Gift Guide for Teens

Shopping for teens can be tricky, we’re here to make it a little easier. Whether you’re looking to hunt down the perfect gift yourself, or stuff a stocking with some handy dandy gift cards you can find them all right here in South Pasadena! Read on for local gift buying inspiration for teens and tweens alike.

Waverly Bookshop Cafe & Cooking School

Waverly’s fairly new on the block but they’ve already become quite the hotspot for the local tweens and teens. After all, a cafe-bookstore combo makes for a wonderfully charming atmosphere! They’ve got trendy jewelry decking their shelves and a great selection of books that fans of young adult literature are sure to appreciate. On top of that, they offer cooking classes for all ages hosted by professional chefs and instructors as well as artisan pop-ups.

Find them at:

1010 ½ Fair Oaks Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 460-6027
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MARZ Gifts

Marz’s walls are filled to the brim with knickknacks you won’t find anywhere else! If you’re looking for one of a kind items to fit your teen’s individuality, look no further. On top of on-the-go essentials like lunch bags and water bottles for that school lunch upgrade, they offer vintage items, humorous gifts, curiosities, stationery… really we could go on and on. There’s always something new and exciting to discover at Marz. You’ll have to stop in and see for yourself!

Find them at:

1512 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-4032
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Hotbox Vintage

Curious collections of colorful clothes! Looking through Hotbox’s racks feels like stepping into another world. This place is a utopia for the well-dressed teen. Vintage and unique finds are all the rage these days and Hotbox is a true treasure trove of stand out pieces and accessories. This is not a place you want to skip – get them a gift card or head in to treasure hunt yourself!

Find them at:

1127 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 344-0244
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Jones Coffee

Unfortunately, the holiday season also means first semester finals for a lot of high school students. That means lots of late night cram sessions and tired zombie teens. Treat them to a much needed pick-me-up at Jones! They serve quality, responsibly-sourced coffee and a great selection of pastries. Plus, the place itself has a lovely, cozy atmosphere that really lends the perfect ambience for studying.

1006 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 564 – 9291
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Trader Joe’s

And while you’re at it, might as well stock up on study snacks! Trader Joe’s has so many tasty and healthy treats to keep your teen going during these busy times. They’re committed to providing their customers outstanding value in the form of the best quality products at the best everyday prices. You’ll find everything you need here! From organic dried mango to chili & lime rolled tortilla chips, TJ’s has it all. 

Find them at:

613 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030 
(626) 441-6263


Teamorrow

A favorite after school spot for the local youth, Teamorrow deserves all the hype and more! They know tea as a science as well as an art, only using high quality loose tea leaves and brewing in house with great accuracy and artistry to ensure the freshest and best experience. They serve tea with the utmost care and boast a mouthwatering menu of flavorful Pan-Asian dishes to match. 

Find them at:

1005 Mission Street Ste. A
South Pasadena, CA 91030 
(626) 460-6260
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Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta

Another popular after school spot, Mamma’s is the perfect pizza destination. Picky teen? Don’t sweat, there’s something for everybody! Pizzas, pastas, calzones, stromboli, salads, garlic knots, and more! They’ve even got vegan and gluten free options! Each pizza is hand crafted to order. Starting with their hand-tossed dough, spread with their savory sauces, loaded with generous toppings, and baked in a top-of-the-line New York Brick Oven. A gift card here is like a one-way ticket to savory heaven.

Find them at:

1007 Fair Oaks Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 799-1344
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Pretty Is Contagious

SO. CUTE. This place is perfect for gift shopping! Home decor, candles, unique clothes, don’t even get us started on their statement earrings. All of their pieces are sustainable and they pride themselves on being size-inclusive, carrying everything from XS to 3X. Everything in the shop is fun, playful, and bright. Careful! You’ll go in shopping for a gift but there’s a good chance you’ll end up wanting to keep it for yourself.

Find them at:

1017 Mission Street Ste. A
South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 818-1724
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