2014 I Love Memphis Holiday Gift Guide
Whether you plan to shop on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, or sometime in between all the parties and Memphis holiday events, I have some Memphis gift ideas for everyone on your list.
To find out how to buy these things or order them online, you can click on the picture or any of the links. If you want to shop some local artist and artisan markets, check out my guide to holiday markets. You may also like some of my ideas from last year, too, though the prices and availability may have changed.
1. For someone who appreciates the finer things: Organic Oval Earrings from the Metal Museum store ($74). The Metal Museum Store has tons of handmade metal pieces, i.e., metalware, jewelry, serving pieces, art. Photo via the Metal Museum.
2. For the art collector: Ornament Stand ($40) or Glass Ornaments ($20-$35) from T. Clifton Art. T. Clifton Art on Broad Ave. has unique, exquisite art like glass-blown vessels and ornaments, paintings, and sculptures. Photo via T. Clifton Art.
3. For the local product lover who you don't want to forget you: Subscription to Batch Memphis ($65-$200). Send your loved one 3, 6, or 12 months of local products delivered to their door. Be sure to order by Dec. 12 to get a holiday card and January delivery. Pictured below is the "Good Morning" Batch from this year, which had local coffee, waffle mix, granola, soap, and a dish towel.
4. For the Memphis lover, music lover, or Memphis music lover: Memphis Guitar T-shirt from Lansky Bros. ($20, S-2X, blue or red). Lanksy Bros' newest location at 126 Beale has Memphis and rock 'n' roll t-shirts and other apparel. You can buy online, but you'll have to pay shipping. This comes in a cornflower blue or this red color (I have it, and it's nice and soft.)
5. For your BFF who won't stop Instagraming old signs and buildings: Memphis Type History Book (approx $40). Local painter Rebecca Phillips and local writer Caitlin L. Horton present images of vintage Memphis signs and the stories behind them. You can buy it online here or at one of 8 local shops listed here. Photo via Memphis Type History.
6. For your aunt who had a great time visiting you in Memphis: the Peabody Duck Glass Ornament from Lansky Lucky Duck Gifts ($28). The duck, the sign, the bridge, the river: this ornament is classic Memphis.
7. For the lonely blogger, again: Memphis-distilled Pyramid Vodka at select liquor stores ($21 – $35). Pick up a fifth or handle at Buster's, Joe's, Kimbrough, or Pyramid. Everything about Pyramid (ingredients, distilling process, label design and bottling) are all local. Read more here. Photo via @alliemounce of S2N Design, who created the labels.
8. For your sweetheart who's always begging you to go to a show: Orpheum Theatre Holiday Pack ($90 – $200+). Pick three from five 2015 shows: The Lion King, Rain Beatles Tribute, Kinky Boots, Mama Mia, and Motown. Or pick one show if that fits your budget better. Photo via The Orpheum.
9. For the Grizz fanatic: Grindhouse T-shirt from Sache ($25, guys or girls, S-XL). Sache has many other Grizzlies and Memphis tees at their shop in South Main. You can see them here. Photo via Sache.
10. For your edgy, vintage-loving lady friend: Juliette Has a Gun scents from Red Velvet Vintage ($90-$105). With scents like "Miss Charming" and "Lady Vengeance", you can find one that fits your friend's or girlfriend's attitude. Not pictured: Must-have bullet-shaped spray bottle sold separately.
11. For your favorite niece or nephew: Make-Your-Own-Six-Pack Artisan Soda from Love Pop Soda Shop ($18 reg., $15 for I Love Memphis readers). Pick from over 200 flavors of artisan soda in flavors like candied bacon, pumpkin spice, sour lemon and more. Pure cane sugar and diet varieties available. Mention that you saw this on the I Love Memphis blog and save $3.
12. For you and your family: CSA membership from Roots Memphis ($25/week for 28 weeks or $700). The Roots Memphis farm grows chemical-free, non-GMO vegetables year-round. You can join to receive a heaping bag of fresh vegetables hand-picked less than every week. You'll pick up your bag at the Cooper Young Community Farmer's Market less than 24 hours after the veggies leave the ground, vine, or bush. Photo via @rootsmemphis.
13. For the Pinterest addict or your crafty cousin: a class at Five In One Social Club ($13 – $26). Give a friend a gift certificate for a few hours at "kindergarten for grown folks" where they can make badges, wine bottle glasses (below with sandblasted detail), stenciled tees, and more. Make sure they RSVP ahead of time; classes for early 2015 are filing up.
14. For the party host: Memphis Made Brewing Growler (about $20). Bring the host something they can use at the party along with something to keep. You can buy a beer growler and get it filled at several places around town (see a full list on the Memphis Craft Beer map here) but Memphis Made just opened their taproom and I really enjoy their graphics. Photo via @memphismadebrew.
15. For the littlest Memphis-lover you know: Goodnight Memphis Book (about $17). Written and illustrated by Grace Hammond Skertich and David Lynch, respectively, Goodnight Memphis is an adorable, colorful Memphis-themed kid's book that you can buy online or pick up at a handful of local retailers listed here. Photo via Goodnight Memphis.