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4 Best Go-To Gift Shops in Oxford

It’s Black Friday, and you know what that means — Christmas shopping. Oxford residents are in luck because there are numerous places around town offering unique gift ideas sure to please almost anyone on your list. Here are the top 4 go-to gift shops:

1. The Lily Pad Gifts & Accessories

Swan Creek candles at The Lily Pad
Swan Creek candles at The Lily Pad

Located on the Square, The Lily Pad is one of Oxford’s cutest gift shops with a unique “Southern flair.” Offering everything from jewelry to candles to sorority gear, it’s hard not to find something you like at this Oxford gem.

“We have so much cute stuff and there’s something for everyone here,” Lily Pad employee Taylor said.

According to Taylor, this year’s most popular store items are Ronaldo Jewelry pieces, ranging from $60-$300, and Swan Creek candles ranging from $6-$18. Taylor is a big fan of the candles. “You don’t even have to light them; I have the one that smells like Christmas trees and my house smells awesome and I haven’t even lit it yet.”

2. Katherine Beck

Custom monogrammed clutches at Katherine Beck
Custom monogrammed clutches at Katherine Beck

Katherine Beck is a contemporary boutique with a Southern touch that carries the latest trends in jewelry, home goods, handbags, collegiate and personalized gifts, and more.

“Our monogrammed clutches have been super popular this year,” said Mary Katherine Perry, store owner. “We have sold a lot of them and are now down to the last two in store. We have placed an order for more to ensure that they will be in for the holiday season.”

The store has planned a “wish list event” on Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.  A calendar designed by Caroline Frierson, an alumnus of Ole Miss, is just one of many unique gifts that will be on sale.

3. Olive Juice Gifts

"Ole Miss room" at Olive Juice Gifts
“Ole Miss room” at Olive Juice Gifts

Another gift-gathering treasure on the Square is Olive Juice Gifts. Owned by Ole Miss alumnus Erin Briscoe, the cute boutique has a Hotty Toddy vibe that’s hard not to notice with an entire area of the store dedicated to Ole Miss gifts and paraphernalia.

“Our Ole Miss room is really popular,” Olive Juice employee Kendra said. “People in Oxford love that stuff.”

Erin Briscoe makes a point to sell items that are Mississippi-made, including LA Pottery, which comes out of Bentonia, Miss. With candles, jewelry, housewares and more, Olive Juice offers a wide variety of holiday gift options.


 4. Mimosas Flowers, Gifts, & Gourmet

Mississippi-made Magnolia Melts candles at Mimosas Flowers, Gifts, & Gourmets
Mississippi-made Magnolia Melts candles at Mimosas Flowers, Gifts, & Gourmets

Mimosa Flowers, Gifts, and Gourmet is Oxford’s newest full-service florist and gift shop. From clean-burning Magnolia Melt candles manufactured in Mississippi, to customized ornaments, they offer a wide array of possibilities for your gift needs.

“We pride ourselves in selling Mississippi-made products,” said Janis Miller, a designer at the store. “Bev’s Pottery, a company in Greenwood Miss., offers the store ovenproof pottery pieces ranging from $10 to $130. There are also several pieces that I molded myself that are less expensive.”

Mimosa Flowers, Gifts, and Gourmet is known as one of the best gift wrapping locations in Oxford. Their services start at $3 and prices vary based on box size. Gifts purchased in store are wrapped free no matter the size.

 Story contributed by Ole Miss Students Morgan White & Austin Wilkes.

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