10 Unique Gift Shops In Los Angeles

The Last Bookstore © Akos Kokai/Flickr
The Last Bookstore © Akos Kokai/Flickr
Photo of Courtney Holcomb
11 December 2016

Looking to avoid cliché gifts this year? Well, if it’s unique presents for friends and family you need, head over to one of these incredible niche gift shops around Los Angeles.

Secret Headquarters

Bookstore, Shop
For the person in your life who geeks out on graphic novels, head over to Silver Lake’s Secret Headquarters. This comic book shop is filled with graphic stories, original artworks, and other niche literary goods.

Urban Radish

Market, Grocery Store, American, $$$
Make your way over to LA’s Arts District for the chance to explore Urban Radish, filled with goods that will make all the foodies and cooks in your life swoon. The shop stocks plenty of locally made items, and there are often tastings hosted onsite for you to enjoy while you shop.

The Last Bookstore

Bookstore, Store, Museum
The Last Bookstore
The Last Bookstore | © 好少年/Flickr
If you live in the LA area, chances are you’ve already heard of The Last Bookstore. This spot is renowned as an enclave for literature lovers, filled with new and used books to please lovers of all genres. There is also vinyl stocked on the first floor, and you can browse through the rotating galleries and craft shops upstairs, as well.

Raw Materials Art Supplies

Shop, Store
For the artistic person in your life, Raw Materials Art Supplies in Downtown LA has just what you need. No craftsperson can ever have enough art supplies, and this shop has a huge variety at affordable prices, in addition to tons of goods that will inspire more specific projects.

Mystic Journey Bookstore

Bookstore, Shop
Mystic Journey Bookstore definitely emphasizes the mystic, offering you a selection of new age goods to choose from. Sift through tarot cards, crystal geodes, and essential oils at this Abbot Kinney shop, assisting the spiritual in your life in finding their ultimate fulfilment.

The Cheese Store of Silverlake

We know no one can ever get enough foodie gifts, and The Cheese Store of Silverlake is fully stocked with the gourmet foods that your loved ones would probably never splurge on for themselves. Browse through artisan cheeses, wines, olive oils, and much more. Plus, you can enjoy a delicious sandwich made on site while you shop.

Bar Keeper

Shop, Store
Bar Keeper in Silver Lake is the perfect spot to shop for the wannabe bartender in your life. Shop from a selection of curated cocktail supplies, and help make your friend feel like a vintage cocktail wizard reminiscent of the Mad Men era (seriously, this store even supplied props for the show).

Spellbound Sky

Another great spot to find gemstones and crystals is Spellbound Sky in Silver Lake. The new age-y witches in your life will appreciate anything you can offer to help them find their center, or you can just find something that will look pretty on their shelves.

Memento Mori

Park, Shop
If your loved ones lean toward a more macabre aesthetic, Memento Mori is the place for you. This Echo Park shop is filled with oddities and various death-themed goods, from household decorations to collectors’ items.

Franky’s Barber Boutique

Beauty Salon, Shop
Franky’s Barber Boutique is a hidden gem in Silver Lake where you can find a selection of novelty clothing and accessories, vintage records, and more. And yes, you can even get a haircut, so kill two birds with one stone and do your shopping while you wait for your turn.

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