Super-Luxe Gifting Tips From Rodeo Drive's Designer Boutiques

We’ve trekked to just about every L.A. neighborhood in our holiday gifting mission, except for the 90210 and one very ritzy destination to be exact: Rodeo Drive. Few places in the SoCal have as much luxury and opulence in a three-block stretch as this swanky street. It’s synonymous with high-fashion brands galore—some of which you don’t have to blow a month’s paycheck to shop at (but that’s not to say you couldn’t…). We’ve gone right to the source (the shop girls and boys, of course!) for some well-edited, can’t-go-wrong holiday picks at reasonable prices, plus the write-'em-down tips you need to know. From freshly opened outposts to old-school classics, we’re certain that after you’ve perused this guide, you’ll be yearning for a Pretty Woman-inspired shopping moment (minus the hooker part and all).
Check out the five Rodeo Drive shops you need to hit up for the best high-end holiday deals.
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Tom Ford:

If you haven't already made a visit to TF's Rodeo digs, then get a move on! Opened earlier this year, the lavish boutique has two floors that are brimming with beyond gorgeous goods for men and women. Our favorite part? The trippy, reflective staircase leading to the second floor women's section that even made us a lil' dizzy. This is the spot to hit up if you’re looking for a gift to i-m-p-r-e-s-s.

Tom Ford, 346 North Rodeo Drive (at Dayton Way); 310-270-9440.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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For the classy gent who’s always impeccably dressed, go for a handsome bow-tie. We found a couple from the collection that we fancied, like the deep burgundy velvet option. Plus, he can wear it on N.Y.E.!

Tom Ford Bow Ties, $245, available at Tom Ford, 346 North Rodeo Drive (at Dayton Way); 310-270-9440.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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Now, moving onto the guy who has it all: he’ll surely want something that will stand out, so our pick is TF’s cigar cutter. These smoke-snipers are made from antelope horn (practically a work of art!), and even if your man's not a big smoker, they make for great desk décor.

Tom Ford Cigar Cutters, $890, available at Tom Ford, 346 North Rodeo Drive (at Dayton Way); 310-270-9440.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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For your BFF who loves getting gussied up, she’ll adore the new Eye Color Quad in Sahara Haze– plus, the violet colors are universally flattering and festive.

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Violet Dusk, $75, available at Tom Ford, 346 North Rodeo Drive (at Dayton Way); 310-270-9440.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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Bally:

This Swiss fashion house knows a thing or two about well-crafted goods, so we were delighted to see a table entirely devoted to fail-safe gifts when we first strolled in. We talked (holiday) shop with Bally’s Store Manager, Connie Gandia for some her foolproof gift giving tips, and she gave us the DL on the store's wares.

Bally , 340 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-271-3310.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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Connie's pick for an indisputably great gift? “I personally love scarves and I like to give things that I’d wear myself, so these silk cashmere versions are a go-to for friends. Who doesn’t love a scarf?” We’re totally with you on that.

Bally Silk Cashmere Scarf, $595, available at Bally, 340 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-271-3310.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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Connie then led us to Bally's no-frills iPad case to (stylishly) hold your Apple gadget. Since everyone and their grandparents now has an iPad, we can think of a couple of people on our list that would appreciate a sturdy-yet-chic case (instead of just tossing it in their bag).

Bally Barbio Leather iPad Case, $225, available at Bally, 340 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-271-3310.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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Connie also suggested a leather weekend bag for the always travelin' dude. What’s not to love about a timeless weekend bag?

Bally Brown Leather Weekend Bag, $1,495, available at Bally, 340 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-271-3310.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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Cartier:

It’s no surprise that Cartier’s Rodeo shop has blingin’ gifts aplenty. But we needed some serious help on finding sure-to-please gifts without being distracted by so many shiny objects. Cue Carrie Baker Nisbet, the head of Entertainment Marketing at Richemont (her clients include Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Chloe to name a few) and she’s got gifting recs and tips for days.

Cartier, 3270 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-275-4272.

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
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“I’ve gifted our VIP clients this gorgeous gold travel clock, and it’s always a huge hit.” This antique-esque clock works especially well for the giftee who loves knick knacks that will stand out.

Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Travel Clock, $880, available at Cartier, 3270 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-275-4272.

Photo: Courtesy of Cartier.
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Another last minute gift-to-give is this extremely elegant stole (trust us, it's gorge in person). Made from the finest silk with hand-rolled hems and a detailed panther motif, it's no wonder Cartier's got luxe in spades.

Cartier Stole With Panther & Leash Motif, $670, available at Cartier, 3270 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-275-4272.

Photo: Courtesy of Cartier.
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Carrie’s gifting obsessions this holiday season are the Panther trinket trays, and we’ve got to admit that these beauties would look gorge on any dresser or vanity.

Cartier Set of Two Trinket Trays Panther Spots Décor, $250, available at Cartier, 3270 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-275-4272.

Photo: Courtesy of Cartier.
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Prada:

No trip to Rodeo would be complete without a visit to this architectural feat! From the breathtaking design of the store entrance to the impeccably-styled mannequins, this is the right spot swoop up some lush loot. We had to seriously narrow down our long list of wants to these select few, and we know just the people on our list to give ‘em to.

Prada, 43 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-278-8661.

Photo: Courtesy of Prada.
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If you're still stumped over what to get that cousin who has a thing for cutesy keychains (you know the one), then these super adorable (and kind of bad-ass!) bear keychains are definitely a winner.

Prada Trick Tina Eye Chain, $195, available at Prada, 343 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-278-8661.

Photo: Courtesy of Prada.
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For your boss that’s always in need of a notebook case upgrade, gift him/her this timeless and sleek travel notebook (that’s available in a variety of shades). Hello, employee of the year!

Prada Saffiano Travel Notebook in Cobalto, $470, available at Prada, 343 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-278-8661.

Photo: Courtesy of Prada.
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Still can’t find the perfect gift for mom? We guarantee she’ll freak for this insanely chic green leather wallet.
Prada Saffiano Metal Oro Wallet in Larice, $310, available at Prada, 343 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 310-278-8661.

Photo: Courtesy of Prada.
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G-Star RAW:

Last but certainly not least, we mosied on over to this brand spankin' new denim haven for some tips from public relations manager, Ida Kay Khazabian. The spacious new store is stocked with grade A jeans and a wide selection of edgy goods does not disappoint (they have so much more than basic blue britches!).


G-Star RAW, 413 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 888-933-3301.

Photo: Courtesy of G-Star RAW.
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Have a pal who loves making a statement? She'll love this show-stopping Midnight Kalahari dress-- perfect for a fashion-forward recipient. Add a styling tip to your prezzie and tell her to pair this stunner with a hot leather bomber and she's set.
G-Star RAW Midnight Kalahari Dress, $270, available at G-Star RAW, 413 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 888-933-3301.

Photo: Courtesy of G Star Raw.
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Ida recommended a relaxed-fit pair of can't-go-wrong denim for the main man in your life. "They look good with everything and it’s the perfect gift for that uber-picky boyfriend."

G-Star RAW Men’s Straight Brooklyn Raw Denim, $160, available at G-Star RAW, 413 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 888-933-3301.

Photo: Courtesy of G Star Raw.
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Her last pick was this ultra-versatile denim jacket -- it’s such a staple and it's okay to admit you love picking out clothes for your guy. Trust us, he'll wear it for days on end.

G-Star RAW Arc Jacket Denim, $XX, available at G-Star RAW, 413 North Rodeo Drive (at Brighton Way); 888-933-3301.

Photo: Courtesy of G-Star RAW.
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