10 Great Stores in L.A. For Goth Gifts
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You've reached the holiday shopping homestretch, but there's one final gift that's driving you mad. Maybe it's for your sibling, or the co-worker whose name you pulled in Secret Santa. Regardless, it's for someone whose known interests include listening to Bauhaus, reading Neil Gaiman and swooning across the dance floor. You're looking for the holiday goth gift.
Don't worry, picking up something special for the goth in your life isn't quite the intimidating task you might think it is. Below, I've compiled a list of stores in and around L.A. that cater to darker tastes. As a bonus, all of these stores are located far from the city's malls, so you can shop without the mob of procrastinators.
I think a good 50% of the jewelry I wore to goth clubs came from this long-running Melrose Avenue establishment. Inside Maya, you'll find rosaries galore, lots of cuff bracelets and even a few poison rings. The mountain of jewelry inside this shop covers both large, attention-grabbing pieces and smaller items. There are also a lot of global odds-and-ends, from bags to statues. There's also a shop on Hollywood and Vermont. 7452 Melrose Ave., Fairfax District.
This Melrose Avenue curiosity shop overflows with specimen jars and bones, but there's more here than the remains of what was once filled with life. The side room of the shop is filled with great gift ideas, from exquisite Victorian mourning jewelry to vintage cameras and classic horror movie posters. For those who like to make their holiday gifts, there are tiny pewter skulls and other odds and ends perfect for a jewelry making session. If you're still not sure what to get, never fear. You can pick up a Necromance gift certificate online. 7220 Melrose Ave., Fairfax District.
Go to any goth club in L.A. and you're likely to see a few people outfitted in Shrine gear. A clothing label and Melrose Avenue boutique, Shrine specializes in fancy ensembles for those nights when the fog on the dance floor is thick and Sisters of Mercy are pounding through the speakers. There are some fun items in the store, like a pair of red spike-heeled boots decorated with ribbon and cameos, embellished goblets and, of course, goggles. 7305 Melrose Ave., Fairfax District.
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7220 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA