8 L.A. Stores for Alternative Valentine's Day Gifts
As far as convoluted and fantastical fictional sagas go, Harry Potter still ranks high on the list. You and your significant other still curl up on the couch and pop in one of the movies every so often -- it's ok, you can admit it -- so it only makes sense that on Valentine's Day you take your mutual love for The Boy Who Lived and give it a romantic twist. Show your love through a unique gift from Whimsic Alley, L.A.'s Harry Potter heaven. Lose yourself in the store's alleys (yes, that even includes Diagon Alley) and find the perfect HP keepsake for your lover. Wands, robes, quills and more come in various house styles and colors so there's bound to be something that shows your affection for the Hermione, Harry or Ron in your life. 5464 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire.
3. Oh So Clever: Giant Robot Store
If you live with your significant other already, consider buying something practical that you can both use. But instead of heading to traditional spots for home decor, take a trip to Giant Robot. Besides selling art, apparel and more, it offers clever, unconventional trinkets that feel more whimsical and hilarious than those from your average store. Buy something as basic as soap for the bathroom -- but in the shape of a kaiju, the Japanese word for strange beast. Make breakfast more interesting with egg molds that come shaped like everything from a bunny to a car. If your husband hates the new pink walls in the bedroom, buy him Super Mario Brothers decals for the laundry room walls. Life at home just got a lot more interesting. 2062 Sawtelle Blvd., West L.A.
453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA