Holiday Shopping Guide: Best LA-Themed Gifts

Gift an LA-themed gift... no, you can't have your own snow leopard cub.

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The Los Angeles Zoo is unveiling its newest addition: a pair of Snow Leopard cubs. The cubs were born at the zoo on May 26. Snow leopards are native to remote mountains in Asia, and are considered extremely rare.
FOR THE TOURIST IN US ALL: Even longtime LA residents need a nudge every once in a while to experience what this great city has to offer. Like horseback riding to the Hollywood sign, for example. Giddiup! Sunset Ranch Hollywood, $25-40.
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FOR THE ROMANTIC AND REFINED: LA plays host to some of the greatest performers in classical music at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Give the gift of song to a cultured companion -- from Brahams to Bruckner to Beethoven. They'll get a glimpse of Gustavo Dudamel, too. LA Philharmonic Gift Certificates, $25-$500.
FOR THOSE DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS: A weekend on the slopes will suit some friend just right. With the winter Olympics coming up, you know they’ll be inspired to slalom. Mountain High Resort "Six Pack," $179.
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THE LA EXPERIENCE ON A BUDGET: This must-see LA attraction won’t set you back too much, but will get your friends into 3D glasses (priceless). Grab tickets to see a show at the El Capitan. El Capitan Theatre Tickets, from $16.
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FOR THE AVID ALUM: Here’s a tip-off -- whichever side of the cross-town rivalry your buddies are on, every NCAA fan will appreciate a night on the court. Trust us, you’ll score points with this one. UCLA Bruins or USC Trojans.
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FOR THE 30 YEAR-OLD WHO FEELS 13: Take your pick: Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain or Disneyland. A day (with you, presumably) at the theme park is double the fun. Theme Park prices vary.
FOR THE ART-LOVER: You know that friend, whose New Year’s resolution is to develop an appreciation for the finer things? A membership at LACMA will get them started. With thousands of pieces, continually changing exhibits, films and events, they’ll never be bored. LACMA Membership, from $50.
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FOR THE MOVIE BUFF: All the movie making magic may not happen far away, but surely we are all curious about what goes on behind the scenes in Tinsel Town. For that friend whose Netflix queue is never ending, a studio tour might make the perfect present. Studio Tours, $45.
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FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER: Help them escape the concrete jungle that is LA for a different kind of wild experience. They’ll jet off on a yearlong safari with a membership to the LA Zoo. Maybe they’ll even let you use one of their guest passes. LA Zoo Membership, from $45 .
FOR THE ONE WHO "ALWAYS MEANT TO GO THERE...": Help that friend of yours get to Long Beach, board the boat, and finally take a trip to Catalina. It's a perfect weekend jaunt for those who want to get out of the smog, but still need Blackberry service. Catalina Express Ferry Tickets, from $33 .
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FOR THE TIVO TYRANT: We all have that friend who says “I can’t hang out Monday, it’s Heroes.” Cater to your TV fanatic friends by taking them to a taping. (You don't have to tell them it didn't cost you.) TV Tickets, FREE .
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FOR THE GUY WHO KNOWS KOBE USED TO BE #8: Please your favorite Lakers fan this holiday season with tickets to see the purple and gold play at STAPLES Center. If you’re really nice, pick up a pair for the Celtics game. We’re looking for another championship ring, boys. Lakers Tickets, from $29.
FOR THE MICHELLE KWAN WANNABE: It might not be Rockefeller Center, but it’s close enough. This holiday season, take your friends on a festive outing -- ice skating in downtown LA. Get out those mittens and practice your Triple Lutz. Pershing Square Ice Rink, from $6 per person.
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