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3717 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Only 10 minutes from downtown and 3 minutes from the Memphis Airport.
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
Welcome to the official blog of Elvis Presley’s Graceland! You can take Elvis-inspired quizzes, get first-looks on events here at Graceland and how-to guides on everything you need to know about Elvis and his home. Like Elvis, we come with a little southern charm
You could say Elvis gave his fans plenty of gifts: his music, movies, concerts, scarves and more.
Elvis’ fans matched his generosity by giving him plenty of gifts, too. Fans from around the world gave him gifts at his concerts, dropped presents off at Graceland and sent gifts in the mail.
Elvis treasured these gifts and kept them all, so they are now housed in the Graceland Archives. In the spirit of Christmas, we’re sharing just a handful of these gifts, from Elvis’ fans and friends.
This stylish pewter beer mug with a plastic bone handle is engraved: “To Elvis Presley From Arthur from England.” Look for this gift while you are on tour at Graceland – it’s on display in the TV Room bar.
This next gift is from someone who was a fan and friend of Elvis Presley. Bart Starr served as quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1956-1971. He gifted this Green Bay Packers helmet to Elvis at one of the king’s Green Bay shows. Elvis’ name is spelled out on the back of the helmet, too. See this helmet for yourself in the Archives Experience exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis at Graceland.
Another star gave Elvis – and Graceland – the next gift. In 1982, Joan Jett & The Blackhawks had a Platinum-selling hit with “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Joan Jett gave the Platinum Award to Elvis Presley and Graceland – and the award was on display for a time at Icons: The Influence of Elvis Presley at Elvis Presley’s Memphis. Now it is in the Graceland Archives.
This next gift was given to the king by one of his fan clubs. In Sweden, a Dalecarlian, or Dala, horse is a traditional hand-carved and hand-painted statue of a horse. The colorful horses were first a toy for children, but over the years they have become a national symbol of Sweden and a popular souvenir. The Elvis Presley Fan Club in Sweden gave Elvis this Dalecarlian horse in 1964 on the set of his film “Roustabout.”
The brass plate on the front of the horse reads: “This ‘THE DALECARLIAN HORSE’ – a typical souvenir of Sweden is the biggest hand-made wooden horse in the world. A special gift to Mr. ELVIS PRESLEY from Elvis fan Club in Sweden.” This horse is now stored in the Graceland Archives.
Every king needs a crown, right? In 1973, a fan gifted this metal crown to Elvis at the end of his “Aloha from Hawaii” concert. You can see Elvis holding the crown at the end of the broadcast. The crown features alternating crowns and leaves, with a metallic braid along the bottom with studs. “From Philly Miller” is handwritten in black marker on the inside of the crown, along with “TO ELVIS, The ‘King,’” and the date: “1-14-73.” A business card for Harris Miller, Chairman of the Board at Broadway National Bank, is taped on the inside, too. This crown was on display in the Elvis’ Hawaii exhibit from 2013-2017, but now it is in the Graceland Archives.
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