If you have waited and waited but don’t know what to buy for your loved one, your boss, your family members, best friends or even your neighbor, Los Angeles Blade presents the second installment of our Holiday Gift Guide. These are a few of our favorite things, Part II.
For The Fashionista
Luca + Danni is an accessories brand whose story is rooted in embracing the journey of life. Why not gift their lovely, new brass ring, Love is Love, as a reminder to express ourselves freely and celebrate equality. 18kt gold plated or silver plated finish.
Vivo Barefoot shoes are thin, wide and flexible, allowing us to feel the ground beneath us, while providing protection from the elements. The company’s Ryder boot gives a nod to the classic riding boot, coupling luxury leather with a stretchy-neoprene back panel for a flattering, fitted silhouette. Reaching just below the knee, this sophisticated boot pairs perfectly with winter wardrobes and delivers all the benefits of barefoot in effortless style.
Malvados is a lifestyle footwear brand designed for the girl who loves music, travel and fashion. The line boasts unique, comfort-driven design collections, often featuring vegan leather straps in a variety of beautiful colors and metallics. Malvados’ chic designs move you from morning yoga to open mic night in complete style. Malvados now carries a men’s line featuring suede and EVA styles.
Since 2015, Koy Resort has been creating effortless pieces for the sun-seeking traveler, taking inspiration from beach life and exploring cultures, art, and music around the world. Every piece is carefully crafted to be light and airy to keep you covered and cool, poolside or in the sand. Each style offers no-fuss fabrics and flattery for every body type.
For The Foodie
This year, GODIVA is excited to introduce new “mini-cake” dessert pieces inspired by traditional flavors that people enjoy during the holidays. There are four flavors within this collection including Milk Chocolate Almond Cookie, Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie, Chocolate Ganache, and Dark Pear Vanilla, all packaged in a seasonal gift box.
For the coffee lover in your life, how about a monthly subscription of organic, fair-trade cold brew coffee, Wandering Bear, with just 5 calories and zero sugar!
Little West, formerly Clover Juice, is founded on the belief that juice is only as good as its ingredients. Each bottle is cold-pressed in LA and packed with two pounds of locally-sourced produce to create a tasty juice.
Stew Leonard is a great place to order fresh-from-the-orchard fruits plus a selection of savory and sweet snacks. They have added a few new treats, like Smoked Gouda Cheese, tempting Dark Chocolate Dipped Mints, and sensational Milk Chocolate Cappuccino Biscotti Bites!
Little Secrets Pieces and their brand new Crispy Wafers just launched in Whole Foods this month and are fantastic. They come in amazing flavors like Toasted Coconut Pieces or Dark Chocolate Wafers with Sea Salt. They even have some fun seasonal flavors like Gingerbread Cookie and Peppermint.
Perky Jerky has a new paleo friendly wagyu beef jerky. Marinated in coconut aminos and coconut sugars, the new, wagyu beef jerky line has three unique flavors – Sea Salt & Pepper, Truffle & Thyme and Chimichurri. Delicious! Wagyu beef is known for its tenderness and extensive marbling which delivers incredible taste and texture. Perky Jerky’s humanely raised, vegetarian-fed wagyu beef without antibiotics or hormones, combined with the brand’s proprietary handcrafted recipe results in a beef jerky experience unlike any other.
Chickapea Pasta is truly a healthy meal in minutes – protein and fiber in one. It doesn’t taste like a gluten-free or vegan pasta—perfect for a 3pm snack.
Wonder Drink Kombucha is a low sugar drink or mixer that’s also good for your gut. This is the first and only kombucha with a Certified Organic, plant-based, prebiotic fiber called XOS Fiber known to selectively nourish certain naturally occurring probiotic bacteria in your gut. Say hello to your gut’s new best friend because this refreshing drink is Non-GMO, Non-alcoholic, vegan and gluten-free!
If you need a little pick-me-up after all of of your holiday festivities, Secret Squirrel Cold Brew can help with that! The delicious cold brew coffee is non-GMO that contains twice as much caffeine and will keep you squirrelly all day long!
Fine Ingredients has delicious biscotti for you to munch on! Their one pound mixed variety gift tin has a myriad of delicious flavors including their newest one, gingerbread dipped in Belgium White Chocolate. Yum!
For the discerning coffee lover, Nespresso has a fantastic new machine, the Lattissima One. Indulge in top-quality cappuccino and latte macchiato without spending money at Starbucks! The machine a new and innovative fresh milk system that delivers the exact quantity of milk you want, eliminating any milk waste, and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
For That Hunk Who Loves to Be Healthy
Recently seen on “Shark Tank,” BoomBoom is an all natural, plant-based, nasal inhaler that is made for people who want stay focused and feel refreshed. The product uses a blend of menthol, essential oils, and other stimulating scents to help you inhale and feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Instead of grabbing an energy drink, soda, or coffee, BoomBoom is perfect while work, driving, or out at outdoor activities and festivals.
SZENT enhances the experience of drinking water with only the scent of all-natural oils infused in a ring around the neck of the bottle. This simple addition channels the flavor experience through your sense of smell, avoiding the need for artificial sweeteners or additives.
