What we often love and cherish most about our friends and family is our differences. Everyone you love brings something to the table. If you’re thinking hard about what to gift them this holiday season, we are here to help. West Hollywood has the ultimate shops for everyone on your list this year.
V Wine Room
It’s good to give, and it’s good to get, too. This stunning-yet-cozy wine bar is a wonderful stop for your day of shopping. You can sit for a glass and lite bites of cheese and smoked meats, then purchase a few unique bottles to-go as gifts. The room features beautiful details, from concrete-colored walls, arched shelves and thick drapes to white marble counters and a live Olive tree growing up through the center of the space. The owner has incredible personal connections in the wine world, and as such, you’ll find moderately priced bottles with cool backstories. The staff is gregarious and happy to highlight labels that make thoughtful gifts for friends.
V Wine Room
903 Westbourne Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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For the ultimate fashionista or your favorite art collector, this super eclectic collective is owned by Tommy Perse, the father of famed fashion designer, James Perse. It’s not likely you’ll find visual cheer approaching this dark, grey stone building on Melrose, but what’s within is perpetually remarkable. Elite names in fashion and one-of-a-kind and/or vintage pieces abound in a number of categories, from vintage Rolexes to new bags by Valentino and even an illustrated book by Andy Warhol.
8825 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
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You may be familiar with the global Restoration Hardware brand, but if you’re not yet familiar with this specific store, you should head there with your holiday list in hand. In a 40,000-square-foot, Italian-Villa-inspired space, you’ll find the best of everything this classic, cozy, and gorgeous company has to offer in chic home decor. However, the rooftop is the real showstopper. They placed their outdoor home decor pieces perfectly, inviting you to lounge among manicured landscaping, just like you own the place. If your feet are aching from all the shopping, we could not suggest a prettier place to recharge with a bird’s-eye view of West Hollywood.
8564 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This just-opened, 13,000-square-foot retail concept just opened in 2017 and it will answer many needs in terms of a holiday gift list. There’s a florist and multiple restaurants to pick up baked goods, a pretty arrangement or even a gift card for friends and neighbors who live in the city. There’s the architecture and interior-design-focused bookshop, Hennessey & Ingalls. And, you’ll find dozens of options in fashion, bags, shoes, health, and beauty here.
Loved by locals and tourists alike since 1975, this is a stalwart for a great spine-chiller, coffee table book or a rather serious indulgence, from Dickens to Faulkner. There are more than 60,000 titles inside, as well as a great selection of magazines, comics and international newspapers. For the book worm in your life, give them something from Soup.
If you have a music-lover in your life, take a drive down Sunset Blvd. and visit the world’s largest independent record store located in Hollywood. Amoeba is the ultimate joint for scoring that hard-to-find or simply super-loved vinyl and CDs. Lit by tons of neon and throwback nostalgia, it spans nearly an entire city block and the selection skews particularly heavy on Jazz, but you can find nearly any record within reason in every genre. Furthermore, you just may get some music in your own life. They are constantly hosting live bands and music-based events at the store, as well as fun sidewalk sales, and you can snag a few stocking stuffers beyond disks and records. They sell hats, T-shirts, stickers, mugs and books, too.