Ultimate guide to the holidays


Eye on L.A. is brimming with holiday cheer! We're bringing you the ultimate guide to the creating the coolest holiday party, planning festive outings for the whole family and great presents for the special ones in your life - including a look at some drool-inducing gifts for the person who has everything!

Hollywood & Highland Center

The Hollywood & Highland Center is a one-of-a-kind destination in the heart of Hollywood offering an eclectic mix of 60 top retailers, nine restaurants plus hip nightclubs and entertainment venues. Hollywood & Highland features the KodakTheatre (home of the Oscars and IRIS by Cirque du Soleil), the Hard Rock Cafe, Rolling Stone LA Restaurant and Lounge, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and SPA LUCE, a luxury boutique spa at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel [Watch video].

Mattel Toy Store

Mattel is the largest toy maker in the world, and its global headquarters is in El Segundo, Calif. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling and iconic brands as Barbie, the most popular fashion doll ever introduced, Hot Wheels, Matchbox and American Girl, as well as Fisher-Price. The Mattel Toy Stores are outlet destinations attached to Mattel offices and distribution centers that carry some of your favorite Mattel brands at great prices. Open to the public, the Mattel Toy Stores have low prices every day [Watch video].

Toys "R" Us

Toys "R" Us is the leading kids store for toys, video games, dolls, action figures, learning toys, building toys, baby & toddler toys and more.

McMahon's RV

Since opening the first dealership in 2000, McMahon's RV has become the top RV dealer in California because of their extensive inventory and wide selection of motor homes, travel trailers and towables at extremely competitive prices. McMahon's RV is also known for their customer care and reliable service department. There are seven locations throughout Southern California and Arizona [Watch video].

Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalogue

When it comes to the ultimate in ultimate gifts, the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog never disappoints. [Watch video].

Millinery Guild Boutique - Hat Shop

If you're looking for a totally original gift or you want to add a conversation starter to your holiday party dress, stop by the Millinery Guild and pick out a one-of- a-kind designer hat. Starting at $65, these unique hats may be purchased from the store or custom made to your liking. If you can imagine it, they can design it! Gift certificates are available [Watch video].

Great Guy Gifts

Eye on L.A. knows that it's not always easy shopping for those special guys in your life, so we recruited manly men Christopher Moynihan and Henry Simmons from ABC's comedy "Man Up!" to come shopping with us and show us what guys really want for Christmas [Watch video].

Alpha - Gear for Gents

Whether you're looking to buy a unique gift for dad, husband, boyfriend, son or friend, Alpha is the place to find something absolutely original for all the guys on your list - and a few things the girls will love as well. They've got everything from tech stuff to manly must-have books, games, clothing and accessories, as well as a few outrageous items likely to be the talk of the holidays. They also make customized vintage signs and wall art [Watch video].

Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp

Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp is the ultimate music-making experience, allowing you the once in a lifetime opportunity to jam with legendary rock stars, to write and record an original song and play live on stage at a major concert venue in front of your family and friends. As a participant in a Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, you'll live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle day and night, learning or perfecting your knowledge of an instrument, practicing and jamming with your band, and learning the ins and outs of the music business - all in the company of some serious rock stars! Musicians, singers and songwriters of all levels are welcome. They also offer a master program for the experienced musician, a young rockers program for ages 12-16 and a spouse program so your loved one can join you for dinner, evening activities and hang out while you take advantage of master classes and themed jam rooms [Watch video].

Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy

Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy in Montebello is a family-owned business that's been around for more than 80 years. The local dairy boasts the best eggnog in town! For many, Broguiere's is as much a holiday tradition as buying presents [Watch video].

Jeanne Benedict - Entertaining Expert

Jeanne Benedict is considered one of the top lifestyle experts in America, with over 100 appearances as a lifestyle/ party expert and chef on shows such as ABC's "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly," "The Today Show ," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and many more. Benedict's popularity has been on the rise since the success of her first book and a four season run as the host/chef/designer of "Weekend Entertaining" on the DIY network. She knows how to impress and has found great success teaching this skill to others [Watch video].


Save your silver for the bells and make this holiday season bright for everyone on your list by shopping Goodwill SoCal. With lots of fabulous budget friendly finds, from table settings for the perfect holiday feast, to fabulous fashions for your festive fetes, to unique hostess gifts, when you transform your style at Goodwill you transform lives in your community [Watch video].

Hands-On 3rd

Hands-On 3rd is a craft studio offering back-to-basics workshops and creative space. Extensive workshops, as well as 2-3 hour crash courses are available in everything from knitting, crocheting, mosaic and jewelry making, sewing, soldering, terrarium making, embroidery, silk screening and more. Kids and teen classes, as well as parent/child classes are available. It's a great place to learn how to make your own special gifts for the holidays, or purchase a gift certificate for those on your list who have been dying to learn something handy and creative. All crash courses are $49 plus a materials fee and four-session workshops are about $195 plus materials fee [Watch video].

EYE deal: Hands-On 3rd is offering Eye on L.A. viewers a great deal! Get a 25 percent discount on all workshops purchased through Dec. 31. Go to http://handson3rd.com to choose your class and register using the discount code: KABC2011.

See the complete list of all of the places featured on this week's episode.

[Original air date: December 17, 2011]

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