Holiday Shopping in Memphis: Boutiques and Small Businesses

With the holidays officially “in season” it’s time to start making those gift lists (for you and others). Fortunately, Memphis has a thriving small business market that can help you check off everything on that wish list!

Burke’s Book Store

You can’t find rare books at those big-box stores. But you can here! Burke’s has been around 1875 (one of the oldest independent bookstores in the country) and supplies Memphis with a fine selection of new, used, and rare books.

Oak Hall

One of the first ready-to-wear menswear stores in the US, Oak Hall opened in 1859 and has been providing extensive and carefully chosen merchandise to Memphis ever since. Both men and women can find clothes from world-renowned designers. The store is still owned and operated by direct family members of the original owner, so you’re practically guaranteed spectacular customer service.


Those looking for unique accessories, gifts, art, and home accents should definitely put Dazzle at the top of their list. Items are hand-picked for weddings, birthdays, and any-occasion gifts. Patrons rave about the one-on-one customer service and the product knowledge of the employees.

17 Berkshire

17 Berkshire specializes in sweet treats of all sorts. From macarons, gingerbread cookies, and teas – your mouth will be watering the moment you step into the store. The shop also sells cute calendars, stationary, and books.

Cotton Tails Memphis

Opened in 1988, Cotton Tails specializes in “fun and unique children’s clothes.” Miki Brugge, founder and fashion buyer, noticed that start-up companies were producing fresh children’s clothing but couldn’t afford the demands of big-box stores. She decided to create a place where these styles could be shared with the world. Check out the store, either online or in person, for the best in upcoming children’s fashion.

Downtown Candle Company

Grab a natural, soy-based candle for you or another candle lover. Each candle is made from “100% pure artisan soybean wax, cedar wooden wicks, and exclusively selected essential oils.” If that doesn’t tantalize your senses, then I don’t know what would!

Maggie’s Pharm

Maggie’s Pharm is the best place for those looking for herbs, oils, and mystical objects of all sorts. Great for those who are living a holistic life and/or wanting to explore alternative care methods.

Mrs. Post Stationery

Make this your go-to shop for anything paper related. You’ll find a plethora of cute stationary, coffee table books, calendars, and other stylish items guaranteed to brighten someone’s home.

The Peanut Shoppe

Looking for stocking stuffers? This is a great spot to start. At the Peanut Shoppe, you can find nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, candy, and popcorn of all kinds. You can choose from plain nuts to chocolate-covered anything. It’s one of the best gifts for just about anyone on your list.

Happy gift hunting!

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