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Better Than a Box [Nov. 15th, 2006|01:50 pm]
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owlmuffin
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

I am a selling journal of hand-made toffee, candy, peppermint bark; in which profits go to organizations like Save The Chimps Foundation. I sell things that I can send as nice gifts (nicely presented, free messages, etc.)

I like to put the chocolate inside a pretty plastic bag, tied up with ribbon and put inside a large colorful asian "to-go" box. That way, the box IS the wrapper, and it gives you a clue to what's inside (candy, food, etc).

Other Ideas are bags of coffee grounds, gift certificates, rock candy, etc. And a card inside as well! I love this myself, I got this idea from my step-mother many years ago.

Anyone have any ideas on how to add to this?
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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2006|05:12 pm]
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ferrarireign
[Current Location |Out of my head]
[music |Tom Waits - Day After Tomorrow]

I like this calendar, I just don't know who I'd give it to.


Clicky image to see a better view of this
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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2006|05:26 pm]
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ferrarireign
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[music |The Sky Is A Landfill - Jeff Buckley]

My personal philosophy to gift shopping is pretty much the same as my philosophy towards personal shopping. I tend to be all over the map as far as price is concerned. Even though I have a pretty large group of people to shop for during the holidays, I foolishly go with my heart over my pocket book. I find that by going to shops with different price ranges that I get more out of my gifting experience (same for clothes shopping for myself). If I don't buy the more expensive items I get some really good ideas from going to the more upscale shops.

With this in mind I am going to post some of my favorite places in LA to shop at for gift giving for all occasions. I have been to them several times this year for all kinds of goodies. And even in the more expensive places you find the rare amazing bargain. Between these places and some of my cheap little secrets I end up with great stuff.

Anyway, if you're in the LA (especially Pasadena-ish) check out these places.


West Side-ish -- I still like to pop into Fred Segal for a look/see. The collection of smaller boutiques under one roof has some nice stuff. Much of it can be overly trendy and way, way OVER priced, but there are some gems hidden in there where gifts are concerned. I like the Santa Monica stores best. Forget that this place is a trendy hang where the occasional star comes in. That is a strike against it for me. More important is that you can find some excellent gift items or good ideas for items.

500 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
(310) 458-8100

8100 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
(323) 655-3734



Wacko/Soap Plant and the La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Great for lots of gifts, gift books, art books, anything pop-surrealism, house wares, and collector toys.

telephone - 323 663 0122
address - 4633 Hollywood Bl.
Los Angeles California 90027

Realm in China Town

This place is supreme for clean elegant and unusual house-wares and some cool books too.

425 gin ling way
::: Chinatown central plaza :::
Los Angeles, California 90012
213.628.4663


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE his shop. Though I hope it's not the trend for too many non-Asian owned stored to be there. I don't want to see China town become like every other shopping mecca where the small mom and pop is eventually forced out by those with more cash and then later even worse by big corporate shops. This place rocks though.

Utsuwa-No-Yakata in Little Tokyo

Beautiful and very inexpensive traditional Japanese dishware.
The site doesn't really show you all the things they have or how amazing they are. You need to go, so go down there and get some sushi or something.

Los Angeles
333 S. Alameda St.
Ste #114
Los Angeles CA 90013
(213) 621-2071


Also NICE

Lost & Found
6314 Yucca St.
Los Angeles, 90028
(323) 856-0921
Between Vine St. & Ivar Ave.

Pull My Daisy
3908 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90029
(323) 663-0608
@ Hyperion Ave. (Sunset Junction area)



On to Pasadena and the like...
First is the shops formerly known as Sonnie's in Pasadena.

At one time this was one shop. Now it's broken up into several shops sharing one very cool eclectic shop-a-rama! It's the small Pasadena version of Fred Segal. They have some funky-chic, but somewhat pricey clothes thought out, but some wonderful unusual gift finds. Currently there are four shops that call the space home. First is Koi Loungewear, featuring clothes and other accessories, this is my once or twice a year guilty shop for clothes. The site does a really poor job of showing off this place. Rue de Mimo, Camille Frances DePedrini, boutique is dedicated to bridal couture and evening/special occasion ware like this and this. Last there is Marz who just does the "gift-type-thing" Stuff like this ( 1... 2... 3 and much cooler things that I could not find).

the shops are at;
1007 Fair Oaks Blvd
South Pasadena Ca 91030

Koi Loungewear - (626) 441-3254
Rue de Mimo - (626) 441-2690
Marz - (626) 799-4032
Camille Frances DePedrini - (626)441-7868


Lula Mae

This place is dangerous for me. I could spend every penny I have there. Some items you won't see any place else, but other things you can get way cheaper if you look.

100 North Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
626.304.9996



The Folk Tree

The Folk Tree is actually two stores on the same block. The one at 217 South Fair Oaks features a huge collection of imported Mexican folk art. The shop down the street at 199 S. Fair Oaks has some imported clothes and gifts from South America and various places.

