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Here's Your Manhattan Beach Holiday Gift Guide

Dec 07, 2022 07:52AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
It's time to do some serious gift-giving, and have we got a list for you. Check out some of our favorite Manhattan Beach gift ideas = ranging from $5 to more than $5,000 - below:

Aviator Nation: Did you hear that Manhattan Beach is issuing an "Aviator Nation starter kit" to the "seven moms still in normal person sweats?" Ha! Just kidding. (Kind of.) If you want to get with the program in Manhattan Beach, you're going to need some Aviator Nation gear.

This classic five-stripe zip-front hoodie for men or women ($189) comes in heather grey, charcoal, white, navy, charcoal with blue stripes, or heather grey with blue stripes. Order here

Bar au Chocolat: Manhattan Beach's own artisan chocolate maker, Bar au Chocolat, makes a beautiful "sipping chocolate" (hot chocolate) package.

"Sipping hot chocolate is a little bit like receiving a kiss of the lips," Bar au Chocolat tells us. That's why the choices are "Bacio" (South American cacao, deep chocolate profile)($25); or "Beso" (Central American cacao, chile and cinnamon profile) ($25). Order here.

Beehive: Are we the only ones who don't have our own picnic rug yet? Because we are pretty sure we need one, now that we've seen this one from Beehive.

This "Nightshade" rug made by Wandering Folk ($150) is designed to reflect an enchanted garden at night, with border of mixed leaves and vines. It's made of durable cotton canvas and it comes with a brown woven strap, so you can carry it anywhere. Order here.

Bella Beach Kids: Sure, it says "kids," but the whole family is going to want to get in the act with cozy plaid holiday pajamas.

The Kickee Pants plaid collection includes mens' pajama pants ($90), women's pajama sets ($85), kids' pajama sets ($42), baby coveralls ($36), and dog bandannas ($20). (Yes, Fido gets his own plaid too.) Order here.

Birdwell Beach Britches: Is there anything more classic than a pair of red Birdwell board shorts? (Answer: No.)

The 311 board short ($100) is a medium-length version of Ms. Birdwell’s original design — lightly modernized and improved over more than 50 years of field testing by lifeguards and surfers who depend on their Birdies to last a lifetime of waves. Each pair of 311 board shorts is hand cut from the company's proprietary SurfNyl™️ fabric. Order here.

Bo Bridges Gallery: You tried all year to capture that perfect rainbow, didn't you? Well, if you didn't get it, that's OK, because Bo Bridges did it for you. This "South Bay Love" print starts at $250 for a 12x18 print and goes up based on size and framing options.

Check out all of the Bo Bridges prints and order by December 9 to receive it by Christmas. (And use code THANKFUL20 to get 20% off.) Order here

BOBS from Skechers: Internationally renowned muralist James Goldcrown brings his iconic #Lovewall heart design to this Skechers x JGoldcrown: B Cute - Love Brigade casual slip-on shoe.

The shoe ($58) features the artist's signature design on a canvas upper with a cushioned memory foam insole. (And remember, for every BOBS purchase, a donation is made to animals in need.) Order here.

Corpo Bonito: What swimsuit are you going to model for the holidays at your luxurious tropical vacation? Didn't you know? During the holidays, it's de rigueur to wear a shimmery bikini.

Corpo Bonito has Bikini Top D and Bikini Bottom Luiza in "Scrunch Shimmery" fabric, which is perfect for a holiday (tropical beach or Manhattan Beach, depending on the weather and your chill factor) celebration ($148). Order here.

Go Gently Nation: You're going to want to buy a pile of these "Juniper Greens" sponge cloths from Ten & Co. ($7 apiece) - some for you, and some for your all of your friends. 

Eco-friendly sponge cloths have been a staple in Swedish kitchens for over 60 years. They can absorb 15 times their own weight in liquid (up to 3/4 of a cup), and they replace the use of up to 17 rolls of paper towels, thus reducing plastic packaging and overall waste in landfills. Plus, they will clean all kitchen and bath surfaces without streaking. Order here.

