We’ve taken the stress out of gift giving this year by talking to some of the hippest shops in town about their favorite gifts for the 2016 holiday season. With such a diverse offering of local stores, we’ve curated the ultimate gift-guide for everyone on your “nice list.” And, with so many great gifts, there’s bound to be a few you’ll want to slip into your very own stocking.
For the Bookworm
Laguna Beach Books has curated book baskets perfect for voracious readers, young and old. Pictured below is the travel basket.
Adam Neeley continues to surprise and impress with the way he molds metal and fine jewels in unexpected forms. The spiral diamond pendant is timeless and chic. This unique pendant design incorporates diamonds set along the edge of a golden spiral pendant on a round omega chain.
For the History Buff
See the exciting real life tale of Eiler Larsen, the Laguna Beach Greeter, in this Limited Collector's Edition DVD. You'll also learn about the other Greeters that make up Laguna Beach's history. Purchase your copy at Fawn Memories or online at www.elestialproductions.com. This is a powerful and insightful film about what it means to be human and the connection we all share.
A Stocking Stuffer, Laguna Beach Style
This perfect stocking stuffer from the T-shirt Company features original art by Tillman Segal, is eco-friendly and made in the USA.
For the Dudes
This little critter will be a useful tool for all the guys on your list. From Soul Project, he is made of sturdy beachwood shell and stainless steel appendages of mini scissors, a bottle opener, a 3/16 flat head screwdriver, a can opener, a mini knife, and a rope saw.
Give the Gift of Artistry
Sawdust Art Festival offers year-round classes taught by local artists that take you on the journey of creation to completion. In each class you’ll have the opportunity to make your own piece of art, to wear or to share. Classes are offered in a wide range of mediums from painting and screen printing to jewelry, ceramics and even glass blowing.
For the Unique
Leggings from Goldsheep are unlike anything you have ever seen. Bringing art to the legs, the bold and colorful patterns are truly unique. Find designs for every occasion, flavor and personality on your list. Goldsheep is designed and owned by Laguna Beach local, Keri Wilson.
For the Globe Trotter
Ready to wear and just in time for the holiday season, the Merry Kitschmas Camp Shirt is updated with a fun, festive print. Made of pure silk, it’s an island-inspired print he won’t get anywhere else except Tommy Bahama.
Brighten the Home or Office
These beautiful painted and stained glass sun catchers are a best seller at Buy Hand. They are beautifully handmade in the USA and support American artists.
For the Ladies
Give a little love this season with a meaningful and personal alphabet script bracelet by Gorjana. This delicate design can be worn alone or stacked with other bracelets.
For the Bold
At Yolk, find iconic prints and products from Scandinavian design house Marimekko that make fabulous holiday gifts for the vibrant men and women in your life.
Give a Sentimental Gift
Rubel Jewelers carries beautiful Monica Rich Kosann's jewelry, fusing timeless heritage of design with contemporary and modern sensibility. "A locket depicts a moment unique to the wearer while a charm bracelet celebrates the story of that woman's life." These meaningful and sentimental pieces of jewelry make perfect gifts for that special woman in your life.
For the Art Lover
The Passport to the Arts is the annual pass that offers unlimited admission to the summer art festivals in Laguna Beach (Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Festival of Arts). With the 2017 Passport, you'll have access to over 500 artists, 300 hands-on workshops, dozens of special events, one-time free parking, and much more.