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35+ Terrific Holiday Gift Ideas for Los Angeles Families

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This article contains some affiliate links and some sponsored placements from our partners. Each are labeled. The rest are our editorial team’s picks.

It’s gifting season and that means it’s time for us to showcase some of our favorite gift ideas for Los Angeles kids and their families, with some experience gifts and some ready-to-open!

Whether you’re hitting the Mall on Black Friday, shopping at a store in your community on Small Business Saturday, or grabbing an online deal on Cyber Monday, we’ve got a great list of ideas for you this year. We’ve got gift ideas for Dads, Moms, older kids and younger ones, and gift ideas the whole family can enjoy together.

We’ve included some gifts from our partners (and we’ve labeled those), and there are also a few you can purchase via our affiliate links (also labeled). The rest are all ideas for gifts we’ve given or would like to receive (hint, hint!).

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Looking for our favorite Made-in-Los Angeles gifts? Check out that article right here.

Terrific Toys for the kids in your life

We’re partnering with the Manhattan Toy Co. this holiday season to bring you some great ideas for the little ones in your life. These are the toys we’ve chosen to feature, but they have a big selection on their website, so click on over and check them all out.

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Musical Lili Llama     
Lili Llama is loaded with musical fun and activities! It features a 5-bar xylophone and maraca tail, plus a washboard, clacking saddle blankets, spinners, gears and 2 mallets that store in Lili’s head. And it’s now a Toy of The Year Finalist! Ages 12 mo.+

Skwish Natural
The award-winning Skwish fascinates babies with its twisted web of rods, strings, and beads that Skwish and return to its original shape, and a couple of MomsLA’s founders kids loved them as babies. Skwish natural is made from renewable rubberwood. Ages 0+

Tree Top Adventure
This award-winning wood activity center is packed full of exciting features! Includes 4 quadrants in the shape of a tree with a variety of activities for baby: 6 tracks with animal-themed gliders and 6 bead runs with colorful wood beads. Ages 12mo.+

Gifts of new Eyewear for the Holidays

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Meet Fitz Frames, a LA based, female founded company specializing in customized 3D-printed glasses including prescription, sunglasses and blue light lenses – and our partners for this holiday season. In under 5 minutes, get fitted with advanced facial mapping and life-like virtual try on. You can select from 6 styles and 8 colors and even engrave your name (or fav number) – all via your iPhone app and delivered directly to your doorstep. This holiday season, give the gift of a truly custom fit and receive 20% off your purchased with code: LAHOLIDAY (offer expires 12/31) 

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Experience Gifts for the whole family

Does your family love Disney, Pixar, Marvel – or even the Simpsons? You might want to get the new Disney+ streaming service so you can enjoy all that and more.

Or maybe you’re all fans of Harry Potter and Jurassic World? Then maybe a set of tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood would be perfect.

Many of our local Museums are a great family experience – and spending the day together is the real gift anyway. Places like Kidspace Children’s Museum, LACMA, the Natural History Museum, The CA Science Center, or the La Brea Tar Pits are all filled with things for all ages.

Games and Puzzles for the Whole Family

We love any gift that helps us spend time together, and games and puzzles are just super fun. Video games, boards games, easy and challenging puzzles – We’ve got a list of our favorites in our Amazon Shop, so click over then you get a chance.

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Great Books for Kids

There are so many great books for kids that we couldn’t possibly list them all, but here are a few of our all-time favorites: Goodnight Moon, Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the Captain Underpants series, the Lemonade War series, The Story of Ferdinand, and the list could go on forever! Check out our Amazon Shop to see a list of others we love HERE.

Holiday Event Gifts

There are some spectacular things to do in Los Angeles that only happen at the Holidays, so you might want to grab a set of tickets to LA Zoo Lights, Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens (affiliate link for discount tickets), Snow Day LA, The Queen Mary Christmas (affiliate link for discount tickets), or Disney Junior on Tour (affiliate link for discount tickets).

What about a Holiday Show? Take your family to see one of the many Nutcrackers around town (including Debbie Allen’s “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker”), or the Fiesta Mariachi Los Camperos.

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Gifts Especially for Moms, Grandmas and Aunties

You can’t go wrong with flowers and we love the beautiful arrangements designed by Valley Brink Road or Farmgirl Flowers – they deliver almost anywhere and we promise you’ll score big points. Another gift that is almost never returned is a Spa Treatment, are we right? MomsLA has tried out Spa Le La, which is so perfect for Moms because they even offer to watch your baby while you get a massage or facial – or even: a nap.

Gifts for Dads, Uncles and Guncles

Not sure why we really need to separate gifts by gender, but it’s a tradition, so here we go! We know a lot of LA Dads (and certainly some LA Moms) who would like to have the Porsche Experience. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind gift that is perfect for that special someone who probably has everything – except their own test track. MomsLA was invited to sit in the passenger seat while a very professional driver sped around the course – it was thrilling and terrifying all at once – and is highly recommended.

Food Gifts

We have already established that we are fans of See’s Candy, and it’s never a bad gift in our opinion. We also love the mole sauce made by Guelaguetza, named the “Best Oaxacan Restaurant in the country” by Jonathan Gold, may he rest in peace. If you’re looking for some delicious wine – delivered – check out our partner Winc Wines.

Cookbooks

Maybe the person you’re buying for really would like to make their own food, or needs to find a way to feed their family healthy and delicious meals – or possibly they are cookbook addicts like some people we know… Check out the latest from our friend Catherine McCord: Smoothie Project. Or any of the terrific books by our friend Katie Chin, like Everyday Chinese Cooking. See all our fave cookbooks in our Amazon store.

Workout Gifts

After all the food gifts and cookbooks, and let’s face it, all the Holiday Parties, we’re all going to need to get busy! We recommend some fitness gear in our Amazon Store, but we also wanted to mention some super cute outfits by Athleta we’ve seen lately, and C9 Champion at Target is not only on trend, it’s on budget.

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Tech Gifts

Tech always makes a great gift because whatever you choose usually solves a problem for the recipient, and what’s better than that? We have Google Homes and Amazon Echos, we know lots of neighbors who have the Ring Doorbell, and of course we have computers and phones. They all need accessories, too. Check out our Tech Gift List on Amazon.

This article contains some affiliate links and some sponsored placements from our partners. Each are labeled. The rest are our editorial team’s picks.

We visited our favorite shops in Los Angeles for our Made In LA Gift Guide. #LosAngeles #HolidayGifts #LosAngelesshopping #Giftsformom

Disclaimer: MomsLA has made every effort to confirm the information in this article; however, things can often change. Therefore, MomsLA makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy of the information published here. MomsLA strongly urges you to confirm any event details, like date, time, location, and admission, with the third party hosting the event. You assume the sole risk of relying on any of the information in our list. MomsLA is in no way responsible for any injuries or damages you sustain while attending any third party event posted on our website. Please read our Terms of Use which you have agreed to based on your continued use of this website. Some events have paid to be listed on MomsLA.

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