Pasadena Now’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Saturday, November 28, 2015 | 1:16 am

Needs some great gift ideas? Pasadena Now Living Editor Veronica An has compiled this unique gift guide for everyone on your list. Who doesn’t love finding that perfect gift for your hard-to-shop for friends and relatives?

ZenDeluxeRudraksha Beads at ZenDeluxe
For a gift you can truly feel good about, pop into the Fair Trade ZenDeluxe store on Holly Street. This gift shop offers an assortment of handmade, eco-friendly goods. Andrea, the owner of ZenDeluxe, recommends rudraksha beads for the holidays. These bracelets are made from sustainably harvested dry seeds and are thought to help center your energy force. They come in natural and silver cast bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

ZenDeluxe is located at 12 East Holly Street, Pasadena. Call (626) 219-6326 or visit or for more details.

Choctal 11-27-2015Choctál World Tour Ice Cream Collection
In Southern California, we’re lucky enough to be able to enjoy ice cream all year long. Treat your loved ones to a gourmet chocolate and vanilla ice cream adventure with Choctál’s World Tour Ice Cream collection.

Each ice cream has a distinctive flavor profile so it’s best to taste them in one sitting. To avoid a holiday ice cream belly, grab some friends and share the flavor adventure. This delectable assortment of 4 vanilla and 4 chocolate single-origin ice creams is the perfect gift for the foodie in your life.

Look for Choctál in a store near you or check out their website and order online:

Mignon ChocolatesMignon Chocolates’ Custom Gift Boxes
You can never go wrong with chocolates. Mignon, a family business first opened in 1910 in Kharkov, Ukraine offers a unique and carefully curated selection of handmade chocolates. Choose your own assortment, starting at 2 pieces, or grab a premade box in holiday gold and red.

“We use new ideas and new flavors but always keep the quality the same,” said Anoush Ter-Poghossian, the owner of Mignon Chocolates on Holly Street.

These flavors include the popular Ginger Lime Sea Salt, Caramel Espresso Sea Salt and Pomegranate. She recommends Chili Pepper, a subtly spiced chocolate that pairs well with red wine and the Hazelnut Cups as well as limited edition holiday flavors like the Eggnog, Peppermint and Gingerbread.

Mignon is located at 6 East Holly Street, Pasadena. Call (626) 796-7100 or visit to place a custom order.

OldTownShavingOld Town Shaving Company’s Shaving Kit
Men are notoriously hard to shop for. Luckily, Old town Shaving has got you covered. Pick up a deluxe shaving kit for the man in your life – they range from “beginner” to “shaving freak” and include everything a well groomed gentleman needs from brushes to razors to shaving poufs and shaving creams.

For the bearded man in your life, Old Town Shaving also offers a jaw dropping selection of pomades, mustache waxes, beard washes and colognes. Peruse the aisles and chat with the staff about all your grooming concerns.

Old Town Shaving Company is located at The Shoppes at Stats at 120 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Call (626) 795-9308 or visit for more details.

Websters 11-27-2015Webster’s Community Pharmacy
While a pharmacy might not be the first place you’d think to do your holiday shopping, Webster’s Community Pharmacy will have you singing a different tune.

Check out their nostalgic display of holiday candy including, handmade candy canes, Christmas cotton candy and retro Dots. It that doesn’t fulfill your inner child, take a peak at their retro, technology-free games such a, sticker books, spinning tops and puzzles. These childhood favorites are an ideal gift for younger generations or a sweet diversion for the child at heart.

They also offer a selection of Hanukkah themed gifts including colorful dreidels, chocolate coins and candles. Their dedicated latke server makes a perfect hostess gift and is a great way to get the party going.

Webster’s Community Pharmacy is located at 2450 North Lake Avenue in Altadena. Call (626) 797-1163 or visit for more information.

SoapKitchen2The Soap Kitchen
Dali Yu created The Soap Kitchen to offer an alternative to mass produced, chemical laden soaps and shower products. After testing various recipes, Yu created the handmade soaps locals know and love today. Be sure to check out the Olive Oil and Shea Butter Soaps as well as natural beauty products like the Shampoo Bar and Lip Balm.

The Mini SoaPuzzle is a lovely hostess gift or small present for anyone on your list. This cleverly designed soap kit includes four different soaps that fit together like a puzzle as well as a mini soap dish. This adorable gift is a practical choice that will last long after the holidays are over.

Another notable option is the Manbars Tin, a holiday themed box with one Olive Oil and one Shea Butter soap. The Manbars Tin is a perfect gift for men who appreciates cleanliness or who you wish would appreciate cleanliness.

The Soap Kitchen is located at One Colorado, 25 North Fair Oaks Avenue. Call (626) 396-9996 or visit for more details.

