Festive Holiday Gifts on Melrose – Part 2

Festive Holiday Gifts on Melrose – Part 2

Holiday shopping shouldn’t be a chore, and it’s anything but on Melrose Ave. Special presents abound, with great gift items for everyone on your list, from head to toe.

Goorin Brothers Hat Shop

Starting at the top of your gift list? It’s easy to do with hats for women and men. Goorin Brothers began a hundred years ago – literally – in Pittsburgh, Penn., and is now a 30-store chain, but the hatmakers’ dedication to quality material and a made-from-scratch process is the perfect fit for heads on Melrose.

According to shop manager Tara Verrette, the top sellers this holiday season are “wide-brimmed fedoras and flat caps.” Among the more unique choices for holiday gifts are what every hat-lover needs, according to Verrette: hat care kits and hat boxes.

Goorin Brothers Hat Shop
7627 Melrose Ave.
http://www.goorin.com/shops/los-angeles-melrose/

 

Hollywood Hatters

Keep “ahead” of the holiday season with a stop at another headwear shop on Melrose. At Hollywood Hatters, owner Sal Rovero sells everything from Panama style hats to bowlers. While ladies seem to prefer “unisex” hats this time of year, according to Rovero, the shop does carry charming small fascinator-style hats for the ladies, too. The store offers a wide range of brands like Golden Gate Hat Co., Borsalino, New York Hat Company, Broner, and Stetson, among others.

Hollywood Hatters
6905 Melrose Ave.
www.hollywoodhatters.com/

 

LF Outlet

LF Stores’ newest outlet shop is ideally situated right on Melrose Ave., offering large discounts on a wide variety of trendy high-fashion items. Sales assistant Madison Miller, speaking for manager Katie Ogiens, says that among the shop’s must-haves for gift givers this holiday are “sweaters and glittery jumpsuits that are very festive and good for the season. We also sell a lot of jewelry, scarves, and shoes.”

Among the outlet’s most unique holiday items are a fun seasonal twist on the classic “ugly sweater” – ugly skirts. “They’re made from sweater material but designed as skirts,” she explains.

One caveat for shoppers eager to buy up the hot bargains: sales are final and there are no exchanges or refunds allowed, so know your giftee’s sizes and fashion preferences before you buy.

LF Outlet
7714 Melrose Ave.
www.lfstores.com/  (Outlet stores do not have a website)

 

Puzzle Zoo

For the fun loving game-geek, Melrose holiday shoppers can get their game on at Puzzle Zoo. This year, holiday sales have gone rogue – that would be as in the new “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” In fact, according to manager Albert Vega, the most popular seasonal purchases are “pretty much anything ‘Star Wars.’ We have the ETA walker, it’s remote control and it’s exactly like the one in the movie. It moves and makes sounds and everything,” he enthuses.

Among the most unique items of the season are the shop’s strong collection of figurines. And high on the gift-greats list is a remote-controlled bat mobile. “This is the only place you can find it.”

Puzzle Zoo
7551 Melrose Ave.
www.puzzlezoo.com

 

Maya

From whimsical stud earrings in a variety of animal shapes to beautiful natural stone rings for both men and women, Maya is the place to find artistic and unusual jewelry from pendants to toe rings. Sculptures, statues, and wands are also a part of the mix, with many artwork and jewelry items available from around the world. Manager Jesse Quintero says “If shoppers crave exotic jewelry, chances are good they can find something special here.”

Maya
7360 Melrose Ave.
http://mayahollywood.com/

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own diversionsLA.com.