Vintage Apartment's modern Danish walnut and canary yellow chairs, $150

Sunbeam Vintage’s modern Danish walnut and canary yellow chairs, $150

You’re scrambling and doing your darndest not to fall into the supermarket gift card trap. Don’t add to your loved one’s collection of unused Applebees, Olive Garden or Chili’s (yes, that Awesome Blossom is tasty, but there isn’t one within 10 miles of L.A.), give them something memorable and non-sucky this year! Best part, 99.9% of these Christmas gift ideas are local mom n’ pops and ready for pick-up!

For the New Homeowner/Chronic Remodeler

Or, get them in electric vinyl blue!

Or, get them in electric vinyl blue, $150

Highland Park’s Sunbeam Vintage has the most devastating collection of Mid Century furniture I’ve ever seen for a fraction of what you’d pay on the Westside. Check out their massive warehouse off Figueroa with copious amounts of sofas, chairs, coffee tables, dressers and household nicknacks. Sunbeam Vintage, 106 S. Ave 58, Los Angeles, (323) 908-9743

For Your Lady or Lady Friend

Eagle Rock's Owl Talk: the best kept secret in vintage attire

Eagle Rock’s Owl Talk: the best kept secret in vintage attire

To quote another Owl Talk shopper, I hate disclosing this shopping secret, but I also want them to stay in business…You know how most vintage shops smell musty and feel overwhelming and pretentious? This one isn’t. The owner is really nice, the selection is selected with love and the low prices would make Silver Lake’s shops cower in shame. Owl Talk, 5060 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 258-2465

For Your Man or Man Friend

Brightwell Men's Shop's Quiet Doing wallet, $32

Brightwell Men’s Shop’s Quiet Doing wallet, $32

Brightwell Men’s Shop in Silver Lake has an awesome selection of goodies for men with good taste. From clothing, accessories and most importantly, grooming supplies, they have it all and not for very much cash. Brightwell Men’s Shop, 2876 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 369-3682

For the Artist/Art Connoisseur

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography prints, $125-350

Pendersleigh & Sons Cartography prints, $125-350

While at Brightwell’s be sure to meet the artist who created all the maps used on my blog. Eric Brightwell uncovered a second career this year with his eclectic and funky maps of L.A. that were first featured here (yay!), then picked up by the The Huffington Post and LA Times. Gallery-quality prints start at $125. 1650 Gallery, 1650 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 697-7419

For the Obnoxious, Inseparable Couple

Can't keep them apart? They'll love 6 weeks of dance classes starting at $50

Can’t keep them apart? They’ll love 6 weeks of dance classes starting at $50

You first celebrated their love and soon got annoyed by their bliss. Get your couple friends’ 6 weeks of salsa, samba, tango or ballroom starting at just $50. Eagle Rock’s Ballroom Blitz has the most patient and entertaining teachers in Susannah and Anthony (also an obnoxious, inseparable couple that you can’t help loving). Ballroom Blitz, 4878 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 258-0029

For the Pet Owner

This is how your pets' really feel. Get it via Amazon by Christmas, $18

This is how your pets’ really feel. Get it via Amazon by Christmas, $18

This dog (or cat) foot mat is still one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. Get a chuckle every day as your furry kid sits and gives you an unamused glare after plopping down another bowl of nasty dry crap. Amazon.com, $18

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