A few of OUR favorite things

Kianna Shann | 12/12/2012, 5 p.m.

You take time to select the perfect Noble fir, dashing from one tree lot to another to find the exact look and size. Then you search all over for the proper lights and hand-crafted ornaments to adorn your tree.

As for gifts, no matter how many Macy's ads you've scoured, nothing seems right. You're a particular shopper, and everything you purchase must reflect your keen sense of taste and style. In effort to ease the seasonal madness, we've taken a little time to make the Christmas stress a little lighter this year. As a discerning shopper, allow OurWeekly's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide to aid in steering you through the next two weeks of the holiday-shopping grind. We could not think of a better way to help you prepare for the holidays than to connect our faithful readers to some of our favorite go-to shops (that are a combination of brick and mortar and online) and their perfect gifts ideas for the season.

Runway Boutique

807 La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90036, (323) 965-1877; www.shoprunwayboutique.com
With a fashion designer for a mother, it is no surprise that Runway Boutique owner Fatima Dodson's career path led her into the fashion industry. She began as a stylist/costume designer, and shortly after completing fashion school in 2005 turned her dreams of owning a boutique into a reality. Nestled in the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles, this event-based boutique has been a shopping destination for many since its opening.

Packed with gorgeous new and vintage garments, Runway offers a unique shopping experience. It is equipped with a life-size runway down the middle of the store, turning this boutique into the ultimate venue for fashion shows and other events.

Runway also hosts a ton of fun, girly fashion events, including Tea With Girlfriends, which is scheduled every second Sunday of the month. This quaint boutique is the perfect place to shop for that fashion aficionado on your list. Whether she is the COO of a Fortune 500 company or your 20-year-old granddaughter in college, the amazing staff at Runway Boutique will help find exactly what you're looking for. Step into Runway and choose from one of their many carefully selected vintage pieces or a beautiful handbag from their wide selection.

Tech Heads of Southbay

17129 Hawthorne Blvd., Lawndale, Calif. 90260, (323) 723-2329
These days, with technology changing at an alarming rate, it is getting increasingly hard to keep current. While many of us are still feeling the recession, local entrepreneur Jeffrey Walsh and his partner Ryan Jackson have established an amazing business that will keep everyone up to date with the latest technology without out breaking the bank.

Tech Heads is an innovative business that buys, sells and trades smart phones and gadgets. Located in the Southbay, Tech Heads provides a little relief for all its tech-savvy consumers. Offering gadgets such as the iphone5, ipad mini, Samsung Galaxy 3 and the Samsung Note 2, the store has become a leader in new and "gently used" products. Stocked with phones from every major carrier, it provides customers with new options to purchasing technology.