Our 12 Favorite Things
A Local Holiday Guide
All of you last-minute shoppers are in luck. We’ve got a little list of a few of our favorite locally made things to help you power through the gift-giving season.
Starting with our new WINTER 2020 Issue (which will be hitting the shelves early January!) Let’s get the self promotion out of the way! You can pick up our beautiful magazine for free at local restaurants and businesses around town, but you can also get it delivered straight to your door (er, mailbox) and your faraway friends’ and family’s mailboxes for just $28 per year. That’s four issues worth of full-color, in-depth coverage of our local farmers, chefs, makers and doers.
You’ll find plenty of delicious treats in the Virtual Chocolate Boutique, but we especially love the Taste of Memphis collection which tells the story of the Bluff City in 12 unique flavors. Yes, there’s barbecue chocolate! But also Gotta Get Up To Get Down Milk Coffee Stout Beer Caramel, Memphis Toddy Spiced Whiskey, Peanut Butter Bourbon Banana Caramel and eight other flavors that are sure to wow locals and non-locals alike.
The creation of locally roasted Guji Mane coffee mirrors the story of the music that inspired it. According to Cxffeeblack founder Maurice Henderson II, Guji Mane, like hip hop, was the result of a multi-ethnic group of folks who didn’t know enough of the rules to realize they were breaking them. Taste and support the movement by gifting your folks some Guji Mane coffee and Cxffeeblack apparel.
Take a cue from Cordelia’s Market’s New Beer Brown Bag special, which features an assortment of new brews available in-store. Mix and match your favorites for beer-loving friends to enjoy this holiday season. Look for year-round and seasonal offerings from Wiseacre, Crosstown, High Cotton, Memphis Made, Meddlesome and Ghost River.
Locally made and bottled, Reveled Spirits offers a variety of unique mixers and shrubs for the cocktail lovers on your list. (Cocktail shrubs are concentrated syrups that combine fruit, sugar and vinegar.) The Cranberry Vanilla Shrub, made with cranberries, cane sugar, apple cider vinegar and Madagascar vanilla is especially festive. Purchase online or at Buster’s Liquors & Wines. The Reveled Spirits website also includes recipes if you want to treat yourself and then treat your people to a home-crafted cocktail.
Treat the meat lovers in your life to humanely raised beef, pork and lamb from Home Place Pastures in Como, Mississippi. They offer a meat box subscription in various sizes. The monthly box is shipped via FedEx right to your door and always includes a chef-inspired recipe. Subscribers are encouraged to visit the farm and attend the yearly Boucherie Dinner. Save 10 percent on your subscription with code NEWHPP.
Replenish Kombucha is a locally made, all-natural probiotic tea, and it is delicious. Try all three flavors—Hibiscus Berry, Lavender Love and Sweet Ginger. Available by bottle, can and growler around town, it’s a must for the kombucha lovers in your life. The newly opened taproom in Cordova has weekend hours, and e-gift cards are available too.
You could make cookies yourself, or you could order Made from Scratch cookies from Armelia Young and have them delivered! She offers Buttery Shortbread, Oatmeal Cranberry & White Chocolate, Spiced Ginger, Chunky Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip, Lemon, Sugar and more. And in addition to her cookies, she offers fudge and brownies!
For just $20 a month, The Compost Fairy will bring you an empty bucket to fill with compostable kitchen scraps (dryer lint, coffee grounds and more) and then pick it up once a week. It’s the perfect gift for the avid home cook or that friend who is planning to make “eat more veggies” a New Year’s resolution. Choose from three-month, six-month or one-year gift subscriptions. Or, for a small, one-time donation (we suggest $25), you can simply get the bucket and empty it yourself once a week at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market drop-off site. This has the added bonus of giving you another reason to shop at the weekly, year-round market.
The second annual Grind City Coffee Expo is happening March 14 at the Pipkin Building and will bring together local roasters, baristas, enthusiasts and more. Buy a pair of tickets and take your best coffee-loving friend for an experience that can’t be matched.
11.) Fix Gift Card
You know those friends who are always complaining about the parking lot at Kroger? Give them Fix gift cards. This is a local meal-delivery service that sources from farmers when possible and delivers fresh ingredients with minimal packaging direct to your door with less than 24 hours notice. Use code EDIBLE20 and get 20 percent off.
12.) Shotwell Candies
We heart caramels from Shotwell Candy Co. They are so soft and full of flavor that they’re addictive. With caramel flavors like Original Salted, Chocolate Peppermint Crunch, and Smoked Butterscotch, you may just want to get some for everyone on your list. Shotwell candies are made to order in small batches. Sign up for the email list and save 10 percent on your order.