Who else is over giving and getting stacks of gift cards for the holidays? Don’t get us wrong. We’re all busy, and it’s oh-so-easy to snag that gift card off the rack … and it doesn’t mean the gift isn’t heartfelt. But we’re here to prove that in a creative city like Memphis, it’s not that hard to find cool, handmade items that will help you wow your friends and family while also supporting local artists, artisans and shopkeepers. These markets and pop-ups are happening all over town throughout the holiday season, so there’s sure to be something here for even the toughest-to-shop-for people on your list.
Crafts and Drafts
- Saturday, November 14
- Autumn Avenue and Watkins Street (in the lot behind Crosstown Arts)
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Memphis Flyer and supporting Crosstown Arts, this one-day, pop-up market features handmade arts and crafts from more than 40 local and regional sellers. While you’re strolling, enjoy brews from Memphis Made, High Cotton, Goldcrest 51, Lazy Magnolia and more. And if you get hungry while you drink and shop, grab food on-site from local food trucks, including Sushi Jimmi, the Food Truck by the Confectionery, MemPopS and more. There’ll also be music, a kids’ play area and an ATM on-site (beer is cash only). Learn more at memphiscraftsanddrafts.com.
Erica Bodine Pottery Holiday Open House & Sale
- Thursday, November 19
- 777 S. Cox St., Art Factory — Studio No. 18
- Hours: 6 to 9 p.m.
This local artist is opening her studio to the public for an exclusive shopping opportunity for the pottery collectors on your gift list. Several other Art Factory studios will also be open to tour and shop, and light hors d’oeuvres sweeten the deal. Learn more at facebook.com/ericabodinepottery.
Memphis Potters Guild Show & Sale
- Friday through Sunday, November 20-22
- 750 Cherry Road at the Memphis Botanic Garden
- Hours: Opening reception Friday, November 20, 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, November 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The holiday version of this semiannual event features handmade wares from potters across the Mid-South. With so many artists under one roof, you’ll find works in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware to suit every taste and color palette. From sculptural vessels and utilitarian pieces to jewelry and accessories, the works at this show make great gifts … and you might pick up a treat for yourself, too. Learn more at thememphispottersguild.com.
Metal Museum Holiday Store
- November 20- January 3, 2016
- 374 Metal Museum Drive
- Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
For six weeks this fall and winter, the on-site shop at the Metal Museum becomes a holiday pop-up shop like no other. From one-of-a-kind jewelry to grilling skewers, you’ll find unique, handmade gifts created by the city’s most skilled metalsmiths and artists. The Museum Store expands its collection for this yearly event, with a wide range of products for sale. Plus, you can’t beat the views! Get more info at metalmuseum.org.
Meet the Makers Pop-Up Party
- Saturday, November 21
- 2134 Merchants Row, Germantown (at Me & Mrs. Jones)
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This pop-up shop-slash-party at the Germantown location of “upstyled” furniture retailer Me & Mrs. Jones features local art, mini-workshops, holiday specials, mimosas and treats. Featured artists include Sarah Kindelan Crawford, GoodEggGoods, Grace Given Gifts, Handlettered with Love, Olivia Mitchell and Lee Karen Portera. Learn more about the shop here.
- Through December 19
- 540 S. Mendenhall, Ste. 7 (next door to Diva Nails and Lucchesi’s)
- Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, open till 8 p.m.
This unique pop-up features products ranging from holiday decorations and furniture to jewelry, scarves, clothing and more. Also, on Thursday evenings, visit for “champagne shopping” with appearances by a local artist or jewelry maker. Call or email for info at (901) 359-3456 or [email protected].
Memphis Arts Collective 2015 Holiday Show
- November 27-December 24
- 1501 Union Ave.
