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12 Best Gifts for People Who Love L.A.

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Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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What do you get someone who has everything: a beautiful home, great food and legal marijuana? From endless gift certificates to countless books and DVDs, there's no shortage of things to buy that special someone who lives and/or loves the City of Angels, even if that person is, well, you. In fact, it can all get a little overwhelming.

So instead of turtle doves, French hens and a partridge in a pear tree, we've compiled a wish list of 12 items people can actually use -- just in case the ladies dancing and maids a-milking have a casting call.

click to enlarge LEFTY JOE / ODD JOB
  • Lefty Joe / Odd Job

12. Winnie-the-Pooh California T-Shirt

After the last California grizzly bear (aka California golden bear) was shot and killed in 1922, the species became extinct, only to be quickly revived as a lovable little honey-eating boo-boo, Winnie-the-Pooh. A.A. Milne's creation is the very symbol of the laid-back, down-to-earth SoCal lifestyle, just like the bear that's proudly featured on the state flag and this shirt -- the result of a collaboration between Disney and the Japanese creative agency Odd Job. $36, BLENDS.com.

click to enlarge TANJA M. LADEN
  • Tanja M. Laden

11. RAEN Optics

Everyone needs a decent pair of sunglasses, especially in Los Angeles. Given that most eye-wear is made entirely in China, it's refreshing to see a company like RAEN Optics do business out of California. Libre Design alumni started RAEN in 2008, designing not just sunglasses, but prescription sunglasses and apparel, too. Various prices, RAENOptics.com.

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  • Simon & Schuster

10. The Big-Ass Book of Bling

A writer, designer and style expert, Mark Montano gives readers the lowdown on the high life in the The Big Ass Book of Bling, which includes more than 150 DIY tutorials on how to look good without paying the price. Isn't that the California state motto? $11.99, SimonandSchuster.com.

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