Holiday gifts over $100 (for those you really like)
The Pasadena curiosity shop Gold Bug has the hand-blown glass of local artist Evan Chambers. Some of his vases have a finish that evokes traditional Tiffany glass but come in forms that pleasingly depart from convention.
$120 to $280, Gold Bug, 22 E. Union St., Pasadena, (626) 744-9963 (Gold Bug)
The concept behind Kippen House: Raise chickens and grow vegetables at the same time. The modern hen house has a rooftop planter so you don’t lose any gardening space.
Create a living wall by attaching Tillandsia air plants to stainless steel cables strung on a lightweight, powder-coated aluminum frame designed by landscape architect Josh Rosen of Airplantman Designs. It measures 11.5 inches by 19 inches and is sold without plants.
It¿s amazing how a pattern enters the design zeitgeist (first the Greek key, now the chevron) and suddenly are repeated everywhere. For a geometric design with some fresh angles, wool throw blankets from Haus Interior could do the trick. They come in two neutral, gift-friendly color combinations.
$175, Haus Interior, 8211 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 951-0151 (Haus Interior)
Hand-thrown stoneware trays from Terrafirma resemble textiles with a porcelain glaze. Bowls and platters are also available, all dishwasher safe. $80 to $212 at NK Shop, 7221 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 954-9300. (Nickey Kehoe)
For the eco-kid, how about a horse swing made from a recycled tire? The Dutch design comes with a heavy-duty rope tie in festive red.
$189, Potted, 3158 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 665-3801 (Esschert Design USA)
The British company Omlet has designed the Beehaus, a modern plastic bee hive that comes with cover boards, clearer boards, frames, honey jars, Queen excluders, a hive divider and a complete guide to beekeeping so you actually know what all those terms mean. Available in green, red and purple.
For the DIYer ready for an AP class, the Highland Park studio Knowhow Shop offers gift certificates for its all-day wood shop classes. Sessions might center on making a garden bench or artisanal cooking implements, but wood nerds will geek out most over learning how to use a CNC machine, the Computer-Numerical Control router that pros use to make the furniture you see in stores. $200, Knowhow Shop, 6019 Echo St., Los Angeles, (323) 257-3000. (Know How Shop, Know How Shop)
The Letterpress Lab, an offshoot of De Milo Design in South Pasadena, lets DIYers rent its production studio to create whatever they want -- cards, posters, coasters and more. Present your favorite “maker” with a gift certificate for a rental, which includes one hour of one-on-one instruction. Or rent the studio yourself to make your own gifts. $100 for five-hour rental, $160 for eight-hour rental, 1401 Mission St., South Pasadena, (626) 403-0317, www.demilodesign.com(De Milo Design)
The new Flick tea light holders are by Haskell Collection in Costa Mesa using steel pipe and 5.5-inch-long mounting spikes that allows you to place it along a path, in a potted plant or perhaps even in a sand-filled vase as part of a table arrangement ... (Haskell Collection)
... and Flick’s powder-coat finish ensures longevity. The design is sold in sets of five.
Mod potter Jonathan Adler’s latest additions to his ceramic menagerie are matte stoneware figurines accented with colorful, glossy glass. You can choose from owl, fox, lion and koala, all made by hand in Peru. But our fave just might be the 10.5-inch baboon. $78 to $198, Jonathan Adler, 8125 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 658-8390, 1318 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 458-4545. (Jonathan Adler)
Cats can lounge or play in this sleek tree from Square Cat Habitat. The piece is made from laminated sustainable fiberboard, birch or bamboo. Inserts are available in different colors and textures and can be removed for vacuuming.
Sixteen water-jet nozzles and an adjustable hand-held shower head wash your dog in an enclosed space -- without you getting wet. At least that’s the premise of this dog spa, which connects to a spigot or faucet using adapters and a garden hose or a ½ inch braided metal hose.
Mary Gray and Annette Gutierrez of Potted in Los Angeles designed the City Planters with a slight tilt forward, to help with draining and to keep moisture away from the wall. Each planter is constructed of steel and finished in modern white or a hand-sealed rust patina.
$165 to $235, Potted, 3158 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village, (323) 665-3801, Potted(Potted)
Old 35mm slides form the lampshade for this photogenic fixture at the Green Gypsie. The store uses vintage bases to create lights with shades in three sizes.
$95 to $165, the Green Gypsie, 526 1st St., Claremont, (909) 260-5542 (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)