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Well-crafted gift-giving

Handmade pieces make artful presents and these 30 items are all sold in Los Angeles.

December 05, 2009|By Lisa Boone, David A. Keeps and Craig Nakano

84Repurposed Pallet Shelving by Jason Burton is pretty much what it sounds like: oak slats recycled into eco-friendly displays. Each is made in Long Beach, shipped flat and assembled by you in any number of configurations. Vertical posts are slotted to allow for shelf planks to slide in and lock into place using a wrench that's included; the whole thing is protected with a clear Safecoat finish. A full system measuring 48 inches square is $500. Half-size orders (24-by-48 inches) are $300. shibuidesigns.com. 85From her Costa Mesa studio, Kristie Thinnes designs and prints textiles that look modern and fresh. Pillow covers ($20 to $38 apiece) feature simple silhouettes of foxes, wild horses and bears arranged in ways that create a more abstract pattern when viewed from afar. Her colorful printed tea towels ($12 each or $38 for sets of four) are pretty groovy too. www.humblecollection.com.

86Margaret Dorfman's vegetable parchment bowls are made of paper-thin formations of dried purple beets, golden squash, green bok choy and more. They can be used as tea light holders, the flickering flame colored by the produce surrounding it. They sell for $34 to $60 at the Gallery of Functional Art at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, (310) 829-6990, ourgallerystore.com.

87The Home section first featured the floral artistry of Krislyn Komarov three years ago, and ever since we've noted how frequently her designs are ripped off by copycats -- and with good reason. Her works capture the fleeting beauty of flowers but have the longevity of sculpture. One of her more affordable introductions this year: "moss hills," 1-foot-wide assemblages of dyed moss that are arranged into simple, lovely tablescapes. They start at $80. www.krislyndesign.com.

88The high-fired stoneware of local artist Sunja Park is showcased at the Silver Lake store Ten 10 right now. Swing by and you'll see beautiful pottery and -- the surprise for us -- some glazed ceramic clocks ($125 to $175). (323) 663-3603, ten10site.com.

89Love it just for the name: the Peaclock, a letterpress clock made by the L.A.-based Mable Lee and Christen Cutrona, who go by the studio name Dee & Lala. Originally produced in blue, the clock is now available in green or orange too. It's just $34.95 at www.deeandlala.com.

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