City and State: Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

Memphis Made

A Neighborhood Guide to Gift-Giving

City and State. Photo Credit: Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

Find something for everyone on your holiday gift list with these local boutiques, artisan-made products and unique places to shop and buy holiday gifts. 

South Main Arts District

Memphis’ first suburb, first arts district, the site of the world’s first modern grocery store and where Elvis' first record was played on the airwaves. South Main Arts District in downtown Memphis is a must-visit stop on your holiday shopping itinerary. The artisans of Downtown Candle Company craft soy candles with delightful scents, such the jasmine-scented Mojo. Stock & Belle showcases modern fashion plus Memphis-made art (watch for installations by local artists in the space, too). South Main is also a great spot for vintage finds. Browse through antiques at South Front Architectural Antiques or vintage clothing at Red Velvet Boutique. If you're feeling a little mystical, stop by The Broom Closet for a Tarot or Reiki reading and leave with oils and gemstones for your own spell kits.

Bonus: You’ll get extra time to shop and gallery-hop during South Main Trolley Night (final Fridays, monthly), when businesses stay open late, there's music in the street and everyone’s down for a street party. 

Broad Avenue Arts District

Just look for the colorful water tower and you'll know you're in the right place. If the colorful murals splashed across buildings and the community of artist studios and workshops didn’t give it away, we’re telling you: this is the place for one-of-a-kind gifts to wow people on your gift list. Pick out handmade jewelry at Bead Couture, handcrafted accessories and art at Falling Into Place or beautiful ceramics from Paper & Clay which has been featured in Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, Garden & Gun and New York Magazine. For the crafter on your gift list, stop by Five in One where you'll not only find creative art supply gifts, local products and  Made in Memphis brand products, but can join in on a glass blasting or screen printing workshop and create something original. For home décor, don’t miss the pieces at Bingham & Broad and Nabers Interiors.

Bonus: make dinner reservations at Bounty on Broad for farm-to-table family style fare.  

Memphis Gift Guide

THE ARTIST
The Ornamental Metal Museum 
Experience the museum and spectacular views of the Mississippi, then stop by the gift shop for unique pieces from jewelry to housewares.

THE MUSICIAN
Gibson Guitar Factory
Take an up close and personal tour as Gibson's skilled Luthiers craft the finest guitars in the world. Stop by the gift shop to bring home your own Lucille. 

THE WORKAHOLIC 
Bluff City Soaps (86 Main St.)
Take a trolley ride down Main St and let the aromas of hand made soaps lead you to peruse an assortment of soothing array of bath bombs to help relax. 

THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURER
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
You'll find everything from camping gear to fishing boats to melt in your mouth fudge. Take a ride to the top of the pyramid on America's tallest free standing elevator. 

THE HISTORY BUFF
Cotton Museum 

Learn about how the Cotton industry grew the Southern economy and then explore the gift shop to find books, videos and cotton themed gifts.  

THE FOODIE 
One of Memphis' 101+ Barbecue Joints
Spice rubs or barbecue sauces from hot to mild, most of our restaurants bottle up their secret recipes so you can take that Memphis flavor home. 
 

Five in One Social Club on Broad Ave. Photo Credit: Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Goner Record Store - Craig Thompson
Sweet Noshings in Overton Square. Photo Credit: Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Knock out your holiday gift list with one-of-a-kind Memphis finds

Overton Square

Stroll this revitalized entertainment and retail district in Midtown Memphis, where quaint shops and eateries of all varieties line the streets, and festive decorations add to the cheer. Pick up some unique accessories for gifts at Crazy Beautiful, a locally owned and operated boutique that carries Memphis-made jewelry lines. Or for brand-name items, browse the designer duds at boutiques like The Ivory Closet and The Attic Modern Apparel. For foodies on your gift list, pick up some specialty oils and vinegars at The Square Olive, and don’t forget sugary stocking stuffers at Sweet Noshings, where jelly beans, housemade fudge and gourmet popcorn beckon.

Bonus: After a day of shopping, grab a table at Lafayette's music room where you'll find live music every night of the week and delicious Southern fare. 

Cooper-Young

Head to Memphis' quirky, artsy Cooper-Young neighborhood for boutique shopping amidst some of midtown's most popular bars and restaurants. Pick up some vinyl or band merch from Goner Records, comics from 901 Comics, and the latest fashions at Peridot, home painting DIY kits or vintage fixtures at Me and Mrs. Jones, new and used books from Burke's Books, or jewel-shaped gourmet chocolates at Philip Ashley Chocolates. Around the corner on Central Avenue, or pursue the antique and vintage offerings of Second Hand Rose, Gary's Antiques, Palladio Interiors, Flashback Inc., and Xanadu Music & Books

Bonus: Grab a beer at a local craft breweryMemphis Made has an excellent patio where you can challenge an opponent to a corn hole competition and then check out their assortment of t-shirts for the perfect souvenir to take home.