Shop Small For The Holidays: The Memphis Gift Guide

Posted by Holly Whitfield | December 6th 2018 7970 0

Ed. Note: When I need a Memphian with impeccable taste – especially when it comes to fashion, design, gifts, or photography – I have to go to local blogger Kim Thomas. I asked Kim to scour the city and pick out a variety of great Memphis gift ideas for this holiday season.

Here’s a list of budget-friendly gifts you can find at local shops.

I’ve added a few of my own comments and tips in Italics and a few extra ideas at the bottom of this article. All photos are courtesy of the business and credits provided via photo links listed, unless otherwise noted.

It’s a bit hard to believe, but we are only a few weeks away from Christmas! Parades, trips to meet Santa and Holiday Markets are in full effect, but just in case you need a little help finalizing your gifting list (who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?!) here’s a round up of some of the coolest local businesses to shop with this Holiday Season.

Shopping small during this time of year is not only an amazing way to help support local businesses and give back to your community, but it also ensures that you’ll be able to find some really unique gifts.

17 Berkshire
2094 Trimble Place Memphis TN 38104
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Sweet treats like rose-flavored macarons and mouth-watering gingerbread cupcakes are this Overton Square shop’s specialty, but you can also find cute calendars, teas, stationary and books here. Just try not to keep them all for yourself. Ha!

Cotton Tails Memphis
389 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN 38117
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Shopping for your littles and want to find unique clothing and accessories with a hint of nostalgia? Cotton Tails has you covered.

Downtown Candle Company
107 G.E. Patterson Ave, Memphis TN 38103
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Everyone loves candles, and Downtown Candle Company make some of the best around. Natural and soy-based, they have a wide variety of scents to choose from. Grab a few to use as stocking stuffers or for Secret Santa at work!

They usually have lumberjack-inspired mandles (manly-smelling candles).

Eclectic Eye
242 South Cooper Street, Memphis TN 38104
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Eclectic Eye is the go to place in Memphis when you’re ready to step outside the box and try something a little more fashion forward with your frames. Whether you’re shopping for new every day glasses or sunnies, every frame you find here is unique.

They also have wonderful local art on display – most of their gallery openings are listed on the blog calendar, great holiday decorations, and a cool mural on the side of the business!

Falling Into Place
2613 Broad Avenue, Memphis TN 38112
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The cutest little gift shop on Broad Avenue, Falling Into Place is a great source for smaller, independent jewelry brands, art work, and wellness products (think bath bombs + scrubs).

If you’re looking for Memphis-themed gifts or candles made for each zodiac sign (mine smells like a sweet apple cider!) this adorable spot is a great option.

Five In One Social Club
2535 Broad Avenue Memphis, TN 38112
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The weird little place your friends told you about. You can find board games, adult coloring books and other cool, but off-kilter gifts here.

Five In One also offers a ton of the most unique Memphis-themed gifts as well (if you ask me where to get Memphis “stuff” as a gift, I will send you here). They also have gift certificates for arts-n-crafts classes that are – speaking from experience – a super fun friend-date or date-date night idea.

Green Goddess Popcorn & Tea
3078 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38112
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When you need a gift that anyone would love (but also isn’t overly personal), specialty flavored popcorn, pastries and teas are pretty legit. Green Goddess’ products are 100% plant-based, so they make for a healthy but still yummy alternative to your normal holiday goodies.

Maggie’s Pharm
13 N. Florence Street, Memphis TN 38104
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For the friends that loves herbs, oils and other mystical things, Maggie’s Pharm the best place to find gifts for those friends who are all about living a more holistic life.

They also have my favorite smelling candle on earth: Tomato Plant. I know it sounds weird, but trust me, it’s magnificent. I also appreciate their all-natural lotions, soaps, and shampoos that are created onsite.

2553 Broad Ave, Memphis TN 38112
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Mbabazi House of Style is a Ugandan Fair Trade business that hand-makes unique and beautiful clothes, accessories, and jewelry out of traditional African material. Shop here for the fashionista friend that is bold and loves to experiment with her personal style.

Mrs. Post Stationery
3092 Poplar Ave #10, Memphis, TN 38111
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Add this to your list if you’re shopping for any paper lover (of any age!) that is obsessed with cute stationary, style coffee table books and other little keepsakes.

My Cup Of Tea
3028 Carnes Memphis, 38111
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Created to help promote the enjoyment of tea and the practice of hospitality, a gift basket from My Cup of Tea would be perfect for that “Zen” friend that understands the importance of slowing down and showing gratitude. Herbal teas, black teas, white teas, caffeinated and decaf – you can find My Cup of Tea at their online shop, in-person retail shop, or at one of these local retailers.

They have holiday flavors plus fun Memphis flavors like “Bluff City Chai”, “Orange Mound Porch Peach”, and “Memphis Afternoon Chocolate Mint”.

Novel Memphis
387 Perkins Ext. Memphis, TN 38117
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Have a friend that loves to read? Novel is the place to go for new book releases. They also carry a few small gift options (think candles, notebooks and planners) so you can create your own little gift baskets when you shop.

There’s also a Memphis section for books about the city and written by Memphians! You can check out the full list of Memphis bookstores here.

Oak Hall
6150 Poplar Ave, Suite 146, Memphis TN, 38119
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Shopping for someone that loves a little bit of luxury? Oak Hall curates a wide range of designer brands like Rag & Bone, Alice & Olivia, and All Saints, so you can easily scratch your label loving bestie off of your list.

