It’s the holidays and that means gift giving. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gifts, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of our favorite local things and guess what? They aren’t all food related!
First, there are MANY more options than this! Virtually every local restaurant offers gift cards. Giving local means you are supporting your friends and neighbors; the parents of children that your children go to school with… so please support local this and every year.
For The Women In Your Life
Jewelry from for you by q
Stunning handmade jewelry using interesting stones and sterling silver. Check out her designs at the Market Square Farmers Market Holiday Market or online.
For the Men
Park City Cigar
Head over to see our friend, John Stancil, at Park City Cigar and he will help you find the perfect smokes for the Men in your life. Located inside of SawWorks Brewing Company, John takes the intimidation out of shopping for cigars. We think it’s the friendliest Cigar shop in town!
Beard care from Wild Hare Jack-a-lope Brand
Daniel Cunningham is frequently seen competing in beard competitions and his line of beard care products help him win. Mr. KnoxFoodie especially loves the lightly scented beard oils. You can find him at the Market Square Farmers Market Holiday Market, Rooster’s Barber Shop in Turkey Creek and online at www.wildharejackalopebrand.com.
Prefer To Give Food or Drink Experiences?
Creating a date night for friends in family is always a good idea. Gift cards are available at most of our favorite restaurants including J.C. Holdway, Emilia, Kaizen, Knox Mason, Holly’s Gourmet Market and so many more!
You can also pick up gift cards at one of our favorite breweries, Alliance Brewing Company, or take their beer to go in Crowlers. Located in South Knoxville, Alliance prides itself on producing beers that are true to traditional styles. They host a weekly cask night where they serve small batches of their popular beers infused with other flavors like coffee and fruits. Visit www.alliancebrewing.com for the latest in Active Beer Culture.
Stationary and home decor at The Happy Envelope
These guys aren’t just for invitations anymore! With their letterpressed city prints, calendars, tea towels and so much more, The Happy Envelope can help you find the perfect hostess gift or a gift for the difficult to shop for. You can visit them at the Holiday Market, their shop on Jackson Ave or on the web at www.thehappyenvelope.com
10 W. Jackson Avenue
Glassware from Pretentious Beer Glass Co.
Is there a beer lover in your life? They would love to have a tailored hoppy beer glass from Pretentious Beer Glass Co! Hand blown by artisans right here in Knoxville, this line of beer glasses and other glass decor are sure to impress your friends and family. Located in the Old City on Central Ave you can even pop in for a demo to see all the magic happen.
133 S. Central Street
Give the gift of food from the Market Square Farmers Market
There are lots of options when it comes to food gifts at the Farmers Market. Executive director of Nourish Knoxville, Charlotte Tolley, tells us that there are many ways to give food this year. Gifting a CSA (community supported agriculture) share from a local farm can provide a season long gift to your loved ones. Also available are gift certificates from local farms as well as gift certificates from the market square Farmers market itself. Visit www.marketsquarefarmersmarket.com for details.
Need a hostess gift but you’re intimidated by wine? Have a food lover on your list? These gifts are sure to please even the most discerning recipient.
Gift baskets from Century Harvest Farm
Jams, pickles, ketchup and even salami are available in gift basket form on their website but you can create your own by purchasing from any of their local retailers. Visit www.centuryharvestfarm.com to order or to find them locally.
Olive oil and balsamic vinegars from Tree and Vine make an excellent hostess gift. Hand-picked from Italy, their wide variety of flavors make it difficult to choose but you are able to taste a few to ensure the proper purchase. Visit them on Union Ave just of Market Square or online at www.thetreeandvine.com.
439 Union Avenue
A favorite of the moment for us is Olde Virdens Red Hot Sprinkles. We seriously haven’t found anything that these spicy sprinkles aren’t good on and popcorn practically demands it! You can pick up one of their offerings at the Market Square Winter Market, at a number of local stores, and online!
Have a person on your list that’s into mid-century decor? Mid Mod Collective has gift certificates available. One of our favorite spots in Knoxville searches far and wide to bring true mid-century furniture and home accessories to our city and beyond. Their shop on North Central is a great place to pick out a dining table or glassware set. Or you could purchase a gift certificate for the mid-century lover in your life. Visit them online at www.midmodcollective.com.