Looking for an awesome keychain that screams L.A.
March 13, 2017 12:54 PM   Subscribe

I have a wonderful friend who can't visit me this spring due to a serious illness and I'd like to cheer her up. She likes great keychains. I'd like to get her a solid, well-made keychain that screams "L.A." (or Hollywood or California). She's a bit on the serious side and I want to cheer her up, not push her boundaries, so no flower child lettering, pot jokes or sports teams.

I'm asking for help because honestly the only things I've been able to find are very cheap and disposable seeming. I'm looking for something that feels substantial (even if it is a fake California license plate or a reproduction of the Hollywood sign) and looks nice. Help?
posted by arnicae to Grab Bag (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by greta simone at 12:57 PM on March 13 [1 favorite]

Does she know L.A. well? I really love this camera keychain from the Getty Center
posted by Mchelly at 1:09 PM on March 13 [3 favorites]

I have always loved this style of keychain because I had a bunch of them when I was a kid.

I know I have seen them with the classic "Welcome to Hollywood!" postcard design, but my gfu is failing me. The site above does have several others, including the classic California license plate design.
posted by Lyn Never at 1:33 PM on March 13

Oh wait, this Etsy store also has some great ones made from vintage maps.
posted by Lyn Never at 1:34 PM on March 13 [2 favorites]

Sorry i'm driving now so I can't see if there are keychains but check out the LA County Store in Silver Lake -- https://lacountystore.com -- for beautiful LA-centric stuff.
posted by BlahLaLa at 1:45 PM on March 13

A Customized Hollywood Star is fun if she likes personalized stuff.

The California flag has been popular recently.

Does she have a favorite CA landmark?
posted by meemzi at 2:20 PM on March 13 [1 favorite]

In'n'out has several.
posted by brujita at 4:50 PM on March 13

Hm. No-one has yet suggested a Juicy Couture keychain, which, in my mind, is inextricably linked with the L.A. style trend of the past 20 years.

Looks like Kohl's has a license for a secondary line, you could check one out in person to see if the fabrication feels sturdy enough to you.

I personally would choose the most blingy over-the-top one I could find. Could be ironic and giggle-inducing, could be sincerely revered and treasured, depending on the personalities involved.
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 10:59 AM on March 14

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