While at a China skincare conference in Hollywood, I met YoRoyal Pharmaceutical Technology, who has created a delicious collagen drink that not only enhances skin appearance but also has antioxidants key for fighting free radicals in the system. YoRoyal is dedicated to bringing organic products to the U.S. that really works to the global health and beauty market – with a commitment to excellence.
During the conference, bestselling author, Dr. Kristin Funk talked about the diet we need to prevent breast cancer. Dr. Funk is a fantastic speaker and her book, “Breast’s: The Owner’s Manual,” is a must read.
Propel Water is a fantastic way for your boo to stay hydrated after a workout. A case of the electrolyte water will put the pep back in his step!
SmileDirectClub just launched bright on™, a premium teeth whitening system for a merry and bright smile this holiday season, so you’ll be primed for of those holiday photos. This professional grade whitening is expertly crafted to get your teeth to their brightest bright, in just one week. The brand is launching two different variations within its new whitening line, including whitening pens, and the whitening pens paired with an LED accelerator light.
For Man’s Best Friend
Daily Dish stews for dogs from Caru Pet Food look, smell, and taste like a home cooked meal. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals to keep pets healthy, these delicious stews are made with non-GMO ingredients and do not contain any wheat, gluten, soy ingredients or animal by-products. Plus, they’re packed Tetra Pak cartons, a BPA-free sustainable packaging that keeps the stews fresh without preservatives.
The Rain Paw from Gold Paw Series is an elegant all-season rain jacket that provides the perfect balance of coverage and freedom of movement. Made with Gold Paw’s exclusive stretchy Suppeltec fabric that is both water- and wind-proof, not to mention machine washable.
PB+JAMMIES is an all breed Dog & Pet Pajama + Matching Adult Pajama Pant made in the US. The whimsical artwork and color selection is exclusive to PB+JAMMIES. When you purchase they donate a percentage of the sale to Dog Rescues. Giving back is a huge part of why they started PB+JAMMIES.
“I and love and you,” the meat-first natural pet food and treats brand based in Boulder is launching a Pawliday Gift Box (MSRP: $19.99) for all those parents of furbabies. It’s the perfect gift for granddogs as well! The kit includes treats and a scarf to get Fido in the holiday spirit.
How much do you love your pup? Your pet friend and their doggy will look comfortable in their men and women’s apparel from Zoo Supply! They have several fashionable designs made from lovely fabrics, including the camo hacci knit, sno-yarn jersey, and baby French terry. Ridiculously cute pup-friendly styles include lightweight pullovers, athletic inspired T-shirts, and custom designed graphic hoodies. Woof!
Biff the Dog, is the character-based brand with a PAWSitively lovable vibe. Biff is known for sporting his signature plush spiked collar and he delivers inspiring messages through themes like “don’t judge a dog by his collar” and “learn to celebrate differences.” The unique SPIKED! by P.L.A.Y. collection lets pets of all sizes, ages and breeds unleash their inner Biff. This adorable array includes eco-friendly beds, toys and collars. Pet parents feel confident in these durable and playfully designed products that are thoughtfully made with non-toxic, sustainable materials.
Our pets deserve a special treat during the holiday season, especially one that can help them through the stress of holiday travel and busy parties. Treatibles‘ hard chews come in several fun holiday flavors – like turkey, sweet potato and pumpkin – and contain all natural, organic full spectrum hemp oil to help reduce pet anxiety and treat a variety of other ailments.
For “The One”
You know, the one you spend endless dollars on, because they are fantastic. Check out the Lexus LC 500 in Smoky Granite Mica, a beautifully designed performance coupe that signals a new era for Lexus. Features include 10-speed transmission, optimal handling that comes from near-perfect weight distribution, hand-stitched interior and high-touch materials that elevate the LC to the highest level of sophistication. This is the vehicle featured in Marvel’s “Black Panther” film.
Lexus also has the LS 500h, the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission in its class. Striking LED headlamps and tail lamps embody the ideal balance of sophistication and safety. From a precision-crafted steering wheel to an available Adaptive Variable Air Suspension, the LS envelops you in personalized comfort.
For The Gardener
AeroGarden is the the ultimate DIY kit for growing fresh herbs, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers and flowers right on the kitchen counter. With AeroGarden, everything’s included: gourmet herb seed pods, Miracle-Gro plant food, and an LED grow light. Each garden is set up in minutes and begins grow naturally in water – no soil needed. By simply programming the type of plants you’re growing, AeroGarden provides the ideal light and alerts you when nutrients or water is necessary.
For The Elf Who Likes His Liquor
Our/Los Angeles Vodka celebrate the City of Angels, a partnership between Pernod Ricard and Los Angeles creative entrepreneurs, Anton van der Woude and Rupert Runewitsc. The two wheat blend, citrus-y spirit is unique in that it uses a patented yeast that is traditionally usually used in vineyards.
Dollar Cocktail Club offers a variety of drink making kits that allow anyone (above the age of 21) to create and enjoy premium, craft cocktails with ease. When paired with a bottle of preferred spirits (tequila, whiskey, etc.) The ingredients within each box make 12 cocktails, varying from Margaritas to Old Fashioneds.
