9 Spots for Great Hostess Gifts
By Alexis Johnson
Arcana in Culver City specializes in tomes on the visual arts.
Arcana: Books on the Arts
For any aesthete, this is Mecca. Arcana specializes in tomes on the visual arts, stocking a vast selection of rare, signed, and out-of-print titles along with many books made by artists themselves. Surely the store has the perfect find for even the most cynical of gallery-goers at its new Helms Bakery digs. 8675 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-458-1499
D.L. & Co.
For the modern Victorian, the brand-new Beverly Hills flagship from the master of the macabre, Douglas Little, is the be-all and end-all. From orgasmically fragranced candles to rock star-worthy, skull-adorned candlesnuffers, Little knows how to create a showstopping gift. 417 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
Originally a printmaking studio on Beverly Boulevard, Empiric has evolved into a sanctuary for interiors that combine high functionality with modern attributes. In addition to Empiric’s well-curated selection of furniture, check out its smaller tabletop pieces such as a brass cube-stopped glass decanter, a vintage martini pitcher, and various corkscrews—the perfect gift for any bar aficionado. 7918 Beverly Blvd., LA, 323-634-7323
Gearys Beverly Hills
For more than 80 years, Gearys has assembled a collection of the finest luxury goods. Eschew the watches and jewelry for the beautiful selection of china, crystal, silver, and other objets d’art. Pick up beautiful vases, the perfect cake-serving set, picture frames, or even a stunning sea urchin–shaped salt cellar in either gold or silver. 351 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-273-4741
Haven & Co.
Specializing in seasonal merchandise as well as timeless gifts, the Brentwood-based Haven & Co. features glass and crystal serving and entertaining pieces by Simon Pearce, Juliska, Vietri, and William Yeoward, as well as luxury bath and fragrance items. 11965 San Vicente Blvd., LA, 310-476-3060
No one passionate about entertaining is without a Jonathan Adler piece in his or her stockpile. Whether it’s his witty play on housewares (like his dachshund butter dish) or iconic Palm Springs–inspired pottery and fabrics, Jonathan Adler can do no wrong—and truly delights any party planner as the perfect appreciation gift for his or her hospitality. 1318 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-458-4545
Mohawk General Store
This one-of-a-kind Silver Lake outpost is a must-hit spot for gifting hostesses on the Eastside. A lifestyle boutique featuring a mélange of fashion and home design, Mohawk General Store also specializes in rare and vintage coffee-table books. 4011 W. Sunset Blvd., LA, 323-669-1601
New Stone Age
Inside this unsuspecting shop awaits an assortment of magical offerings ranging from delicate tabletop accessories, like beautiful hourglasses, as well as cheeseboards, corkscrews, and more. It’s the perfect place to find something for the host who has everything, since the store specializes in the unique and unexpected. Originally opened 31 years ago as a high-end ceramic and folk-art gallery, the boutique has evolved into a repository for limited-edition accoutrements. 8407 W. Third St., LA, 323-658-5969
Self-proclaimed traditionalists, Sugar Paper cofounders Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker use letterpress printing to create simple yet chic designs. Look for elegant printed stationery, calendars, notepads, coasters, and art prints at this Century City outpost. 1749 Ensley Ave., LA, 310-277-7804