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For The Naughty + The Nice: Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Unless you have friends and family who still make their lists and check ’em twice, holiday shopping is quite the stressor. We never quite know what’s on the wishlist of even those closest to us. What do you waaaant?!

Because we feel you on those stocking struggles, we stalked some of our favorite brands to see what’s hot for the holidays. This round-up of goodies includes the most ideal for each of your loved ones, and probably even yourself. Ready to shop it like it’s hot? Here are 12 ideal gifts for the 12 days of Giftsmas.


For The 50 Shades of Shades Collector

CRAP Eyewear just released new color-ways of its most popular style, The Tuff Patrol. The classic, vintage-y round wire frame sold out their OG colors quick (and will bring them back in the Spring), but are keeping us satisfied in the meantime with Tort N Green and Gunmetal Black and Smoke Grey Tuff Patrol Releases.



Various by Crap Eyewear 


For the Mobile Moment-Capturer

It seems that everyone’s IG-game has stepped up recently, and pixelated, out-of-focus shots are no longer acceptable. Save that for snapchat, am I right?

For those who are particular about their pictures, but wanna forgo the bulkiness of a DSLR, the Moment Lens is an incredibly compact and efficient way to transform your basic phone camera to a highly functioning photography tool. With high contrast optics, a large lens diameter, and minimal distortion, this is the secret weapon that your foodie pal, wanderlust buddy, or fashionista friend will adore.

moment lens

The Moment Lens


For The Chic Chick With A Taste For The Foreign Goods

Our favorite Aussie brand is your ultimate fashion destination, particularly for the winter. Their pieces are timeless and classy, can be dressed up or down, and carry an unmistakable Australian flair.



CMEO Four Shadows Playsuit Black copy

Four Shadows Playsuit by C/MEO Collective | $200



For The Minimalist Enthusiast 

Formerly Yes is the minimalist’s dream come true. Their site design is an accurate representation of their products – clean, light, and well-organized.


Bosske Cube | $24


Cubebot by David Weeks | $24

For The One With Sweet Teeth 
This kit, with toppings curated by the Portland-born ice cream purveyor’s Head Ice Cream Maker, Tyler Malek, includes Sqirl jam, Compartes Pecan Love Nuts, and Rose Ave. Sweets Himalayan Salted Caramel Corn. It comes with recipes, too!
Salt & Straw LA Sundae Kit 2015
Have a sunday anydae, everydae, with this kit from Salt & Straw | $40
For the cu-tea
Tea is not just a drink, it’s an experience – and true tea lovers will know that. For them, get this teapot that sits on a bamboo stand that holds a tealight to keep your brew at the ideal sipping temperature.
And to brew? An Artisan Tea Tins/Tea of the Month Subscription from Art of Tea will keep the flavors coming – you can choose from individual artisan tea tins starting at $10.99, tea samplers, teaware, and/or the “Tea of the Month” club for last-minute gift giving. Blends range from the whimsical holiday-inspired (e.g. Butterscotch, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, and Cinnamon Fig) to their new Black Label Tea line with rare and single origin teas like Silver Needle and Gyokuro.


Art of Tea White Winter Chai
For The Stoutstanding Beer Connoisseur 

Golden Road Brewing‘s Back Home Gingerbread Stouts are sold in holiday-themed 4-packs for $15 at the Pub and select local retailers. This made-in-LA stout has all the flavor of a piping hot gingerbread cookie in cool beer form and ranks in at a crowd-pleasing 86 on BeerAdvocate.

GRB Back Home Gingerbread Stout



For The Social-Justice-Conscious One 

The 30 Year Sweatshirt, by Tom Cridland, is a campagin against fast fashion and all its adverse environmental and cultural effects. Fast fashion is costly, and wears out quick.

“The 30 Year Sweatshirt aims to put an end to planned obsolescence in the industry that causes a needless cycle of consumption and waste. A combination of technology, premium fabrics and old school craftmanship make it built to last a lifetime. Our craftsmen and seamstresses have been making clothing since 1964 and still have sweatshirts made in the late 1970s in excellent condition, so our 30 Year Guarantee is no gimmick.”

The 30 Year Sweatshirt | around $80



For The Smoker

LA’s Kelly Lamb newly introduced the “Nika” incense burner, a beautiful porcelain piece with white crackle glaze. It’s sized at 5.5” X 4” an is the perfect mood-setter for the incense-loving household.

Kelly Lamb_NIKA_ Incense Burner
For The Skincare + Coffee Lover

This Australian-made, coffee-based skincare line is here to get your shit together. Frank Body features a natural line of products that target cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema and other conditions with decidedly satisfying results. So what’s it in the boxxxxxxxx?!? Being a caf-fiend himself, Frank mainly utilizes cacao and coffee extracts with tons of beneficial properties (fighting radicals and aging, stimulating blood flow, etc.) and forgoes the parabens, PEGS, phthalates, in his products. Both strategy and outcome are effective, straightforward, and pretty frank (had to).


 Lip Scrub by Frank Body | $15
For The Drinkwarer 
What’s a more convenient way to carry alcohol, than a flask? Easy, a bracelet flask. This is wearable drinkwear, with the capacity to hold a shot’s worth of liquor. No time to pregame? No worries.
 Bracelet Flask by Areaware | $35
For The Urban Streetwear Head
Anything #DIAMONDLIFE. Period.
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For The One With Baggage
Carry it in a fashionable way – with AltHouse’s collection. Located in DTLA, the women’s boutique is a haven for girls with a taste for the classy, with a twist.
Loop Bag by Lizzy Disney | $555
stone bag
Stone + Cloth Backpack | $144
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