Sure, you could hit the Grove or the Beverly Center to get your holiday shopping all in one place, but you'll just wind up buying your loved ones preppy-looking socks from Banana Republic again and then mumbling something about "Pima cotton" as they're unwrapped. Avoid the rut by hitting one of the many artisan markets taking place around LA over the next month, where you can pick up interesting gifts made by actual humans and not corporate factories. (Meaning, you'll feel good about yourself and look thoughtful at the same time). The fact that there will be booze, food, and Santa at many of them is simply a bonus.
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