Foodie Stocking Stuffers for Christmas

Foodie Stocking Stuffers for Christmas

Surprise the food enthusiasts on your list with thoughtful stocking stuffers!

Of course, it’s easy for Santa to know what you’re friends and family want most for Christmas. But if your loved ones are also foodies, we just so happen to be experts on filling their Christmas with joy!

Some of the best gifts come in small packages. That’s why we at Abbot Kinney First Fridays are crazy about stocking stuffers! These little treats are a great way to demonstrate thoughtfulness this Christmas.

First on the list: Spices! Checkout a nearby spice shop for specialty spices and seasonings that will bring life and an extra kick to any meal. For those who love to cook, this will be an appreciated gift.


Second on the list: A gift card to their favorite restaurant! This may initially seem less than sentimental. However, if you happen to know what they would enjoy most, this may be a perfect gift! This could even initiate a “date night” for a special someone recipient.

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Third on the list: A subscription to a meal kit delivery service! These are great options for those who are looking to branch out with their cooking; and by no means are they reserved for lazy cooks. They are great resources for new flavors and cooking techniques and full of great recipe ideas!

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Finally: Consider giving your Abbot Kinney blog fan a subscription to our Patreon Premium Subscriber Page. Here our Patrons will find insider deals and the Abbot Kinney food truck list by location.

Give them something they’ll love and truly appreciate this year. Big or small, a thoughtful gift will make your loved one’s seasons bright!

Holiday Events in Venice Santa Monica and Culver City! Treats & Freebies!

Holiday Events in Venice Santa Monica and Culver City! Treats & Freebies!

Perhaps you missed out on some of the holiday events, like the Venice sign lighting, Main Street tree lighting or Montana Holiday walk in Santa Monica … don’t worry there’s more holiday events in those areas and Culver City!

Culver City

Culver City Tree LightingHoliday Tree Lighting Wednesday, December 12, 6 p.m.
Downtown Culver City on Culver Bl.
See Santa Claus and taste treats and hot drinks from local businesses and of course- the tree lighting. (Note this event originally was last week and rescheduled due to rain.)BlankSpaces-Culver City-04-600x400-AKFF

Free Coworking Day, Tuesday, December 18, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BLANKSPACES Culver City, 9415 Culver Bl
This is more of a gift then a holiday event! Get a free day of co-working along with some coffee at the former CulverWorks space on the second floor.


SPARC Anti-Corporate Art Sale Saturday, December 15, 1- 6 p.m.
685 Venice Bl.
Well of course, this sounds like Venice. Check out unique and affordable arts and crafts from local artists.

Marche de Noel – Christmas Market, Friday, December 14, 5 – 9 p.m.
French Market Cafe 2321 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
There’s a Christmas Market with fenders, gifts, food tasting live music and more

Santa Monica

41st Annual Christmas Run Santa Monica to VeniceSaturday December 15, 6:30 a.m. start time
Celebrate while walking or running in this holiday themed costume contest with a 5K and10K- it’s family-friendly. Starts in Santa Monica on Barnard Way north of Marine Street.

Downtown LA

New Year’s Eve Party FREE, December 31, 8p.m – January 1, 2019, 1a.m
Grand Park, Downtown, Los Angeles
There’s a ton of New Year’s Eve options that you can pay for if you want or you can check out this giant party that just so happens to be free in #DTLA . New Year’s Eve is coming soon so plan ahead for the party at Grand Park- yes it is free with live music, food trucks and of course a countdown to midnight. Get details on the #nye event.

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The First Food Truck Scene Guide for Los Angeles is being written by our @AbbotKinney1st Editor! It will cover Beqch areas like Venice, Santa Monica and Marina del Rey, Downtown LA, West LA and Special Features on Palm Desert and even Kauai, Hawaii!

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Naughty or Nice? Holiday Events in Santa Monica & Venice Plus Holiday Recents

Naughty or Nice? Holiday Events in Santa Monica & Venice Plus Holiday Recents

Shopping Cart Tree 02-MAIN STREET TREE LIGHTING 2017-AKFF So many Holiday Events, so little time! In case you haven’t seen these yet:
Santa Monica Montana Holiday Stroll, Main Street Holiday tree Lighting, Mar Vista holiday Art Walk!

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The Main Street Shopping Cart Christmas Tree (above on left) is always an amazing sight to see at the Edgemar Center on Main Street in Santa Monica! Holographic purses at Jane on Montana Ave. will brighten any holiday!


Believe in the magic of the Christmas Holiday Season!  Seen on Montana Ave during their annual holiday stroll where shops are open late, Santa is there for the kiddies and adults, plus lots of goodies and cheer amidst carolers and musicians!

Bollinger Hats-MAIN STREET TREE LIGHTING 2017-AKFF.Christmas Carolers on Main Street provided holiday cheer to all who came to this festive annual event, a tradition in Santa Monica! The event started at theCalifornia Heritage Museum with sounds of the Holiday, then on to the Edgemar Center for more celebrating and strolling along Main Street for shopping and fun.

Status Queen-MAIN STREET TREE LIGHTING 2017-AKFF.Our Editor likes this one- a great gift! Step up to your role this holiday season! All hail to the Queen in your life. There are some great shops on Main Street  in both Santa Monica and Venice. Mindful Nest  has locally sourced gifts, jewelry and fun coasters, signs with a twist.



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AKFF Holiday Party: Friday December 15, 4 – 7pm

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Venice Art Crawl Mixer: Thursday, December 21, 6 – 9pm

Join in and find out about the VAC while socializing and networking at Canal Club.
2025 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Santa Monica Menorah Lighting: December 12 – 19

Celebrate the Festival of Lights this Hannukah season on the Third St Promenad ein Santa Monica. Lighting the menorah will begin shortly after sundown each evening. Shalom!

Bergamot Station Holiday Open House Saturday, December 16, 12 – 6pm

Join in this annual event at the art galleries in this beloved Santa Monica art hub while it’s still intact, as the future is uncertain  as to whether this will go the way of  big box development.  2525 Michigan Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404 Metrorail stop here.

Santa Monica Art Exhibit by APC Fine Arts: Saturday, December 16, 2 – 5pm & Sunday, December 17, 8:30 – 10am

An exhibition of plein air and studio drawings and paintings featuring recent pastel paintings by local artists in the community at Palisades Park. 1450 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401

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