When it comes to indie boutiques, L.A.'s Individual Medley is at the top of our list for pretty much everything: fashion, beauty, home goods, but especially gifts. The Atwater Village store is known for sourcing up-and-coming designers and products, which means there's a good chance you'll find something unique there. Best of all, Individual Medley's online shop is always filled with up-to-date offerings, so when you're desperately lookingfor perfect present, it's a trusted source. Here, some gift ideas for literally every type of friend.
1. For the Friend Who Is Always Ahead of the Trends
Is she always wearing something cool before you see it on Instagram? An offbeat, abstract rug says "I get your artsy ways."
2. For Your Neat-Freak Friend
3. For Your Minimalist Friend
Chances are your Friend Who Is Always Ahead of the Trends had one of Lucy Michel's circular vases about a year ago. But for your minimalist friend who is careful about what she brings into her home, this simple, organic design should be perfect.
4. For the Friend Who Knows Everything About Alcohol
Pour water into this doo-dad, freeze, and you've got a glass half-filled with a wedge of ice. Which, apparently, is perfect for sipping fine alcohols. (They would know.)
5. For the Friend Whose Home Is a Museum
You already know the drill: Shoes off at the door, water goes in specific glasses, and whatever you do DON'T PUT YOUR GLASSES ON THE MARBLE TABLE. (Well, they have a point: Marble is porous.) Anyhow ... chances are, these coasters will only add to an existing collection, but will make them happy nevertheless.
6. For Your Millennial Plant-Loving Friend
We all have that one bestie who has a new plant each week. Brooklyn-based ceramicist Helen Levi makes planters that seem to please everyone — they're useful and those colorful swirly designs are swoon-worthy.
7. For Your Brunch-Obsessed Friend
If his or her Instagram is filled with pictures of plates of eggs and toast, chances are, they follow Sqirl, L.A.'s cult brunch spot known for their homemade jams.
Buy: Sqirl Jam, $15
8. For Your Friend Who Has Nailed Midcentury Decor
This brass bottle opener would be the ideal finishing touch on an expertly styled midcentury living room.
9. For the Impossibly Positive Friend
For your bud who is always looking on the bright side, this decorative glass piece will literally allow him to see the world through colored glasses.
10. For the Friend Throwing a Housewarming Party
Le sigh. Your friend just bought a house. Meanwhile, you're lightyears behind because someone told you about Dogecoin and it obliterated your savings. Here's a housewarming gift that's appropriate and useful, but doesn't show too much excitement.
11. For Your Work-Wife Who Always Has a Cup of Tea
Kinto's Unimug is made from a magical, heat-resistant material and comes with a lid and built-in strainer that any tea-obsessed person will adore.
Buy: Kinto Unimug, $17
12. For Your Extra-Healthy Friend
So, uh, apparently this charcoal can filter your water and do about a million other handy things. Your friend will know what to do with it.
13. For the Friend Who Loves Music but Isn't Quite an Audiophile
Do you have a pal who brings their iPhone with them everywhere in the house because they can't quit Spotify or whatever podcast they're addicted to? And it's always that trick of putting it in a glass? This is the same idea but looks a way nicer.
14. For Your 'Spiritual' Friend
This mist is made with some super special oil found only in some super specific tree in Japan and is good for depression and relaxation. But it also keeps bugs away. So, let's say this is for your spiritual friend or your friend who hates insects?
15. For Your 4/20 Friend
At this point, everyone has at least a few weed connoisseurs running in their circles.
16. For Your Writer Friend
We could talk all day about how these pens are the perfect pens. Just trust us.
17. For the Friend You Can't Quite Figure Out
We all have someone on our list who is a tough one to pin down in terms of taste or interests. A basket is a pretty safe bet because they'll find a use for it somehow — whether it becomes a place to store blankets, a decorative covering for a planter, or a new spot for the cat to chill.
Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.