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.
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.
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.
6905 Melrose Ave.
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.
7714 Melrose Ave.
www.lfstores.com/ (Outlet stores do not have a website)
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.”
7551 Melrose Ave.
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.”
7360 Melrose Ave.