Looking for that perfect last-minute gift? Why not buy local? You’ll save time and money on shipping, and you can support some great local businesses. Here are some of our top picks for just about everyone on your list:
Little Rebel: For your favorite little rocker chick, check out this Sandbox Rebel Jimi Hendrix dress from Sol Baby in Hermosa Beach. It’s soft, comfy, durable – and handmade here in Los Angeles. $49. Sol Baby, 124 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach
Young Chef: For young and old chefs alike, “Twist it Up” by Redondo Beach superstar Jack Witherspoon is a culinary treat. Jack, an 11-year-old leukemia survivor, will inspire you with his amazing story and his recipes. Keep it local by buying the book from Pages in Manhattan Beach. Pages, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.
Glamor Gal: For the woman on your list who loves to sparkle, check out this luxurious vintage bracelet from Ava + Aliria. These vintage strands of pearls are intertwined with rhinestone accents. $85. Ava + Aliria, 912 B Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.
Garden Lover: Does your favorite gardener have a good spot for planting? The International Garden Center sells 1/2 oak wine barrels, which are great for planting roses, citrus, and even creating small outdoor water ponds. $37.99. International Garden Center, 155 N. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo.
Mystery Reader: Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach has signed, first-edition copies of several new thrillers in stock. Check out Murder Season by Robert Ellis, a thrilling Hollywood murder mystery, available in-store. Mysterious Galaxy, 2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach.
Dreamer: Something about this “Dream” sign makes us want to kick back and just…you know…dream the day away. Find it (along with other home, bath, and beauty accessories) at Tabula Rasa. $78. Tabula Rasa Essentials, 919 Manhattan Ave., Suite A, Manhattan Beach.
Wine Aficionado: Does someone on your gift list have every wine in the book? You might find something new at Uncorked in Hermosa Beach. Or you could just go ahead and give them a wine accessory like this shapely wine decanter. $29.99. Uncorked, 302 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach.
Beer Drinker: Your favorite beer drinker has become a connoisseur of different flavors; would he ever want to make his own? Thanks to the South Bay Brewing Supply Company, you could get him started with his first brew-your-own beer kit for only $135. South Bay Brewing Supply Company, 1311 Post Ave., Torrance.
Luxury Lover: Looking for a fun gift for that special someone who enjoys a luxurious lifestyle? Consider a gift certificate to the newly opened Blowlux, a blow dry bar by BE Beverly Hills. Whether you choose a luxurious blowout, makeup, or nails, all services at this eco-spa are just $35 ($25 for your “princess” under age 12). 13020 Pacific Promenade, Suite 7, Playa Vista.
Now go get that shopping done – and tell them South Bay Sparkle sent you!