There’s something extra special about giving a gift that’s handmade, from the thought that goes into creating a unique object to knowing that what you’re buying is one-of-a-kind. Luckily, Santa Monica is full of small, local businesses that carry an array of artisan-made items. Here’s a list of some of the best stores in the oceanfront city to find unique gifts for friends, family members—and maybe even something for yourself.

Accents Jewelry Design

Steven Hanna opened Accents Jewelry Design in 1987 on Main Street in Santa Monica to bring together an array of talented, fashion savvy designers and every Accents employee is a designer with his or her lines showcased in the store. With over 30 lines to choose from, shoppers can find a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces including fashion-forward necklaces, bracelets, and earrings at fair prices. Accents has become a favorite shopping spot for locals and visitors alike with its constantly changing, unique of-the-moment styles.

Arts and Letters

In search of the perfect card? Look no further than Arts and Letters on Main Street in Santa Monica. This quaint store is packed with stationery, handmade knickknacks, and personalized invitations. It’s definitely the kind of place you could spend hours and hours browsing. But don’t worry, you won’t get overwhelmed. The staff is eager to help you pick out the best gift. But the greatest part about Arts and Letters? Sasha, the resident dog, who greets you when you step in the door.

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Goods

Goods is located in a quaint building with an adorable red door on Ocean Park Boulevard. The cozy shop offers a “collection of handcrafted and eclectic finds.” With products ranging from accessories to housewares to toys, there’s no shortage of amazing goods at GOODs. The owners boast that the store’s pieces come from all over the world, which means you’ll be hard pressed to find these items anywhere else in town. The best part is that GOODs has a wide range of prices so you can pick something up here that won’t break the bank.

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Larissa Love Cosmetics

Located on on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Larissa Love Cosmetics offers unique and luxurious lines of unisex bath and body products including fragrances, hair care products, bath salts, exfoliators, moisturizers and more. All products are proudly made in the USA with natural and organic ingredients. Aside from the apothecary, the store also offers a variety of raw, certified organic fair-trade loose leaf teas. Love herself curated the tea collection with more than 60 different types of teas, ranging from herbal, ayurvedic to Japanese match.


Ten Women Gallery

Ten Women Gallery on Montana Avenue features pieces by selected local women artists. This cooperative gallery supports and promotes its members with exhibits and events that showcase their exceptional talent. Highlighted mediums include painting, illustrations, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, jewelry, apparel and works in glass, leather, metal and paper.


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