Received a special invitation from family or friends for the holidays? Well, you won’t want to arrive empty handed. With a wide variety of shops that offer the perfect guest gift items right on Melrose Ave., you’ll be sure to find something unique and charming.
Everyone likes a good game as a gift. According to Puzzle Zoo staff, the most popular gift to reward a holiday invitation are traditional jigsaw puzzles and board games. “People usually like puzzles that depict beautiful scenery or paintings. Board games like Monopoly, something a large group can play, also make popular bring-along gifts.”
Gatekeeper/sales associate Janene Gibbons can name a variety of beautiful and spiritual host and hostess gifts. “One great hostess gift would be a raw or polished crystal. We have a full selection of all sizes depending on your budget. No matter the size, they all have the same properties. Amethyst, clear quartz, or rose quartz are the most popular, rose quartz is for love, amethyst for breaking bad habits, and clear quartz is an amplifier, which is particularly popular if people already have other crystals in their home.” She adds that other excellent guest gift items include Himalyan Salt lamps, which emit healing negative ions, and magic candles. “The magic candles are made with ground crystals, herbs, and stones. They’re very special and make a really wonderful gift.”
An Energy Clearing Candle is the top selling host or hostess gift item at Spitfire Girl. “It comes in a glass jar with a screw-on lid, and has a triangle on the front with gold detailing. It’s beautiful and looks a little witchy,” according to Phoebe, a Spitfire Girl sales associate. Cactus Wood Coasters and whimsical gifts such as a Bag of Unicorns also make great hostess presents. And for wine lovers, try a wood wine key with Vintage Vineyard Candle.
Staff members say they have a wide selection of special gift ideas. “We have unique individual items from masks to metal sculptures, so they are different all the time. People purchase rings and earrings to give as a guest, and they also love crystals such as amethyst, quartz, and tourmaline clusters that can be displayed in a home.”
If you’re looking for something you’ll never find anywhere else, then Necromance might just be the place. How about a 3” size pair of gold stork-shaped scissors with a silver beak, or a beautiful faux-bone magnifying glass created from molded plastic. Another popular gift for invitees to bring? A brass and glass small royal display box, hand-crafted and styled after 16th century treasure boxes.
Flowers are always an appreciated gift for hosts and hostesses, and at Royal Florist, top picks include hydrangeas, lilies, and roses. “We sell a lot of smaller groups of mixed blooms in glass containers,” Bob, a Royal Florist sales associate, relates. “They’re easy to bring with you as a gift.” The family-owned florist uses California-grown blooms and arranges them in vases, baskets, and bowls. Fruit, snack, and sweet-tooth gift baskets, which can be delivered all over Los Angeles in advance of your arrival, are another popular way to make yourself a welcome guest.
With a wide variety of fun items that appeal to adults and kids, JapanLA is a one-stop-shop for guest’s gift selections. “We have Sugar Fina Hello Kitty candies that are a popular, cute choice,” says online manager, Michelle Kim. “We have plush toys that people collect and gift as well.” Items such as Totoro picture frames, 2-piece towel sets, and mugs that depict both Totoro and Spirited Away are other popular gifting items. From stackable bento boxes to Tokidori magnet sets and Rilakkuma tea kettles, you’ll find a charming gift that evokes the spirit of Japan and make a great way to say ‘arrigato’ for the invitation.
If your host or hostess has an outrageous sense of humor, or really, just a sense of humor at all, New Profanity is the place to shop. Owner Natasha Polhamus offers original creations made by local artists, and carries items that are funny and unique. According to Polhamus, “Adult coloring books are a huge gift, we have everything from ‘I Just Want to Nap’ with fun little mazes and drawings in it, to ones that are more risqué.” Another item that guests like to purchase when they’re invited out are candles. “We carry candles that look like Catholic prayer candles, but they have celebrity faces on them. Prince, Bowie, and Selena are super popular.” With many small gift items inexpensively priced, guests also often pick up something for every member of the hosting family, such as small pins, pens, or ornaments, too.