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15 Memphis Gift Ideas That Give Back

This holiday season, we’ve got several ways to choose gifts for your loved ones that represent the 901 and give back to our community. Check out our list of thoughtful gifts that make an impact on Memphis during this time of giving.



For a minimum donation of $10 per card, BRIDGES will send handwritten, personal holiday greeting cards to everyone on your list wishing them Happy Holidays and letting them know that a donation has been made in their honor. This year’s card features one-of-a-kind artwork by Bridge Builder Jie Wang, White Station High School class of 2020. Your donation to BRIDGES ensures that they can continue their mission to unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation.


Choose from two greeting card designs that are inspired by Memphis’ Overton Park to send to your loved ones this year. Artist Martha Kelly’s designs double as bringing holiday cheer and year-round greeting, so make sure you get these limited edition prints before they are gone. Cards may be purchased in packs of 10, and each card comes with a blank white envelope. Packs are $20 each, with a flat $6 shipping and handling rate for your entire order.


St. Jude offers a variety of holiday designs featuring the kids of St. Jude, patient art, and other fun designs with various phrases. To save time, they also offer holiday e-cards letting your recipients know that you have made a donation to St. Jude in their name. If you’ve already got your greeting cards this season, but you still want to give a gift to St. Jude, they have card inserts available so you can let your gift recipients know about our donation on their behalf.


For $10 per card, MIFA will ensure that your list of holiday card recipients will receive a beautiful handwritten and personalized card with artwork from Memphis’ Beth Edwards. A donation to MIFA allows them to continue serving vulnerable seniors and families in crisis so they can remain independent and in their homes.

Photo: Phillip Ashley Chocolates

Photo: Phillip Ashley Chocolates

If you’re looking for a sweet gift, place an order for a delicious 6 piece chocolate gift box by Memphis’ famed chocolatier Phillip Ashley. $4 from every purchase goes directly to Le Bonheur and their lifesaving mission. The Heart of Le Bonheur chocolate flavored with orange marmalade, tarragon and honey, and they are heart-shaped with Le Bonheur’s famous stitched heart image atop the chocolate. Each of the flavors pay homage to their history in past medicine and healing practices.

Photo: Latino Memphis

Photo: Latino Memphis

Spread holiday cheer through baked goods from Latino Memphis. Choose from Nutella Sandwich Cookies or Apricot Sugar Cookies for $20 a box. Not only does your order help support Latino Memphis, it also supports Cielito Mio, a woman-owned business, and local college students. You can either have your order hand delivered or pick it up at Latino Memphis.

Laurelwood Books

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For a $25 annual membership to The Booksellers at Laurelwood, you get lots of great perks including gift cards and discount on books. Most importantly, you also get to designate one of five charities to receive a percentage of the amount you spend on your purchases during the year. So, before you start picking up some great reads for the book worms in your life, register for the Gives Back Program to make a donation to either Literacy Mid-South, Theatre Memphis, WKNO FM, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, or Arts Memphis.


A purchase on the 2017 Memphis Heritage Calendar: Landmarks in Memphis Music supports Memphis Heritage’s mission to save, improve, reuse, and maintain architecturally and historically significant buildings, neighborhoods, parks, and cultural artifacts of Shelby County, Tennessee. Calendars are available for purchase by calling 901-272-2727 or by visiting Burke’s Books, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, The Book Juggler, Dabbles, and The Arcade.



Let your loved ones know that you are adopting an Angel from The Salvation Army Tree and buying gifts from children and seniors in need in their honor. Each year, The Salvation Army delivers over 5000 gifts to the community. To pick up an Angel, visit Wolfchase Galleria, Oak Court Mall, or Carrefour at Kirby Woods during designated times.


Just City works to serve, advocate, and reform the current criminal justice system. If you make a donation to the cause, their gift of thanks to you is a Just City t-shirt or hoodie. Currently, some of their current initiatives are the Clean Slate Fund and Legislative Outreach.


Each purchase made through Operation Broken Silence supports their mission for peace and justice in Sudan. Visit their online shop for a wide variety of t-shirts, stickers, pins, bags and more that your gift recipients are sure to love.

My Cup of Tea in Orange Mound Memphis

Photo: Amanda Hill

For the tea drinkers in your life, order or pick up a variety of teas from My Cup of Tea, an initiative based out of Orange Mound that employs women from 38111 and 38104 zip codes. The gift of tea supports strong employment programs to benefit the women of the Orange Mound community.

Photo: Ekata Designs

Photo: Ekata Designs

Ekata Designs has several different ring, necklace, earring, and bracelet designs for everyone in your life. They employ refugee women in Memphis, TN and teach them how to make beautiful jewelry, while assisting them in becoming independent in their new life. The jewelry is made with fine metals and beautiful jewels, and a purchase is a donation towards their mission.

Photo: National Civil Rights Museum

Photo: National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum offers many different clothing items and designs, with all purchases benefiting the historical museum and its mission to create conversation around civil rights issues.

Find more ways to give back through Volunteer Odyssey and Volunteer Memphis.

Got more gift ideas that give back? Let us know in the comments!

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