Growing Wild: For a special holiday dinner, party, or gift-giving exchange, you're going to want to liven up your house (or your host's house) with a fresh and fragrant arrangement from Growing Wild.

This Christmas arrangement ($95) features red roses, white hydrangea, red ilex berries, red tulips, and fresh cedar greenery. Order here.

Gum Tree: How are you going to keep a whole household full of people busy during the holidays? With a giant Manhattan Beach jigsaw puzzle, of course.

This puzzle from Gum Tree is fun whether you're hosting guests for the holidays, or if you want to take a piece (OK, pieces) of Manhattan Beach with you wherever you're going. (Includes 18x24 city map art poster.) Order here.

Hammitt: Hammitt is calling this bag the "clear winner" for holiday gifting.

It's got that famous Hammitt style, but it's made with clear stadium-approved, fingerprint-resistant TPU so you can carry it for your everyday needs, or out to your favorite sporting event. ($275 for this style or backpack style, but also in a smaller style for $175.) Order here

John Post Gallery: John Post is selling his iconic book that showcases 50 years of the Manhattan Beach Pier in photos. Manhattan Beach Pier - A Tribute: Portrait of a Pier Through a Lifetime of Photography is 127 pages with 140 photos of the pier. Order here.

Katwalk: We don't know about you, but we're ready to head to a holiday party in this jewel-toned ruffle-top In A Minute romper ($82) in hunter green from Katwalk.

It's a pull-on style with a deep v-neck front and back, and a satin-y look. This romper also comes in wine, just in case you need a second one for that other holiday party. Order here.

Le Bien Vivant: For that hard-to-buy-for person on your list is a unique option: Black honey (for the skin) from the Ivory Coast.

From Officine Universelle Buly a Paris - a respected skin care company and parfumerie founded in 1803 in Paris - this wild black honey ($40) is harvested in the Ivorian bush to offer skin care for all skin types. The dark color reveals its high antioxidant content. Order here.

Love & Salt: Show some local restaurant pride with new gear from Love & Salt. Choose from a cuffed beanie ($20), grey or black t-shirt ($40), or apron ($65). And get this: You can also order a bottle of Love & Salt's housemade limoncello following Sylvie's great aunt Tata Olga's 100-year-old family recipe ($40). Order here.

Lulu's Nouvelle: Well, if you're going to go glam during the holidays, you might as well go all-out glam. Check out this lingerie from Samantha Chang, paired with a feathery shawl from Claudio Cutuli. We're getting classic Hollywood glamour vibes from this set.

Reach out to Lulu's for a custom fitting appointment at (310) 545-8800.

Manhattan Beach Merch! You can get just about anything with the official Manhattan Beach branded logo (think caps, sweatshirts, ornaments, water bottles, wine tumblers, totes... The list goes on). Prices range from $9.95 to $45.95. Order here.

Manhattan Denim: We all deserve to look *this* cool, don't we? We're in awe of this Italian wool sport jacket - with a detachable hood - from the Italian designer Fradi.

Manhattan Denim calls it "clean and classic, with just enough twist." Picture this: You can wear this jacket ($950) in the office during the day, and then put the hood back on for a cool evening out in your Alfa Romeo Spider. Order here.

Margaret O'Leary: Please don't tell us we have to stop texting even if it's cold outside... We don't? Great! It sounds like someone's getting us these glamorous cashmere texting gloves from Margaret O'Leary.

These gloves ($110) are elbow-length with a fingerless cut. They're 100% cashmere and come in seven colors (and they match with a similar cashmere beanie and wrap). Order here.

Marine Layer: It's that time of year when everyone is going skiing, so why not head out in style? Marine Layer has a retro-inspired ski bag ($145)  that helps you stand out on the slopes.

Featuring a unique vintage stripe, it has tons of internal storage (it even fits your ski boots and helmet), as well as a shoulder strap and external pockets. Bonus: It's made from recycled materials. Order here

Olio Piro: OK, it's not technically Manhattan Beach, but it's the best olive oil we (the Fratellos) have tried, and it makes a great gift. Olio Piro is a boutique olive oil producer in Tuscany that is making waves in the luxury olive oil market. It was awarded the highest distinction in the prestigious international extra virgin olive oil guide Flos Olei, the world's most respected authority on premium extra-virgin olive oils. It also won gold at the 2021 New York World Olive Oil Competition. The bottles come in three sizes (100ml, $18; 250ml, $32; and 500ml, $59), and there are also gift packs with balsamic vinegar. Order here. (disclosure: this one's an affiliate link, meaning we might make a few cents if you buy it - thanks for supporting MB News!)

pages: a bookstore: Here's a fun idea for your favorite reader: pages is offering a "Distinguished Speaker Series of Southern California Book Bundle," featuring books by speakers from the 2022-2023 lineup. The bundle includes Starry Messenger by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Our America: A Photographic History by Ken Burns, and The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace and Other Gifts from my Mentor Raven Wilkinson by Misty Copeland. If you bought all of these books separately, it would be $140 but the "bundle" is only $115. Order here.

Right Tribe: Although Right Tribe has tons of cool stuff, why not go with the classic? Right Tribe is known for its amazing hand-crafted leather, and its visors are probably their most famous product.

We're partial to this cool and classic Huntington Visor ($88) in dark tanned leather with cream stitching and a solid brass stud for size adjustment. Order here.

SandSpa: Yes, you and/or your special someone deserve monthly self-care all year long. SandSpa is having a special on memberships right now, and if you pre-pay you get a whole lot for your money.

Prepay 12 months for $1,100, get $1,300 in Sand Dollar credit (to be used at SandSpa); prepay 12 months for $1,500, get $1,850 in credit; or prepay 12 months for $2,500, get $3,000 in credit. Call (310) 921-8231 to order.

Scout House Brick: It's not exactly something that you can put in a stocking, but it'll last a lot longer. For the person who has everything, consider buying a commemorative brick to be incorporated in the courtyard of the new Scout and Senior Community Center building (a.k.a. the new Scout house) on Valley Drive. The bricks may be personalized with names, dates, and special messages. Brick prices range from 4x8 ($250), 8x8 ($500), and 12x12 ($1000). Order here.

Tabula Rasa Essentials: We love this whole collection of resin-trimmed boards by a local artisan, but this large dark wooden tray takes the cake (figuratively and literally).

It's made from acacia wood with deep ocean resin waves and boat cleat handles, and it's 100% food safe ($198). Order here.

Two Guns Espresso: Of course you're going to buy coffee for all of your favorite people (right?) but why not help them show off how cool they are too?

This ultra-plush sweatshirt ("for those who live the double shot life") features Two Guns' double barrel logo in a subtle tonal design on the front and the classic Two Guns Espresso script logo on the on the back ($58). Order here.

Waterleaf Home: We spied these preserved boxwood wreaths from Waterleaf at the Sandpipers' Holiday Homes tour, and thought they would make great hostess gifts (or year-round decor). 

Choose from small (6" diameter, $28), medium (7" diameter, $36), or large (10" diameter, $45). Order here.

Waverly Boutique: Are you getting serious New Year's Eve vibes from this gold blouse? Us too.

This Studio 54 split-neck blouse ($82) from Waverly looks like liquid metal, thanks to the foil finish on its relaxed and flowing silhouette. And it looks like it's ready to help you (or your favorite blouse-wearer) ring in 2023. Order here.

Wright's: How good were you this year? Like, really good? Maybe Santa will bring you this Milky Way locket from designer Marie Lichtenberg.

This necklace ($5,540) features a hand-enameled 18K pink gold locket, strung with pearl-strewn silk Mauli strings from India and hand-threaded Ghanian beads scattered with gemstones. The necklace is 73cm long and can be worn in a double loop. Order here.

YEW!: Last but not least, hook up your favorite surfer with Manhattan Beach's own YEW! (Your Environment's Wax) Cool Wax ($5.50), handmade in El Porto.

This wax is ultra grippy, sustainable, and high performance. (It's been called "the best surf wax of the new era.") A little goes a long way with this long-lasting product - and it makes a great stocking stuffer. Order here.

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