These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things
2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Mr. and Mrs. Vance Lauderdale exchange Holiday pleasantries.
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This year we wanted to showcase some of our favorite gift ideas in a way that pairs our love of Memphis with the excitement of the season. The iconic Julie Andrews song from The Sound of Music fit the bill for the backdrop with its catchy lyrics and whimsical feel. For any doubters thinking this classic isn’t a traditional holiday tune, The Supremes included it in various Motown Christmas albums, and it fits perfectly for our gift guide. This holiday season we’re inviting you to deck the halls and stuff the stockings with some of our favorite finds.
Crafted from beads and handmade ceramic pieces, this plant hanger adds an artsy touch to a basket of roses or any flower arrangement. It’s the work of multitalented Memphian Jimmy Crosthwait, who, working from his home-studio in Eads, is famous for his wall-hangings, chimes, mobiles, and sculptures — not to mention his music and puppetry. Available at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens Museum Store, 4339 Park Avenue, 761-5250, dixon.org
Hand-painted tote bags and purses by internationally known artist Laurel Burch are just a few of the feline finds at Mewtopia cat sanctuary and retail shop. Also in supply are hand-made cat-themed works by local artist Kim Gardner, from mats and blankets to tote bags and glasses cases. You’ll even find gifts for dog-lovers. Proceeds from all sales support the center’s rescue and care of cats. Available at Mewtopia, 734 Mt. Moriah, 503-9328, mewtopia.org
Give those on your gift list the taste of the town this season. Memphis’ Viking Cooking offers culinary adventures to everyone from utter novices to the most skilled knife-wielders with classes covering everything from soup to nuts and cuisine from Tuscany to Timbuktu. Gift cards are available in any amount. Viking Cooking School, 1215 Ridgeway Rd., Suite 101, 733-3747, VIKINGRANGE.COM