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Don't let the chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs in the seasonal aisle fool you: Yes, it's barely the end of January, and yes, you still have two solid weeks to prepare for Valentine's Day. Though the romantic holiday has some pretty dark beginnings (grazie, Romans!), these days there's no shortage of festive offshoots dedicated to the much-commercialized celebration of amore.
Whether you're celebrating V-Day, Galentine's Day, Single's Awareness Day, or International Swipe-Right-Randomly-and-See-What-Happens Day (okay, we made that last one up), we've rounded up a few ideas for stocking up on supplies in the spirit of love, whatever form that may take. Maybe you're shopping for a sweet-toothed sweetie with a taste for luxury, or a bookworm who's ready to turn a romantic new page? Or perhaps you're seeking lacy and racy underpinnings for yourself, your S.O., your B.F.F., or your S.O.B.F.F.?
Regardless of your or your recipient's style, keep reading for L.A.'s best lingerie stores, gift shops, and other cool boutiques for shopping Valentine's Day-ready presents. Note that store hours are subject to change, so check with each business for their latest info, including coronavirus safety guidelines. (As a general rule, be cool — wear your mask and maintain that six-foot distance.)
Want more? Stay tuned for our forthcoming Valentine's Day gift guide featuring stylish picks from L.A.-based brands and makers.
Looking for stylish and eco-minded underpinnings beyond the mall? At Istanbul-based label Else's 800-square-foot boutique in L.A. (its first-ever brick-and-mortar), find everyday lingerie and loungewear for every style. In addition to bras, thongs, bikini briefs, cropped tops, bodysuits, and more underpinnings made from sustainable lace, expect to find comfy PJ sets, robes, Turkish throws, candles, and other chic home goods.
Else, 7967 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 90046; (323) 424-3222
Pygmy Hippo Shoppe
L.A.'s most charming microshop expanded its footprint to three times its size early last year, meaning it stocks even more vintage finds and whimsical giftables. Expect to find tongue-in-cheek ephemera alongside clever greeting cards, candles, vintage clothing, and more. (Psst, don't forget to commemorate your visit in the not-so-secret photo booth.)
Pygmy Hippo Shoppe, 306 North Stanley Ave., L.A., 90036
Those looking to shell out for pricey and titillating underpinnings can do just that at the luxury New York-based brand Agent Provocateur's locations on Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue. You'll find everything from leather paddles and rose gold cuffs to sultry lace bras, bodysuits, thongs, and more.
Agent Provocateur, 7961 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 90046; (323) 653-0229
Art and design aficionados will appreciate a special something from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's gift shop, which stocks limited-edition modern art prints (think Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse, Diego Rivera, John Baldessari, and more), jewelry, home decor, toys, stationery, and official museum merch. LACMA's store at Resnick Pavilion is open for limited capacity in-store shopping and curbside pickup.
LACMA Gift Shop, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 90036; (323) 857-6146
If you're looking to appease your beloved home decor enthusiast, 'grammable boutique Goodies has all of the cool ceramics, wood kitchen essentials, marble trays, and other boho-modern accessories that will make their hearts flutter. Oh, and everything is $25 and under (except for custom-made furniture). Visit the shop at its Atwater Village outpost and Westfield Century City.
Goodies, 3189 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, 90039
Broome St. General Store
The Silver Lake-born concept retailer now has a location at Culver City's Platform, where you'll find its curated inventory of artisanal sundries, gourmet cookbooks, luxe home goods, cult-cool skincare and apothecary products, and chic kids toys — basically, something for every stylish person you love. If the Westside is too much of a trek, you can also shop Broome St. General Store's flagship and its shop-in-shop at Fred Segal in West Hollywood.
Broome St. General Store at Platform, 8840 Washington Blvd., #103, Culver City, 90232
The Ripped Bodice
There's something for every literary fetish at The Ripped Bodice, the only bookstore on the West Coast devoted to romance. Founded by cool sisters Bea and Leah Koch, the store also offers soaps, teas, candles, and other giftables for setting the mood for a night in, with or without your nose in a racy book.
The Ripped Bodice, 3806 Main St., Culver City, 90232
Your sweet-toothed sweetie won't waste any time ripping open… one of Compartés' luxe chocolate bars (what were you thinking?), which come in an array of inventive flavors. Watch the cocoa-powered magic happen in the confectioner's newly-opened flagship on La Brea, or head to their boutique at Westfield Century City (where Honey Birdette is also located) if you prefer a one-stop gift shopping trip.
Compartés, 516 North La Brea Ave., L.A., 90036; (310) 826-3380
At Australian lingerie label Honey Birdette's flagship boutique at Westfield Century City, find plenty of risqué underpinnings and accessories for your next Fifty Shades of Grey play date. They carry sizes XXS to XXL and bra sizes from 30A to 40G.
Honey Birdette, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 993, L.A., 90046
For classic luxury, head to the female-founded Italian brand's Beverly Hills boutique for lace and silk undies, bras, slip dresses, robes, and other budget-busting romantic underpinnings ($75 to $1,929).
