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Ask Downtown: Holiday Shopping Tips?

By David Markland
Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, at 04:06PM
Christmas presents Frank Tellez [Flickr]

Downtown is so packed with unique gift possibilities that we can't keep track. So we're reaching out to our community for some holiday shopping help.

Where are your favorite deals for gifts Downtown? Where can we find for that friend or family member who has everything? We're looking for unique gift suggestions of things we can only find in Downtown Los Angeles, and any other shopping secrets residents or frequent visitors you'd be willing to share ('tis the season - don't be selfish!).

To kick things off, here are a few of our own tips, starting with a couple that last this weekend only:

From the city nerd or L.A. history buff, check out A Holiday Book Boutique & Holiday Bake Sale this Saturday from 6pm to 8pm at the nonprofit Studio for Southern California History. The event will feature signings of books related to Los Angeles history, including "All the Saints of the City of the Angels: Seeking the Soul of L.A. On Its Streets," "The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred and Contested Space," and "LA's Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P."
977 N. Hill / 213-229-8890

Covering both Saturday and Sunday, the Thread Holiday Pop-Up Shop brings clothing from 100 independent designers to the Bay Salone event space. Register online to get in for $5, where you'll be able to shop for original designs, catch runway fashion shows, and enjoy free food and snacks. Feeling extra thrifty? Swap out your clothes with someone else's at Thread's swapping lounge. Dec. 4 & 5, 11am-6pm / 2035 Bay St.

Throughout the holiday season, rack up all sorts of free goodies and discounts by playing the Downtown L.A. Gift Hunt from the Downtown Center Improvement District. Download the game to an iPhone or Android phone then complete challenges at participating shopping locations to receive discount coupons, collectibles, and even a makeover. Complete all of the challenges for a chance to win a weekend stay at the Biltmore.

You can always find something unique strolling throughout Chinatown. Print out their Holiday's Shoppers Pass for 2 for 1 deals at J K Fashion and 0529 Fashions Co. (both at 223 Alpine), a free pound cake with every $10 purchase at Kim Hung Bakery (959 N. Broadway Street), and numerous other discounts.

And don't forget, next weekend is a trio of holiday pop-up shops, with Artisanal LA, Unique LA, and a Current Affair.

In the meantime, let us know what your Downtown shopping secrets are.


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