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Top Gift Picks from Downtown Shops

We’ve got the inside scoop from 20+ local retail business owners! Join us as we meet the faces behind the businesses we know and love, plus see what their top gift picks are for the holidays. 

Downtown shops are open following health and safety guidelines and masks are required, so you can feel at ease shopping downtown. You can also shop online or pick up curbside. Convenience at your fingertips. Support local and shop early!

Katherine & Logan Higgins, Jacks of Knoxville

Jacks of Knoxville is known for high-quality handmade goods from Knoxville makers. If you're looking for local, you're going to find it here! A few gift ideas that the Higgins say you shouldn't miss this year are: HEIR Raleigh Jewelry, Lann Designs Leather Goods, and Flora Wellness Health and Beauty Products.

Shop in-store or shop online to have items shipped or picked up curbside. 

Jodi Bowlin, Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts

Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts is known for being an artisan gift shop carrying treasures you won't find anywhere else, since Jodi hand picks every item. It's the perfect place to shop for your holiday decor, and for handmade and one-of-a-kind items from the 40+ local vendors represented in the store. Jodi's top picks for gifts this year are: limited edition Christmas soap, home & office decorations, and soap + candle gift sets.

You can shop the always beautifully decorated store on Gay Street, and they also offer online shopping for some inventory. For a larger selection, call Jodi at (865) 689-6545 to inquire and place your order for curbside delivery or shipping. 

Georgia Vogel, Honeymouth

Honeymouth is known for artist-made leather goods and accessories adorned with empowering and encouraging sayings. A female-owned and operated store, it's a perfect spot to shop for your girlfriends! Georgia's gift picks for this year are "Girls Rule" Circle Bag and "Independent" Earrings

They offer online shopping, and their new storefront is open in the Old City.

Flossie McNabb, Union Ave Books

Union Ave Books is known for being Knoxville's friendly neighborhood bookstore. Flossie owns the store with her daughter Bunnie, and it's the perfect store for the bookworm on your list! Books are personal...so their recommendation is to let them help you pick the perfect classic, biography, or best-seller for the folks on your list. Give them a call or use the online Book Concierge service. They also have puzzles, gifts, and a staff that loves books!

The store is currently open by appointment only. They offer online shopping, shipping, and curbside pick-up.

Phil Rupp & Julie Belcher, Pioneer House

Pioneer House is best known as Knoxville's honky tonk vintage shop and letterpress printmaking studio. Featured in Vogue as a reason to take a trip to Knoxville, it's a perfect place to shop for the southern gal or guy on your list. Phil & Julie's top gift picks this year are Comfort Food Greeting Cards, Vintage Native American Jewelry, and Contemporary Honky Tonk Clothing.

You can shop online. Julie also has an extensive Etsy Store, and they are currently open by appointment only. To schedule, email Julie at [email protected].


Terri Karlsson, Tree & Vine and CitiFid-O

The Tree & Vine offers imported olive oil & balsamics, as well as gourmet foods and kitchen supplies. You have to shop here for the foodie on your gift list! The Karlsson's top gift picks this year at Tree & Vine are Henckel Knife Sets, Staub Cookware, and Panettones. 

Two doors down on Union Ave the Karlssons also own CitiFid-O, a premium pet provisions store. Don't forget the sweet pups and kitties on your gift list! Their top picks are holiday collars and toys, plus doggy sweaters and jackets. 

Both stores are open, and they also offer online shopping and curbside pick up.

Matthew Cummings, Pretentious Glass Co

Pretentious Glass Co is a working glass studio and gallery known for incredibly unique hand-blown beer, bourbon, and wine glasses. Owner Matthew Cummings is also known for spectacular one-of-a-kind art pieces. Shop for the craft beer and cocktail enthusiast on your list – they will be in awe! And shop for anyone else on your list too – they will also be in awe! You can't go wrong with Matthew's top picks: a classic set of beer glasses, beautiful hand-blown ornaments, and stunning vases.

Shop online, on Etsy at Pretentious Glass for glassware, on Etsy at Modest Glass Co for home goods, and in-store.

Dustin & Lisa Cyr Burnett, Nothing Too Fancy

Nothing Too Fancy is a family run shop specializing in a variety of screen-printed items – including super comfy t-shirt designed and printed right here in Knoxville – gift items by local artisans, a variety of accessories, antique decor, and one-of-a-kind items. Shop here for the person on your list who is East Tennessee-proud and/or a big UT Fan! The Burnett's top gift picks this year are awesome. Check out this cozy tri-star blanket, the Tennessee signature sweatshirt, and this rustic tri-star mug.

