As gifting season approaches, make yourself comfortable with our local shopping suggestions. Whether you’re a late-night shopper, a mom on a mission, or looking for the perfect gift for your hardest-to-please loved one, this gift guide aims to offer something for everyone.
Lansky’s Toggle Coin Purse
Looking for something special for the handbag lover in your life that has it all? Well, there’s a very, very good chance that person doesn’t have one of those rock-themed handbags from the legendary Lansky Bros. in downtown Memphis. And that’s pretty much a guarantee that heads will turn when you step into the club with one of these bad boys. Tap into your inner singer with the Freddie Mercury Jacket Bag. You say you’re more of a guitar goddess? No problem. The Brian May Guitar Bag is also a great, uh, choice. Both will unleash your inner queen for just $274.
Located inside The Peabody, 149 Union Ave., or online at lanskybros.com
Eggleston Works Speakers
No holiday party is complete without family, friends, food and a little music. Or maybe a lot of music if you have a matching set of Nico EVOlution speakers. The sonic geniuses at EgglestonWorks have designed products “to strike that powerful, emotional chord naturally present in live music, to recreate the palpable realism of a live performance, complete and authentic in every detail.” Prices start at $5200. The Nico, their smallest model, pairs a six-inch woofer with a tiny one-inch tweeter, and the sound quality is…well, you have to hear it to believe it.
Available online, or locate a dealer near you at egglestonworks.com
Meucci billiard cues
Forget those old movies of seedy pool halls with worn cues and scuffed tables. The ancient game of billiards has acquired considerable class, and many aficionados have slate bed tables in their own homes. The Meucci family offers players custom pool cues when playing straight, spinning, nine ball, whatever the game. The craftsmanship is superb, with rock maple shafts, linen wrap Irish, rare wood or abalone inlays and other high-end features that change the game to a fast break. Pricing starts at $425 and tops out at $2,000 for custom models. Collect them!
Available at 3709 State Highway 302, Byhalia, MS, or online at meuccicues.com
Feast & Graze Classic Box
Charcuterie boards are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why. Cheese, crackers, fruits, meats, toppings – all arranged so beautifully, perfect for everyone’s favorite pastime, grazing on any occasion, and holidays are no exception. So this holiday season, turn to Memphis’ tried-and-true Feast & Graze. The local business prioritizes sustainability; uses fresh seasonal produce; incorporates local manufacturers into every board; and makes gifting easy with its classic box ($50-$245). Four sizes can feed two to 18 people and include cheese, meat, mustard, jam, pickles, produce, nuts, and more.
Available online at feteandgraze.com
Family owned and operated since 1891, Mednikow Jewelers offers nothing less than fine, classic and timeless jewelry. A perfect example is this 24k gold link bracelet with colored cabochon gemstones accented with diamonds (price upon request). Also featured: a unique 25.96-carat blue topaz oval cabochon ring in 24-karat gold ($5,250). An elegant gift from Mednikow is perfect for any occasion, any generation and any family member.
Available at 474 Perkins Extd., Suite 100, or online at mednikow.com
Silver bells for seniors
Do you remember how you felt when you gave a gift that really stood out? And it wasn’t even remotely extravagant? So start over. Meritan, which provides services for the elderly, has its Silver Bells program to benefit more than 300 frail, homebound seniors who all live below the poverty line. Their requests are usually very basic, like a bathrobe or a gift card for food. And you can be an individual donor or form a group. Go to the Silver Bells section on the association’s website, choose from the seniors on the list, purchase the gifts, and deliver them to Meritan. It is the gift of being simple.
Available at meritan.org
Mystic Agora is a holistic wellness brand designed for people who want to embrace the oneness that exists in their community. They offer handmade jewelry, incense, books, etc. Head over to their website to support a local small business. Everything is ethically sourced and made or chosen with love and intention. Prices range from $10 (rings) to $40 (bracelets).
Available online at mysticagora.com
Thistle and Bee Gift Sets
As a social enterprise, Thistle & Bee provides a safe place for female survivors of prostitution, trafficking and drug addiction to heal and employs them to care for 50 beehives, bake granola, harvest and bottle honey and make other products, all of which can be found online or at various outlets and marketplaces. For your convenience, Thistle & Bee offers pre-made gift sets that will wow any recipient – from the Honey Trio Gift Set ($45), which includes three flavors of honey, to the Gratitude Gift Set ($38), packaged with a jar of honey. , a bag of granola, tea bags and a beeswax candle.
Available online at thistleandbee.org
Folk’s Folly Meals of Choice
Humphrey’s Prime Collection features a combination of Tenderloin, Rib Eye and Striploin Steaks from Folk’s Folly Prime Steak House, winning “Best Steakhouse” year after year in our annual reader poll. Marbled and aged cuts are packaged fresh and can be shipped overnight from Memphis to any door in the country (including yours). For $280, the six-pack of steaks makes a deliciously thoughtful — and wisely delicious — gift for the holidays.
Available at 551 S. Mendenhall or online at humphreysmemphis.com
Artwork by Frances Berry Moreno
For a bold, eclectic, sometimes irreverent, but always fun gift, look no further than Frances Berry Moreno, whose art always catches the eye and brings a smile to any space. You’ve probably seen his whimsical murals around town at places like Society Memphis Skatepark and Coffee. Usually working in acrylics, paint markers, charcoal and oil pastels, Moreno brings a touch of femininity and humor to her pieces. His prints are over $65 and single paintings are over $165.
Available online at whereestfrances.com
Do readers know how lucky we are that Dinstuhl’s has called Memphis home since 1902? It’s like having Willy Wonka here, churning out an endless supply of candy. This Memphis institution blends lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, peanuts, pecans, sugar, strawberries and more into mouth-watering creations that add mouth-watering sweetness to any occasion. With so many choices, we suggest a 16-ounce box of chocolate fudge. Choose from pecan or nut-free for just $18.50.
Available at any Dinstuhl store or online at dinstuhls.com
Home Place Pasture Choice Cuts
Mom and dad fancy themselves grillmasters? Then make sure they serve a holiday dinner with high-quality cuts from Home Place Pastures in Como, Mississippi. The farm can ship anything from a complete barbecue pork kit to Rosette de Lyon salami, and hungry carnivores won’t be able to resist opening up their favorite cookbooks. But instead of settling for just one cut, the best bet may be to sign up a family member for one of Home Place Pasture’s monthly boxes ($65-$199), with containers ranging from 5 to 15 pounds of assorted meat. Are you still hungry? Then order the whole animal. They can do it too.
Available online at homeplacepastures.com