by Hiko Mitsuzuka
We are now less than 4 weeks away from Christmas, and we know some of y'all will be scrambling at the last minute to find the perfect gift for your friends and family. That's why we at HIH would like to offer some assistance before you drive yourself crazy searching for that parking space at the mall and getting into a fist fight with a housewife over the last copy of that Adam Levine calendar.
FOR THE JETSETTER: Venque's Flatsquare backpack - From the Toronto-based bag designer comes this sleek and functional carry-on for anyone looking to travel in style. We particularly like the V-shape backbone foam that gives you enough comfort to finish your busy day. ($85 USD)
FOR THE THEATER GEEK: Tickets to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica - Whether it's the National Theatre of Scotland's production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart or An Iliad starring American Horror Story's Denis O'Hare, the Broad has a variety of performances scheduled on its roster.
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER: iHome's Bluetooth Wireless Rechargeable Boombox with FM Radio - This audio player packs a punch (and comes in an array of hot colors). It'll come in handy when you need a yuletide soundtrack to play at your next holiday cocktail party (we know what we're using at our annual soiree). Besides the HQ sound, its sleek and simple design is what stands out. You won't have to worry about it looking like an eyesore on your bookshelf or desk. It blends right in. ($99 USD)
FOR THE FACTOID FREAK: The 2014 World Almanac and Book of Facts - This thick volumes houses every random fact you'll ever need. Published annually since 1868, this compendium of information is the authoritative source for all your entertainment, reference, and learning needs. It's been praised as a “treasure trove of political, economic, scientific and educational statistics and information” by The Wall Street Journal, so you know this thing's legit! ($13.99 USD)
FOR THE POP CULTURE HISTORIAN: The Killer Detail: Defining Moments in Fashion - This 264-paged tome has found a comfy home on our coffee table and has wooed every curious reader who's ever wanted to take a trip back in time. Film critic Elisabeth Quin covers dozens of iconic celebrities who have made an impact both on and off the red carpet with their killer sense of fashion. ($40 USD)
FOR THE COOKIE MONSTER: A box of Milk Jar Cookies - And you thought we'd end this list on an empty stomach...We've only recently discovered this quaint boutique shop on Wilshire in the Miracle Mile district, and we regret not jumping on the bandwagon sooner. Each cookie may cost you $3 a pop, but it's worth it: eating one is like eating three. You can't go wrong with the classic Chocolate Chip; it's like a small mountain of baked goodness, a little crispy on the outside and pleasantly soft and gooey on the inside. If you're ambitious, try eating/conquering another (particularly the Banana Split or the Chocolate Pecan Caramel). And while you're at it, grab one of their old-fashioned milk jars to bring home.