Shop online with delivery and curbside pick-up options, or shop in-store.

Justin Helton, Status Serigraph

Status Serigraph is a design studio featuring Justin's work for major clients like Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Phish, and Dave Matthews Band. Major music fan on your list? Shop here for Justin's top gift pick this year: his limited-edition posters.

Shop his extensive collection online or shop in-store on Jackson Ave.

Scott Schimmel & Lisa Sorensen, Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes is known for its on-trend fashion finds and one-of-a-kind gift options, ranging from clothes, accessories, and shoes to kitchen supplies, puzzles, and other novelties. Shop here for anyone on your list, but especially the fashionista! Lisa's top gift picks this year are BrüMate Insulated Tumblers and a Knoxville Day Pillow (in-store only), while Scott's top pick are Slate Coasters - The Greatest Plays in Football (in-store only).

Shop at Bliss on Gay Street and also at their extensive online store.

Kathryn Rouse, Fizz

Fizz is known for their own artisan jewelry line, plus unique clothing for all ages and sizes. Shop here for the gals on your gift list that love handmade jewelry and funky clothing! Kathryn's top gift picks this year are holiday inspired jewelry and fun, holiday tights!

Shop in-store on Market Square, or online.

Paula West, Earth to Old City

Earth to Old City is known for being a long-standing "scruffy little gift shop" on Market Square! It's the perfect place to shop for that person on your list that you just don't know what to get (and isn't that most of them!?). There are so many gift ideas here, something will just "click" when you see it! Paula's top gift picks this year are Musee bath bombs, colorful Firefly jewelry, and Knoxville Snow Globes.

Shop online or in-store.

Nanci Solomon, Rala

Rala is known for what their name stands for: Regional & Local Artisans. If you're looking for unique gifts from Knoxville Makers, you're going to find them at Rala. Nanci's top picks are local fine art, always puzzles, and unique holiday cards. Shop here for handmade, local items to give your gift giving a thoughtful touch.

Shop Rala in-store in the Old City, or shop online.

Terry & Meg Troutman, OP Jenkins

OP Jenkins Furniture is known for serving Knoxville since 1907! It's a family-run business perfect for shopping for the home enthusiast on your list, offering anything from home accessories to a complete home makeover. The Troutman's top pick for the biggest bang is new lighting. A unique chandelier, beautiful pair of lamps, or sconces in an unexpected spot can freshen up any space.

OP Jenkins four floors of furniture is open for shopping.

Mike Hermann, Tall Man Toys & Comics

Tall Man Toys & Comics is one of the largest Funko Pop! dealers in the Southeast, so you have to shop here if you have a Funko fan on your gift list! Tip from Mike: The hottest toys of the season will be Star Wars Mandalorian toys and anything in the Disney Collection.

Shop online or in-store.

Parker Davis & Bryce Wylie, William & Wylie

William & Wylie Custom Menswear is known for men's tailored clothing. This is a great place to shop for the guy(s) on your list that appreciate style – or the ones that need some wardrobe upgrades! From accessories that make great stocking stuffers to classic custom pieces, you'll find it in this special spot just off Gay St. A few fun gift ideas from Parker and Bryce: ghost socks, fashionable masks, and custom dress shirts.

Photo Credit: Inside of Knoxville

Wendi Love & Chuck Morris, Jackson Ave Tea

Jackson Ave Tea Company is known for bringing whole leaf tea to the people of Knoxville! It's a great place to shop for those on your list who love a relaxing cup of tea and enjoy trying new flavors. Wendi and Chuck's top gift pick this year is Chestnut Truffle, the flavor that caught the attention of Tea Time Magazine, Holiday Issue.

Shop for a variety of teas online with free pickup and local delivery.

Eddie & Bridget Reymond, Eddie’s Health Shoppe

Eddie's Health Shoppe promotes strength, health, and well being, making it a great place to snag gifts and stocking stuffers for the fitness guru in your life. Or the one who's incorporating more wellness into their routine. Eddie & Bridget's top gift pick is ZenEvo Chocolate, locally made by Eddie himself! These chocolates have different health benefits, ranging from infused herbs to add energy to melatonin-infused for a bedtime treat.

You can shop online or in-store. 

Thanks to downtown's business owners for sharing their top gift picks! We're proud to support local!