La Perla, 433 North Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 90210; (310) 860-0561
Soap Plant + Wacko
Lovingly known as Wacko, this longtime L.A. emporium for pop culture collectibles, curiosities, and other cool tchotchkes is filled with non-generic finds for your favorite weirdos and those appreciate all things tongue-in-cheek. Here, stock up on colorful prayer candles, silly socks, charming stationery, Soap Plant's own line of products, to name just a few V-Day gifting ideas. Don't forget to explore La Luz de Jesus Gallery in the back, where you'll find works from renowned and rising low-brow artists on display.
Soap Plant + Wacko, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 90027; (323) 663-0122
Looking for seductive playthings in a bright and approachable Apple store-like environment? At Cupid's Closet's two L.A. stores, you can tinker with toys for her, him, and couples as well as pick up affordable lacy lingerie, lube, bondage accoutrements, and more.
Cupid's Closet, 12201 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood, 90025; (310) 435-6040
What Katie Did
If your V-Day fantasy involves channeling your best Bettie Page, you'll find a vintage vixen wonderland at What Katie Did. Located in Burbank's Magnolia Park (a.k.a. vintage row), the boutique is currently closed for in-store shopping — but you can still shop online, where retro romantics can pick up bullet bras ($48 and up), corsets and waist trainers ($140 and up), seamed nylon stockings ($15 and up), glamorous loungewear ($40 to $125), and other wonders in dress sizes 2 to 14 and band/cup sizes ranging from 30DD to 40F.
What Katie Did, 3420 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 91505; (877) 221-2472
Specializing in sizes D to K, Jenette Bras' three L.A. stores (West L.A., Pasadena, and Eas L.A.) are here to support those whose cups runneth full. The well-endowed boutique stocks mostly European brands with some labels hailing from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, the U.S., and Canada mixed in.
Jenette Bras, 18 Holly St., Pasadena, 91103; (626) 744-9484
House of Intuition
The metaphysical mecca opened its first Valley location in North Hollywood last year, but it's got plenty of other outposts across L.A., including in Pasadena, Highland Park, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and its original Echo Park store. Whether you're looking to inspire self-love, attract romance, or rid yourself of obstacles (like that lame ex), you'll find no shortage of candles and crystals that'll do the job alongside clean beauty and apothecary products, incense, herbs, jewelry, tarot and oracle decks, and other magical gifts.
House of Intuition, 5223 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 91601
Like lingerie, flowers are yet another traditional Valentine's Day gift — but who says you need to send boring blooms? Fashionable floral shop WildFlora's artful arrangements ($85 and up) are sure to impress, and you can also pick up thoughtful home decor, succulents, candles, bath and body products, and personalized gift boxes at its boutiques in Studio City and the Original Farmer's Market.
WildFlora, 12313 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604; (818) 754-1188
The Little Market
For the do-gooders, charming fair trade boutique The Little Market is filled with handmade home decor and accessories that support women artisans around the world. From home spa must-haves (like sugar scrubs and bath bombs) and jewelry to chic woven bags and more, the shop is stocked with plenty of bohemian-modern V-Day gifts. You can also get candles customized with a thoughtful message while you shop, or swing by on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tote bag personalization.
The Little Market at Palisades Village, 15225 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades, 90272; (424) 266-4660
Strange Invisible Perfumes
Forward-thinking fragrance fiends will adore a botanical scent from Strange Invisible Perfumes, an independent label that uses "organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic, and hydro-distilled essences" to concoct creations ($70 for 15 ml. to $370 for 100 ml.) such as Black Rosette (rose, black tea, leather, and spearmint) and the Italy-inspired Fair Verona (jasmine, sandalwood, mimosa, and pink grapefruit), to name just a few.
Strange Invisible Perfumes, 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 90291; (310) 314-1505
There's something for every olfactory preference at L.A.-based Capsule Parfumerie (formerly Orris Perfumery), which is known for its range of luxe botanical fragrance brands. Floral enthusiasts will dig its Aureum Botanica line, California desert devotees will love its Saguara collection, and modern creatives will want to spritz its vibrant Capsule range everywhere.
Capsule Parfumerie, 7970 1/2 Melrose Ave., 90046; (323) 556-6026
For the bohemian-modern lover in your life, California-cool boutique General Store (which also has a shop in San Francisco) is a wonderland for handmade home goods, clean beauty and apothecary products, woven baskets, chic candles, and more giftables.
General Store, 1801 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 90291
Tortoise General Store
Shopping for your dearest wabi-sabi homebody? At husband-and-wife-founded retailer Tortoise's Mar Vista boutique (which relocated from Abbot Kinney a few years back), find chic tea and kitchen accessories, home decor, stationery, comfy clothing and accessories, and handmade ceramics from store owner Taku Shinomoto's line, Tortoise Hasami Porcelain.
Tortoise General Store, 12701-12705 Venice Blvd., L.A., 90066; (310) 396-7335
Run by Texas-raised founder and creative Kristin Schroder and her husband, tattoo artist Jason Schroder, the charming boutique (which has two L.A. locations as well as one in Austin) is known for its inventory of quirky and cool gifts. Expect to shop vintage-inspired wood greeting cards, cheeky tea towels, musky candles in illustrated glass holders, artisanal fragrances, and many other one-of-a-kind finds.
Spitfire Girl, 1939 1/2 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, 90027; (323) 912-1977
This story was originally published Jan. 31, 2020 and was updated Jan. 30, 2021.