The Curbed LA 2018 holiday gift guide is here

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This holiday season, show Angelenos in your life how much you care by gifting them something that evokes their favorite city. Priced from $8 to $186, the books, trinkets, and decor on this list are either made in Los Angeles, designed by an LA resident, or inspired by its colorful landscape.

Like postcards from Los Angeles, these gifts are also ideal for your loved ones who don’t have the good fortune of living here. Season’s greetings.


Tana Gandhi and Stephanie Max, courtesy of Paper Chase Press

Los Angeles notecards

$16 | Paper Chase Press

The colorful gradients on these blank note cards, inspired by LA’s “technicolor skies,” subtly recall Los Angeles. They’re made by Hollywood printing house Paper Chase, which uses “only eco-friendly, waterless printing technology.” Choose either the morning, day, or night gradient, each of which is available in a pack of six.



Image courtesy of Besler & Sons

Terrazzo “Soupcan”

$95 | CAFAM Shop

Terrazzo—concrete flecked with chips of marble (like the sparkly black pavement on the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame)—is having a moment. These small terrazzo cylinders in a shade of strawberry pink would be perfect as bookends. They are handmade in Downtown Los Angeles by Besler and Sons using pieces of recycled glass.



Counter Intelligence, Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles

$26.99 | Skylight Books Los Angeles

Jonathan Gold, a Pulitzer Prize winner and beloved local figure who died this year, used food as an outlet to explore every diverse nook of LA. Published in 2001, Counter Intelligence is a compilation of Gold reviews from his time as a writer at the LA Weekly. It still holds up as a fascinating and entertaining study not just of cuisines like fried empanadas, xian bing, and doro wot, but of this beautifully complicated, multi-ethnic landscape.



Image courtesy of Post Studio

Stripes Coasters

$30 | Post Studio

Cheerful and poppy, these geometric and glossy coasters, available in sets of four, sold out online at J.Crew, but you can still buy them directly from Post Studio. The husband-and-wife-run company is based in LA.



Image courtesy of P.F. Candle Co.

Los Angeles incense

$8 | P.F. Candle Co.

Hand-dipped in a factory in Los Angeles, these incense sticks have a long burn time and emit base notes of redwood, sea salt, and beachwood. Fifteen sticks per pack.



Image courtesy of Hammer Museum

Cruz del Sur bandana

$22 | Hammer Museum

Among the many highlights of Made in LA 2018 were Eamon Ore-Giron’s geometric and graphic murals at the entrance of the Hammer Museum. One of those patterns has been silkscreened onto this cotton bandana so you can remember (and wear) the bold artwork year-round.



George Townley

Architecture prints

$39 | George Townley

Accustomed to gloomy skies, England native George Townley was struck by LA’s vivid scenery. It inspired him to create these vibrant prints of some of the city’s most important and iconic structures, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samuel Freeman House in the Hollywood Hills and the old Sixth Street Bridge over the LA River.



Islamic Revival apartments, from An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles, by David Gebhard and Robert Winter, published by Angel City Press.
Robert Winter Architecture Photographs, Occidental College Special Collections & College Archives

An architectural guidebook to Los Angeles

$45 | Angel City Press

The bible of Los Angeles architecture is getting a rigorous update just in time for the holidays. Every important building in the region is listed in book, along with its address and a succinct synopsis. The guidebook belongs on the shelf of every Los Angeles architecture enthusiast.



Image courtesy of Salamat

Sequoia bowl

$65 | Salamat

“A bowl can elevate food—even a bowl of cereal,” says Los Angeles ceramicist Monica Galen. Her handsome sequoia bowl, raw, natural, and speckled, is named after the trees with cinnamon-colored bark that pepper California’s majestic Sierra Nevada mountains.



Image courtesy of Heather Taylor

Amalfi goldenrod table runner

$186 | Heather Taylor Home

Los Angeles resident Heather Taylor designs California casual but traditional decorative linens: gingham throw pillows; striped tea towels; checkered tablecloths in colors like blueberry, mint, and marigold. This Amalfi runner in her shop’s best-selling pattern features gold, cream, and black stripes against a pale pink background.

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