Lil’ Somethin’ Somethin’

A trio of terrific hostess gifts

Vision in White

This charming, ceramic bud vase adorned with rose blossoms is perfect for a sprig of freshly snipped herbs or flowers from your garden. Offers the perfect way to get a pop of color for a table, desk or dresser. $32, at Bits, Pieces and Leaves, 13826 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (next door to Sweet Butter)

Armed to Please

Arrive at holiday parties with fresh-baked, hand-pressed, preservative-free pizzelles and biscotti. A modern take on the classic desserts, these come in a dizzying array of gourmet flavors—from sweet and salty and orange creamsicle (biscotti) to banana cream and butterscotch (pizzelle). The brainchild of two female, Valley-based police officers who, when they aren’t keeping the peace, bake at a commercial kitchen. From $8.50 for 6-piece bag at

Take Me Away

Sherman Oaks’ Kathleen Laccinole, trained as a classical pianist and a former music executive, blends life experience into her passion for scent with a unique line of perfumes and soy-based candles that are accompanied by a music suggestion. We had an almost Pavlovian response to Pavane No. 1: Sweet lychee fruit, fig, orange blossom and fresh-cut grass (enhance the experience with Gabriel Fauré’s “Pavane in F-sharp minor”). Perfume and candle set, $95, or sample the entire line with a travel set, $25, at



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