Top 10 Locavore Holiday Gifts in Whittier

Purple skull t-shirt ($20) at Casita Del Pueblo. Maker: Paulina, an L.A.-based fashion designer who incorporates Mexican fine art, family, tradition, and personal experiences in her wearable art pieces.

Cuauhtémoc Shapes/Formas ($9.99) at Local Fixture. Maker: Lil’ Libros bilingual children’s books, a publishing phenomenon and the brainchild of local authors Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein.

Living sculptures (from $10) at Magnolia Vintage. Maker: Whittier artist Nelsy Jordan, whose one-of-a-kind Kissed by the Fire artworks incorporate any combination of succulents, moss, driftwood, leather, crystals, ceramics, and metal.

Popular books (from $1) at Friends of the Library Bookstore. Whittier’s only used book store keeps odd hours but the prices and selection are phenomenal, and include plenty of gently used, recently published “hot reads”. You can also bring books to donate.

Timeless treasures (from $1) at the Assistance League Bargain BinUpScale CollectiblesKing Richard’s Antiques, and PTA Thrift Shop. Why buy new? Antique, collectible, and vintage shops offer something for everyone.

Medicinal tea kits ($35) at Modern Shaman. Maker: Intrinsic Earth Healing bundles an earthen mug, four mini tea blends, mini sage bundle with Palo Santo, homemade lavender bath salts, and a half-off coupon for a 60-minute massage with sound healing.

Bike helmet ($15 and up) from any of Whittier’s locally-owned bike shops: G’s Cyclery & WheelsFrank’s BicyclesWhittier Cyclery, and Delgado Bike Repair. That Greenway Trail isn’t going to ride itself!

Gift certificates (your choice) from Whittier’s newest restaurants: Costa (fusion mariscos), Kalaveras Cantina Urbana, and Tlayudiza El Anafre cocina oaxaqueña all opened in the past few months. Give our newest neighbors a friendly Whittier welcome.

Handmade soap ($8 and up) from Pour Le Bain personal care: Staff will cut a fresh slice of soap from the log of your choice – choose from around 50 varieties.

Board games ($15 and up) from The Wishing Well toy store: Shop local for a gift that everyone in your circle can enjoy for years to come.

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