Last minute stocking stuffers. Check out the Ultimate Venice Gift Guide!

Give the gift of Venice!

It is that time of year where people seem to want things.  Moreover, they want you to buy or make them things!  Regardless of how we got here, this is the hand we are playing.  So, if you are all the way broke and can’t even pay attention, get crafty and create something.  Perhaps a drawing and a heartfelt poem would be just the thing. But, if you do have some cash to spend on your loved ones, spend it locally.  That’s right!  Patronize your local Venice merchants for all your holiday gift giving needs.  Here is a handy list to help out!  From  Sushi and Sake to marijuana to margaritas, this list has something for everyone!


Everyone will love a James’ Beach gift card!  

Venice Landmark of new American comfort food. Friendly bars serve generous drinks; beach brunch, classic patio, weekend scene, famous fish tacos! A James’ Beach gift card is a must!  Purchase a James’ Beach gift cards, and receive a FREE $20 bonus card, for every $100 in gift cards you purchase

Brennan’s Bucks buy a whole lot of good times!

Everyone’s favorite Irish pub has it all: turtle races, a huge outdoor patio and astro turf lawn for games and dogs, live music, UFC fights, free pizza Friday’s, yoga classes, $12 AYCE taco Tuesdays, and more!   Give yourself or your buddy a gift card packed with Brennan’s Bucks, and give them a good time!


A swanky affair at High Rooftop Lounge and Barlo!  

Give the gift of great food and drinks high above the Pacific with a gift card to Barlo Kitchen and Cocktails or High Rooftop Lounge at  Hotel Erwin.  Chill out under the stars, with heat lamps and blankets on their comfy couches while sipping hot toddy’s with warm bodies!

Sushi and Sake from Hama Sushi makes ’em smile!

Purchase $100 gift card from Hama Sushi and get $20 Hama Gift Card with your purchase for your next visit!  Treat yourself and friends!


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Give the gift of green happiness from Green Goddess Collective!  

The Green Goddess has a fantastic selection of edibles, flowers, wax and more.  And, they have daily happy hour with 4.2 gram 1/8’s from 3-4 p.m.  The Green Goddess Collective – Providing safe access to the highest quality medicine in the heart of Venice since 2006!   Check out their Green Goddess hour of 4.2 grams 1/8′s from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. daily.    Join Green Goddess on facebook!  Website

Boss burgers and bad ass brew at Simmzy’s!

Give the gift of beer and awesome food!  26 rotating taps.  Cheers!  Give someone special a gift card from Simmzy’s Venice.

Or if you really dig them, get them a membership to the Simmzy’s Beer Club!

Treat someone to a bike ride up the coast!

For only $22, you can rent a bike for the entire day!  It is the perfect gift; you and a loved one free to explore the area at your leisure while breathing fresh ocean air and looking upon the might Pacific.  And since you are not driving, you can drink!  Bonus!

Give the gift of health with a gift card to Muscle Beach Juice Bar!  

They have cleanses, organic salad, cold pressed juice, shots, Wheatgrass, smoothies, breakfast burritos, coconuts and more! A nd, it is perfect timing to get the new year off on the right step! Details here.


Get wired at the Cow’s End Cafe!

How about a gift card to the Cow’s End Cafe for the coffee drinker in your life?!  The Cow’s End has awesome caffeinated drinks and fantastic food as well.,

Something for the dogs!  

Check out locally owned, eco-friendly Bruno’s Dog and Cat Boutique!Awesome food, treats, and locally made accessories for your best buddy. They sell only the best for your buddy’s health.  And, they have gift cards available!  424.268.4031

Have a staycation at the best hotels in Venice! 

Venice Beach Suites and HotelsVenice Breeze SuitesThe Cadillac Hotel and Hotel Erwin, all offer gift cards for rooms.  And, you can see the ocean from all four of these great places!

Crab legs for Christmas at Tony P’s Dockside Grill! 

Tony P’s Dockside Grill gift card is the perfect answer!   For every $100 in gift cards you buy, receive a $25 bonus gift card to give or keep for yourself!!

For the fitness enthusiast!  Get the Muscle Beach Souvenir cup from Muscle Beach Juice Bar! 

Grab the iconic orange dumbbell cup for your favorite smoothie drinking workout fiend.  And, while you are there, power up on wheatgrass and ginger shots, fresh juice, smoothies, protein shakes, peanut butter and jelly, breakfast burritos, vegetarian options, more!   View menu!   Muscle Beach Juice Bar is located on the Venice Beach Boardwalk across from the world famous Muscle Beach Gym.  1809 Oceanfront Walk.  Venice, Ca 90291.

Here is a great book on Venice, California history!    

Pick up a copy of Jeffrey Stanton’s book “Venice, California – Coney Island of the Pacific.”   The book contains over 300 photographs, mostly B/W, but a few in color appeared as postcards or are more recently taken photos by the author. Many are full page-sized archival quality photographs of great historical interest. Additionally, there are a half-dozen schematics of amusement park layouts.   There is extensive well-written & well-researched textual material on the rise and fall of Venice, its heritage & many eccentricities over the past 100 years.   You can  order online here  or purchase it directly from Jeffrey Stanton at [email protected]Click here for more info on the book.

Adopt-a-Bulb on the Venice Sign! 

When Abbot Kinney officially introduced the world to Venice-of-America in 1905 he did it in style.  Across Windward Avenue at Pacific (then Trolley Way), 3-foot high letters glowed to electric life and spelled out the place to be on that 4th of July – in VENICE.  Historic Windward Avenue with its Italianate architecture and colonnade began life as the entrance to the wonderful amusement pier.  Today it remains our gateway to the remarkable scene known throughout the world as Venice Beach.   Details here.

Pick up some authentic Venice Boardwalk souvenirs, knick knacks, trinkets, and oddities for that special someone!   

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