The 22 Best Places to Shop for Gifts, No Matter What City You’re In

These gifts stores easily cover everyone on your list, no matter the holiday or occasion.

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We’ll assume you’re familiar with the gift-shopping meccas that are HomeGoodsPier 1, and Cost Plus World Market. And that you already know you can stuff everyone’s stocking and then some with items from the Dollar Tree. Savvy last-minute shoppers know they can assemble a gift basket filled with fancy edibles from Ocean State Job Lot, and that, in a pinch, a box of Russell Stover chocolates from the drugstore can get the job done, too.

Beyond these options, though, this list covers the best places to shop for unique gifts in top U.S. metro areas. It’s worth consulting if you a) want to support local businesses; b) want to find a gift that’s unique and/or very specific; c) take pleasure in the sight of well-curated, beautifully merchandised displays; or d) have someone really hard to shop for on your list.

Remember that the best gifts are often hiding in the gift shop of your favorite museum, or the aisles of local craft fairs and holiday markets. Until then, start here — each store has a website, too, so most of the time, you can get your hands on these cool products no matter where you live. Just leave plenty of time for shipping.

Los Angeles: Poketo

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With four L.A.-area locations including Poketo Project Space at ROW DTLA, a concept space with rotating pop-ups by different brands, artists, designers, and makers, Poketo has options aplenty for arty types, yes, but the goods are also great for anyone who loves bold colors and graphic décor elements with a modern, playful edge. Printed tea towels, bamboo coasters, brass mobiles, lucite bookends, and something called a “cheese puff puzzle” ensure your gift will be memorable upon receipt — and probably forever.

Los Angeles: Yolk

 

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A quick survey of this Silver Lake boutique (and its sister location in DTLA) reveals plentiful gift ideas for recipients of all sizes, from Oeuf baby clothes to Marimekko melamine trays, Baggu bags, plus jewelry from Ink & Alloy — a very affordable line from the founder of Paddywax candles, which are also sold in the boutique (we prefer the gender-neutral Boy Smells line).