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Last-Minute Gift Guide
Michelle McCarthy
12/6/2012

The motivating factors that can lead to holiday shopping procrastination vary: fear of food court cuisine; an evolving, post-modernist stance on how society judges naughty versus nice; or perhaps family and friends who are simply harder to buy for than the spawn of Donatella Versace and Marc Jacobs. Whatever the cause is for your affliction, we’re here to help. Check out these last-minute gift ideas—and then go enjoy a hot toddy.


1. BlockParty WeHo
A gay department store right in the middle of West Hollywood? Yes, indeed. Hit up BlockParty for anyone in need of clothing (YMLA, Pistol Pete, N2N), novelty (lubes, poppers) or casual wear (hoodies, jackets, jeans, swimwear, thermals, message tees). Plus, there’s a $9.99 underwear table featuring Papi, Private Structure, Clever and many more—in case you want to send a very special Yuletide message. 8853 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo, (424) 245-4014; blockpartyweho.com

2. Maximillian Gallery
Art for every age and taste can be found at this den of creativity, which showcases the contemporary art of emerging and established artists. The emphasis is on urban, graffiti and street art. One-of-a-kind original art and limited-edition art gifts can be purchased starting at $20 and on up to $20,000. 1200 Alta Loma Rd., WeHo, (323) 546-9615; maximilliangallery.com

3. Raffi Jewelers
Nothing says jingle bells like a little ring-a-ding—preferably with diamonds. A Swiss Army watch wouldn’t be a bad idea, either. Hit up Raffi Jewelers for the finest in custom jewelry. 8934 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo, (310) 652-7407; raffijewelers.com

4. Silver Lake Conservatory of Music
Give the gift of music with a gift certificate for music lessons. Created by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, the conservatory offers instruction to people of all ages. One-on-one music lessons are $30 per half hour and $60 per hour. Note: A one-month commitment is required. 3920 Sunset Blvd., L.A., (323) 665-3363; silverlakeconservatory.com

5. LIMON Spa & Nail Boutique
Gift the gift of glamour with a manicure or pedicure. Gift certificates are available, with services featuring luscious fresh-squeezed organic lemon juice and dead sea salt. The perfect gift for that someone on your list who needs pampering, patrons can enjoy a cup of tea and relax while getting their hands perfected for all those holiday parties. 624 N. Doheny Dr., WeHo, (310) 777-8813

6. Off the Wall Antiques
After 30 years on Melrose, OTWA made the move to La Cienega, but you can still expect the same inventory of unique and oddball items. From silver-covered serving platters ($3,500) to a Hollywood Regency Boudoir Bench ($900) or a Clockwork Orange Korova Milk Bar Maiden ($3,500), you’ll definitely be able to fill your kitsch quota. 737 N. La Cienega Blvd., WeHo, (310) 652-1185; offthewallantiques.com


7. Traveler’s Bookcase
We all have friends who have wanderlust burning deep within. Don’t cure it. Fan the flames with a few selections from this bookstore. Traveler’s carries a large selection of travel books, maps and globes. Get bit by the bug. 8375 W. 3rd St., L.A., (323) 655-0575; travelbooks.com

8. Cirqit-K
Do you have someone who likes to stand out in a crowd? Along with skinny shorts (bright or basic), skinny pants (plaid, checkered, bright and basic), tank tops and graphic tees, Cirqit-K offers glow-in-the-dark wristbands and LED shoelaces, armbands and wristbands. Party out loud. (559) 917-0515; cirqitk.com

9. Shine Gallery
You can picture Pee-Wee Herman picking up a few toy provisions (to go along with his headlight glasses) at this vintage memorabilia shop located at L.A.’s historic Farmers Market. They offer posters, tin toys, art deco, chalkware, vintage stock clothing, jokes and magic tricks, radios, X-mas items and Halloween masks, souvenirs and one-of-a-kind
rarities. 6333 W. Third St. #134, L.A.; shinegallery.com

10. OK
Unique is the only word to describe OK. Walk in and browse the selection of bottle openers (crow, hammer, monkey), sculptures (hands and hearts) and even stuff for the kids (Day of the Dead bibs). There’s stuff for the home or office, and even jewelry, wallets and watches. 1716 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., (323) 666-1868; okthestore.com

11. Alpha and Apt2B Pop-Up Shop
If one-stop shopping is your thing, we have a gem for you. Alpha and Apt2B have joined forces for a holiday-themed, six-week affair (through Dec. 31). Stock up on apparel, gadgets, books and home décor items from Apt2B and Alpha, along with selected furniture from Apt2B (Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6 p.m.). 8134 W. 3rd St., L.A.

