For Something Different

Thoughtful small gifts, handcrafted jewelry and cheerful home decor steal the show at Riviera Village gift boutique M’Pressions

Written by Constance Dunn | Photography Jonason

A stone Buddha statue sits at the entrance of M’Pressions, serving as unofficial doorman to this longstanding gift boutique that stocks everything from luxurious candles and exotic jewelry to Eastern-inspired home decor and quirky coffee table books.

Earthen water features trickle softly and aromatic incense coats the air, creating a calming atmosphere in which to browse the pleasant bazaar, stocked with feel-good gifts like mantra-imprinted pillows and purses, and quirky one-offs, such as bold, beaded statement rings and patterned socks printed with irreverent sayings (“I don’t care” is stitched onto one pair).

Consider it one of the top spots in the South Bay to hunt down an original, just-for-him-or-her present, stock up on delightful hostess gifts, and enjoy as a pleasant destination in its own right, due to the clever mix of always revolving merchandise brought in by friendly owners Wayne and Naoko Page, who opened their doors to the community over 15 years ago.

TIP:  A trip to M’Pressions makes a nice finale to lunch or dinner in the courtyard at vegetarian restaurant The Green Temple, directly adjacent to the store.

1700 S Catalina Avenue #1o4, Redondo Beach CA 90277
310-540-6115 |

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