Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Elvis Fans

You love her tender. He’s your teddy bear. You wear his ring around your neck. She’s got you all shook up. Valentine’s Day is almost here, and if your valentine loves Elvis, you can do no wrong with a gift inspired by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. We’ve found the best Valentine’s Day gifts for the special Elvis fan in your life at Shop Graceland. Take a look at our suggestions below, and visit Shop.Graceland.com for even more options. FOR HER   Elvis Crystal Embellished Brown Sunglasses by Sandy Martindale   Does it get more stylish than this? These sparkling sunglasses are a must for the trendy Elvis fan. Each pair is meticulously crystalized by hand using Swarovski Crystal Elements on both earpieces and modeled after a black pair worn by the designer, Sandy Martindale. This Graceland exclusive comes with a protective hard shell zipper case and cleaning cloth, as well as UV400 Polarized lenses, so they’re both protective and stylish. See this product at Shop.Graceland.com.   Lowell Hays Sterling Silver Plated Heart Pave Charm   This charm speaks right to the heart. This gorgeous heart charm was inspired from a necklace Lowell Hayes made for his soon-to-be-wife, Linda. Elvis loved the idea and asked Lowell to create one for him. This heart features 40 pavé set crystals in sterling silver, complete with Elvis’ name engraved on the back. It’s a perfect addition to a charm bracelet, or it can be worn as a necklace. See this product at Shop.Graceland.com.    Elvis Heart Women’s T-Shirt   This adorable scoop-neck shirt features a glittery silver and navy design that’s sure to catch the eye. The lightweight fabric makes it perfect to wear by itself in the summer, or it can be paired with a cute cardigan in the colder months. See this product at Shop.Graceland.com.    Pink Hearts Square Compact   This Elvis compact is a great addition to a large gift, or a cute, stand-alone happy. This pink 1950s compact features two mirrors inside – one standard mirror and one 2X magnifying mirror – and is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, in a purse or in the pocket of a pair of jeans. It’s sleek and stylish, and it goes with everything. See this product at Shop.Graceland.com.   Elvis Kisses Heart Frame   What says love more than hearts and kisses – and Elvis? This...
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The Gates of Graceland

One of the most iconic features of Elvis Presley’s Graceland isn’t even in the home: it’s the gates of Graceland. Elvis fans from all over the world travel to Memphis to see the mansion, with its famous Jungle Room, totally rock ‘n’ roll TV and pool rooms, its spacious yard and impressive car collection. But the gates of Graceland are instantly recognizable, with their one-of-a-kind sheet music design. Fans tour the mansion, of course, but part of the Graceland experience also means snapping a photo of the gates -or in front of the gates – and signing the wall. Elvis purchased Graceland on March 25, 1957, and he wasted no time turning it into his own castle. In fact, the gates were installed less than a month later, on April 22. The Graceland Archives have an invoice from Tennessee Fabricating Company for the gate at $1,339.00 in April 1957.  There are also invoices and checks  for Dillard Door Company for the gate operators, which includes three car controls. Fans would often line up and hope to catch the world’s most famous entertainer leave or enter those gates. Sometimes he’d sign autographs from behind them, and fans could see him and his family horseback riding on the Graceland property. Today, the gates still serve their original purpose: to protect the rock ‘n’ roll mansion of Elvis Presley, and they still look as gorgeous as ever. Fans snap selfies in front of the gate, and take a minute to leave a personal message to Elvis on the wall. Fans from across the world have left heartfelt messages over the years. The gates of Graceland have stood the test of time, and fans love this unique feature of the King’s castle. Have you left a message on the wall, or taken your picture at the gates? If so, tag us on Twitter or Instagram – we’re @VisitGraceland on both – or use the hashtag #GracelandGates. You could be featured on...
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Play the Graceland Trivia Game

Think you know everything Graceland? Put your knowledge to the test with a Graceland Trivia game! Find out if you make it to the gates of Graceland, the grounds, the front door or inside...
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Young Elvis

The young king grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, an east Mississippi town with sweltering summers, rolling clay hills, dirt roads and sweet Southern charm. Elvis lived with his family in Tupelo until he was 13; after that, it was off to the big city of Memphis. Still, Elvis never forgot Tupelo, and his childhood friends and playmates have never forgotten him and the happy times they shared. A few of Elvis’ childhood friends often spend time at the Elvis Presley Birthplace, greeting fans from all over the world and sharing personal stories of Elvis’ young days. “As they would say in Tupelo, he was just a little snotty-nosed boy when I was born,” Elvis’ lifelong friend Guy Harris told the North Mississippi Daily Journal in 2010. Guy was a few years younger than Elvis, but that didn’t stop the two boys from becoming good friends – such good friends that, when Elvis introduced Guy to Priscilla, he said Guy “was my best friend growing up.” “I sat right behind him in class in the sixth grade at Milam, and we run around together. I rode him around on my bicycle all over town,” his friend James Ausborn said in an interview with the Daily Journal. “We’d go fishing together down on the creek, on Mud Creek, and he would start singing. I’d get on to him singing. I’d tell him, ‘We ain’t gonna catch no fish, you keep singing.” Guy remembers swimming with Elvis at the swimming hole, and fibbing to Gladys about where they’d been. Gladys was protective of her only son, Guy said, so she didn’t like him playing too far from home where she couldn’t keep an eye on him. Sam Bell remembers fun, carefree days playing with a young Elvis in Tupelo. At a Fan Club event during the 2015 Birthday Celebration, Sam recalled the pair hiding out in a tree house, Elvis’ mother Gladys making them snacks (“She made the best Kool-Aid,” Sam said) and Elvis’ early fascination with music. Gladys purchased a guitar for Elvis from Tupelo Hardware for his 11th birthday. Tupelo heard Elvis’ first attempts on the instrument, and his first chords at singing in public. He carried his beloved guitar to school and competed in a talent show – taking home the fifth place award. But Gladys wouldn’t let Elvis take the guitar outside, where it could get damaged or dirty, Sam said. Elvis...
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