Haven’t finished your holiday shopping? Haven’t even started? Skip the mall and check out the wonderful museum stores and artisan gourmet shops where you can find unique gifts while supporting the arts.
If you have someone on your list who loves the Hollywood Bowl, head to The LA Phil Store where they have home furnishing and accessories that have been crafted from recycled Hollywood Bowl benches. This lumber that served as seating at one of LA’s favorite venues for forty years is now finding a new life as stylish home accessories and furniture. The shop also features an excellent selection of music themed gifts, along with recycled Hollywood Bowl and LA Phil Street banners. These banners have been displayed throughout Los Angeles and have a wide variety of graphics and designs, including images of Gustavo Dudame. The banners have also been repurposed into cool tote bags in several sizes.
Audrey’s Museum Store at the Skirball Cultural Center has a wonderful selection of gifts for both Jewish and non Jewish holidays. Choose from gifts that reflect thousands of years of history and culture, including books, jewelry, apparel, and gifts reflecting their current exhibitions. You will also find handcrafted goods representing a number of fair trade organizations from around the world, including women’s cooperatives. Proceeds from all fair trade goods support more than seventy-nine organizations that promote gender equality in developing nations, helping women entrepreneurs provide for their families, educate their children and pass on deep-rooted artistic and cultural traditions
In the mid Wilshire area, The Craft & Folk Art Museum Shop boasts an outstanding array of unique and handcrafted goods ranging in price from a $5.00 New Nonsense zine by Daniel Zender to a $200.00 one of a kind creature made by Los Angeles-based French ceramicist, artist, and illustrator Godeleine de Rosamel, at the Craft& Folk-Art Museum Shop. There are hand-woven Fair Trade baskets made in Tanzania with milulu grass and natural dye, handmade bags from Laos made from wild-growing kudzu fiber, hand carved chopsticks by woodcarver and sculptor Saburo Koga, along with beautiful pottery, jewelry and a fun fleet of handmade automobile menorahs by Copa Judaica.
The Getty Store at the Getty Museum is a large shop with an outstanding selection of distinctive gifts inspired by the collections of the Getty. I love the Van Gogh Irises Christmas tree ornaments! They have a stunning range of art glass, magnificent French tapestry reproductions woven by skilled textile craftsmen exclusively for the Getty, along with jewelry, apparel, art supplies, art prints, posters, books, and holiday calendars. The kids section is full of books, puzzles, and games to spark youngster’s interest in art.
Take a shopping trip around the world at the Bowers Museum shop where you’ll find jewelry from Mexico, Israel, Ghana, embroidered and appliqué handbags from Thailand, a cooking vessel and incense burner from China, an elegant lacquer Vietnamese box designed by Pascale Dang, and many other unusual handcrafted imports. This is the place to find something special for someone who has everything! There is also a wide range of books with topics on Latin, Native American, African, Asian cultures, Oceanic, Buddhism, and a wonderful children’s section where kids can learn about customs practiced by young people from different countries.
Want to send a fun and tasty food gift? Embrace the spirit of play with Gotta Have S’more. This updated sweet treat was inspired by the classic marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker S’more which children of all ages have made and loved for years. Gotta Have S’more takes the enduring dessert from the campground to the table by combining rich chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows into a 2-4 bite cupcake shaped dessert. These yummy little holiday treats are hand made and decorated with cute holiday toppings.
Looking for something beautiful, elegant and delicious? Chocolate lovers will thank you for a box of Gourmet Holiday Chocolates from Compartes Chocolatier. Jonathan Grahm, who is famed for his unique flavors and artful presentations, has created premium organic holiday chocolates decorated with eye popping holiday designs.
For baked goods, cookies and cakes and holiday ginger bread houses from Homeboy Industries Bakery make wonderful gifts while supporting one of the most comprehensive and successful gang intervention rehabilitation and re-entry programs in the country. Goods are sold at the bakery counter at Homegirl Cafe. Giving back never tasted so good!
LA Phil Store
131 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Audrey’s Museum Store, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Getty Center Store 1200 Getty Center Drive Los Angeles, CA 90049
Gotta Have S’more https://gottahavesmore.com/
Compartes 912 S. Barrington Avenue Los Angeles CA 90049
Homegirl Cafe 130 W Bruno St Los Angeles, CA 90012