Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Buy Local SM presents...Perfect Gifts for the Holidays!

Shop sustainably and locally this holiday season! Buy Local SM businesses were asked to submit the “perfect gift” idea for the holidays. We have some great suggestions and truly something for everyone! Happy shopping, happy holidays!

Acapillow—3018 Pico Boulevard
The perfect gift? How about a wonderful collection of Moroccan tea cups, some hand-made organic Santa Monica soaps or a hand-sewn pillow from Acapillow? Or perhaps a vintage scarf, vintage aprons, some very cool art or a custom soft blanket?

Agabhumi The Best of Bali--2665 Main St. Suite A
Agabhumi The Best of Bali is truly a one stop shop for the “perfect gift” for your sister, mother, wife, girlfriend, best friend AND grandmother! Two “must haves” this holiday season are: The Studded Cargo Belt , perfect for anyone who does a lot of walking, has eyelets all along the belt making it practically a one-size fits all. It also allows you to carry your cell phone (including iPhone), keys and lip gloss, with a hidden zipper pocket for safekeeping of an ID, passport, credit card or cash. Only $44.

Got all the gifts in order and need to add a little something to the stocking? Does your daughter have 6 friends she really wants to give something to but you don’t want to go overboard? The Peace Stretch Bracelet is the perfect inexpensive option. Featuring a carved shell peace sign and stretch beads for easy on/easy off, at $10 each it’s a no-brainer! If you shop with your own bag, Agabhumi will offer 5% discount on any purchase.
ARTFUL handcrafted gifts, 1726 Ocean Park Blvd
"Perfect" gift from Artful: any piece of jewelry from their extensive selection, including many recycled pieces; a piece of Magdalena Suarez Frimkess's imaginative and unique ceramic art.
Clark Adams Co. - Renewal by Anderson, 3215 Pico Boulevard
What gift could be more enjoyed than a cozy, energy efficient and environmentally healthy home with Renewal By Andersen Replacement Windows & Doors expertly installed for you & your loved ones? Their products are Energy Star rated & Green Seal Certified plus they have certification to meet the cleanest indoor air quality standards set nationally & in California.
Right now you can catch the end of the year sale on Renewal By Andersen’s SmartSun Glass windows, which qualify for the Federal Energy Tax Credit too!

J J Design Jewelry and Accessories—1307 Montana Avenue
Best gift ever for under $50…a stunning bracelet, available in many styles and colors!
JJ Design has some great sales going on now, too!
Kreation Kafe--1023 Montana Avenue
A $25 gift certificate to Kreation Kafe.
La Foto, Inc--806 Pico Blvd
To help you get ready for the holidays….La Foto is offering a custom holiday card photo session package. Holiday Special Offer: Purchase a photo session, with your choice of in-studio or outdoor photography, and receive 24 beautiful custom holiday cards + a 5x7 for free (special price $199, normally $399). If you refer a friend, you’ll also receive a free make up and retouching, with both purchasing a photo session. If you refer 2 friends, you’ll receive all of the above plus two free 8x10s with all three purchasing a photo session + all receive special 20% discount on print orders.
Laser Away Santa Monica--514 Wilshire Blvd
The perfect holiday gift is a Laser Away "Gold Package" featuring 3 Laser Away services at a hugely discounted rate. Call them for details--310-393-2929.

Lula Cocina Mexicana-- 2720 Main Street
Give the gift of food! Tamales are the traditional treats for the Christmas season in Mexican households and within the Hispanic community. The Masa dough treats are stuffed with yummy fillings such as chicken in Mole Poblano, pork in a green chile sauce or fresh vegetables with Mexican cheeses. Sold by the dozen, they make a great hostess gift! ($48/ dozen)

Know someone who loves to cook? Treat them to a cooking class at Lula Cocina’s Rancho Chiquita kitchen featuring recipes using local, flavorful ingredients supporting local farmers markets and wineries. Classes from $85/ person ($150 per couple), including demonstration, sampling of all the dishes and sipping local wines!

Enquire about the Lula Cocina Rewards Program. Earn points every time you use their reward card.

Mom's The Word--910 Montana Avenue
Looking for the perfect gift for a mom-to-be? Mom’s The Word has a gift set from Basq Skincare Products for Maternity. The set is a "Try Me" set which included stretch mark hydrating oil, sugar body polish and body butter. The set retails for $42.

Natural High Lifestyle-- 2400 Main Street, Suite A-3
How about a bamboo lap top table...great for DJays, students, facebookers, cooks and designers! Anyone that works on their laptop will gain from using this heat diffusing, stable lap table! Bring yours into the store, and enjoy free wireless networking by typing in password “shoplocal”.

PAINT: LAB-- 2912 Main Street
The perfect gift is the one that you make--either through a workshop that Paint:Lab offers, or through uninstructed use of the lab…or something you create at one of their paint, wine and cheese nights! Make your gift at PAINT:LAB and it’s guaranteed to be unique!

For the aspiring painter you know, how about giving them a PAINT:LAB gift certificate?

