Best Christmas Shopping in Memphis, 2015: From Handmade to Soul-Filled

Memphis is a great city in which to find that perfect something for everyone on your Christmas list - whether they've been naughty or nice.

No matter which neighborhood you're exploring, finding a locally-owned business with unique gifts - from silly stocking stuffers to hand-made crafts to a beautiful baubles - is an enjoyable and easy task.

Our list of the city's best spots for Christmas shopping will take you to our favorite spots in the city, including the annual local crafting Pop Up Shop and  funky dry goods store A. Schawb. Located right in the middle of bustling Beale Street, Schwab's is that kind of place where you can load up on stocking stuffers, as well as find all kinds of knick-knacks you never even knew you needed. We particularly love the gift shop at the National Ornamental Metal Museum for handcrafted ornaments and small gifts, and the Cooper-Young neighborhood for its great selection of shops, from high-end antique stores to used bookstores and boutiques.

Last-minute shoppers - or those who simply hate shopping - can find everything for everyone on the list at The Booksellers, a locally-owned, independent bookstore that carries children's toys, DVDs and CDs, stationary and calendars, and all manner of gifts. The best part, is that when you're done shopping, you can relax in the Bookseller's bistro with a glass of wine.

A. Schwab Dry Goods Store
Photo courtesy of Kees Wielemaker (pedaal)

Located on historic Beale Street since 1876, this general store is a Memphis institution. Be sure to visit as you'll feel as if you have stepped back in time and are visiting the only store in a small town – and boys particularly love this...  Read More

Burke's is one of the country's oldest bookstores - and likely one of Memphis's oldest, continuously operating businesses, having opened in 1875. Most of its history was spent in one location in Midtown; the store moved in recent years to...  Read More

You never know what you'll find at the super-fun and super-funky Flashback,a vintage store that focuses on clothing, accessories and home decor - and that's what makes it so much fun. There's always a great selection of mid-century furniture...  Read More

The totally talented Stephanie Jones set up shop in Cooper-Young, and talented DIY-ers across the region are celebrating. Jones, who shudders at the use of the word 'faux', notes that fine finishes are what her artistry is all about. She...  Read More

For fine gifts, Babcock is a Memphis go-to. With fine lines of china, silver and crystal, every bride in town registers here, but the offerings go way beyond bridal. Local and regional pottery from Agnes Stark and T. Puterbaugh Gill are...  Read More

A former mega-store has turned into a mega-must for fans of vintage, antique and collectible items; row upon row of dealer booths promise hours of browsing. Sheffield's is one of those stores where every budget can be satisfied, whether...  Read More

Located within the excellent National Ornamental Metal Museum – or just the Metal Museum – the museum store brings together the works of metal artists from across the country. There are one of a kind and limited edition pieces that are truly...  Read More

Stax is one of our favorite museums and must-hits in Memphis - and the gift store at this museum of American soul music is one of our favorite stores in town, too. In addition to all the greatest music from the label, Stax offers music-themed...  Read More

Modern Handmade Memphis's Pop-up Shop is filled with the best products from a melange of talented Memphis crafters who usually sell via the online craft site Etsy,so for those who like to see and touch before they buy, this is a genius set-up....  Read More

Booksellers at Laurelwood
Photo courtesy of Sally Walker Davies

The local bookstore lives on - and lives on in splendorous existence at the Booksellers. Locals still call it Davis-Kidd, as the store was formerly known before it was bought out by the staff in order to ensure its survival. This is the kind of...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally

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