OK, guys. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And this year, we really need to spread the love. Your favorite independent artisans on Melrose Avenue have exactly what you need to honor the special people in your life – friends and family alike. From sweet to sassy and naughty to nice, the best Valentine’s Day gifts are on Melrose.
Natasha at New Profanity has a unique talent for finding the most quirky and colorful products year-round, but she really pulls out all the stops for holidays. The adorable Valentine cards from On Planet Weird come with a sticker, patch, of charm, and plenty of personality. Whimsical sunnies from Guerilla Studios are embellished with love messages. The shop is filled with even more jewelry, pins, and t-shirts full of inspiration and all created by indie craftspeople. The pieces are often short run, so get them while you can!
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
If your S.O. can be wooed by the works of Leonard Cohen, a) you hit the jackpot and b) check out the sweet mini-coffee table book now available at Spitfire Girl (one of many arty and meaningful paper gifts). The Valentine’s Day gifts at SG have a refined look – a mix of Victorian, gothic, and vintage oddity – and are attention-getting pieces. The branded line includes fragrances, candles, and bath additives with reportedly very effective traditional essential oils for Love and Seduction.
7401 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Don’t discount one of the most unusual shops on Melrose for Valentine’s Day gift-giving. In fact, Necromance has some of the most delightfully creepy and clever gifts. The shop has a limited selection (so get in there quick) of vintage anatomical model hearts as well as – if you’re willing to go to any extreme to show your love – a real sheep heart in a jar. If that’s a little too literal for your taste, Necromance also has an ample but perfect selection of charming vintage Valentine’s Day cards.
7222 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Maybe your walk on the wild side leads to the bedroom. If you and your special someone are into fetish and latex clothing, Jane Doe Latex (inside Hollywood Villains) carries the most sexy and sophisticated designs in the world. A favorite of celebrities and models, each piece is handmade to order and the detail is impeccable. There’s a cute gift set with black heart pasties and black panties perfect for the holiday. Add a cuff from Kadabra to make your message perfectly clear.
JANE DOE LATEX (HOLLYWOOD VILLAINS)
7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Affairs of the heart are magical, and require magical attention. Is your relationship a little rocky? Maybe you are still looking for “the one?” Even if your relationship is great, it still needs tending. Everything you need to focus on love is available at House of Intuition. From candles and baths to crystals and oils, creating your own targeted love ritual is made easy by the energy-infused products (and the great care of the knowledgeable staff). Holiday-specific candles are in stock but tend to go fast!
HOUSE OF INTUITION
7449 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Let’s be honest. Some of our most loving relationships are with our pets. They are the most unconditional, adorable significant others! So don’t forget to shower them with even more affection on Valentine’s Day. The puppy-lovers at Orange Bone have a most precious selection of holiday themes outfits for your stylish doggo. And why not stock up on treats because they deserve them every day for putting up with us.
7574 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The elevated éclairs at La Chouquette range from sweet to savory, combine the freshest organic ingredients in the most unique ways, and have a delicate gluten-free pastry. They are incredibly delicious. And visually gorgeous! Elodie and Dan (the chef-owners) have used Valentine’s Day to create a special selection including lychee/rose/raspberry, vanilla/rose, and chocolate/ raspberry éclairs. On Tuesday only there will be heart cookies and a chocolate heart éclair with dark chocolate mousse, passion fruit jelly, and milk chocolate ganache.
7350 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046