Jonathan Wright: If you find yourself a little behind with Holidays cards and gift wrapping, pop into Jonathan Wright. In this imaginative store you will find the most beautiful cards, gift tags and wrapping paper, to ensure your gifts will be the best wrapped under the tree! Their dream team will hand wrap your gifts to perfection for you for a small free, perfect for those helpless bachelors. Jonathan Wright is also the perfect pit stop for small thoughtful last minute gifts, whether your looking for stationary, candles, soaps, hand crafted children’s toys and other fun creative holidays treats. If your feeling extra generous pick out a desired amount of goodies and have them wrap them up in holiday basket with tulle and french ribbons. Your gift will be the topic of conversation for months to come. Jonathan Wright, 7404 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036, (323) 931 1710
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The Empty Vase: You’ve already left town, your sunning yourself in Saint Barth’s and you’ve just remembered you’ve forgotten to get someone important a gift. Speed dial The Empty Vase… The best and my very favorite florist in Los Angeles. Their team of florists can have the most beautiful arrangement sent to your boss or delivered ahead time before you arrive to your holiday soiree. But what I love most about The Empty Vase besides their stunning and creative floral arrangements are the extras they can include. You can request champagne in honor of New Years, plush toys for children, coffee table books for the art or fashion enthusiast, candles and bubble bath for the girliest of girls, chocolates for someone with a sweet tooth, even a giant topiary for the person who has everything and even mistletoe for the one you love. The Empty Vase, 9033 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90069, (310) 278 1988, www.emptyvase.com
Rolling Green Nursery: This wondrous place is perfect if you find yourself in search of a more unique housewarming gift. People flock to Rolling Greens for their famed Arrangement Bar, a creative alternative from fresh cut flower arrangements. Here you can choose from exotic creations like orchids paired with moss placed in anything from a carved stone pot to a driftwood box… Let your imagination run wild. Don’t miss the treasure trove of potted plants that would make a wonderful addition to any home decor. This Nursery also offers exclusive home wares ranging from antiques to handmade table wares, vintage pottery from foreign bazaars and rare artists. In addition to tea towels, table linens and cookbooks. Rolling Green Nursery, Locations in West Hollywood, Culver City and Costa Mesa, rollinggreensnursery.com
Fraiche Fine Gifts: Everyone always seems to go on cheesy, non creative route and order fruit baskets from Harry and David. Enter Fraiche Fine Gifts, they design quaint custom fruit baskets.They can create anything with Fruit, berries, fine chocolates, teas, premium cheeses, nuts, dried fruits and even charcuteries all in a darling wicker basket or box. These make for the perfect office gift or for the friend who has family coming into town with lots of extra mouths to feed. Fraiche Fine Gifts, 8361 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California 90048, (323) 655 2880, www.fraichegifts.com
Cheese Store of Beverly Hills: If you find yourself heading to a Holiday pot luck soiree or needing to put together a little something for a hostess gift, The Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills will make that extra errand super fun! Their in store experts will help you pick out the most exquisite cheese selections with an array of accompaniments. They also carry a bevy of other decadent treats like Prosciutto di Parma, Black truffles and Imported Caviar. With a gifts like these to give your host and hostess will be begging you to come back for years to come. -The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, 419 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 90210, (310) 278 2855
Sweet Lady Jane: With an abundance of dinner parties and get togethers this season, I’m always a huge fan of showing up with something sweet for dessert. A few days before your plans take place give Sweet Lady Jane a call and put in an order for one her deliciously famed cakes and or pies. My favorites include: The Triple Berry Shortcake, German Chocolate Cake and Raspberry Marzipan Tart. Friends and family will be thanking you post sugar coma. Sweet Lady Jane, Locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, sweetladyjane.com
William Sonoma: I love William Sonoma for family gifts. Create the “Perfect Sunday Morning Basket or Box” with organic flap jack pancake mix, butter making kit, bourbon barrel aged pure maple syrup, festive pancake molds with pancake pen, Pancake flipper spatula , whisk, measuring cups, mixing bowls and dish towels (in colors to match their kitchen, of course!). To go the extra mile make them a mix CD of your favorite morning cooking songs like: Louis Prima, Steve Tyrell and Django Reinhardt. Wrap everything up in a basket with a bow and deliver to ensure future sunday morning smiles. William Sonoma, Locations Nationwide, williams-sonoma.com. -Taryn Cox for THE WIFE