JXN Moms & Grads Gift Guide

Spring in Mississippi ushers in multiple reasons to celebrate – blossoming plants, shorts weather, crawfish season – as well as Mother's Day and Graduations.

Looking for the perfect gift for your loved one? We’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite personality picks around Jackson.

For The Foodie

Cheers to graduation or Mother’s Day with brunch. Estelle Southern Table, Hal & Mal’s, Elvie’s, Saltine Restaurant, La Cour Kitchen and Bar, and The Iron Horse Grill all have impressive weekend menus perfect for a special occasion.

Restaurant gift certificates are an intelligent present for grads with jam-packed schedules. Standbys like Pig & Pint, Aplos Simple Mediterranean, Tuk Tuk Boom, Kyuramen X Tbaar, and Martin’s Downtown are great for future dine-in and to-go options.

From self-professed home chefs to cooking beginners, ensure your loved one’s home kitchen, dorm room, or apartment is well-stocked with tools and essentials from Sur La Table in Highland Village. For Mississippi and Southern-made stocks, sauces, and hard-to-find international cuisine items, check out our local grocery shopping guide.

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For The Lifelong Learner

Education is the gift that keeps on giving. Investing in a membership at one of Jackson’s award-winning museums, like the Two Mississippi Museums, the Lefleur Museum District, or the Mississippi Museum of Art, includes numerous benefits—annual access to world-class exhibits, admission to exclusive events, restaurant and store discounts, and more.

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For The Plant Mom (or Dad)

Say “I love you” with fresh-cut flowers. Jackson has several stops for quality blooms and custom arrangements, including Whitley’s Florist and Flower Delivery, Greenbrook Flowers, A Daisy A Day, and Drake’s Designs. Houseplant enthusiasts – or novices needing a hardier, hard-to-kill option – will love selections from Green Oak, Everyday Gardener, Beans & Bananas, and Hutto’s Home and Garden Center. Include a bag of fertilizer from Wurmworks, Jackson’s sustainable, science-based composting team.

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Campbells Bakery cake stand of graduation cookies
Specialty cookies are available at Campbell's Bakery in Fondren

For The Sweet Tooth

Add sweetness to their day with customizable candies and bakery items from around Jackson. Treat them to small-batch chocolates and pralines from Nandy’s Candy, petit fours and cookies from Campbell’s Bakery, a custom cake from Just Vanilla Bake Shop, or galettes and scones from Sunflower Oven.

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For The Bookworm

Have a book lover in your life who’s always adding something new to their shelves? Help expand their home library with a membership to Lemuria’s First Editions Club. Started in 1993, the renowned bookstore curates monthly signed first editions for fiction, nonfiction, and young readers from some of the world’s most recognizable authors. Joining the club is the cost of the list price of the selected book, and titles can be shipped for an additional small fee.


For The Arts & Music Lover

Music buffs will love adding to their record collection with new vinyl from The End of All Music and OffBeat. Be on the lookout for upcoming shows and surprise them with tickets from national and upcoming bands at Duling Hall. Season subscriptions to the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Broadway in Jackson, and New Stage Theatre bring something new to enjoy and help support local arts organizations throughout the year.

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For Those Needing Some Self-Care

Moms and grads are both in the business of needing a little TLC for themselves. Spas like Soul Spa at The Westin Jackson, nomiSpa at Fairview Inn, and Jax-Zen Healing Arts Center offer a wide range of packages to help your loved one get well-earned rest and relaxation.

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Anne Marie Hanna


Anne Marie Hanna