The right gift can turn an enemy into a friend, a friend into a lover, and—if the gift is mutagenic ooze—a lover into a teenage mutant ninja turtle. Endear acquaintances with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of eclectic gifts and more at Handmade Galleries LA in Sherman Oaks.
Handmade Galleries LA fills its 5,000 square feet with an ever-rotating supply of cards, home décor, clothing, and eclectic gifts from more than 100 artisans and craftspeople. The perfect stop on the way to a kid's birthday party or a playground inauguration speech, gift givers can choose from 15-inch-tall Cordy Roy animals ($24.95), available in such disparate species as horses, giraffes, and aardvarks.
Iced drinks can be livened up with novelty ice trays, enthusing entomologists with the centipede-shaped Chillipedes tray ($9.95) or inciting attacks of existential dread with the frozen visages of the Ice Screams tray ($8.95), inspired by Edvard Munch's favorite movie, Scream 2.
Questionably scented rooms can be olfactorily improved with Voluspa candles, made with coconut oil and scented in exotic, nose-caressing odors such as huckleberry, Goji berry, and Baltic amber ($18+).
Handmade Galleries LA has been featured in the Los Angeles Not For Tourists guide, on the OC Weekly blog, and the Los Angeles Times home blog. Sixty-six Yelpers give Handmade Galleries an average of four stars. Handmade Galleries LA has more than 880 Facebook friends.
- Handmade Galleries is there for armchair crafters like myself. It's a terrific place to find quirky, one-of-a-kind gifts. – Beth Deitchman, Not For Tourists
- If you haven't made the journey from Orange County to Sherman Oaks to visit indie craft uber-gift-shop Handmade Galleries LA, I'll put it simply: You. Are. Missing. Out. – Steph Calvert, OC Weekly
14556 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, California 91403Get Directions