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Your Guide to L.A. Gift Guides

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'Tis the season to be overwhelmed with gift-giving and all the gift guides. While we love all the lists of top gifts to help make our holiday shopping easier, there are now so many gift guides that we need a guide to the guides!

We've got you covered. Here are five L.A. gift guides that rise above the noise and offer unique things for everyone on your list whether they've been naughty, nice or some delicious mix of the two:

LA Magazine Holiday Shopping Guide
LA Magazine has put together three-guides-in-one that offer gifts under $100, under $500, under $1000. From Jonathan Adler ornaments to Kartell magazine racks and Etro bowties, this list is both eclectic and mainstream and quirky enough to get our vote.

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Caroline on Crack's L.A. Drinker's Holiday Gift Guide
Would you rather give the gift of drink this season? Caroline on Crack has rounded up 12 "SoCal-centric" gift ideas from a Copa d'Oro whiskey flight to a Y Drive LA Membership to keep cocktail-centric Angelenos off the streets and safely scurried home by sober drivers.

LA Times Classical Music Gift Guide
Classical music aficionados rarely get an entire holiday shopping list dedicated to their passion so we couldn't pass this up. For many, buying gifts for classical-minded friends can be frustrating but this guide makes selecting compelling CDs and DVDs easy. We also dig their admonishment that "Downloads make lousy gifts." Indeed.

HuffPo's Holiday Gift Guide: A Taste of LA
Your foodie friends will love you if you stick to this list of delectable off-beat treats that can be found in Los Angeles. Will your secret santa shopping include the Morning Glory Fleur de Sel & Peanut brittle or handmade jam from Lemon Bird? A few of these selections are so good, you may want to "self-gift" while you're at it.

Natural History Museum Gift Guide
For the history buff in all of us, this is a sweet little list of seasonal picks curated by the Natural History Museum. You can satisfy a robot-lover with the Junkyard Dinosaur made from salvaged metal and machine parts, give the gift of a Giant Sequoia seedling or fight someone special's right to rock a Geode cocktail ring.