There’s one in every crowd—that friend who starts shopping for holiday gifts while you’re still putting the finishing touches on your Halloween costume. And then there’s the rest of us—those who have turned shopping on Dec. 24 into an art form. Some may call it procrastination; we like to call it living in the moment. Here’s a guide to help you map out your mad dash to the register.
You know your friend, the budding “mixologist”? The one who’s always saying, “Try this. Does it have enough vermouth?” If you accidently referred to him as a bartender and he’s now ignoring your calls, make it all better by buying him a gift at Bar Keeper. Choose from barware, glassware, spirits, bitters and more. And pick up a little something special for yourself while you’re at it. 3910 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake. barkeepersilverlake.com
BlueCollar Working Dog
Your holiday gift list isn’t complete if it doesn’t include your best friend—your dog. But you won’t find any bows or rhinestone charms here. BlueCollar specializes in supplies for the working, sporting and active dog. They also offer low-cost pet health services such as vaccines, physical exams, micro-chipping and nail trimming. 1533 Echo Park Ave, Echo Park. bluecollarworkingdog.com
Glistening in the glow of Venice Beach, Firefly is an “eclectic, thoughtful collection of everything you need to live a well-styled California life.” That includes one-of-a-kind cards, scarves, handmade Peruvian blankets, 14k gold monogrammed necklaces, books on contemporary art and architecture, soaps, candles and a treasure trove of silly whimsy. 1409 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. shopfirefly.com