20 gifts kids will actually love

Find unique gifts for the little ones that will make you the favorite on your holiday celebration.

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Reversible satin jacket

Satin jacket
(Rock Your Baby)

Rock Your Baby designed this embroidered bomber with the coolest child on the block in mind. It fits little rebels from sizes 2 to 10. Vroom Vroom Bitsy Boo, 5031-B York Blvd., Los Angeles.

$75. Purchase here→



Knit robot rattle

Knit robot rattle

Pebble bases its collection of cuddly hand-knit baby toys on the core values of female empowerment, fair trade and safe work environments. TOPO by Kitchen Mouse, 5906 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.

$17.50. Purchase here→


Tiny baking kit

Baking set
(SmartLab Toys)

For fans of those itty-bitty cooking tutorials on YouTube, there’s SmartLab Toys’ Tiny Baking kit. The STEM-powered set comes with small utensils and a recipe book for making mini morsels. Dinosaur Farm, 1510 Mission St., South Pasadena.


$19.90. Purchase here→


Anime keychains

Anime key chains
(Japan LA)

These “plus ultra” PVC keychains are the perfect stocking stuffers for lovers of hit anime series “My Hero Academia,” whether they’re Team Todoroki or a Deku devotee. JapanLa, 7320 1/2 Melrose Ave.; 356 1/2 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles.

$8 each. Purchase here→


Hand sign wooden flash cards

Sign flashcards
(Crate and Barrel)

Plan Toys’ 26-piece wooden flashcard set helps little ones develop the basics of ABCs while learning signing skills.


$40. Purchase here→


Handcrafted enamel earrings

Kids enamel earrings
(Miss Modi)

Miss Modi’s line of hand-painted brass earrings — including these cosmically cute Planet Bunny drops — make for a dainty and whimsical addition to any outfit.

$40. Purchase here→


Kids’ bow tie



The folks at Tiepology design ties with plenty of fun flair. Get your diminutive dandy off to a stylish start with their line of kid-sized bow ties.

$20. Purchase here→


Jack Skellington holiday vinyl figure

Jack Skellington

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is filled with fun collectibles, including the limited-edition Miss Mindy’s Disney holiday vinyl collection. Hurry in to snag “The Nightmare Before Christmas” figurines signed by the local art star. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles.

$30 each. Purchase here→


Parisiennes plush doll

Plush doll
(Moulin Roty)


Moulin Roty’s posh dolls -- such as the limited-edition Constance -- are just waiting to accompany your little doll on all her chicest adventures. These fashion dolls — and many other divine European finds — fill the shelves at hidden Highland Park gem Merci Milo. Merci Milo, 6017 Echo St., Los Angeles.

$86. Purchase here→


Silicone teether set

(Loulou Lollipop)

It’s never too early to get baby hooked on L.A.’s favorite dish. This taco-shaped teething toy comes with a beaded chain (both made of food-grade silicone) and a rust-resistant clip that can attach to onesies and bibs.

$26. Purchase here→



Voice recorder

Voice recorder
(Brand New Noise)

Pint-sized music producers can jump-start their discography with the Loopy Lou handmade wooden digital recorder, which lets you loop, warp and layer audio. OK, 8303 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles.

$76. Purchase here→


Hair accessories Advent calendar

Hair accessories
(Meri Meri)

Accessory lovers will find a different Meri Meri hair bauble every day when they peek inside this charming little cottage-shaped calendar.

$42. Purchase here→



Corduroy ballcap

Kids corduroy hat

The cool kids at L.A.’s Big Bud Press know just what hipster high-schoolers crave. Their locally made collection of corduroy hats are the right blend of ironic, colorful and retro.

$32. Purchase here→


Pillow playset

Pillow playser
(Sago Mini)

Need to keep your toddler busy while traveling? This Sago Mini pillow unfolds into a kitchen playset complete with plush props that fit into sewn-in pockets. Find this and more on-the-go gifts at Pasadena indie book behemoth Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.

$39.99. Purchase here→



Satin ruffled dress

Satin dress
(Omami Mini)

This sophisticated satin scene-stealer is certain to be the focal point of the family holiday photo. Posh perfection aside — it has pockets! Omami Mini, the Row DTLA, 1320 E. 7th St., Los Angeles.

$94. Purchase here→


Metallic space tattoos

Space tattoos

Tattly tapped bestselling children’s author Oliver Jeffers to design this set of Space Explorer temporary tattoos. Blast off into the stars with an astronaut or little green man.


$15 for a set of 8. Purchase here→


Marble run

Marble run

The Skyrail Ottovolante Elevator lets little tinkerers send 10 marbles zooming in all directions. It’s ideal for children who can’t get enough of Chris Burden’s “Metropolis II” installation at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

$62. Purchase here→


Memory game

Memory game


Quirky Carrots playing cards bring awareness to food waste by showing fruits and veggies that don’t make it to market just because of their odd looks. It’s one of the many unique finds at Venice boutique Salt, 1114 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

$24. Purchase here→


“Los Angeles 1 to 10” board book

Board book

What better way to teach local tots their numbers than by using L.A.’s freeway signs? Sara Beth Greene takes kids on a counting spree from Griffith Park to the Pacific Coast Highway in “Los Angeles 1 to 10,” her educational ode to our fair city.

$9.99. Purchase here→


Icon sweatshirt

(Gwynne Ridgway)


The mother-daughter design team behind L.A.’s Anchors-n-Asteroids pays tribute to some of their favorite artists and musicians. Their limited-edition J is for Jean-Michel sweatshirt features a drawing by 10-year-old Pearl and comes in sizes 6 to 14.

$54. Purchase here→


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