2019 Los Angeles Gift Guide
Are you looking for thoughtful but useful gifts for someone living in Los Angeles? Welcome! You are in the right place. This guide has been created to help make your holiday shopping easier.
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Best Experience Gifts in Los Angeles
Annual Passes or Theme Park Tickets
Living in Los Angeles comes with a lot of perks. One of my favorite perks is being close to so many different theme parks. I live less than ten minutes from Universal Studios so an annual pass there is a great choice for me. There’s also Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, and The Disneyland Resort. You can get a great deal on an annual pass to Universal from Costco. Surprising them with a ticket or even a gift card would be a wonderful choice.
Catalina Island is a short distance off the coast in Los Angeles. It can be a fun escape for the day or for the weekend. Typically it cost over $70 for a roundtrip ticket. However, at various times throughout the year, you can get a deal through Groupon for $44. This is a great experience to surprise someone with. Especially, if they have not been before.
Tickets to a Tv Show Taping
Do you have a loved one who would love to attend a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show? Or a popular sitcom taping for shows like The Big Bang Theory or Will & Grace? One year my friend surprised her sister with tickets to a taping of Girl Meets World. Her sister was so excited that she cried. This is a present that really shows that you are thinking of someone and know what they like. Plus, the tickets are free!
Crumbs and Whiskers
Do you have a cat lover in your life? Treat them with a visit to Crumbs and Whiskers. This adorable place gives visitors an hour to play with cats.
GO LA Pass
A lot of people enjoy playing tourist in their own city because it gives them the chance to try new things. The GO LA Pass is a great way to try several different experiences in Los Angeles all for one price. A one day ticket is sold for under $90 and can be used for things like the Warner Bros Studio Tour, the Sony Studio Tour, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, rides at the Santa Monica Pier, OUE Skyspace, the Huntington Library, Knotts Berry Farm, Six Flags and more. There is no limit to how many places you can visit in one day.
Surprising someone with tickets to see a show at the Pantages Theatre is a great gift. You can typically find discounted tickets via Goldstar.
Celebrity Event Guide
Do you know someone living in Los Angeles who would love to attend red carpet movie premieres and other events with celebrities? Anyone who purchases my E-Book on How to Meet/See Celebrities in Los Angeles gets access to my private Facebook group. In the Facebook group, I share tickets and information on celebrity events. You can purchase the E-Book here.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Is someone in your life a thrill seeker? A fun experience to gift them is a hot air balloon ride. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience that they will never forget. You can find discounted tickets on Goldstar. And you can read about my hot air balloon ride here.
Malibu Wines Safari
Malibu Wine Safari is a wonderful and fun experience that gives you the chance to taste wines while seeing some gorgeous landscapes and animals. You can upgrade the experience to meet local celebrity Stanley the giraffe. Plus, this year they are adding Christmas lights!
Best Gift Cards for Los Angeles
Atom tickets make it easy to go to the movies. You can purchase tickets and concessions through the app ahead of time which cuts down on the time you have to spend waiting in line.
There are a lot of great movie screenings that take place in LA throughout the year. Sometimes it is a special anniversary screening, other times it is a regular movie screening with a cast q&a. Fandango gift cards can help them attend fun events!
In N Out
Californians love their In N Out burger. This is a gift card that they are sure to eat up!
Sprinkles cupcakes are a favorite among celebrities and locals. The cupcakes are incredibly tasty and some locations even have a 24-hour cupcake atm machine for cupcakes at any hour of the day.
Memberships for Los Angeles
If you have a Disney fan in your life a year-long subscription to D23 is a wonderful gift suggestion. The membership can give them access to special events that take place in LA throughout the year. Be sure to check and make sure that they don’t already have the membership though.
Subscription Servies for Los Angeles
Subscription-based services are becoming increasingly popular. Gifting someone a month of service is a great way for them to experience it and decide if they would like to keep the service in the future. Make sure to be clear with the recipient that the service is paid for through a certain time and that they will either need to cancel or keep paying.
Going to the movies can be very expensive in Los Angeles. Thankfully AMC A-List is making it affordable. A List is AMC’s version of MoviePass. It gives you the chance to see three movies per week at AMC Theatres. The price is $23.95 plus tax. This is a great gift for the movie lover in your life. You can find out more information about A-List here.
For those who enjoy working out, ClassPass gives them the opportunity to take classes at various locations without locking into membership at one specific gym or studio. Pricing starts out as low as $45 a month. You can read more about ClassPass here.