Jill Lefferman - Owner
Jill adores choosing and giving gifts (of course with beautiful wrappings) to the special people in her life and is rather "gifted" at helping others to choose perfect gifts for themselves and those they love.
It is the belief that gifting makes people think more about others and less about themselves and that this generosity of spirit makes our communities and society better that inspired Jill to create GIFTED.
Jill's current store favorite is the LOVE Travel Blanket Set. Nothing says love like giving the gift of comfort to your favorite travel companion.
Leigh Choueke - Project Manager
Leigh is our manager here at Gifted. She is a Mom to three and in her previous life before kids spent a few years living in China, sourcing materials for the largest cosmetic bag manufacturer in the world. Since returning to the states, she has made it her mission to support small local businesses. The best part of being at Gifted is supporting a small business, meeting new people every day and hearing about the people they are shopping for. She also still gets to use her sourcing skills to find the perfect gift for anyone on your list.
Leigh's favorite items in the store are the personalized Felix bag, the KooKoo kid's alarm clock, and the Melamine Cutting/Challah Board. Being able to personalize a gift adds such a thoughtful touch to any gift, and the alarm clock is fun and functional at home and on the road.
Liora Rothchild - Reder
Liora has been part of Gifted since its inception. She had a career in Market Research but stopped working after her two kids were born. Now that she is an empty nester, she loves being back at work and staying busy. What Liora loves the most about working at Gifted is helping people find great gifts for loved ones who are hard to shop for. You can find a thoughtful gift for anyone, even for those who have everything. Liora loves her time at the store, being surrounded with great, original gifts. She enjoys working with the other Gifted team members and enjoys meeting new customers on a daily basis.
Liora's favorite items in the store are the Giraffe Baby Blanket Set (that can be personalized) and the Rainbow Atlas book which is a perfect gift for someone who appreciates art and loves to travel.
Julie is a recovering lawyer and almost-empty nester who was a Gifted customer before she joined the team. She lives in the neighborhood and loves being part of, and supporting a local, woman-owned business. She takes great satisfaction in working with our customers to find just the right item for their friends and love ones.
Julie’s current store favorites are the beautiful and sustainable Madras bowls. Coming in a range of sizes, they're the ideal gift for someone who loves to host and appreciates the small details.
Jennie is an actor/writer who loves living in LA and supporting the local community. She is an active member of several neighborhood organizations, and is a big fan of anything that helps environmental causes. Jennie loves working at Gifted because it gives her an opportunity to be a brand ambassador for the neighborhood, and she loves helping people find the perfect thing to make their friends and fam.
Maggie Owen - Corporate Gifting Specialist
Maggie is a certified health coach, Regional Vice President and Independent Consultant at Arbonne and a new empty nester. Prior to staying home to raise her now grown boys, Maggie was a Business Sales Executive at Tiffany & Co. She recently joined the Gifted team as Executive Gift Consultant and is excited to be helping businesses with their gifting needs again. Maggie loves working at Gifted because not only is the shop full of heartfelt, unique and meaningful treasures, she enjoys the lively and fun synergy of the women she works with and sharing in the excitement of helping clients find the perfect gifts for their recipients. Maggie also loves working creatively with the Gifted team to curate thoughtful gift selections for businesses that reflect their appreciation for their clients, employees and recipients.
Maggie’s favorite items in the shop are the beautiful, contemporary cookbooks combined with the unique serving pieces and tableware. She says setting a gorgeous table, cooking a delicious meal and serving it in style is a piece of cake with the goodies you can find at Gifted!
Bebe is an LA local studying Art History at Santa Monica College. Her keen eye for aesthetics makes her a valuable team member, and her smile is integral to the bright and welcoming atmosphere.
Bebe's favorite is the MET + Mast Chocolate Collection. It's perfect for the chocolate connoisseur and art lover in your life.
Stephanie has been a neighbor for 25+ years and brings with her a love of cooking and entertaining and passion for gardening. As a hobby ceramicist and ex-floral designer, her incredible attention to detail makes her a perfect addition to the team.
Stephanie's current favorite is the vintage-inspired Match Cloche. Functional and stylish, these handblown vessels are the perfect upgrade for any simple matchbook.