Pasadena Now’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 12:47 am

Needs some great gift ideas? We have compiled this unique gift guide to help you find that perfect something for everyone on your list.

banter-bliss-candlesBanter & Bliss Candles
Pasadena-based company, Banter & Bliss, creates soy candles that will fill your home with delicious scents. The candles are made using 100% all-natural soy and coconut wax blends and are hand-poured. They feature clean-burning lead and zinc-free flat braid, coreless, cotton wicks and all the fragrances are phthalate-free.

This holiday season, they will bring back fall favorites from last year including, Winter Wonderland, Campfires & Summer Camp, and Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice. These cozy winter scents are perfect hostess gifts or charming additions to your next holiday party.

Visit them online at or in Pasadena at Contempo Aesthetics in the Regency Salon Studios on 799 East Green Street, Suite 24.

websters1Webster’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 peek 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.

rose-perfume-indoor80 Acres Bohemian Rose Line
Since Pasadena is known as the Rose City thanks to the world famous Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. Show your city pride with the newest line of Bohemian Rose body care products from 80 Acres by McEvoy Ranch. Orange blossoms, geranium and ylang-ylang balance the feminine scent of rose to make a complex yet charming scent. Finally, pink pepper adds a complexity to the blend and offers an unexpected balance to the florals. Choose from body balm, hand lotion, body wash, body butter, perfume oil and salt scrub for the ultimate rose city beauty routine. These all-natural products moisturize with olive oil and come in convenient travel sizes for the globetrotter on your list.

Order online or visit We Olive at 32 East Colorado Boulevard; Julienne Fine Foods at 2649 Mission Street or the DEscanso Gardens at Gift Shop at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Canada Flintridge.

define-me-2Define Me Fragrances
Although the beauty industry is often blamed for perpetuating stereotypes, some brands are encouraging and empowering women. Define Me Fragrances uses specially blended perfumes made with coconut oil to affirm and inspire. Jennifer McKay Newton, the company’s founder, explains that each fragrance is made with an intention behind it – Define Me also donates $1 for every bottle sold to the nonprofit, She’s the First, to help empower girls worldwide.

Choose from creative Delphine, loving Audry, free-spirited Sofia Isabel, graceful Clara plus two unisex scents – fearless Harper and strong Payton. Choose from gift-ready fragrance pairs like Besties with floral and citrus notes, Girls’ Night which combines romantic florals and sweet, intoxicating citrus, or Opposites Attract which features a sexy musk and an elegant floral.

These thoughtful gifts are sure to please anyone on your list. Find them at Ulta, 3393 East Foothill Boulevard or online at or

kin-white-whisky-2ndKIN White Whiskey
Looking for the perfect cocktail ingredient or sipping alcohol? KIN White Whiskey is a unique unaged whiskey that is handcrafted in California. It was recently awarded an outstanding score of “93” by Anthony Dias Blue of The Tasting Panel, KIN was noted for being one of the best spirits in its growing category, along with the “smooth and creamy profile with soft flavors of vanilla and new oak.” This unexpectedly smooth whiskey makes the perfect addition to cocktails or festive drinks liked spiked hot chocolate.

Get inspired by the KIN white whiskey cocktails at Gus’s BBQ in Pasadena. Try the Cooler Than Tarragon with KIN White Whiskey, lemon juice, celery shrub, tarragon, spearmint, angostura bitters or the Fix’n for Blackberries – Fighting Cock Bourbon 103, KIN White Whiskey, lemon juice, rosemary, mesquite bbq, smoked ginger and blackberry.

This surprisingly smooth whiskey deserves a place in your liquor cabinet and at your next holiday party.

Gus’ BBQ is located at 808 Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena. Visit for more information.

choctalChoctál 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:

mignon1Mignon 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.

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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