Christmas is around the corner and we’ve been working with some of our favorite unique brands to give you the best out of the box gift ideas inside a box with our annual L.A. Weekly Holiday Care Package. From yummy treats to self care necessities and even some holiday spirits and cannabis-related gifts, our care package boxes up the joy of the season in a pretty package adorned with the help of our favorite local lawyer, Sweet James. Not only does this Holiday Care Package contain jams, but it can help get you out of a jam thanks to some handy holiday advice from Sweet James himself!

It’s so hard as adults to remember to take moments for ourselves to enjoy the season and reflect on both our victories of the past year as well as our goals for the next. We feel the fog as much as you do, which is why we’ve endeavored to curate a care package with out of the box gift ideas that are perfect for gifting oneself. Whether your self care treat is something sweet, something strong, or some personal care pampering, we have something for every person in the L.A. Weekly Holiday Care Package.

We’ve gifted the box to some of our favorite local names, celebrities and hometown heroes. You may see us sharing their stories and posts on Instagram in the coming days as they help to not only spread not only holiday cheer, but help to shine a light on some well-deserving brands that aren’t big names like Amazon or Target, but rather smaller business working tirelessly to provide happiness to both their customers and their staff.

Ready to catch a glimpse on what we’ve included in our care package full of out of the box gift ideas? Take a look below!


A company founded by a mother and her daughter, SkinnyDipped was born out of an urge for the two to spend more time together – and what better way to do that than by starting a business together?! From their kitchen table back then to their manufacturing facility today, SkinnyDipped has been committed to baking and creating high-quality snacks and treats using only the best ingredients. Their mission? To leave the world a happier and healthier place. Women-owned and women-supporting, this is a company that gives back to its community and works diligently to lift up mothers and the children they care for. Not to mention, their snacks are incredible and we very much hope our partner reads this and puts a few packs of covered almonds (of all varieties) in our stocking.

Out Of The Box Gift Ideas Inside L.A. Weekly's Holiday Care Package | @skinnydipped


Toastty is a Black, female-owned small business that offers premium plant-based health and beauty products that can be delivered right to your doorstep. Toastty is all about encouraging people to stand tall and strong, crafting products that empower them to be their best self. Utilizing the power of mother nature’s own wonder elixir – CBD – Toastty has a crafted bespoke product line that focuses on relaxation, confidence and embracing the goddess within. Toastyy’s CBD beauty products are made for women and aim to guide you towards your most authentic self. As they say, when you feel good, you look good!

Out Of The Box Gift Ideas Toastyy

Beach Whiskey

Beach Whiskey is an American-made whiskey that was crafted for the sun worshippers, moon chasers and fun seekers. This reimagined whiskey is crafted in two flavors: Island Coconut and Bonfire Cinnamon. With a fail-proof mix-ability, Beach Whiskey is perfect for recreating your favorite cocktail classics or inventing new sips that chill and thrill. How is Beach Whiskey different? They bypass the traditional barrel-aging process in order to yield batches of pure, clean whiskey. They then use a unique filtration process to give us the final product: a whiskey with distinctly smooth and round mouthfeel that has a friendlier drinkability than their harsher tasting competition. | @beachwhiskey

Splat Hair Dye

Splat Hair Dye is a vegan and cruelty-free hair product that’s one of our favorites for adding some color into our life (both temporarily and permanently). Because we are indecisive our favorite Splat product with their hair chalk, an evanescent hair dye that glides on quickly and washes away easily. Soft color with a dry application, it’s our favorite for indulging flights of fancy without having to commit. It’s also helpful for trying out a change to measure your preference before taking the plunge!

Splat’s goal is to provide the most extensive, cost-effective, high-quality semi-permanent hair color experience for their customers, empowering personal choice with their full range of bold hair color products spanning from: temporary (1 wash), 10 wash and semi-permanent hair color. | @splathairdye


Winning both of Leafly’s coveted cannabis awards – Edible Brand Of The Year & Best Overall Company – Binske is known for its quality cannabis. And they deserve that positive reputation, as they have the products, results and consumer satisfaction to back it up. Binske’s farm-to-table products are made with premium ingredients, choosing the best from around the world.  This gold star cannabis brand embraces a true hands-on, homegrown culture, whilst sourcing the best raw ingredients. Cannabis aside, they’ve also got some of the most eye-catching and artistic labels that we’ve ever seen. | @binske

Stonewall Kitchen

Who among us doesn’t love a good jam? No one. And for those who claim otherwise, they just haven’t tried the best jam yet: Stonewall Kitchen jam.

This jam is so tasty and unique, not only does Stonewall Kitchen carry 63 and counting bespoke varieties, but they offer special holiday packs as well (like the one pictured below). You know its good when the brand already knows to package them up for under the tree in order to meet holiday demand! This is one of our favorite out of the box gift ideas, because it’s not something immediately thought of, but it is something that’ll always be appreciated.

out of the box gift ideas - jam | @stonewallkitchen

Our / Los Angeles

Our Los Angeles is vodka from Los Angeles for Los Angeles, in honor of all the moments we as a community have shared. It’s the perfect local out of the box gift idea for those who live/love this city…and alcohol. Every batch of Our / Los Angeles vodka is carefully crafted, meticulously adhering to the highest standards set by not just the state and industry, but themselves as perfectionists and dreamers. Born in their DTLA micro-distiller, each bottle of Our / Los Angeles is made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, yielding one of the smoothest finishes we’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. | @ourlosangeles

Sweet James

And a special thanks to Sweet James for making our gift box this year possible!

“Sweet” James Bergener is nationally-recognized as one of America’s top personal injury lawyers. Often seen on television, heard on the radio and read in publications, Sweet James’ expertise in personal injury and wrongful death cases has led to him being a high-demand legal analyst looked to for expert advice and help. He and his team of the best and brightest minds the country’s legal community has to offer are dedicated to a lifetime of service, all the way from your initial free consultation to when you win your case and receive justice. Practicing in California, Nevada and Arizona, this team of legal heroes is just a phone call away: (800) 500-5200. | @sweetjameslaw





Advertising disclosure: We may receive compensation for some of the links in our stories. Thank you for supporting LA Weekly and our advertisers.