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Holiday Stories 2019

(Genesia Ting / Los Angeles Times)
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If you’re like us, you wait until the last-minute to do your holiday shopping. And then you’re grouchy because you didn’t get to do all the things you dream about doing during the holidays such as showing off at the pop-up ice skating rink in Santa Monica, heading to the Grove for the annual Christmas tree lighting or throwing a holiday cookie exchange. Or just not being so stressed out! So let’s resolve now to get our holiday shopping out of the way. Here’s inspiration to help you enjoy the season’s tidings:

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Why you need to start holiday shopping early, as a gift to yourself

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Illustration for Chris Erskine Gift Guide 2019 Essay. Art by Ben Kirchner
(Ben Kirchner / For The Times)

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California chic: 3 ways to decorate a cactus for Christmas

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(Christina House)

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Nutcracker and more live theater events this season

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Holiday theater events.
(Left top: Lawrence K. Ho; bottom: Ed Krieger; center: Reed Hutchinson; right top: Jim Cox / South Coast Repertory; bottom: Gennia Cui.)

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D.I.Y. holiday crafts that are ho! ho! oh! so easy to make

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Crafts
Interior designer Lauren Makk posing with a glue gun to make crafts.
(Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

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Christmas like a Kardashian and 17 other things to do this holiday season

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Downtown Santa Monica, Ice Event. Credit: Joel Marasigan
(Joel Marasigan)

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Holiday craft fairs and pop-ups: For creative gift giving, shop local

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Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival Meet 182 makers and artists in their booths at the annual Winter Fantasy Sawdust Festival a showcase of art, home goods, apparel and more nestled in a charming 3-acre village in Laguna Beach. Live music, workshops, glass blowing demonstrations, puppet shows, balloon art and meet ups with Santa make it magical. Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. www.SawdustFestival.org
(Mary Hurlbut)

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Our love was bashert — that’s Yiddish, for “meant to be”

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Illustration by Ben Kirchner for LA Affairs Gift Guide. Article by By Rosalie Marsh
(Ben Kirchner / For The Times)

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Welcome to our comprehensive gift guide for the 2019 holiday season. This list encompasses the most popular and best gifts for everyone in your life.