8 L.A. Stores for Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts
Every couple has a song that is their song but if your lover proves especially good at knowing almost any song out there, consider buying them a music-related gift. The Grammy Museum honors music through exhibits but also novelty items. Once there you can find anything from a set of Abbey Road Studios coasters to a shirt featuring The Doors with the legendary song title "When You're Strange." 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Dwntwn.
5. Art as Fashion: LACMA
Clothes might rank as the trickiest gifts to buy for any significant other, but thankfully you can get away with buying even a regular cotton T-shirt if it's cool enough. Lucky for you, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art now carries a number of shirts that can satisfy the art lover in your life. The clothing and accessories series "Wear LACMA" combines top-notch designers with museum pieces to create wearable art; the current design features a dapper young man based on a 1791 portrait by Thomas Lawrence. For something more contemporary, the store also carries shirts with images like John Baldessari's Wrong, a funny commentary on the rules of photography. Perfect wear for gallery openings. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire.
453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA