Mall Avoidance

I spent the weekend trying to avoid the mall. We did pretty good and if you’re looking for something not quite cookie-cutter for a holiday gift, check out some of these:

hdbuttercup.gifThe Man and I started on Saturday morning by heading to Culver City to pick up a few things at Surfas at the Helms Bakery Building and of course explore the many new-to-us stores. Most notably the HD Buttercup, which I suppose could be called a mall in the sense that it’s lots of stores under one roof, but they’re not chains and you’re more likely to find something a little less common here. If you’re looking for home accessories, it’s a pretty good bet you’ll find something to your liking here. Parking was super easy and it’s freeway close. But what I really enjoy about the building is their celebration of the history of the place. Ooh, and all the way in the back there was a little machine that gave you free coffee! We ended up finding some really good deals at Boom Studio around the corner. There are also a few sassy restaurants there.

We then headed over to the 3rd Street Promenade, which is also rather mallish, but contains many independently owned stores and shops and of course is a madhouse. I can’t say we had any success there, but it was fun to look and of course the people watching is pretty good.

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2005/12/realm.jpgOn Sunday we headed down to Chinatown. It’s a great place to find inexpensive stocking stuffers (or even Chinese silk damask holiday stockings). Teapots and pottery for everyone on your list and amazing selections of tea. Little silk items, handpainted parasols, slippers, and ties make great inexpensive gifts

It’s not all tacky Chinese stuff, the big draw there at the moment is Munky King and you might enjoy Ooga Booga and Realm (pictured).

There are plenty more places in LA to find some really well-thought out gifts for your friends and family. And I still have lots left on my list to take care of. Anyone else have some suggestions?

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