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Made in California: Four gift items, each for $50 or less

December 2, 2009 |  6:28 am


Think of it as the L.A. at Home craft fair: Throughout December, we'll point shoppers toward handmade gifts that are original, thoughtful and occasionally eccentric. We'll start with this assortment -- all $50 or less. Clockwise, starting with the largest photo:

Book: The hand-bound journal is made by Tyler Bender using vintage and recycled materials. It's $32.95 from the Tyler Bender Book Co.

Box: Los Angeles artist Mark Brunner decorates the lid of his handmade wooden box with a resin print of his original artwork. It's $50.

Scent: Textile artist Paula Smail makes her 4-inch-square sachets with fabric remnants stuffed with dried lavender. Each set of three sachets is $15 at Henry Road in Studio City.

Treasure: The small "Peace" box is by Pasadena artist Kim Elowe of Kafuffle Designs. It's $26.50 at Mindfulnest in Burbank.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times