Amazon, Target, and other major retailers are obvious places to shop for holiday gifts! However if you look into your local Los Angeles community you’ll see plenty of places where you can find affordable gifts, while also supporting your local business economy. From restaurants, to local retailers, even local brands that sell items online, you can easily find and support plenty of businesses in the Los Angeles area. Since we work primarily with local LA businesses doing their Digital Marketing and Social Media we understand how much local businesses need their community to help keep them thriving. We’ve decided to come up with a list of hot spots throughout Los Angeles area where you can pick up great gifts for your loved ones.

Paint

Do you have a DIY’er that loves to create projects with paint materials? Faux Masters is the best place to pick a range of great products from Colorants & Pigments to Metallics, Glazes and more! Faux Masters’ paint products can help transform ordinary items, like desks, mirrors, and doors and turn them into unique pieces of art or furniture. Located at 22941 Savi Ranch Pkwy Yorba Linda, CA 92887, you can stop by or order your gifts online!

Mexican Cuisine

With three locations to choose from (Santa Monica, Westchester, Culver City) Benny’s Tacos is the perfect place for the Mexican cuisine lover! Get them a gift card and they can enjoy Benny’s delicious food as much as they want! Choose from their delicious menu of favorites like Breakfast items (served all day) such as Chilaquiles, Huevos Rancheros, Steak N’ Egg Burrito, and more! Or you can try fan-favorites burritos like California, Fish, or Shrimp.

Simple Apparel & Camping Supplies

Head on over to Venice Boulevard at 10341 if you’re looking for adorable apparel that is comfortable. Get an easy shopping experience at The Surplus Store! Whether your loved one is in the military or simply loves the memorabilia, you can buy military pins, clothing, and other types of memorabilia. Know someone who loves to go on hikes or likes to camp? They’ve got plenty of durable hiking and camping supplies that can last for many experiences. Stop by The Surplus Store and stock up!

Jewelry

Westwood Jewelers located at 2318 Westwood Blvd, can sparkle up the lives of anyone looking for classy jewelry. Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, Rings, Watches and even Custom Made Jewelry can be discovered at Westwood Jewelers. For Custom Made Jewelry you simply bring in an image or start from scratch. When the design process is finalized they can provide 3D Imaging so you can what it will look like.

Fitness

With the New Year around the corner tons of people consider fitness their biggest goal for the following year. Well at Vert Fitness & Sports Therapy you can gift Personal Training for just $29 an hour! And that’s not all…you can even call to set up a Free Trial Workout. Give the gift of weight loss and strength training today! There are even two locations to choose from, their Santa Monica location and Reseda (in San Fernando Valley).

Custom Cabinetry

If your loved one has been thinking about sprucing up their kitchen or bathroom, you can offer them an affordable solution… Mix-it Modern! Get their “custom doors from the California shores.” They use high quality materials, like 18 colors of truly painted MDF panel and hardwood doors, as well as Supermatte, Smooth or Textured Melamine, and more! They will even do Custom Color Matching if you can provide them a sample of swatch of an item (like denim, boots, or any other miscellaneous item).

Women’s Activewear

Body Love Athletica has been around for a few years now and not only can you find the Women’s brand in a few exclusive boutiques around Los Angeles, but you can also shop online. Their form-fitting tops and bottoms go great with casual clothes or can be dressed up for a California chic look. Their website even has a $40 and under section, so you’re guaranteed to squeeze in a few great gifts!

From paint and Mexican food, to apparel, accessories, and custom cabinetry, we’re certain that you will find something on this list to give away as a gift this holiday season! And from Promotion LA…have a Happy Holiday Season and a very Special New Year’s!

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Managing projects can be difficult, depending on your work load, the details of the project, and the people that are working with you on the project. Having dealt with smaller and large scale projects we’ve put together a list of some helpful tips that you’ll be able to use for your next project.

Set Realistic Expectations

Setting realistic expectations for us as a Digital Marketing Agency means making sure we can deliver on a project with a client. For us we specialize in web development and online marketing, so before a client even signs a contract with us, we have to do a little digging to find out if we can meet the client’s demands. This is particularly true for larger projects, like some of the shopping cart websites we’ve developed. We try to look at every business’s website as an individual experience. This means that a potential client gives us the scope of what their business goals and needs are. Seeing what they want to achieve we ask ourselves, does the clients’ needs match our capabilities as a web development and marketing team?

Organize the Project Details

The very first step is to organize all the details of the project. This first step is the most important because all of the details will be identified from the beginning so you and your team aren’t caught off guard by any unnecessary problems. For us, as a Digital Marketing Agency, the projects that we deal with are primarily based on developing websites for our clients. Once a client signs a contract with us for web development, we organize all of the variables that we need to consider before doing any development. This helps our writer and developer figure out how to write and build the pages that we are going to create. Knowing from the beginning what our client’s needs are helps us when choosing a layout that is specific to their goals. Since we deal with countless industries and businesses, it’s crucial for us to be as organized as possible with a project from the beginning.

Delegate The Project Properly

Use the details of the project to guide your decision making when it comes to choosing the right people on your team to be given the appropriate task. Understanding what strengths and weakness your team has, you’ll be able to find tasks that you can delegate to your team, without worrying about whether or not the tasks can be completed. According to Life Hack “make sure each team member is clear on what is expected from them and when. Encourage them to ask questions to clarify anything that may be uncertain, and to come to you whenever something seems to be out of place or going awry. Clear and open communication is mission-critical.” As the project manager communication is imperative throughout the project. Checking in on your team from time to time, to see where they are and any problems that they need help with, can also help push a project along.

Create Proper Deadlines

A project can fall apart at the seams if proper deadlines aren’t put into place. For us, we find that flexible deadlines work the best, when putting together a website. Since we work closely with clients, asking them to approve the content that we write and the website that we build, we know that oftentimes clients can hold us up. Earlier this year we had a client keep the content for months before doing anything with it. That means that although we had done a photo shoot, wrote the content, and even started building a layout, with the content approved, their website would’ve been finished in a matter of a few days. So although we had a deadline in mind, sometimes clients can hold us up from moving to the next phase of a project. But as a team, we try to make sure that we’re at least on the same page with where we want to be by certain deadlines, even if we are flexible enough to change those deadlines.

With realistic expectations, organization, delegating tasks, and creating proper deadlines to finish the project, you’ll be able to successfully complete any type of project. Just follow our tips closely for the best results. Interested in seeing some of the projects we’ve tackled so far, check out our Portfolio.

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