217 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, 91105
(626) 795-8733

199 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, 91105
(626) 793-4828
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Rap with a "W" [Nov. 2nd, 2006|11:09 pm]
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I usually like to pick some sort of themes for my gift wrap.

here are a few I have had the past couple of years.



last x-mas theme

more wRAP under hereCollapse )

Baby things

Read more...Collapse )
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(no subject) [Nov. 2nd, 2006|10:10 pm]
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ferrarireign
How do you like to decorate for your favorite holiday?

I like to do my trees in themes. When I do them.
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Give to others or yourself. [Mar. 12th, 2006|08:17 pm]
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ferrarireign
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General Gifts
http://www.redenvelope.com/
http://www.soapplant.com/ Unusual gifts, books and art in L.A.
http://www.fitzsu.com/
http://skellramics.com/

http://hammacher.com/
http://www.brookstone.com
http://www.sharperimage.com

Stationary/Office/Organizing
http://levenger.com/
http://www.galison.com/
http://paper-source.com/ Best place for cool wrappings, although a bit over prices. A little is cool for the right person/occasion.
http://www.colorfulimages.com/ Address Labels and stationary

Look Pretty, Smell Pretty
http://www.sephora.com/
http://lush.com/
http://bebeautiful.com
http://artfulwears.com/
http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/
http://www.alchemic-dragon.com/
http://www.prettyevil.com/

Clothes
http://www.eddiebauer.com good mom and dad clothes for the more conservative set.
http://delias.com/
http://alloy.com/
http://www.oldnavy.com/
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
http://www.anthropologie.com/ Way expensive but cute clothes and house wares
http://dickiesgirl.com/
http://www.karmaloop.com/
http://www.newport-news.com/
http://www.jordankraft.com/
http://www.birdovprey.com/data/
http://zappos.com/ Shoes all kinds
http://www.naturalizer.com shoes some are kinda workish or older, some are not too bad.

http://www.threadless.com/
http://www.bustedtees.com/
http://tunababy.com/
http://neighborhoodies.com/
http://www.dutchtradeshop.com/

Accessories
http://www.tiffany.com/
http://www.steelcouture.com/
http://www.boygirlparty.com/shoppe/
http://www.auntbeep.com/
http://www.gerberadesigns.com/
http://www.upliftingarts.com/
http://www.thewalrusandthecarpenter.com/
http://www.fashioncompassion.com/
http://www.chucklescentral.com/
http://myfavoritemirror.com/
http://www.kikiskc.com/
http://www.plainmabel.com/
http://www.poketo.com/
http://www.mypapercrane.com/
http://www.crowdedteeth.com/

Coffee/tea
http://www.adagio.com/

Home
http://www.restorationhardware.com
http://www.surlatable.com/ Kitchenware
http://www.cb2.com
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/
http://smithandhawken.com/ They have some nice stuff year round, and some really pretty ornaments for x-mas.
http://www.target.com/
http://realmhome.com/
http://www.ikea.com/
http://hivemodern.com/
http://www.kikiskc.com/
http://www.fitzsu.com/
http://www.chefscatalog.com the name pretty much says it... chef/cooking stuff
http://www.containerstore.com/ good place to get organized. Containers and other good. Wrapping stuff too

http://www.solutionscatalog.com/
http://www.improvementscatalog.com/
http://whatonearthcatalog.com/
http://www.shopgetorganized.com/

http://harrietcarter.com/
http://www.lillianvernon.com/

Collectible Toys & Urban Vinyl
http://www.ningyoushi.com/
http://rotofugi.com/
http://munkyking.com/
http://secure.giantrobot.com/

For the Child Like
http://www.sanrio.com/
http://disneyshopping.go.com/
http://www.storyopolis.com/



OTHER STUFF

http://www.pyramidcollection.com/ clothes, and mythical stuff... they also do come costumes around Halloween time.
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Holiday sentiment to you all from me [Dec. 25th, 2005|12:50 am]
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ferrarireign
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[mood |exhaustedKill me now I'm 2 tired 2 live]

For those of you who did not get the actual card, I wanted to send out my most heartfelt wishes for a killer holiday (if you partake in one) and optimistic out look for us all for the coming year.

Here is my card




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Attention all LA gift buyers [Dec. 3rd, 2005|08:23 pm]
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ferrarireign
If you're in LA you should check this out.



Later I will post some of my favorite finds among the different vendors who will be there.
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(no subject) [Nov. 19th, 2005|10:31 am]
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This site has a great holiday planner for those of us who are obsessed enough to need one.
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not cheap at all, but [Nov. 18th, 2005|11:26 pm]
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ferrarireign
This stuff might be nice for someone real close to you, if you don't mind parting with some cash.

http://www.steelcouture.com/







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