Fave Farmers Market Gift Ideas December 12, 2016 BACK TO MARKET BUZZ

While The Original Farmers Market Los Angeles is a favorite shopping and dining destination all year long, something magical happens around the holidays. Our Clock Tower is decked out in its holiday finest and our Christmas tree sports Third & Fairfax-themed ornaments—check out the tree for miniature versions of our signature green Farmers Market shopping cart. 

Strolling carolers and live entertainment are scheduled the week before Christmas and the community Hanukah celebration on Dec. 27th and our nightly Menorah lighting from Dec 24-31 give residents and visitors a festive way to enjoy the season.

What’s more, our merchants are selling a variety of one-of-a-kind, seasonal, and many times, locally crafted items that make the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers. So, if you’re looking to add a distinctive flavor to your holiday gift-giving, check out our gift guide below.

Gifts for Creative Types

Cake Stand, Riceteria
Once you visit our newest merchant, Riceteria, you won’t be able to resist their whimsical melamine dishes and kitchen ware. For a truly unique gift with a personal touch, pick out three plates, bowls or cups that uniquely define your giftee, and Riceteria will create a one-of-a-kind cake stand, free of charge. Starting at $30.

Face Flowerpots, Dewy Flowers
Your teachers, employees and even family will love the whimsical new face flowerpots at Dewy Flowers. Style the pot’s “hairdo” with your favorite plant—it’s up to you whether you go with short and “curly” or long and sweeping. Small, $14; Medium, $19; Large, $23; or a set of three, $50.

Gifts for Pet Lovers

The Dog Bakery Gingerbread People, The Dog Bakery
You know you’ll be snacking your way through the holidays, but instead of sharing “people” food with Fido/Fiona, why not get some treats baked just for your beloved pooch? These gingerbread people, baked fresh at The Dog Bakery, are the perfect holiday cookie treat. $9.99

Holiday Cookies, The Dog Bakery
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel. The mechanics of the actual dreidel may be beyond the scope of your furry BFF, but s/he can still celebrate Chanukah in style with these fresh-baked dreidels from The Dog Bakery.  $2.50/ each

Gifts for Foodies

Holiday Waffle Cones, Zia Valentina

A hands-down favorite way to unwind at Farmers Market is by indulging in a steamy espresso or hot chocolate served in an individual waffle cone at Zia Valentina. These cute little cones, which come in various distinctive flavors, are so popular, they’ve become somewhat of a social media phenom. And just in time for the holidays, Zia Valentina has released two new flavors, Gingerbread House and Peppermint Bark. Price Varies.

Gourmet Salts, Marconda's Meats & Puritan Poultry
The foodie on your shopping list is going to love the amazing flavors in the gourmet salt tower from Marconda’s Meats & Puritan Poultry. Enjoy six distinctive Italian salts in one package, including saffron, truffle, fennel and more. $25 

Caramel Nut Corn, Magic Nut and Candy Co.
Got someone with a sweet tooth on your holiday giving list? Wow them with the Carmel Nut Corn from Magic Nut & Candy Co. Almonds, cashews, pecans and popcorn all blend together for an amazing holiday treat. Buy a six-pound batch in large baker’s sheets for $55 or a three-pound cookie sheet for $34.99. Both are 10% off the regular price.

Tamales, Loteria Grill
In Los Angeles, the holiday season is synonymous with tamale giving. If you’re heading to a holiday party, or just shopping for a foodie with taste for amazing cuisine, you’ll want to be sure to pick up a large to-go pack of tamales at Loteria Grill. They come in six varieties to please even the most discerning palate: chile poblano and jack cheese in salsa tomatillo; black bean and goat cheese; chicken in mole poblano; pork carnitas in spicy salsa morita; cochinta pibil and sweet pineapple. $4-4.50 each.

Thank You Gifts

Desktop Terrariums, Dewy Flowers
These desktop-sized terrariums are Dewy Flowers best-seller and for good reason. They fit perfectly on your desk, kitchen or balcony, and you can fill the with colorful, easy-to-care-for succulents of your choosing. Starting from $29.

Christmas Gnomes, Riceteria
If you’re looking for a conversation-stopping centerpiece or a fanciful thank you gift, these charming little gnomes from Riceteria fit the bill. You can even turn them into place card holders. But be sure to buy extras, these little guys are so cute, your guests will want to bring them home with them. Starting at $30.