12. Pressed Juicery
Overheard conversations in L.A. will often include discussions about juicing, juicers and juice bars. What people won’t mention is the mess involved in going the DIY route. Leave it to the professionals and order juice for your friends and family members from Pressed Juicery. They offer cleanses and a menu of drinks that target specific ailments and body parts. 8714 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo, (310) 854-4407; pressedjuicery.com


13. Woof Dog Boutique
Admit it—we know your dog is on your gift list. Forget the usual Santa sweater attire and go for the unconventional. He or she will look divine in Woof Dog’s top hats, glasses, wigs, socks, shoes, undies, beanies, yarmulkes or bow ties. They also offer dog grooming, pet food, vet care, dental care and more. 3172 Glendale Blvd., L.A., (323) 661-7722; woofdogboutique.com

14. Body Sculpt Wrap
Blended with a potent formula combining natural herbal ingredients, these Body Sculpt Wraps can be placed on any area of the body you wish to tone, tighten and firm. They promote the depletion of excess fat and toxins stored in adipose cells in the treated area. As a result, engorged cells shrink back to their normal size when the fat and toxins leave. The process takes approximately 45 minutes. (818) 618-5590; bodysculptwraps.com

15. Syren
Are his skinny jeans just not tight enough for him? How about some latex? Syren sells latex shorts and briefs, and rubber boy shorts, jock straps and thongs. Or you can take it up a notch on your riding crop and gift-wrap fetish wear that includes hats, hoods, straitjackets and chaps. 2809 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., (213) 989-0334; syrencouture.com

16. L.A. Body Mechanics
Everyone’s got some kinks to work out. Who wouldn’t love a gift card for a massage? Two-time Ironman triathlete David Wachtel’s treatments include deep-tissue massage, circulatory massage, facilitated stretching, joint mobilization and oscillation, structural integration, Thai massage and trigger point therapy. (323) 836-1852; labodymechanics.com

17. Reyes Winery
So it’s not Napa Valley. But if you’re looking for a place to take your Secret Santa for a little wine tasting that’s close (enough) to the city, this is a great day-trip destination. Located 45 minutes outside Downtown, Reyes Winery is a solid up-and-comer that provides a nice selection of premium wines. (Check Yelp for a $30 or $50 deal.) 10262 Sierra Highway, Agua Dulce, (661) 268-1865; reyeswinery.com

18. The Original Tomboy
The Huckleberry Denim Jacket, from designer Alicia Hardesty, is the talk of the season. It features 100 percent USA denim, YKK zipper details, pockets galore, a menswear-style fit, partial lining and is vintage washed. Wear it anywhere and everywhere. theoriginaltomboy.com


19. Bark Ave L.A.

Looking for a special gift for your best furry friend? How about a vacation? The new Barkation headquarters, formerly the Bark Hotel, promises your pet will experience a positive, playful holiday getaway. 545 S. Main St., L.A., (213) 748-7485; barkavela.com

20. Beer of the Month Club
Want to boost your friend status with an acquaintance? Sign him up for a beer of the month club and quickly rocket to BFF status. With a Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club membership, you get 12 12-ounce bottles of beer each month so you can enjoy the holiday spirit all year long. (800) 625-8238; beermonthclub.com

21. Candle Delirium
There’s something so comforting about walking into a home during the holidays that’s illuminated with candles. Fragrances such as pumpkin spice, cinnamon and evergreen are especially inviting. At Candle Delirium, you can choose from a large selection of candles for every occasion. They also have diffusors, room sprays and bath and body products. 7980 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo, (888) 656-3903; candledelirium.com

22. Urban Pet
Before you pose with your pets for the family’s annual holiday card, make sure they’re all having good hair days. Urban Pet’s True Blue is an eco-friendly pet shampoo and conditioner that will leave your best friends’ coats silky smooth and smelling great. Then reward their good behavior with Dogsbutter—a delicious, lip-smacking treat from Dog for Dog—that's sure to put a wag in their tail. Dog for Dog supports local rescues and donates product for every jar purchased. 4475 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake;
theurbanpet.net

23. Charity Donation
We’ve gotta remind ourselves every now and then that the holidays aren’t only about the accumulation of “things.” If you truly have friends or family members who have everything, why not donate to a charity in their name? Just make sure to choose a cause near and dear to their hearts. Some suggestions: APLA, Hope for Paws, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, Homeless Healthcare.

24. Pomp & Posey
Formerly located in West Hollywood, Pomp & Posey recently took its wares strictly online. You can order from an outstanding collection of gift and home accessories with a distinct sense of style in the tradition of fine European boutiques—from unique to the exclusive. pompandposey.com

25. Wanna Buy a Watch?
You’ll win the gift-giving competition with a unique watch from this Melrose store. They specialize in the finest vintage and contemporary used watches, antique platinum diamond engagement rings and antique and classic wedding bands for men and women. Tell ’em what time it is. 8465 Melrose Ave., L.A., (323) 653-0467; wannabuyawatch.com

26. Up Dog Yoga and Cycling
After the overindulgence of the holidays comes to a close, the list of New Year’s resolutions will be quick to follow. And that thing always includes promises to get back into shape. Whether your friends are into yoga or cycling, this workout hub is a perfect fit. They can ride like a bat out of hell or Namaste themselves to a better body. 8599 Santa Monica Blvd., WeHo, (310) 360-7200; updogfitness.com


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  1. Alicia Hardesty posted on 12/10/2012 01:45 PM
    tweet 'happy holidays' to @originaltomboy for special 15% off promo code! Use by Dec. 19th.
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