Just nine days left until Christmas and we're continuing our countdown of places to buy unique gifts for all those last-minute shoppers out there. Now, if you aren't familiar with Third Street in mid-city Los Angeles, you are missing out. It is mecca of great shopping and among my favorite stops is Plastica. While the name is slightly deceiving, they carry products made of many other materials than plastic. My favorite items are actually felt, specifically fab products from Graf and Lantz. I picked up a business card holder, but what I really want is one of their felt bowls. (Grey and teal, please. Thanks, Santa!) and one of those sweet little Swedish wooden birds as a stocking stuffer. They would also make a great gift given as a set of 3 and nestled in a pretty box and at just $12 a pop, your total gift is still below $40.
When you're tired from your shopping marathon on Third and all those bags from Plastica are getting heavy, grab a bite to eat at 'Little Next Door' deli and cafe. There are no shortage of good eats on this street (Toast and Joan's, for example) but 'Little Next Door' has become my new favorite. The menu is drool-inducing and they have unique specialty items like foie gras macaroons and an assortment of jams, soups, and other goodies packaged in pretty jars. Many put together a gift basket of their specialty items for the food-lover on your Christmas shopping list and voila! All your shopping is done in one afternoon spent on Third Street.