Tis’ the holidays and time for holiday gift guides. Time for family and friends and shopping for gifts for loved ones. Coming up with the right idea for each person on your list is often a challenge. We’ve got some ideas below to help make your shopping a little easier and to forward a “hint” to those shopping for gifts for you! Remember to Shop Local when you can and support LA based businesses. All of the companies below are women owned and based in LA.
MAKE MEALTIME EASIER One Potato is a meal delivery service in a box. One Potato’s mission is helping parents get balanced, healthy, family friendly dinners on the table quickly and affordably. They menu plan; shop for the highest quality ingredients; do all the slicing, dicing and chopping and deliver 3 complete meals (and free homemade cookie dough!) right to your front door weekly. Research shows that, in addition to the many other benefits, when families eat dinner together, children are healthier, happier, do better in school and feel better about themselves overall. Our hope is that One Potato will help make dinnertime a hassle-free, shared experience for families while simultaneously encouraging kids to become amazing eaters by experiencing the joys of cooking and different cuisines. One Potato is committed to the health of our planet, using organic produce and (not too much) recyclable packaging, plus they charge less for kids’ meals. SHOP ONLINE Follow founder Catherine McCord @weelicious See Catherine’s interview at LA Baby Show.
TRAVEL BAGS THAT ARE PRACTICAL AND STYLISH With a passion for color and design, Cinda Boomershine started her Atlanta-based interior design firm in 2002. After earning industry recognition for her fresh and functional approach, Cinda joined the cast of TBS’s Movie and a Makeover as the on-air design expert for 8 years. Running from client to client, and all places in-between, Cinda found herself searching for that perfect, everyday bag that was just as stylish and fun as it was versatile and functional. In 2004, she launched the cinda b brand. In 2016 she moved to Los Angeles with her husband artist Mark Boomershine. cinda b tastefully blends solid colors with modern prints. Their poly/nylon fabrics make cinda b bags uniquely lightweight yet durable, water and stain resistant and machine washable. Whether attending to business around town, running to class, or traveling the globe, there’s a cinda b for you. So get out there and enjoy all that our wonderful world has to offer with your cinda b by your side. SHOP ONLINE Follow Cinda B @theboomershines
SERIOUSLY THE BEST CANDLES YOU WILL EVER BUY Andrea Schroder started making candles for her friends using herbs and floral grown on her farm. They were such a hit that she kept going. Today her beautiful coconut wax candles are sold throughout the US. Andrea’s coconut wax candles are hand crafted from a specially formulated wax that has taken years to bring this delicate process to perfection. The results are candles that have many benefits including pure ingredients, are long burning, paraffin free, non toxic to humans and pets, and eco friendly. These candles burn the cleanest of all candle mediums, including those made from soy wax. Their delightful, tactile feel of creaminess is finely sensual. And they are that beautiful natural coconut meat white color. Fragrances are captured evenly and potently in this wax. In sum, there are numerous great benefits available to you from coconut wax for all your candle buying needs. For vegans, these are the best, ideal candle choice for sale. Wholesale or bulk to buy also. SHOP ONLINE Follow Andrea at @andreaschroder
ADD A LITTLE BLING TO YOUR WRIST Karen Lazar’s gold bead bracelets are all the rage in West LA with moms stacking them up one arm and the other, adding bangles and other bracelets to the mix. Made of 24 gold plating and a comfortable stretchy fit, the bracelets slip right on and don’t move throughout the day. Get them in small, medium or large bead with or without diamonds or charms. You can also select from her collection of gemstone bracelets and she makes rings! Karen’s bracelets are now sold in Four Seasons Hotels in Hawaii and other vacation destinations. SHOP ONLINE Follow Karen at @karenlazardesign You can also shop Karen Lazar at Local Mercato events in LA.
CANVAS AND LEATHER TRAVEL POUCHES Live every day on vacation with the collection of pouches and totes evocative of the best beaches and holiday resorts around the world. Legend of Lido was launched by west coast native, Krista Lissner and east coast native, Benita Litt. Beginning with the idea of creating the perfect travel pouch, Legend of Lido has since evolved into a collection of travel-inspired carryalls for everyday use. Every bag is designed from an exotic, one-of-a-kind print inspired by the world’s vibrant colors and whimsical essence. They are on a mission to create the ultimate brand for the global nomad and hope their products will inspire you to be legendary in your own world. Legend of Lido is based out of sunny Venice Beach, California. SHOP ONLINE Follow them @legendoflido You can also shop Legend of Lido at Local Mercato events in LA.
DO SOMETHING GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN Original Good Goods sources local, natural ingredients to make our products. There are no “Trademarked” secret ingredients. They know the story behind all of their ingredients, so they make sure only the good goes in. But Good Goods doesn’t just end with great ingredients. They are committed to making products that are accessible to everyone. Because it’s the right thing—the good thing—to do. So what makes Good Goods products so good? Let’s start from the inside out. First, they use only natural ingredients, and the majority of them are organic. So far so good, right? Second, they never use harsh fragrances. All scents come from essential oils. Another good thing. Third, almost all of their products have olive oil. Why’s that good? It soaks into the skin without feeling greasy, it’s packed with a plethora of beneficial antioxidants, and leaves you feeling soothed, soft, and super happy. As for the outside? All bottles are BPA FREE. See. All good. 40% OFF ON BASKETS! SHOP ONLINE Follow at @original_good_goods
Meet a few of the ladies behind the brands:
LAURA NIX GERSON is the CEO of Nix|Gerson Media and the Founder of MomAngeles a site she launched because she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. In a past life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is. Laura has contributed to Modern Mom, CBS Local and Babble. Her greatest joy is story telling, sharing local finds and connecting people. Follow her @MomAngeles.