Posted on: Monday - Dec 11, 2017
Christmas is two weeks away and while some people have had their shopping done since before Thanksgiving (ahem, overachievers), the majority of us aren’t quite finished yet. Whether it’s just a few more gifts that remain on your shopping list or you haven’t started at all, never fear because we’ve come up with a list of items that’s sure to make anyone on your list have a holly, jolly Christmas. Everything you’ll find below is either made in Tennessee or has a Tennessee connection, so not only will you get your shopping done, you’ll be supporting business throughout our great state.
While it is the season of giving, we won’t tell Santa if you pick up a few things for yourself, too.
For the Ladies
Draper James https://www.draperjames.com/
Nashville’s own Reese Witherspoon started Draper James as a nod to her Southern heritage. Since launching her first store in Nashville in 2015, Draper James stores can now also be found in Dallas, Lexington and Atlanta.
Freshie & Zero https://freshieandzero.com/
Freshie & Zero began in 2006 when founder Beth “Freshie” Lawrence decided that she wanted to make beautiful handmade jewelry at an affordable price. Pieces in her line include delicately feminine and modern jewelry, and many of her items are under $50.
Thistle Farms https://thistlefarms.org/
Based in Nashville, Thistle Farms’ mission is to heal, empower and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Thistle Farms offers products ranging from body wash, lotion and candles to apparel, jewelry and home décor.
For the Men
LC King https://lcking.com
The LC King Manufacturing Company has been in Bristol for 100 years and four generations. The company creates quality and iconic workwear including jeans, overalls, shirts, coats and jackets.
Orion Coolers https://orioncoolers.com/
Each Orion Cooler is hand-built in Sparta. From small coolers to 85-quart coolers that can hold up to 100 pounds of ice, Orion has you covered. You can choose from one of the company’s many color and size options and also add accessories to make the most of your cooler.
Old Glory Distilling Co. https://oldglorydistilling.com/
Old Glory prides itself on crafting small batch, artisan whiskey. Because they use smaller barrels, it takes less time for the whiskey to mature. If whiskey isn’t your thing, Old Glory has also created a vodka that would be the perfect ingredient to your holiday drink. Daily tours and tastings are conducted daily at the Clarksville distillery, which also serves as an event space for weddings, parties or meetings.
For the Kids
Lifetime Products https://www.lifetime.com/
Located in Knox County, Lifetime Products is the leading manufacturer of blow-molded plastics products ranging from basketball hoops, paddleboards and outdoor playsets. Lifetime offers a variety of swing sets, teeter-totters, dome climbers and other outdoor play equipment that is sure to make any child on your list very happy this Christmas.
Pure Play Kids http://www.pureplaykids.com/
Pure Play kids prides itself on its large selection of battery-free and TV-free playthings that aim to spark creativity in children. Using the term “kid-powered” to describe its products, Pure Play Kids creates and sells wooden, cloth and organic toys. Founders Tania and Mike Grant even make some of the toys in their inventory out of their Centerville facility.
The Milkman https://www.themilkmantees.com/
Infant clothing individually packaged in vintage milk bottles… it doesn’t get much cuter than that. The Nashville-based apparel brand creates unique and fun baby and toddler clothing that center around Music City and Tennessee. Their vintage milk bottles can be found in stores around Nashville, but you can also purchase Milkman apparel online.
For the Chocolate Lover
Phillip Ashley Chocolates https://phillipashleychocolates.com/
If you’re searching for chocolate that’s almost too beautiful to eat, look no further than Phillip Ashley Chocolates in Memphis. Described as “both visually stunning and breathtakingly decadent,” Phillip Ashley Chocolates uses ingredients from around the world for its chocolates. Be sure to check out the Taste of Memphis collection, which is available for a limited time for the holidays.
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. https://www.oliveandsinclair.com/
Based in Nashville, Olive & Sinclair is Tennessee’s first and only bean-to-bar chocolate company. Olive & Sinclair offers a spin on classic flavors like sea salt chocolate and buttermilk white chocolate, but if you’re more of the adventurous type you might want to try the duck fat caramels, which are made in collaboration with Allan Benton, another widely-recognized Tennessee name known for Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams.
Bellafina Chocolates http://bellafinachocolates.com/
Created for the sole purpose of helping vulnerable children, Bellafina Chocolates directs all of its net proceeds, after expenses, to charities that help children threatened by disease, poverty, abuse or neglect. So by purchasing Bellafina Chocolates, not only do you get to enjoy a yummy treat, you also get to feel good for helping others. Located in Kingsport, Bellafina ships its chocolates across the U.S. year-round.
For the Host and Hostess
Sweetwater Valley Farm http://www.sweetwatervalley.com/index.html
If you’re heading to a Christmas party and need to bring a gift, be sure to pick up some of the incredible cheeses made at Sweetwater Valley Farm in East Tennessee. