You will find the most unique gift items at Michael Alan Florist's in Agoura Hills. They have the cutest little charms and teddy bears as well as amazing flowers. They also deliver all the way to Malibu. The staff there will totally work with you and what you are looking for.
Fashion Nails is the best place to go if your a student at Cal State Northridge. First off, its close to CSUN and secondly, they have very good service. They offer a wide variety of nail services and always keep up with the newest trends in nail design and care. They also have amazing massage chairs you can sit in while you get your pedicure done.
The Northridge branch of Just Tires is super honest and super quick. I was in and out in about 30 minutes with 2 new tires. They also dont try and sell you items in which you dont need and tell you exactly what the best thing is for your vehicle.
Valley Produce is a gem! They have an incredible selection of Fresh produce at very good prices. They also have an ethnic foods section which includes mexican, middle eastern and kosher. Prepare for crowds though and lines at times.
Q Market has a really good selection of Middle Eastern Grocery items. If your in the mood to cook something different, you can stop by and pick up some ingredients as well as ask some of the shopers for recipe tips. The prices are also super inexpensive.
Fazio's is overrated in my opinion. Although it is one of the most popular dry cleaners in Calabasas, I think they are way too overpriced. They offer coupons through email which is nice but Im still not convinced they are any better then any other dry cleaners. The positives I do give them though is that they do have pick up and delivery if needed which is a very big plus if you are super busy.
Santa Monica Pier is a really good tourist spot because it has both the beach which is a signature of Los Angeles as well as a fun filled pier. The pier includes a carousel, arcade and an amusement park filled with games. They also have special events on occasion so its good to check their calendar frequently.
If your in the mood for sushi, Katana's is a really fun place to hang out. Its right on the Sunset Strip so after your finished with your food you can walk down to tons of bars and clubs. The atmosphere is super trendy but still very down to earth. There is an outside patio that overlooks Sunset Blvd.
Nordstrom Rack is a close second to Loehmanns for designer deals in the San Fernando Valley. The best way to shop at Nordstrom Rack is to go on the days where they receieve their merchandise from the full line Nordstrom stores. You can call and ask the store when those days are because they usually plan special events or sales around them. These are the days where you can get the best selection of designer names for around half of what you would pay at Nordstrom's.
Loehmanns is one of the best places in the valley for discount designer fashions. They have everything from popular jean brands like blue cult to high end designer bags like Fendi. They alsos have a really great selection of special occasion wear from around $20 to $150 per piece. You have to go often though because once the popular items come into stock, they are gone a few days later.