Last-minute tchotchke-gift heaven

I have a mercifully small holiday shopping list, most of which is easily dispensed with via consumables (booze and flan for host gifts, lunch out for the non-partythrowers), but, well, you know–there’s always a few little something-somethings you always need, if only to bolster your own spirits for another round of holiday-fracking-cheer.

For these, I give both my design and cheapskate seals of approval to Kinokuniya Bookstore, in the little plaza that abuts (heh heh) the New Otani in Little Tokyo. It’s chock-a-block with cool books, of course, but it’s also home to at least two overflowing aisles of insanely great writing pads (of all sizes), containers, drawing & writing implements and several hundred other things I Absolutely Must Have, including tons of stuff in the $5 – 20 range.

Actual address: 123 Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka St., Suite 205, L.A., 90012
Actual hours: 7 days/week, 10am – 8pm.

4 Replies to “Last-minute tchotchke-gift heaven”

  1. Thanks for this tip! I went today and got a bunch of little gifts for a friend’s birthday and stocking stuffers for my husband. Plus it is always nice to drive to downtown — a place I have barely explored in the 20 years I have lived here.

  2. Of course there were treats for myself!!1111

    I got a few notebooks for me. I reeeeeaaaaaaally had to refrain from getting more. I will go back though!

  3. Hey, Colleen! You may not remember me, but we used to work at Western (Initiative) “way back when.” You were always one of my favorite human beings and research comrade. Glad I found you, girl. And happy that you’re on the web and still groovy.

    Would love to hear from you. I have bookmarked your website and look forward to reading about all of your adventures.

    Always,
    Veronica (Former Media Research Slave)

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