A Very Memphis Gift Guide: Shop Local


As moms, it seems that all the holiday shopping falls on our plates. The kids, the spouse or partner, extended family, teachers, the list goes on… And while I am a fan of the ease of Amazon’s online shopping, with packages magically showing up at my doorstep, I prefer to try to support locally owned businesses – not only because of the economic impact, but also because I find joy in shopping in person, thinking about each recipient and what they may love. Add with the supply chain and shipping issues of late, and I have set out to buy in person, in a local shop, as much as I can this holiday season.

Memphis is fortunate to be ripe with local businesses – we asked readers to identify some of their favorites and have collected them below. This is not an exhaustive list, and if you have a favorite, please feel free to share in the comments or on our social media!

shop local this holiday season
Pictured, left to right by row: Belltower Artisans, Mrs. Post, Cottontails, London & York, Buff City Soaps, Thistle & Bee, Oxbeau, Novel Memphis, and Babcock Gifts

Children’s Specialty Stores

Apparel Stores

Gifts, Households, Decor, Art



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A native Memphian who did a 5-year stint in Knoxville for undergrad+grad school, Kathryn loves Memphis. Being a Memphian by birth and by choice, she takes any opportunity she can to share her favorite spots with anyone who will listen. Kathryn is married to her high school sweetheart, a fellow VOLS grad who now works at a local hospital, and mom to Ruthie, born January 2015, Kate, born August 2018, and their encore baby Eliza, born July 2020. After being team #midtownismemphis for (almost) her whole life, Kathryn traded in bungalows and original hardwood for closet space and access to Target. She's adjusting to being an East Memphis mom, but luckily still makes it to all her favorite Midtown spots. Being a mom is the hardest but best thing she's ever done.