Alpha Man: First up, we hit Alpha Man, which is by and far the coolest spot for uncovering the ultimate gift for the discerning man in your life. Sure, the shop's stocked with rad clothing, sneakers, and wallets, but we recommend you check out their selection of toys, gadgets, and stationary. Go for some monogrammed playing cards, or a Lego set of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Falling Water house—we promise you’re main man won’t find anything nearly as cool as these presents under his tree.
Alpha Man, 8625 Melrose Avenue (near San Vicente); 310-855-0775.
The Melrose Project: Before you hop on over to your next shopping destination on the Avenue, be sure you stick your head into The Melrose Project. This interior store is part museum, part inspiration, and totally gorgeous. The dramatic art and insanely enviable furniture may cost more than you’re entire end-of-year bonus, but a little aspirational home style never hurts.
The Melrose Project, 8674 Melrose Avenue (near San Vicente); 310-862-2327.
Arcade: A few doors down, make sure you pop into Arcade Boutique for a little touch of Hollywood glam. This shop packs the best punch of glittering jewels, clutches, and sunnies so your BFF can channel Rachel Zoe (without all those pesky assistant issues).
Arcade Boutique, 8473 Melrose Avenue (near La Cienega); 323-944-0018.
Ink Sack: At this point, you’ll want to refuel given how much more awesome-ness is still on the agenda. We recommend you hit up Ink Sack, the newest eatery to grace Melrose from Top Chef alum, Michael Voltaggio. The décor is totally unfussy, but the sandwiches are worth writing home about—we recommend the maple turkey melt with a root beer to get your shopping mojo going again.
Ink Sack, 8360 Melrose Avenue (near Orlando Avenue); 323-651-5866.
TenOverSix: Across the street is the glorious TenOverSix, which is always a go-to for the coolest clothes, accessories, and need-em-now tchotchkes. We love the Baggu gold tote, which is the perfect place to stash their awesome selection of bright beauty products, but if you want something a big more practical—albeit still fashion-forward—a pair of 3.1 Phillip Lim gloves or some Hansel from Basel tights will definitely fit the bill.
TenOverSix, 8425 Melrose Avenue (near Melrose Place); 323-330-9355.
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