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 skateboards to sushi, marijuana to margaritas, this list has something for everyone!

Make Them Read for Christmas!

Here is list of the Top 10 Venice Books as recommended by Small World Books.

Everyone will love a James’ Beach gift card!  

A 23 year Venice Landmark of new American comfort food. Friendly bar 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

Give the gift of health at Modo Yoga LA!  Calm. Fit. Inspired. 

We are three socially and environmentally conscious hot yoga studios that are part of the Modo Yoga family. We aim to collectively change the world one sweaty yoga class at a time. Modo Yoga is a form of hot yoga that combines the precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially heated room. The series is a cardiovascular workout that strengthens, tones and loosens the muscles, while calming the mind and reducing stress.

Give them Tacos, #ABetterTaco!

Chicas tacos are absolute fire and if you have them you know that!  Here is a link to buy e gift cards from Chica’s and send them directly to the inbox of whoever is on your nice list!

Hinano Gift Card!

Gift your loved one a tab at the Venice’s legendary watering hold, Hinano!  The burgers are second to none, and the vibe is super cool.  This spot has been frequented by The Doors, and has hosted spontaneous musical performances by Billy Idol and many others!  Open 8:00 a.m.- Midnight daily.

Give the gift of green happiness from Green Goddess Collective!  

The Green Goddess has a fantastic selection of edibles, flowers, wax and more, including daily deals.The Green Goddess Collective – Providing safe access to the highest quality medicine in the heart of Venice since 2006!

Fried chicken, ceviche, and cocktails for Christmas with a Nighthawk: Breakfast & Bar gift card.

Style out your favorite peeps!  The card can be delivered via text, email, or regular mail, your choice.  Here is the link:

Snow, Skate, Apparel, and Footwear from Arbor Collective will stoke everyone!

Be the Christmas gift hero by giving the gift of stoke!  Arbor Venice is wall to wall rad, and it is all born right here in Venice.  So get on down to the store, say hi to Bob and Dakota, and buy your favorite human’s some skate or snow gear!

Have a beer lover in your life?  Firestone Walker Venice makes the perfect gift.

Visit the Propagator to score your favorite beer lover a few cases of brew made right here in Venice.  Or get them a gift card for a visit to the Tap Room, maybe they will even take you along!

Have a staycation at the best hotels in Venice! 

 Hotel Erwin, Venice Breeze Suites, and Venice V Hotel all  offer gift cards for rooms.

A swanky affair at High Rooftop Lounge!   

Give the gift of great food and drinks high above the Pacific with a gift card to  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!

Give the gift of health with a Gold’s Gym membership!

Stoke your lucky buddy with the gift that keeps on giving, a gym membership.   Nothing says you care like gifting someone  the opportunity to work towards better health in a super cool, state of the art,  environment.

The Waterfront Venice

The Waterfront Venice is dedicated to quality offerings and relaxed community hangs. Established in 1995 as a primary local hangout and foreign destination, The Waterfront is known for its casual cuisine, cold beer, and comfortable surroundings. The restaurant has been through various era’s of Venice’s history and continues to remain anchored as a local destination with authentic California vibes.

Give the gift of Ice Cream with a Ben and Jerry’s gift card!

Who doesn’t like ice cream?  No one!  Stoke your loved ones with a sweet treat this Christmas!  Here is a direct link for their e-gift cards.


Treat your friends to a day in Venice with Jay’s Rentals.

Jay’s Rentals is the place to go when you’re looking for excitement, Jay’s has been catering to locals and tourists alike since 1996.  For only $22, you can rent a bike for the entire day or  get the Venice Beach Fun day pass for $45 which allows you to: cycle, skate and surf!  This pass also includes a wetsuit rental and luggage storage!  Grab your pass at Jay’s Rentals from 7am to 8pm and have 13 whole hours of Venice Beach… FUN!

Got a Mexican food lover on your list?

A gift card to Nueva is the perfect thing!   Killer food, crafty drinks, chill vibe, and cozy indoor and outdoor areas make for a fantastic experience that you can give as a gift!

A Tab at the Venice Whaler makes a Whale of a Gift!

Give your buddy the memorable time of a  fantastic meal and ice cold drinks while watching the sunset over the Pacific.  Give them a Whaler gift card.  Here is the link.  They will send you the physical card in the mail.

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.

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!!

Give a Genuine Taste of Mexico with a La Cabana gift card!

La Cabana has been serving up a genuine taste of Mexico in Venice since 1963.  Handmade tortillas, world famous margaritas, mariachis, guacamole made at your table and more make this a one of kind experience worth gifting!

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.

Give the gift of a great time at The Sidewalk Cafe! 

People watching, food, drinks, and a front row seat on the Venice boardwalk is what you get with a gift card to The Sidewalk Cafe!

Pizza for Christmas!  Buy your lucky loved ones a gift card from Venice Way Pizza!

Give the gift that is sure to please everyone; Pizza!  Venice Way has the best pie in town and it might as well be under your Christmas tree.


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. Purchase it directly from Jeffrey Stanton at [email protected]

Give the ultimate beach day experience with Beach Now!

They are the ultimate personal beach concierge, handling everything you need for a stress-free day in the sun. Beach Now provides and sets up all the essentials like lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels as well as luxuries like Bluetooth speakers, magazines games, and more.

Stoke your fitness friend with a Gold’s Gym Venice membership!

They have everything over there:  group classes, weights, kettlebells, plyometrics equipment, machines, battle ropes, and more!

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

Give the gift of time!  Spend a day with your loved one and explore Venice with the Venice Destination Magazine!


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