Other highlights to look out for at your local Weho liquor store: Cruzan Rum is a light and sweet rum that is perfect for happy hour; Sonoma Distilling Whiskey and Gerard Bertrand’s lovely biodynamic wines—perfect for this holiday warm weather! And Meiomi Sparkling is a fantastic sparkling wine your friend will enjoy with fresh oysters, topped with a classic mignonette sauce, sushi, warm brie, or a fresh mixed berry tart.
Japanese craft beer is excellent to pair with holiday fares. It’s a lighter, craftier and more balanced type of beer that won’t overpower your food. Japanese craft brews’ well-balanced, low-malt styles won’t fill you up and will have your meal boasting unique, local ingredients such as yuzu and matcha that will add a flavorful twist to this year’s feast and earn you smiles around the table. The beer can be purchased and shipped to LA, Japanese craft beer can also be found in general in LA in Little Tokyo and in specialty stores and bars like Harajuku Taproom in Culver City.
Want to put Miami Cocktail Company‘s signature Small Batch Originals on your radar! Made with organic, authentic and wholesome ingredients (only ingredients you can pronounce!), their signature ready-to-serve cocktails are delicious. One of my favorites is the Blood Orange Mimosa, which is made with hand-picked blood oranges from Sicily with a touch of Florida grapefruit juice; and Sunset Sangria, which has red wine paired with mango, pineapple, orange, and lime juice.
Ring in the new year with the TENGA Smart Vibe Ring, which enhances partnered pleasure and will be sure to elevate any sex life. It’s an elegant yet extremely powerful vibrator weighing in less than one once, and is waterproof so it’s usable in the bath.
Dr. Squatch Soapscription keeps any guy smelling great and feeling clean throughout the year. They also make the Dr. Squatch Shave Kit, a criminally good lineup of shaving accessories that will leave him with America’s most wanted mug, complete with a natural Clay Mint Bar soap, super-soft wet brush, and kick-ass ceramic mug to mix water and soap for a rich lather.
LGBTQ-owned company, Coco + Carmen’s Darling Divas Lauren Keychain/Bag Charm is ridiculously cute.
If your significant other likes astrology, check out “Your Guide to the Future” from Jonathan and Oscar Cainer. Their chart presents your next year in amazing detail and takes you all the way through to the end of 2019. Every major (and minor) astrological influence that will affect you personally. Not just for your sun-sign… but because it is based on your time and place of birth as well as your date of birth, it’s unique to you alone. Page after page of uncannily accurate predictions and in-depth readings that explain all you’ve lately been going through and what great opportunities await you next. Armed with this precious information and new perspective, you’ll feel ready to take on the world and make the changes you need to make.
Stow & Go’s 3-tiered portable shelving & travel organizer is a great gift that keeps clothing tidy and pressed during travel. There are compartments for clothes, underwear, toiletries and shoes. Because Stow hangs in a closet, over the door or on a shower curtain, you won’t even have to unpack, you just hang it up!
For the CBD Lover
Whether you’re shopping for that on-the-go special person or for that area on the body needing a special rub, MyUnclesCbdShop.com makes it easy to browse and purchase your CBD gift!
All CBD products are legal, full-spectrum Hemp based CBD oil, tested, and formulated the right way. My Uncle’s carries a variety of CBD product, which means it’s easy to find a CBD product, even for the pickiest person.
One of our favorite CBD products is the organic Cannadapt spray from Sun Horse. Tastes like heaven and together with the 13 key herbal adaptagens your endocannabinoid system will be happy and balanced once again.
Another must have CBD item is the Salvation Balm by Dixie Botanicals ®. Perfect for tired muscles, dry hair, skin, & so much more! Once you try this full-spectrum botanical, you’ll want to take it with you everywhere. Not only is it Paraben-free and free of any of the unfavorable additives common in the cosmetics market, it is also alcohol-free, ensuring long-lived moisturization. This product sets the standard for what you should expect in a topical for your skin.
Promote health and wellbeing in your horse, dog or cat with Vitality-X. This all-natural, THC-free, CBD supplement from Phyto Animal Health promotes cardiovascular function, healthy joints, neurological health, and emotional behavior. Triple lab tested, well tolerated, and highly recommended by Veterinarians.
Check out any of Phyto’s products. Your furry friend will thank you and may even cuddle up next to you tonight. My Uncle is the best.
For That Person Who Loves Beauty Products
Winter is coming and that means the brutal bad hair days are coming with it. The people you love will be the most grateful when you help them incorporate a healthy beauty regimen for their locks. Joico offers several products that enhances and restores the strength and shine of hair during the most festive time of the year. Whether your hair is dry and staticky from those cozy wool hats, or shedding due to those daunting split ends from constant change in temperature, Joico has the perfect fix for all your winter hair troubles.
Dermatologist and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Tony Nakhla, has created a brand new luxe skincare line, EIGHTH DAY. The anti-aging technology is led by its proprietary Active Placental Matrix, a nutrient dense blend of 600+ bio-identical peptides, immunostimulants and growth factors that exert potent anti-aging effects. Your significant other will look refreshed after their six step regimen .