Patagonia Santa Monica—2936 Main Street
The perfect gift is a Patagonia Men's or Women's Wetsuit: Warmer and More Environmentally Conscious. Patagonia wetsuits use the highest quality Japanese neoprene. It has a 98% closed-cell ratio, which adds dead air space and with it, warmth. It is made with chlorine-free wool, recycled polyester, PVC-free kneepads and thinner neoprene layers (without sacrificing warmth retention) to reduce our impact on the environment. Patagonia wetsuits are available as full suits (front-zips and back-zips), spring suits, tops, vests, hoods and gloves.

Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar-- 104 Santa Monica Boulevard
The Pourtal Wine Tasting Card......The gift that keeps giving this Holiday Season and long after. Load up a pre-paid Pourtal Tasting Card in any amount you wish and give someone special a trip to every wine region without the passport! Pourtal's forty wines available by the taste are grouped into “Tasting Tours” which provide fun and educational “itineraries” into the varied world of wine. Pourtal Tasting Cards can also be used for our rotating Wines-by-the-glass list, Farmer's Market Food Menu, and even for retail.
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar offers a Bag Trade-In Promotion. Bring in your used bags (no “grocery store” plastic or paper, they must be sturdy enough for 2 wine bottles) and get up to 10% off your final bill (see for more info).

Readers Fine Jewelers, 5th Generation--311 Wilshire Boulevard ideas for the lady in your life…'Hot Diamond' brand and ELLE silver jewelry, fancy yellow diamond jewelry, right hand rings (in white and yellow gold with colored gemstones), gold bracelets and exquisite 18kt gold Brazilian Jewelry

Gift ideas for the gentleman in your life: "William Henry Handcrafted Knives," "M Clip" money clip (the world’s finest money clips) or Edward Avedis Collection watches

Santa Monica Farmers Market—Downtown Farmers Market (Arizona @ 3rd St), Pico Farmers Market (VA Avenue Park—Pico @ 23rd Street) + Main Street Farmers Market
Shop sustainably and locally this holiday season! All of the following is grown and/or produced in California:
· It Began in the Garden: handmade soaps, jams, beautiful herb baskets, etc. At the Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets · Ranch La Vina: walnut and walnut oil, Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets
· Santa Barbara Pistachios: gift packs of pistachios in assorted flavors, pistachio oil. Wednesday and Saturday Downtown Markets
· Ken Harris: handmade sopas, beeswax candles, honey at the Wednesday and Saturday Pico Market
· Adams Olives: artisan California olive oils. Wednesday, Saturday Downtown and Saturday Pico Farmers Markets
· Handmade jams and jellies from various farmers at all 4 Santa Monica Farmers Markets
· Sugar Bush Proteas : Succulent plants and wreaths at the Saturday Downtown Market
· Arria Brasseur: fresh lavender and lavender products, Sunday Main St Market

T. Heritage Art Gallery—3219 Pico Boulevard
The perfect holiday gift is to dig around your friends' and family's photo collection and find a special meaningful photo that never made it to the frame shop. There are 1000's of photos tucked away never enjoyed. Sneak one down to our frame shop for a surprise gift. Starting prices are only $45 ( call for details).

The Green Life--2409 Main Street
The Green Life has a lot of great green gifts for the holiday season. The great thing about shopping at this store, besides being local, everything they sell supports a planet friendly lifestyle. On top of that, 5% of total in-store sales in December are being donated to Santa Monica based environmental non-profits, Sustainable Works and Global Green! The perfect gift this holiday season is…an Earthlust Stainless Steel Water Bottle. These water bottles come in stylish designs and are BPA and chemical free. Switching to a reusable water bottle can save up to 15 pounds of plastic from being wasted per person each year. Various designs available!

Another great gift is the Mini - Garden in a Pail Planters. Grow your own mini herb garden or tomato plant in your kitchen. These self contained planters are great gifts for those who like to cook or have a green thumb.

The Trapeze School—370 Santa Monica Pier
A perfect gift is a gift certificate for a flying trapeze class. Gift certificates are a great way to share the experience of flying on the trapeze. Classes are $47, $57 or $65 per person (varies with the day and time of the class).

Whole Foods Market Santa Monica--2201 Wilshire
Local independent publisher Hearth & FireLight Press is proud to present an Award Winning Children’s Book for your holiday gift list …Clarence The Clown and his Not-So-Special Day is a humorous and moving story about the adventures of a kid who feels out of place … VERY out of place. Local Author/ Illustrator Jim Figueroa and his coauthor Orlando Hobechi are committed to creative and meaningful storybooks, which are easy on the planet (it is green), and which also benefit non-profit organizations (e.g. Profound Dyslexia). It was recently recognized with an award by The Young Voices Foundation. For kids of all ages - $18.99 at Whole Foods Market

ZJ Boarding House—2619 Main Street
ZJ Boarding House has great flannels and hoodies to keep your loved ones warm for the holidays—they come in plenty of styles all around the $40-60 range for men, women and children. (featured items L to R: Billabong Asylum Flannel $44.99, ZJ Boarding House Zip up Fleece Hoodie $49.99 *available @, Hurley Lamont Woven $58.99)

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