It’s no surprise that once May rolls around, our calendars are full, and our list of people for whom to buy gifts is just as full. With high school and college graduations, weddings and Mother’s Day on the docket, we know how challenging it can be to find the perfect gift for all the important people in your life. With that in mind, we scoured Memphis’ retail hotspots and rounded up the best local FINDS for all of those special occasions and more. Here’s a look at our 17 favorite spring gifts.
SPRING GIFTS FOR MOM
Silk Story bamboo travel bags
These machine-washable travel bags with waterproof lining are a great gift for any lady on the go. You can choose between off-white, pewter and oyster, and you can add a personal touch of by having the bag monogrammed with Mom’s initials in your choice of font and color. Find the short gusset bag for $50, the clutch for $60 and the tall gusset for $70 at Lisa Mallory Interior Design. (Monogramming is not included in the price.)
“Mom” French Macaron Sampler
Nothing says “Happy Mother’s Day” like some delicious sweet treats, and why should Mom have to choose just one flavor? If your mother loves macarons, she’s going to love the “Mom” French Macaron Sampler from Prima’s Bakery and Boutique. Each dozen contains lemon cream, key lime and raspberry flavored cookies. Order the sampler for $24.
Now that warm weather has arrived, a vase filled with spring flowers is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. The neutral Charlotte vase from Garden District can be paired with a variety of arrangements and placed on a coffee table, dresser or foyer console for maximum impact. Find these vases for $45 (as well as a bevy of different florals to put inside them) at one of the best flower shops in Memphis.
Jewelry from Tracy Arrington Studios
This elegant chain created by Tracy Arrington Studios can be used as a necklace or wrap bracelet. And with its timeless, sophisticated design, it can be worn with any outfit or matched to any personality. Find this for $395 at James Gattas Jewelers.
Help Mom continue to age beautifully with this state-of-the-art serum from FaceMD. It’s an easy-to-use, effective product that only requires two pumps for your entire face and neck. The unique blend of ingredients promotes anti-aging, collagen production, and skin elasticity and firmness, and it will also help minimize the appearance of fine lines. Find FaceMD’s Human Factor Serum for $110 at The Langsdon Clinic.
Floral drop earrings
With so many unique jewelry options available, expressing your true personality is as simple as changing your earrings. For the classy gal, these drop earrings with a gold floral accent are the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Find them for $90 at Tilton Street.
Mother’s Day treats
If you’re running on a tight schedule, this Mother’s Day gift full of sweet treats is already wrapped and ready to deliver. The gift tray from Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy Company contains chocolate-covered pretzels and other delicious goodies, and it’s perfect for any mom with a sweet tooth. Find this for $32.95 at Memphis’ premier gourmet candy store.
SPRING GIFTS FOR RECENT GRADS
Help the recent grad in your life manage the chaos of adulting with an item that does it all. This lambskin wallet is soft, supple and durable, and it’s the perfect size for keys, credit cards and a phone. You can find these for $120 in multiple colors at Menage Fine Stationery & Gifts.
Feel confident sending your graduate off to college by giving him or her the gift of a toolkit. With items like a flashlight, tape measure, wrench and pliers, you can be sure that this set has the perfect tool for any situation that may arise. Find them for $49.50 at Dazzle.
No more boring dorm room bedding. Thanks to Blue Moon Bedding your grad will be stylish and comfortable in their new home away from home. These linens are available from the team behind Rhea Crenshaw Interiors, one of our favorite Memphis interior designers, and can be customized to your price range and color scheme. Price varies based on items chosen.
Yellow gold diamond bracelets
For that spunky gal in your life, this colorful pom-pom bag is both fun and practical. With its vibrant and bright details, she can wear this around the town or take it on a summer vacation. Find this bag for $58 at Coming Attractions Boutique.
SPRING GIFTS FOR NEW COUPLES
A Vietri vase is a classy and elegant piece that can be placed anywhere in the house — perfect for a newly married couple that may be merging different decor styles. Find the vases for $70 and the faux tulips for $5 each at Social.
Majestic Gifts glass cylinder pitcher
A timeless, yet simple gift for a couple is a cylinder pitcher to fill with fresh squeezed lemonade or Southern sweet tea on warm, summer days. You can even add a touch of personalization by getting the couples’ last name or initials monogrammed. Find this pitcher for $38 at Babcock Gifts.
Everyone needs coasters, but not all coasters are created equal. For the dapper new couple in your life, gift these glamorous coasters with gold embellishments and beautiful white marble. They’ll add the perfect accent to a side table or coffee table. Find this set of four coasters for $45 at SCOUT Antiques & Interiors.
Mud Pie travel bag
Sometimes the smaller gifts — like this Mud Pie travel bag — are the most thoughtful and appreciated. Easy to pack, use and store, this embroidered bag will always remind the new bride of her special day. Find it for $9.95 at Cotton Row Uniques.
FROM SB SHOP
RBG Cocktail Napkins
For the strong woman in your life who is a trailblazer — or a trailblazer in the making — gift her these adorable hand-embroidered linen cocktail napkins featuring none other than the trailblazing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The set of four napkins each features her embroidered likeness, and the quality is as top-notch as RBG herself. Find them at SB Shop for $48 per set.
Here’s to a sunny, fun-filled May celebrating the ones you love!
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