On par with the Southern California lifestyle, holidays in Malibu are about blending the spirit of the season with warm beach days and laidback coastal ambiance. And whether you are actually spending the season at the beach or simply daydreaming of the holidays in our coastal town, we have a gift that is right for you.
From wellness experiences and fine dining in Los Angeles to the latest in innovative travel accessories, here are our top gifts of the season:
Dinner at the Chef’s Table
Photo credit: Patina Restaurant
True epicureans will delight in dining at the chef’s table in one of LA’s best restaurants. Oftentimes, the table affords a front-row view of the kitchen, and a number of restaurants with a chef’s table experience are Michelin-starred, including Providence—where Chef Michael Cimarusti is known to chat with guests throughout the evening—and Patina, a neighborhood favorite offering exquisite French cuisine.
Photo credit: Bluesmart
The Bluesmart Black Edition reigns supreme in the realm of luxury travel. In addition to a durable body and sleek style, the Black Edition comes with USB charging outlets, digital locks that you can operate with a cell phone, a digital scale, and GPS tracking to locate the bag anywhere in the world. It is also standard carry-on size to easily travel with you to your next destination.
An Oxygen-Keeping Carafe
Photo credit: Savino
With an innovative floating barrier designed to keep oxygen from your wine, the Savino Wine Saver Carafe is the perfect gift for the wine lover in your life. It has a capacity of 750 ml and a sleek, elegant design that will look great at home or for a dining experience en plein air on the beaches of Malibu. Best of all, it keeps wines fresh for days at a time.
A Yoga Mat and Apparel
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Healthy living and mindfulness are at the heart of lululemon, a yoga-inspired athletic company with a shop in Malibu Country Mart. The boutique offers a stylish selection of athletic apparel and accessories for men and women, including beautiful and functional yoga mats and yoga clothing that you will spot around Malibu even outside of the yoga studio.
Photo credit: Bamford
Tranquil moments in your own home (or oceanfront suite) can often be the most relaxing of all, which is why we recommend luxury wellness products for your holiday wishlist. The Gloucestershire-based Bamford draws inspiration from nature and travel to bring us restorative body and skincare lines made from organic, plant-based ingredients. We particularly recommend their Botanic Shampoo and Conditioner, which both use castor oil to restore natural vitality.
A Retro Surfboard
Photo credit: johnnie-O
From the innovative designers at johnnie-O comes a retro-style, single-fin surfboard that is perfect for California surfers in your life. The First Point Surfboard was hand-crafted in Hermosa Beach by expert shaper Dan Cobley. At 7’6”, it features a plaid motif that can be used surfing a variety of conditions or as classic johnnie-O art. Each board is custom-made with unique fabric underlays, so your actual gift may have a different plaid than pictured. Available at johnnie-O.com
The Ultimate Travel Photos
Photo credit: Christopher Pease via olloclip
Weighing in at less than one ounce, the olloclip 4-in-1 Lens packs an impressive punch when it comes to photography, transforming your iPhone’s built-in camera into a fisheye, wide-angle, or macro (either 10x or 15x). The compact accessory clips on and off and works with both the front- and rear-facing cameras for incredible travel photos on the go.
Wine and Pasta
Locals are familiar with the infamous Jon & Vinny’s restaurant in LA, but they may not know about Helen’s Wine Shop, which is housed inside the Italian eatery. This season, the owners of both establishments have teamed up for the ultimate holiday gift basket, which comes with an exquisite bottle of Italian wine, Jon & Vinny’s homemade dried fusilli pasta, a vodka sauce recipe, and all the finishing touches for a gourmet dinner.
A Stress-Melting Spa Day
Give your loved ones the gift of relaxation this holiday season. The Veronica Skin & Body Care Center at Malibu Beach Inn offers an array of soothing spa treatments from the traditional Swedish hot stone massage to the Veronica Gold Stem Cell Facial, which uses nutrient-rich stem cells to de-age and invigorate the skin. Professional therapists can recommend treatments based on need for an experience that both calms and revitalizes.
$170 – $475
A Fitness Tracker
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Leading a fit lifestyle is easy with the right fitness tracker, and our favorite of the year is the Fitbit Charge 2. With a sleek body and larger screen than its predecessor, the Charge 2 covers all the basics such as heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes, and it automatically records more intense exercise and sleep patterns.
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Inspired by body care rituals from all over the world, Red Flower offers a line of sustainably sourced body, face, and hair products, as well as therapeutic petal topped candles that we love. You can fill your home with scents such as Icelandic Moonflower, Indian Jasmine, and Spanish Gardenia. Make sure to browse the soy Utopia candles too, perfect for quiet meditation.
$38 – $76
A Gourmet Cooking Class
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For burgeoning chefs and complete beginners, a gourmet cooking class in LA is sure to please. Cozymeal in Westwood offers a variety of courses from The Cuban Class to Jazzy New Orleans Creole. The talented chef instructors can assist students in the basics, mastering unique foods, infusing favorites with California flavors, and everything in between.
Photo credit: goop
At the height of organic skincare, goop by Juice Beauty offers an array of nourishing products from cleansers to moisturizers to exfoliants. At their new boutique in Brentwood, you can find the Luminous Melting Cleanser, which is made with a blend of almond, olive, and coconut oils, shea and cocoa seed butters, jojoba, and sunflower, and the Replenishing Night Cream, a luxurious treatment that plumps, brightens, and firms skin with powerful organic ingredients.
Night cream $140
A Bright Beach Print
The best way to remember your time in Malibu may be with an artful print of SoCal’s scenic beaches. The stunning photography of Gray Malin features some of the most beautiful shorelines in the world, from St. Barth to Capri to Malibu, with bold colors that would brighten any room. His aerial images particularly capture the spirit of travel and adventure, and each print is hand-signed by Gray in his studio in Los Angeles. There is also a beautiful, limited-edition book of some of Gray’s most beautiful beach photography that would look great on a coastally-inspired coffee table.
Prints starting at $249