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A Gift-Filled Countdown to Christmas: Alleviating The Stress of Last Minute Holiday Shopping

With only ten days until Christmas morning, and with much anticipation of seeing the joy on your loved one’s face as they unwrap the perfect gift. We are counting down to Christmas, showcasing our top picks for 2015. With our wide selection of gifts you will be sure to find that special something for everyone on your list.


December 15, 2015 – December 17, 2015
Gifts for the Technophile

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Mophie Juice Pack

Staples 875 S. Arroyo Pkwy.,
Pasadena, CA 91105 / $99-$119
Busy days call for a fully powered cell phone! Mophie Juice Pack is perfect for extending the usage time of your mobile device.

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Go Pro Hero4 Black Version

Pasadena Cyclery, 1670 E. Walnut St.,
Pasadena, CA 91106 / $499.99
Not just for the adventure seeker! The Go Pro Hero4 is ruggedly practical and produces professional quality footage.

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Apple Watch

Apple Store, 54 W. Colorado Blvd.,
Pasadena, CA 91105 / $549-$1,099
Who doesn’t want a computer on their wrist? The Apple Watch is every technophiles dream.

December 18, 2015 – December 20, 2015
Gifts for the Top Chef

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Le Creuset Dutch Oven

Williams-Sonoma, 142 S. Lake Ave.,
Pasadena, CA 91101 / $130-$500
A chef’s essential tool for side dishes and one pot meals.

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Balsamic Vinegar

Beyond the Olive, 120 S. Raymond Ave.,
Pasadena, CA 91105 / $9
The perfect condiment for any meal, it makes dull dishes deliciously flavorful.

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Sansaire Sous-Vide Immersion Circulator

Sur La Table, 161 W. Colorado Blvd.,
Pasadena, CA 91105 / $199.95
State of the art cookware is the perfect choice for the modern Chef.

December 21, 2015 – December 23, 2015
Gifts for the World Tripper

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Vianel Passport Holder
Barneys New York, 869 Americana Way,
Glendale, CA 91210 / $160-$390
The jet setter needs to look great while traveling; this minimalistic chic passport holder is the perfect accessory.

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The New York Times: 36 Hours USA and Canada

Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.,
Pasadena, CA 91101 / $39.99
Make traveling easy for your loved one with a compilation of North America’s and Canada’s hot spots.

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Fig+Yarrow Facial Serum
Figandyarrow.com / $20
After a 15-hour flight from Paris, who doesn’t need a few drops of reparative serum?

-Fernando Cerda


Explore The Gold Line – Del Mar Station

Discover the unknown of Del Mar Station as you venture off the track to find a few of Pasadena’s hidden gems.



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The Luggage Room Pizzeria

Enjoy of gourmet wood-fired pizza on your stop at the Del Mar Station. This elegant pizzeria invites you in with its crystal chandeliers, but keeps you coming back with its mouth-watering pizzas with equally as tasty toppings including roasted tomatoes, shaved fennel, lemon zest and homemade mozzarella.


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La Grande Orange Café

Kale is rising in popularity so there is no doubt you will find it on the menu at La Grande Orange Café. The shredded kale and quinoa salad is one of the best found around town. But, if you’re looking for something a little less healthy, try the tender short ribs, served on fresh, homemade tortillas, or in hash form with potatoes and two over easy eggs.



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Stone Brewing

Quench your thirst at one of Pasadena’s best-kept little secrets. Save the two-hour drive to San Diego for their notorious craft beer and get your favorite Stone Brew right here at the Del Mar Station plaza. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for this nondescript location; you won’t want to miss it.



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Stats Floral Supply

Get in to any holiday spirit by visiting Stats. They carry all your decorating needs from Halloween supplies to cute Christmas snowmen. If you’re looking to outdo your neighbor this holiday season, stop in and stock up.


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Distant Lands

Before your next big adventure, find all your essentials at Distant Lands. Whether you’re trekking through the mountains, venturing abroad, or going on a weekend getaway, this travel-centric shop has everything you need from maps to clothing.


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Incycle Bicycles 

If you’re looking to burn off a couple extra calories after the holidays try going for a bike ride as an alternative to the gym. A leisurely ride around Pasadena’s Central Park on a trendy cruiser is a fun and effective activity. But, if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, Incycle also has both mountain and road bikes for the thrill seekers.



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Neon Retro Arcade

Play all your old gaming favorites likes Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong at the Neon Retro Arcade. Bring in the whole family to show them what being a kid for you was like as you relive the memories. The best part about this arcade is that it’s “free play” for just $10 per hour.

Pick Me Up


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This stop is a tea house-bakery hybrid café that serves delicious teas in many flavors. It doesn’t stop there; they also have artisan cakes and mochi bread that are simply delightful. If you’re in need for a quick energy booster, stop in for their afternoon tea (Mon.-Thurs., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.), which includes a small tea with a cake slice or two cloud pastries, sure to get the job done.

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– Caitlin Pallotta


Spend your afternoon on Holly Street! It is your one-stop for everything from shopping to food and drinks. Holly Street is located just a step away from the Memorial Park Gold Line Station.




This little boutique is your one-stop shop for home goods, artwork, and handmade jewelry that are sure to wow you or a special someone! Nothing can go wrong when stopping in to this shop, other then spending way too much money.

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Elisa B.

Elisa B. is a Pasadena favorite and the perfect clothing spot for any shopaholic! This shop doesn’t just carry couture and contemporary brands, but also shoes and accessories fit for any occasion.

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The Market On Holly

 If you’re looking for a restaurant with organic, local grown ingredients then The Market On Holly is your go to place. Don’t worry; you can even enjoy Nutella French toast to satisfy the sweeter cravings throughout the day.

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Waffles De Liege

In the mood for waffles topped with your favorite treats like fruit, ice cream, and nuts? Stop by Waffles De Liege for community driven, delicious food. If you are on the run, look out for their food truck roaming around the area.

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Juice Served Here

Weather you are looking for a quick energy booster or a juice cleanse to start over, Juice Served Here has it all. Enjoy a freshly juiced drink made with greens, roots, and healthy ingredients.

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Mignon Chocolate

For a little indulgence of your own or a sweet chocolaty gift, there’s no other place to go than Mignon Chocolate. This chocolate shop is like no other, filled with flavors you can’t find anywhere else.

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-Caitlin Pallotta