Homage 11-27-2015Homage
Wandering around this shop on Holly Street is an artisan artwork experience. Jill Pearson, the owner and designer of Wasabi Jewelry curates a selection of artisan made gift and goods. Pearson explains that she focuses on the designer or creator and chooses items that showcase creativity. Just about everything in the store is gift-worthy but these few items stand out for the holidays.

Justin Rothshank’s Icon Mugs feature playful representations of celebrities and familiar faces. These are the perfect containers for holiday hot chocolates or your morning cup of joe.

Speaking of sweets, Beekman Gourmet Foods are conveniently displayed above the Icon Mugs. These gourmet sauces, oils and vinegars are made by dynamic food duo in New York. The Mexican Fudge is a decadent treat for your holiday sweethearts.

Finally, Pearson’s line of Wasabi Jewelry, makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the lady in your life. The delicately designed lariat comes in a wide selection of colors and will add a touch of elegance to any outfit.

Homage is located at 2 East Holly Street, Pasadena. Call (626) 440-7244 or visit for more details.

_MG_6278The Bea’s Knees
Food is a big part of the holiday season no matter what holiday you celebrate. From Halloween to New Years, food traditions bring us together.

With that idea in mind, Lisa Grabow of The Bea’s Knees keeps a carefully curated selection of high quality foods in stock. Her gifts are perfect for the foodie who has everything or for the amateur chef in your life. Grabow recommends getting things started with their exotic salt bar and small containers of high-quality spices like ground ginger and truffle salt.

The Bea’s Knees is located at 120 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena. Call 626) 795-9308 or visit for more information.

LeCirque 11-27-2015Le Cirque de Sucre
This adorable pop-up shop at Indiana Colony on Colorado Boulevard is the answer to your holiday shopping conundrums. This sweet collaboration between Lincoln Cafe and Little Flower Candy Co. has a wide array of holiday sweets and treats. Grab a signature package of Little Flower’s homemade marshmallows or a fancy bar of chocolate for that special someone.

The pop-up shop will only be open until early January so get your sugar fix now. Le Cirque de Sucre is open at 59 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. They do not have a phone or website.

Meredith M 11-27-2015Meredith M
Meredith M has plenty of stylish options for the fashionista in your life. Grab a mona B wine bag, made from recycled tents and fill it with a bottle of your favorite bubbly for New Year’s or pick up some Chew Beads for new mothers. These innovative necklaces are made of teething-safe silicone so that baby can chew while mama looks stylish.

Speaking of jewelry, pick a gift that not only looks good but does good. Chavez for Charity offers a selection of handmade bracelets that benefit over 20 charities. Each color represents a different cause – choose a color that’s close to your heart and know that you’re doing good while giving.

Finally, no one can go wrong with one of Meredith M’s best sellers, Lucy B. Frangipani Bronzing Shimmer Oil. This delicately scented oil adds a hint of shimmer to all skin tones and is the perfect accessory for New Year’s Eve or any night out.

This trendy dress and accessory shop is the perfect place to find stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. Meredith M is at 2450 North Lake Avenue in Altadena. For more information call (626) 204-2677 or visit

Everyone can use a little something sweet this holiday season. For a gourmet stocking stuffer or adorably packaged Candy Bento Box, look no further than Sugarfina.

Try their seasonal flavors like the Apple Pie gummies, Gingerbread Caramels or Jamaican Rum Snowballs. Classics like the Peach Bellini gummies and Champagne Bears are always a safe bet. The best part of the store’s sweet selection is that you can mix and match to your heart’s content. These candies make ideal hostess gifts, stocking stuffers or even table decorations just don’t be surprised by how quickly they disappear.

Each candy is picture-perfect – a treat for the tastebuds and the eyes. Don’t be shy, ask for one of their in-store daily samples and make the holidays just a little bit sweeter.

Sugarfina is located at One Colorado, 20 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. Call (424) 384-8515 or visit for more details.

We OliveWe Olive
Enjoy the experience of fine olive oil directly from California growers at We Olive. This recently opened store has an impressive array of flavored olive oils, vinegars and delicious condiments. Stop in for samples, recipes and complimentary blood orange olive oil brownies on Saturdays.

“We are really passionate about olive oil here and we are adamant about supporting local growers,” said Ervin Galvan, owner of We Olive. Galvan and the staff is more than happy to concoct on-the-spot vinegar-olive oil combinations for sampling and suggest recipes.

Pick up a sample pair of olive oils as a hostess gift or settle on a larger bottle of flavored oil for dressing and cooking. Be sure not to miss beauty products made from olive oil, the lavender hand lotion is especially popular.

We Olive is located at 32 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. Call (626) 744-2766 or visit for more details.

The holidays are a time for giving, sharing with loved ones and appreciating our time together. Make some memories and think local.



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