When Hollywood keeps a secret, boy does it keep a secret. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills around Beachwood Canyon is this cloistered nunnery, known for baking and selling delicious pumpkin bread in its gift shop.
Monastery of the Angels
1977 Carmen Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
2. Laurel Canyon Wine
There is technically no vineyard in Laurel Canyon but a lot of rock n’ roll mojo can be packed in a bottle of wine. The Country Store sells its own label of wine with the brilliantly psychedelic “LC” graphic emblazoned across it. A toast to Morrison!
Laurel Canyon Country Store
2108 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Rosenthal’s Newton Canyon vineyard churns out nice local wines like the Surfrider Riesling and Rosenthal Meritage. Buy them (and tasty olive oils) at this tiny tasting room in the heart of Malibu.
Rosenthal - The Malibu Estate Tasting Room
26023 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Let’s face it, LA is ‘rip city,’ if you’re any kind of fan of the Z-Boys. Why not get the one you love a retro Dogtown or Alva deck at this skateboarding landmark (open since 1978)?
Rip City Skates
2709 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Do you know someone who watches the popular reality show LA Ink as they live vicariously through rock stars and scenesters who get their philosophies etched into their skin? Pop into the actual store where the program is shot and get a gift certificate for your ink-loving pal.
High Voltage Tattoo
1259 North La Brea Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90038
Who says LA has no culture? Not only does it have it, but you can also purchase the gift of culture for your friends or family. Consider buying them their very own membership to the LA County Museum of Art.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
If you know of someone who is mad about Mozart and thinks Puccini is the cat's meow, there's perhaps no better gift for them than the gift of opera. The LA Opera has fashioned six different types of opera gift packages for that aria aficionado in your life: The Opera Lovers Package, The Fabled Ladies, Opera Icons Weekend, A Week of Opera’s Greatest Stars, James Conlon Conducts and Design Your Own.
The Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90012 213-972-8001
LA is sunny year-round so it stands to reason that the most “totally LA” gift would be a nice pair of shades. If you want the genuine article there is only one place to go: LA Eyeworks--a virtual institution in this town.
7407 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
You don’t have to be Matthew Mcconaughey to rock a poncho around these parts. If you know someone who can work the look, head down to the open-air market at Olvera Street, where you’ll find ponchos-a-plenty as well as sombreros and the like.
Cesar E. Chavez Ave. and Olvera St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wondering what to get the cool rider in your life? The Ducati shop has plenty of signature pieces of clothing and accessories that will add PCH-worthy swagger to the holidays.
Ducati Beverly Hills
428 North La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048