Pedaltown Bicycle Company
2547 Broad Ave, Memphis TN 38112
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You can’t celebrate Christmas without SOMEONE getting a bike, and Pedaltown has some pretty nice options for both the kiddos and adults.

Southern Muse
2140 West Poplar Avenue, Suite 104, Collierville, TN 38017
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The largest women’s boutique in Collierville, Southern Muse offers stylish pieces with a touch of edge. In addition to apparel, they have a wide variety of accessories, home goods, and other fun little gifts to nab for your girls.

Stock & Belle
387 S. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
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This downtown-based general store is a great place to shop when you need to cover a lot of bases. You can find clothing + accessories for both men and women, artwork, furniture and other little curiosities.

The Ivory Closet
2095 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
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High style at affordable pricing is what The Ivory Closet is known for, so this cute little boutique is perfect for finding gifts for the friend that wants a wardrobe update. They also carry makeup, candles and other wellness products, so don’t feel bad if you decide to #treatyself while shopping for someone else.

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Doc’s Wine, Spirits, & More
6645 Poplar Avenue Suite 101, Germantown TN 38138
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Doc’s is more than just a liquor store – they offer a great selection of local foodie products, from cheese straws to baked goods to candy and other treats. Plus, if you are shopping for someone who likes to drink local, Doc’s has their own line of locally-owned wines and spirits.

I recommend chatting with one of the knowledgeable staffers and perhaps choosing something from their Doc 52 whiskey line, which is selling like hotcakes. Hot whiskey cakes, maybe.

The Peanut Shoppe
24 S. Main, Memphis TN 38103
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If you need some sweet or savory treats for stocking stuffers, coworker gifts, Dirty Santa parties, or just to eat in your car by yourself while you sit in holiday traffic…go see the friendly folks at The Peanut Shoppe on Main Street downtown. Personal service, a super cool space, and delicious variety of all kinds of candied, chocolate-covered, and savory nuts.

Hollywood Feed
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I know some of y’all are shopping for your pets this holiday season just like they’re people. I fully support this, so fill up their stockings with locally-made, all-natural treats and toys from Hollywood Feed.

Yes, Hollyweed Feed is a chain, but they’re Memphis based and many of their goodies for cats or dogs are made right here in the MidSouth, i.e., bakery treats, jerky, catnip-infused cat toys, and Mississippi Made Dog beds. See a lot more here.

For someone who already has enough “things” there are plenty of Memphis experiences you can gift them this holiday season…

Memphis Express AAF Tickets
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If your gift-recipient is a sportsperson or just a die-hard Memphis homer, go for a ticket package for the brand new Alliance of American Football team, which will play five home games at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

These folks are passionate about Memphis and are passionate about creating an experience that’s convenient, personalize, and exciting. Season tickets start at $75 for the Family Section and $150 for “The Hub” aka the section for loud and appropriately rowdy fans.

2019 World Golf Championship (July 22-28, 2019)
TPC Southwind, Memphis TN
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It’s no small deal that PGA World Golf Championship is moving to Memphis next summer. Yes, Tiger Woods is slated to be here for this, the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Though it may be a while before your gift recipient can use this gift – they’ll be looking forward to it (and thinking about your generosity) until July.

They’re offering three holiday ticket packages from $99 – $175, plus fees. Get all the details here, and order by Dec. 19 to receive by Christmas.

ALSO! If you want to try to win some tickets, I Love Memphis is doing some giveaways. Just be sure you subscribe to blog posts here, and follow ILM on Instagram here (and sign up for notifications so the algorithm doesn’t steal your free ticket chances away).

Playhouse on the Square Holiday Packages
66 S. Cooper Street Memphis TN 38104
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Celebrate the holidays and the 50th (wow!) season of Playhouse on the Square this year by gifting a ticket package. The packages start with half-subscriptions for four tickets starting at $95, and go all the way up to 8-pack, 12-pack, and 16-pack subscriptions for shows like Tuck Everlasting, Cabaret, and Matilda.

Memphis 901 FC Season Tickets
AutoZone Park
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Welcome our new United Soccer League football club to the Bluff City with season tickets for you and a pal. Y’all can enjoy your gifts all spring; there are 17 regular season games that start in March. Supporters Section season tickets start at $170 for the whole season, or spring for $300 for sidelines tickets. If the matches are anything like the 901 Day exhibition game this year, we’re in for an exciting inaugural year of pro soccer in Memphis.

City Tasting Tours
Downtown Memphis
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The perfect gift for a foodie friend: a gift certificate for a City Tasting Tour. You’ll get personal, guided tour of downtown restaurants and bars. There are a variety of tours available, including brunch and cocktail tours, and a customized version.

This roundup is just a tip of the small business iceberg here in Memphis. Before you head out to a mall, be sure to look around to see how you can shop small!

Where are your favorite places to shop for gifts in Memphis? Let us know in the comments.

About The Author/Photographer
Kim Thomas is a lifestyle blogger + photographer based in Memphis, TN. Launched in September 2010, her blog KP Fusion provides of-the-moment fashion, style and beauty tips + trends with a little Memphis, TN flavor thrown in. Whether it’s high, low, fast fashion, vintage, or something new, like a well-edited wardrobe, there’s a place for it on the blog.

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  1. Suz says:

    Good stuff! Several ideas here that are definitely workable options.

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