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Love of Local: 12 Gift Ideas Not to Miss

Shop Holiday 2020 Gift Guides 2020

We love Downtown Knoxville shops because they showcase local artists and unique items that represent the great state – and city – we love. Here's a look at a dozen locally-themed gifts that will bring a thoughtful touch to your Holiday gift-giving. Shop local and shop early. Inventory of these special items is limited!

Knoxville Map Flask from Bliss

Make an impact with this custom engraved 6-ounce matte black flask featuring a map of Knoxville. This sleek flask comes with a canvas bag and funnel and can be purchased in-store or online from Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

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Jacks Avenue Custom Print

Work with the creative artists/owners of Jacks of Knoxville for a print that's perfect for the person you have in mind. The husband and wife duo will be able to bring your vision to life for an unforgettable gift. Order early to have in time for Christmas! You can also browse their already established selection of Knoxville, Nashville, State of Tennessee, and University of Tennessee prints. 

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Tennessee Everything from Nothing Too Fancy

Shop at Nothing Too Fancy for a diverse collection of East Tennessee merchandise, like 865 pint glasses, Tennessee Tri-Star mugs, and cozy Home Sweet Home Tennessee blankets. NTF carries a huge selection of constantly rotating t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tanks with designs paying tribute to various areas of Knoxville and iconic locations. Don't miss their "Murrvull" shirt. You know someone who'd love that!

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"Knoxville Girl" Tea Towel from Pioneer House

This adorable cotton tea towel designed and printed by Pioneer House's owner, Julie Belcher, makes for a one-of-a-kind gift. It's as much a statement as it is a kitchen accessory with its antique wood typography printed in turquoise green ink. This teal towel is begging to be bought for the Knoxville girl you know! Shop in their online store or make an appointment to shop in store by emailing [email protected].

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Dolly Parton Coloring Book from Union Ave Books

Who doesn't love Dolly? This clever coloring book from Union Ave Books combines quotes from our beloved East Tennessee country music queen and fun illustrations to color in. This book certainly makes an impressive, playful gift. Plus the author, Kimma Parish, is a Tennessee native. You can also ask Union Ave Books to put together a basket for you to include some sweets and candles, like the one pictured here. 

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Knoxville Snow Globe from Earth to Old City

Precious and perfect for the Holidays! Earth To Old City is one of the most established gift shops in town, so if you stop in, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list. But this Knoxville Snow Globe is stealing our hearts this Winter season.

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Downtown Knox Merch from Mast General Store

Our most favorite gift idea yet (we're a little biased) are these mugs, postcards, keychains, tote bags, magnets, and shot glasses featuring yours truly! These little trinkets at Mast General Store make for great gifts for the most avid downtown fan, as well as your out-of-town family members. Purchase in-store only.

Coasters from Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts

Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts is such a sweet gift shop. The warm aromas of candles, lotions, and soaps might make you forget what you came for – these cute coasters! Knoxville landmarks like the Tennessee Theatre marquee, the Sunsphere, and other famous locations have been printed onto them. Round out your gift with an orange-scented candle! Curbside pick-up is available.

Knoxville Necklace from Rala

This laser-cut necklace features an intricate map of Knoxville – truly a work of art from Rala! It's a sweet way to always keep this city close to the heart. Pair it with an East Tennessee puzzle or a Downtown Knoxville printed map to create a noteworthy present. Shop online or in-store.

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Unique T's from Tailgate

Tailgate is for the fashionable Vol fan on your gift list. They carry awesome vintage men's and women's apparel, as well as store-exclusives like this popular "I Will Give My All" shirt. You might have a hard time deciding which outfit to buy once you see all the orange-and-white options. But hey, the more the merrier!

Knox Whiskey Works' Tennessee Tailgate

Calling all Vodka + Vol Fans for this one! Knox Whiskey Works' Tennessee Tailgate Orange Flavored Vodka is made from a base of neutral grain spirits from corn, and then distilled and filtered multiple times to create a smooth, creamy finish. Perfect for game day – and every other day – this bright orange vodka makes for a great gift for the spirited UT fan. Curbside pick-up is available.

Visit Knoxville Gift Basket

These custom baskets at Visit Knoxville are available at any price point for anyone on your list, from the foodie to the tourist. What's even more neat is that these baskets are full of things made right here in Tennessee! From toffee, shortbread, and chocolates to toe jam, BBQ Sauce, and honey. Visit Knoxville's gift baskets have you covered!

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Downtown local stores offer online shopping and/or curbside pick-up, so you don't have to sacrifice local if you want to shop from home. Shopping in-store is also safe with easy walkability, wide sidewalks, and required masks. Enjoy shopping for your loved ones this season!