It’s that time of year to bring joy to the world in the form of great gifts, surprises, and delights!
Santa Claus does it all with a sleigh and nine reindeer, of course.
But you prefer to put a private driver behind the 542 horsepower of the Bentley Continental GTC you’ve acquired from Beverly Hills Car Rental.
It really makes everything so much easier.
Especially considering you don’t do chimneys.
So just sit back and rejoice in the bliss of sheer automotive luxury as you cruise through Beverly Hills, alighting from landmark-to-landmark, and amassing all the following great gift ideas we’ve put together for you here.
All you need to do is make a list, check it twice, then hand over the addresses, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
At 110 years old, Beverly Hills’ most iconic hotel is enviably still the hottest property on Sunset Boulevard. Inside, Polo Lounge serves as a clubhouse to those with enough power, glamor, or chutzpah to orbit Hollywood’s upper stratosphere. Sunday brunch here remains timeless, a Bellini-fueled feast that may reasonably involve lavish huevos rancheros or crab benedict to help launch one’s adventures through the 90210. While you’re there, stop by its shop and consider buying someone special in your life one of Shhh’s silk robes draped with a design riffing on the hotel’s infamous wallpaper, designed by artist Alexandra Nechita. For your giftee’s own home brunches. 9641 Sunset Blvd.
You spent the majority of the year convincing your hard-working partner to take a moment for yourself. To no avail. Or maybe you are that partner. Whoever needs it, they’re going to worship the ground you walk on after they open your gift for a treatment at the serenely enchanting Tomoko Japanese Spa, which will start with a traditional tea ceremony. It stands as one of L.A.’s most renowned centers of self-care and beauty, guaranteed to turn the old them into a new them. Or at least provide a few hours of Zen before you shop until you drop. 141 S Beverly Dr.
Whether it’s an exclusive leather clutch or a jaw-dropping bauble you’re chasing, you’re sure to impress them by going straight to the top. Diamond-dripping love bracelets, haute jewelry designed to spark furious envy, five-figure watches, and pure delicious gorgeousness abounds in every gleaming case at Cartier. With all the attendant European service and fawning you expect from the 175-year-old Parisian powerhouse of fashion and design. 370 N Rodeo Dr.
AndSons Chocolatiers thrives under the sweet touch of two local brothers dedicated to the perfection of the chocolate-craft, second-generation master chocolatiers running the family business, which first opened in 1983. In other words, when you can’t arrive at the tree-trimming party empty-handed and nothing but the finest will do, you’ll support this Beverly Hills institution by picking up an incredible gift box, such as their Signature or Holiday Pop collection. And just in case you wondered, we feel like the Chocolate Monster Box might have our name on it. 9548 Brighton Way
Perhaps they’re die-hard Anglophiles or just get goosebumps at the mere mention of small sandwiches. Either way, you know they’ll love the gift of Afternoon Tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. There will be champagne, tea sandwiches, and an assortment of hand-crafted desserts, as well as whatever gossip you bring to the space between you. Then, after getting firmly caffeinated, revel in your giving mood with a stop by the spa, picking up a small fleet of 100% organic candles and bath salts from Voyage et Cie to dole out as gifts to the worthy. 9882 South Santa Monica Blvd.
Chateau Lafite Rothschild? That will be just one second. Chateau Haut Brion? Never a problem. When you need to bring something truly exceptional to dinner, you’ll ask your driver to pull over at Wally’s, the wine and spirits wizards of the Westside that curates an unbeatable selection, ever driven by a professional’s passion for the best that can land in your glass. 447 N. Canon Dr.
This Cologne-born mecca of gorgeous art books is guaranteed to carry the magical tome needed to make any coffee table achieve maximum allure. The selection spans the range of taste, from high-brow collections such as Hokusai’s Thirty-Six View of Mouth Fuji and Monet: The Triumph of Impressionism to more offbeat editions cataloging the history of comic books and pop art, film noir and Soviet movie posters, jazz and rock album covers, and The Godfather. You’ll find no end to the great gift ideas here. And can easily spend half the day browsing its handsome volumes. 354 N. Beverly Dr.
Sophisticated toys and smart styles abound for all ages at English Rabbit. Pick up a Sugarplum fairy plush mouse or cute candy cane stuffed animal for baby, a Christmas or Hannukah classic to read to their older siblings, a romper for your teen, and some Marie-Chantal Pajamas for whoever deserves rest and relaxation over the holidays. Even if that’s you. No. Especially if that’s you. 9412 Brighton Way
It wouldn’t be the holidays without caviar at the table. Which is why your last stop is saved for Petrossian, the refined, 102-year-old Parisian house of smoked fish and caviar that maintains an L.A. headquarters on Robertson Boulevard. Elegant gift boxes contain varying sizes and spreads across a rainbow of caviar varietals, along with all the blini and pearl spoons required. You’ll find a range of prices, too, all the way up to a 200 gram-strong Tsar Imperial Caviar sampler ($1,068) and 250g tins of its highest prized ($4,690). But if you really love someone, is there any better way to express it than in precious fish roe? 321 N. Robertson Blvd.
“We don’t want more stuff,” they told you, “we want life experiences.” Fine. You’ll grant them gift certificates to Beverly Hill’s landmark Saban Theatre. This way they can use it for an upcoming orchestra or speaker series or to see The Temptations, the Nutcracker, El Debarge, or whatever they’re into. There’s a show for everyone inside this captivating, gilded palace. 8440 Wilshire Blvd.