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Here at The Quality Edit, we love discovering and purchasing enduring, meaningful items from brands who look, feel, and do good. Atlanta-based influencer Melissa Tovar operates under a similar philosophy, aiming to share empowering skincare, beauty, and lifestyle tips with her following.
Melissa’s feed is clean and elegant yet accessible. It details dreamy adventures through Paris and Puerto Vallarta interspersed with everyday moments like yoga and hair maintenance that give her style an appealing groundedness. Melissa’s thoughtful transparency makes her one of the figures you, our dear readers, most wanted to hear from this holiday season.
Below, the influencer dishes on her most beloved brands and gift picks.
What does gifting mean to you?
"There’s so much joy that comes in gifting and for me, this is such an incredible moment to show someone how well you know them and how much you care about them. A gift doesn’t have to be expensive but I do believe it needs to be thoughtful. There’s nothing more beautiful than paying attention to a small detail someone said during the year and showing them you were paying attention! "
What's the best gift you've ever given?
"I’m not sure I have a “best” gift I’ve given to be honest! I’d like to believe all of my gifts are good, hah!"
So, spill! What are your favorite DTC finds at the moment?
"The Bigger Carry-On from Away, Bombas No Show Socks, Mejuri Croissant Dôme Ring, Stance Crew Socks (my husband’s obsessed), Allbirds Everyday Sneakers in White, Everlane Cashmere Turtleneck, the Interior Define Sloan Sofa, and Parachute Percale Sheets."
"What will you be gifting to friends and family this holiday season?
Skincare! Lots of skincare. I plan on gifting a lot of fav gift sets to all of my besties. I feel like skincare is the one thing people don’t really buy for themselves because it can be a bit confusing."
"My favorite thing to do is to curate a skincare routine for my friends and watch them glow. Some of my picks include: Murad Youth Renewal Retinol Trial Set, the limited edition Origins Gift of Glow Set, Summer Fridays Cloud Dew, and anything SuperGoop. (I’m still trying to convince my friends they need to wear skincare in the winter.)"
"I’ll also be gifting house items for some of my aesthetic queens. The Always Pan from Our Place is such a great gift for anyone with a new home!
[My husband and I] also love to gift candles in our presents. We buy a ton during candle day at Bath & Body Works and it really completes the present!"
What’s on your own wishlist?
"I’ve convinced myself that I need a Dyson Airwrap and now I don’t know how to move on with my life without one. Also looking into the new Our Place pot! Also a new mechanical toothbrush? Not sure what brand yet!"
If we may, a TQE recommendation for you: the Oclean X Pro Elite. Pair with their W10 Water Flosser for the best combo!
"For the home, I’ve decided to finally create a space that brings me joy. We recently started buying small decor items for our home and we’re excited to look at more. We’re currently eyeing a few rugs from Ruggable!"
We’re grateful to Melissa for sharing her holiday shopping with us, and to our readers for suggesting her stopping by TQE! Our wishlist keeps growing…
You can shop Melissa’s picks through any of these links, and keep up with her on her Instagram. Thanks, Melissa!