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

It’s 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). 

Browse through antiques at South Front Architectural Antiques, browse through curiosities and art at Walking Pants general store, and find Latin-inspired apparel and accessories at Primas Bakery and Boutique (grab a dessert and cup of coffee while you’re there!) 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. A bit further north on Main Street, the Center for Southern Folklore sells items from their collection of prints, music, art, and more. 

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, apparel made from African fabrics at Mbabazi House of Style, handcrafted accessories and art at Falling Into Place, and home decor at Bingham & Broad and Nabers Interiors. New for 2019, Arrow Creative on Broad has a retail space featuring art, jewelry, clothing, and home goods from more than 40 local creatives all in one spot. 

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

Memphis Gift Guide
THE ARTIST
Five In One Social Club’s new space on Summer Avenue offers arts and crafts classes as well as plenty of retail space with Memphis-themed apparel and gifts.

THE MUSICIAN
Vibe & Dime
Located next to DittyTV’s headquarters in South Main, the Vibe & Dime retail shop offers vinyl, books, electronics, gifts, vintage items and merch inspired by the Americana and Roots music celebrated on the DittyTV online station.  

THE WORKAHOLIC 
Buff City Soaps
Take a trolley ride down Main St or stop into the shop in Cooper-Young and let the aromas of handmade soaps lead you to peruse an assortment of a 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 SPORTS FAN
Tiger Bookstore
Located near the University of Memphis and dedicated to the school’s Tigers athletics, the Tiger Bookstore has Memphis- and Tigers-themed shirts, accessories, and branded merchandise in addition to books, gifts, and more.

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. 

Primas Bakery & Boutique / Alex Shansky
Goner Record Store - Craig Thompson
Sweet Noshings in Overton Square. Photo Credit: Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Stock and Belle
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 The Ivory Closet boutique. 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, new and used books from Burke's Books, and artsy gifts and Memphis-themed merchandise from Cooper-Young Gallery and Gift Shop. Around the corner on Central Avenue, pursue the antique and vintage offerings of Second Hand Rose, 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. 

MORE GIFT IDEAS

While you’re out shopping, pick up some baked goods and grab lunch at Sweet Lala’s Bakery in East Memphis. Inside the Crosstown Concourse building, Cheryl Pesce The Lifestyle Store offers an array of gifts for everyone on your list, from jewelry and designer apparel to art and children’s books. For the chocolate lover in your life, head to Philip Ashley Chocolates flagship store in The Medical District for jewel-shaped gourmet chocolates. In The Edge, Nine01Five04 boutique has trendy women’s clothing and accessories just down the street from Sun Studio. 
 
Lansky Bros. shops have been a Memphis institution since 1946, and there are several locations downtown. Find stylish men’s apparel, a modern women’s boutique, and a gift shop at the Lansky Bros. properties inside the Peabody Hotel, or shop where Elvis did for men’s apparel and rock ‘n’ roll tees for everyone at Lansky Bros. Clothier to the King right off Beale Street. 
Unique Gift Shops
Experience the museum and spectacular views of the Mississippi, then stop by the gift shop for unique pieces from jewelry to housewares.
Bring a bit of Soulsville home with you at the Stax Museum’s shop, which sells official Stax merch, records, keepsakes, and more. 
Across the street from the Graceland Mansion, Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex is also home to several specialty shops chock-full of Elvis gifts, music, shirts, and more for fans of all ages.

The fine art museum in Overton Park also has a gift shop on the ground floor with unique gifts and art from around the world.
After you explore the grounds of the Dixon, stop into their gift shop and cafe for books, stationery, handmade art and jewelry, and locally made products. 
After you get an in-depth look at Memphis music and its origins and impact on the world, take a few minutes to pick out a rock ’n’ soul inspired gift from the museum shop. 
Inspired by the museum’s extensive collection of Asian and Judaic art and artifacts, the Belz Museum’s gift shop offers distinctive jewelry, ceramics, Judaica, Jewish holiday items, and more. 
Learn about how the Cotton industry grew the Southern economy and then explore the gift shop to find books, videos and cotton-themed gifts.