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With less than a month until Christmas and only a couple weeks until Hanukkah, the holiday shopping season is upon us. For those looking to give local gifts this holiday season, Malibu Surfside News is here to help.

Below are 70 great gift ideas in no particular order from Malibu businesses that are fit for just about anyone on your list. Happy shopping!

1. Zuma Organics Herb Tins

Chris Bashaw

 Jett Raines scored a career-high 22 points and Stacy Davis had 21 in front of a standing-room-only Firestone Fieldhouse crowd and the Pepperdine men’s basketball team gave No. 3 Gonzaga all it could handle before the Waves came up just short, 78-76, in West Coast Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Chris Bashaw

Vast numbers of velella velella, tiny jellyfish-like colonies of hydrozoas, continue to wash ashore on Malibu beaches. 

Some headlines have proclaimed that the velella are “invading” or “taking over” Malibu, but these marine organisms aren’t exactly invaders, since they have no means of self-propulsion and can only go where the currents and winds drive them. This explains their common name: by-the-wind sailor, and their Latin name, which is derived from the word vela, a ship’s sail.

Ashleigh Fryer

“His was a voice that had its own footnotes,” Douglas Kmiec, Our Lady of Malibu parishioner, said with a laugh that reverberated through the crowd that filled the movie theater, as his fellow parishioners and neighbors watched Kmiec on screen at the premier of “Radical Kindness: The Life of John Sheridan,” a film documenting OLM’s Mongsignor, the late John V. Sheridan. 

Ashleigh Fryer

By early 2016, a piece of Malibu history along Pacific Coast Highway will get a makeover. 

Property owners and Z/K Hospitality co-founders Alessandro Zampedri and Sanford Kunkel, armed with a team of local experts, are currently giving the old Surfrider Beach Club hotel across from Surfrider Beach a new look that Zampedri says “will bring this piece of Malibu history back to its heyday.”

Ashleigh Fryer

The controversial five-house Sweetwater Mesa ridge-top development known as the Edge project is returning to the California Coastal Commission on Friday, May 15. Coastal staff is recommending approval for the latest version of the project once described by former CCC executive director Peter Douglas as “one of the three worst projects that I’ve seen in terms of environmental devastation.”

Ashleigh Fryer

MariSol, a private residential development in Malibu, sealed the second highest land sale of the year in Malibu for one of their lots on Ellice Street on March 27, according to the Combined Los Angeles/Westside Multiple Listing Service. 

The 43,592-square-foot lot sold for $6.5 million, and is one of three MariSol’s listings in the top five largest land sales for the year. Two other MariSol lots sold for $5.5 million and $3.1 million, both in November of 2013. 

Danielle Tabor

Malibu residents got into a groove during the four-day inaugural Malibu Guitar Festival, which took place nightly Thursday-Sunday, May 14-17, at Casa Escobar Malibu.
All together, the event featured 23 artists and bands who showcased what a guitar can do through a variety of musical styles, ranging from rock to country and blues.

Chris Bashaw

An elderly man was in stable condition Saturday, June 20, after being stabbed during a Malibu home invasion incident the night before, according Los Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.
At 10:50 p.m. Friday, June 19, the Malibu/Lost Hills station received a call from the Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch advising that they were responding to an apartment unit in the 20700 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu to treat a possible stabbing victim.

Chris Bashaw

It’s the summer of the 1922: Harry Houdini’s mind and body are battered from his harrowingly death-defying escape routines, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is growing weary of writing Sherlock Holmes.

Both men are looking for something new.

After exchanging letters, the famed escape artist and mystery novel legend team-up to investigate self-proclaimed psychic mediums for the Scientific American committee.

Ashleigh Fryer