you can’t stick a French dip sandwich in the mail, send the next best thing. If you’re local, send a six-pack of French dip sandwiches via Goldbelly.

For the fashionista in your life, send a pair of Walt Disney Concert Hall earrings from the LA Phil store. Styled in the shape of Frank Gehry’s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, these silver-plated earrings come in a giftable box with a short explanation of the concert hall.

Get a sweet treat from Santa Barbara’s Twenty-Four Blackbirds. The cocoa beans are sourced from around the world but the chocolates are produced locally. Indulge in a 12-pack of truffles, or warm up the winter months with gourmet drinking chocolates, the Twenty-Four Blackbirds Chocolate’ Small Bar Sampler is the perfect stocking stuffer.

Compartes chocolates, produced in Los Angeles, is known for its bold flavors and forward-thinking design. Choose California-themed flavors like California Love Pretzel Dark Chocolate, California Dreaming Dark Chocolate Brownie, or California Berries. Spread some holiday cheer with a nostalgic Pink Elephant Dark Chocolate + Animal Cookies chocolate bar studded with pink animal cookies and rainbow sprinkles.

Good Mix from Valerie Confections makes the perfect gift for anyone on your list. The sleek package is a reinvented cereal box created by Commune Design and contains addictively sweet and savory chocolate bites made with almonds, pumpkin seeds, cocoa nibs, vanilla paste, and sea salt.

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the San Antonio Winery has been operating since 1917. Grab a bottle of the winery’s signature Stella Rosa, a semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine. They also offer non-alcoholic sparkling options and single-serve bottles.

Give the gift of one of L.A.’s most iconic landmarks. Although the museum isn’t open during the pandemic, LACMA’s outdoor art is open to the public. Snap a selfie with Chris Burden’s Urban Lights then pick up a collectible Urban Light pin as a unique, classy souvenir for your friends.

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