What would be a cool present from LA?
October 19, 2007 11:39 AM   Subscribe

When I lived in London, I used to bring US friends stuff from Harrods or Harvey Nichols as gifts. Now that I live in LA, what roughly equivalent gifts could I send to people in the UK? Bonus points if it's specifically related to LA, although just US related is good too.

Specifically, I'm looking for a present for my 67 year old aunt who lives in the middle of nowhere in Scotland, but I'm open to all suggestions.
posted by forallmankind to Shopping (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by clh at 11:42 AM on October 19, 2007

I think something from Fred Segal or Kitson would be pretty L.A.
posted by mckenney at 12:08 PM on October 19, 2007

I 2nd Fred Segal.
posted by 6:1 at 12:42 PM on October 19, 2007

Response by poster: So do Bloomingdales &/ or Fred Segal do specifically Bloomingdalesy/ Fred Segally gifts - like Harrods champagne for example?
posted by forallmankind at 1:43 PM on October 19, 2007

Best answer: If your aunt uses her Harrods bag as a tote, you can pick her up Bloomingdale's equivalent "Little Brown Bag." I'd skip Fred Segal and Kitson. They're pretty expensive, and I don't believe the brands would mean much to a 67-year-old, unless she's a big fan of the shopping habits of young Hollywood.

My pick for a memorable souvenir would be a California-shaped mug from the rotating cocktail lounge atop the downtown Westin Bonaventure, plus a promise that if she ever visits, you'll take her for a drink there.

That's right, a mug shaped like the state of California. And take my advice: when you ship it, use plenty of bubble wrap.
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:28 PM on October 19, 2007 [1 favorite]

Chocolate infused with hot peppers is always a huge hit, especially with older folks.
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 11:30 PM on October 19, 2007

A pressed California poppy.
posted by brujita at 11:50 PM on October 19, 2007

See's Chocolate?
posted by legotech at 5:28 AM on October 20, 2007

2nd a box of See's. Not only is it a California original, but your aunt may not believe how good real chocolate tastes, as all she may know is that veg-oil Cadbury's crap. (Don't know from "infused with hot peppers" though, that sounds like an abomination.)
posted by Rash at 3:32 PM on October 20, 2007

Response by poster: Awesome - I got a Medium Brown Bag from Bloomingdales: perfect!
posted by forallmankind at 9:41 PM on October 20, 2007

Glad I could help.
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:37 AM on November 8, 2007

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