When you're invited to a dinner or party or backyard barbecue, you can show up with potluck. But to our mind, it's always more gracious to bring a hostess (or host) gift, and we think the best place to pick one up is Heath Ceramics. The only SoCal outpost of the celebrated Sausalito studio founded by Edith Heath is an emporium filled with stylish vases, items for the kitchen and other fanciful textiles and ceramics, plus jewelry and accessories for the bedroom and bath — all rendered with a tastefully understated, midcentury flair that will make any party host beam with gratitude. The matte-finished Heath ceramics — in a pleasing array of pastel colors — are well-priced for the quality and rarely fail to impress their recipient. —Jeffrey Burbank
7525 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax District, 90036. (323) 965-0800, heathceramics.com.