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Downtown Knoxville's Top Gift Picks for Mom


We're here to help you shop for mom with several gift ideas that are thoughtful, special, and unique. Not only will these gifts be made with love, but your care and attention in purchasing a local gift will shine through. We bet you can't wait to see the smile on her face. Remember to shop early and support local!

Homemade Soaps, Lotions, & Candles

Purchase a gift basket of rest and relaxation from Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts, an artisan gift shop carrying treasures hand-picked by the owner. Fill a basket with Christmas soaps, sugar scrubs, bath bombs, and scented candles, like crème brûlée and lavender, or pick from almost 100 scents in store. If you can't decide what to get, the Gardenia scent is the best-seller and comes in all three items for a matching set.


Finishing Touches for the Home

Visit OP Jenkins to browse home decor like pillows, lamps, accessories, wall art and more that will bring a smile to mom's face. If you know her design style, great! If not, work with the staff, and they'll be able to pick out some items for you to pick from. We think your mom will feel extra special when you give her this gift, because these details are what make a house a home. 

All Natural Products & Tinctures

Treat your mom to all-natural products from Nature's Crossing Health & Beauty. Made with only the good ingredients, their milk baths, tinctures, essential oils, and healing salves are good for the mind, body, and soul. Other noteworthy gift items are their CBD products and whipped honey!


Olive Oils, Balsamics & Gourmet Foods

What a delicious gift! If you're mom loves to cook, put Tree & Vine on the top of your list. She'll love spicing up dinners and salads with these flavored olive oils and balsamics. Flavors like bacon, black truffle, and Meyer lemon-infused oils and blueberry, raspberry, and cranberry balsamics. Add to that jellies, soup and dip mixes, pastas, hot sauces, gourmet condiments, tea towels, kitchen items, and more. The possibilities are endless.

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The Makings for Afternoon Tea

Jackson Ave Tea brings whole leaf tea to the people of Knoxville. Order a variety of flavors for your mom to try, from crisp apple spiced chai black tea to ginger peach white tea. And you can't *not* order the flavor that caught the attention of Tea Time Magazine, Holiday Issue: Chestnut Truffle. Along with the teas, add a stunning teapot and cups and saucers to your gift. The only thing she'll need to add are tea cakes and sandwiches. 


A New Read

Is your mom a book worm? Spend time browsing through Union Ave Books for books from her favorite author. Plus, the friendly folks working there will be able to recommend titles based on her likes. Alternatively, you can fill out the Book Concierge online for recommendations – and then purchase online without having to leave home. Union Ave Books also has recipe books, chocolates, candles, and other gift items to add along.

Knoxville Day Pillow

Share a part of your heart with Mom by giving her this Knoxville Day Pillow from Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes, featuring all the best things in our city, from downtown's skyline to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame and the Tennessee River. No matter where Mom lives, this lovely city scape displayed on a queen size pillow (35"x14") will be just right for her.

A Handmade Piece of Art

Art Market Gallery truly has something for every mom, whether that's a vase, a painting, outdoor glass decor, kitchen pottery items, and jewelry too! The best part about these gifts is that they are handmade from a local artist. Stop by, or browse online, there are so many great items there that make wonderful gifts.

A Unique Antique Find

Browse through 20,000 square feet of antiques from France, Spain, and Italy at Willow Creek Gallery to find a perfect gift for your mom – and one that comes with a story. The owner personally hand picks each piece, and then repairs and preserves it before you purchase. Antiques come in all shapes and sizes, so whether you're looking for something big like a piece of furniture, or smaller like a mirror or vase, you'll find a one-of-a-kind piece here.

Shopping for Mom is always special!

And we hope these ideas created even more excitement to shop for her this year. Some of these gifts can be purchased online, but if you decide to shop in-store, rest assured. It's easy to walk from shop to shop with wide sidewalks downtown, plus you can feel safe knowing that masks and physical distancing are required. Check out our other gift guides too!