The L.A. Times home and garden team scouted more than a dozen shopping districts across five counties in Southern California. Our 99 gift picks here represent the serious and the silly, the functional and the frilly. Prices range from $2.75 to $3,995. First stop: Ige
, designer Helene Ige's shop on Beverly Boulevard in L.A., where we found the cutest German nodders ($11 each), bobble-headed animal figurines of rabbits, squirrels, dachshunds, lambs and more. "Crazy, crazy, crazy how big those have been for me," Ige says.