- Hours: Open daily, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Friday until 7 p.m.); Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Art, jewelry, food items, textiles, clothing, retro and vintage treasures … you’ll find all this and more at the Memphis Arts Collective 2015 Holiday Show. This Memphis nonprofit has hosted a yearly holiday pop-up for about 25 years. “We’ve got Marjorie Mebane this year, who does beautiful clothing pieces, Brian Maness doing stained glass, Jennifer Hyatt doing metal work,” says Chuck Parr, membership chair and owner of Chuck’s Retro Art & Accessories. “It’s just a smattering of all different visual arts.” This year’s show includes an opening night reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 27 that’s free and open to the public, with music by Paul Taylor, a bar and a silent auction that benefits Alzheimer’s Day Services. Get more info at memphisartscollective.com.
Modern Handmade Memphis
- November 28-December 24
- 103 Harbor Town Square (across the street from Miss Cordelia’s)
- Hours: Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
With a grand opening on Small Business Saturday, this annual holiday pop-up is Downtown this year. Founded by the Memphis Etsy Team, Modern Handmade Memphis is a collective of local designers, artists and artisans who produce a broad range of unique, handcrafted items. “We never know exactly what it’s going to be until we get it set up,” says Tonya Tate, Memphis Etsy Team captain. “What we aim to be is a place where you can come and experience the Mid-South and its products.” From jewelry to bath products, toys to fine art, books to vintage wear, this market offers unique gifts for men, women and kids. “We want to be the community’s retail store. Because we have a lot of people with a lot of great products,” Tonya says. Learn more at modernhandmadememphis.com.
- November 28-December 24
- 766 S. White Station Road at Poplar (in the former Lisa Kurtz Gallery space)
- Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
With the tag line, Affordable Gifts by Local Artists, this holiday pop-up market offers unique, handcrafted pieces by regional fine artists. Here, you can score gifts for all sorts of people on your list, with jewelry, gifts and artworks crafted from glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay and more. This annual event, held last year at Saddle Creek, is hosted by ArtWorks Foundation, a nonprofit that helps artists grow in their business and their work through exhibitions, education initiatives and other programming. Learn more here.
Agnes Stark Holiday Show & Sale
- December 4-6
- 12675 Donelson Road, Arlington
- Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.
Each year, this active Memphis artist hosts a holiday show and sale in her own Arlington studio. Go here for personal attention and gorgeous gifts. The tagline for this show is, All invited — bring a friend. Agnes Stark Pottery offers pots ranging from service pieces to decorative pieces in a variety of color palettes and patterns. Learn more at starkpottery.com.
Choose901 Second-Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop
- Saturday, December 5
- Location TBD
- Hours TBD
At press time, this event is still in the planning stages, but rest assured that the anticipated event is in the works. At this now-yearly event, you’ll find an assortment of fun Memphis gear, including the return of the epic Choose901 holiday “sweater” (time to plan that ugly sweater party!). Choose901 will release its list of vendors, as well as time and location information, soon. Stay in the loop at choose901.com.
Brooks Museum 2015 Holiday Artists Market
- December 6, with a member preview sale December 5
- 1934 Poplar Ave.
- Hours: Preview sale, Saturday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.; public sale, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you’re looking for personal, one-of-a-kind gifts, you won’t want to miss this yearly event at the Brooks Museum of Art. Plus, enjoy the cash bar and free admission to the museum all day Sunday! The two-day market features more than 35 local and regional artists selling original works of art. If you’re a museum member, be sure to hit the member preview sale on Saturday, December 5, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The public sale is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 6. Find out more at brooksmuseum.org.
Memphis Indie Holiday Market
- Saturday, December 12
- 585 S. Cooper St. at Muddy’s Grindhouse
- Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This annual event, founded in 2013 by Memphians Anna Avant and Brit McDaniel, is at Muddy’s Grindhouse for a second consecutive year. Memphis Indie Holiday Market is a shopping experience, a party and a celebration of our city all in one. Or, as the organizers recently put it, it’s a “giant, happy, holiday hug.” Get a full lineup of participating vendors here. Head down to Muddy’s Midtown outpost for a fun day of shopping local. You don’t want to miss this one, trust us! Learn more at facebook.com/memphisindieholidaymarket.