Melissa Magsaysay is a fashion journalist, brand consultant, and best-selling author. She was the style editor at the Los Angeles Times for five years—covering fashion trends, beauty, celebrity style, and the red carpet. Prior to the L.A. Times, she was the West Coast fashion editor at Women’s Wear Daily. Her book, “City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion from Bohemian to Rock” captures the evolution of the city’s influential look by examining its eclectic style tribes and subcultures. When it comes to the best places to shop in L.A., we look to Melissa. So we asked her to share a few of her favorite spots to snag unique holiday gifts.
Melissa’s L.A. Gift Guide:
L.A is such an eclectic town—especially when it comes to style and shopping—making it a wonderful place to find off-beat and inspiring treasures to give this holiday season. Below are a few of my favorite places around town for getting thoughtful and unique items for everyone on your list!
A+R: This is one of my favorite spots for finding fun and quirky design objects, kitchen gadgets, and home items. The selection is so well-edited, making shopping super easy (sometimes a little too easy!).
Barber Shop Club: This old-timey barbershop is located inside the historic Farmer’s Market and sells harder-to-find men’s grooming products. They also do gift certificates toward haircuts, which is a perfect way to gently tell your man it’s time for a trim.
Scent Bar: For the beauty junkie in your life, Scent Bar stocks rare and limited edition scents—as well as candles and a vast array of body products.
“City of Style”: A great gift for any fan of fashion and personal style!
Garland: This L.A. based line makes such beautiful and sentimental pieces. The rose gold jewelry can be personalized for that special someone in your life.
La Prarie Spa: A gift certificate to the La Prarie Spa at the Hotel Bel Air would be the ultimate in extravagant gift giving. The treatments, facilities, and products are beyond indulgent.
Govindas: Pick up loads of affordable boho favorites here—like gold hoops earrings and bangles, statement jewelry, embroidered tunic tops, and organic body products.
Taschen: A coffee table book always makes a great gift, and the Taschen store is stocked with the best in style, photography, architecture, and home design.
Jonathan Wright and Company: I send actual holiday cards rather than an email, and the cards and stationary at Jonathan Wright & Co are so chic and thoughtful.