It’s May, one of the most challenging months of the year, especially if you are a mom, have a mom or are related to anyone, frankly. Between Mother’s Day, the endless end-of-school parties, graduations from kindergarten through college, and the sudden realization that you haven’t signed your kids up for camp or booked those flights for your summer getaway, there’s a reason the word mayhem begins with M-A-Y. But take a deep breath! We can help.
Get ahead of the craziness the month brings with our selection of fun finds from around Memphis! So sit back, grab a beverage and, together, we’ve got this!
FOR THE HOME
If they met in college, are off to college or simply love their college town, these colorful, hand-drawn 8-by-10-inch map prints of college towns are a wonderful gift for grads, newlyweds and friends. They are $28 at me & mrs jones.
Home is where the heart is, so give them a reminder of where they are loved, and can always return, with this 18-inch-square, hand-hooked wool pillow. (Yes, the heart is in Nashville, but the sentiment is the same: Someone in Tennessee loves you!) $62, at Pickering Boxwood Pop-up Shop
With a lower and smaller profile, these chairs caught our eye. Add in the fact that they swivel and sport linen-y slipcovers, and we were sold! A bit of a splurge, but we think it’s totally worth it! And if it’s for Mom, well, she’s priceless! Find it for $1,135 with fabric shown, at Decadent Avenue.
It’s truly a dog’s life, if you spoil your pup with one of the ultracomfy Mississippi Made donut dog beds from Hollywood Feed. With an outer ring that’s extra plumped up to the inner baffled pillow to the cover, these beds are made of materials sourced only in the United States. Find them for $68.98 to $154.98.
There’s just something so appealing and indulgent about these two chaise lounges from Sheffield Antiques Mall in Collierville. They scream old-world glamour, yet seem so contemporary at the same time. And we can totally picture ourselves calling out for another Cosmo as we lounge while reading SB on our iPad. Linen and hemp knotted chaise with tufted detailing and skirt, $1,420; tufted chaise with nailhead trim, $548
What a pop of color this mirror would offer in a girl’s bathroom, an all-white hallway or just about anywhere! With a floral bone inlay, we would expect to pay more, especially given the generous 24-by-30-inch size. Find it for $169 at Frugal Home Finds.
Artist Glenda Beard paints happy canvases featuring natural scenes, including nests and feathers, and colorful vases with flowers. These, from Booksellers at Laurelwood, include a 9-by-12-inch painting of pink tulips, $30; and a 10-inch-square multicolored bunch of flowers for $49.
It’s a rustic and rough-hewn beauty: a 22-inch handcrafted, heart-shaped wooden bowl. Use it simply for decoration or to display a collection of small objects, indoors or out. Available for $42.50 from Turkoyz at Home.
Murano glass necklace
We’re wondering if there’s a magnet in this gorgeous, green Murano glass necklace from Timna Distinctive Artwear. That’s because we were drawn to it like a moth to flame. Or like this editor to a glass of Rioja. But we digress. Three glass pieces combine with soft wrapped wire and a mother-of-pearl button closure for a stunning statement piece. Find it for $190.
The tassel pendant gets an update with bold, vivacious, jewel tones at Kendra Scott. The Rayne necklace features a 14K gold plate over brass pendant on a 30-inch chain and is shown here in fuchsia jade (left) and magenta magnesite (right). Find them for $80 and up.
These incredibly delicate necklaces are fashioned from thin, almost spring-y strips of either rose gold or sterling silver made into lightweight circles, linked like paper chains. Color us in love! Find them for $139 each at Chocolat.
We’re all about some personalization, and this cute, monogramed, zipper-top bag is a perfect little gift for moms and grads. With a cotton finish exterior and a durable, wipe-clean interior, it’s a workhorse that looks like a thoroughbred. Find them for $26 at Gild the Lily.
Coffee and tea never looked so good! These cute and colorful Ban.do thermal mugs hold up to 16 ounces of a beverage and feature an open/close slider. Choose from the disco or “I did my best” patterns, $15 at Muddy’s Bake Shop.
Phillip Ashley Chocolates
You can show your love with some sweets from Phillip Ashley Chocolates, with the gorgeous “I Love You, Mom” box. Filled with delectable and unusual flavors, like Orchid (a raspberry mint ricotta), Blue Ivy (chocolate mint cookie) and the Violet (red wine caramel with grey salt) among others, this limited edition box of a dozen flower-shaped confections is a real treat. $45
Now, here’s a treat for you for surviving May … or to help you survive May. A pint of Sweet Magnolia Gelato, $7.99, is available in a bevy of scrumptious flavors including strawberry champagne, honey vanilla, lemon and blueberry. But be warned, inventory goes quickly, because these are small-batch offerings, and some flavors are seasonal. Find them at High Point Grocery.
Good luck on your journey through May! We know you’ll be just fine!
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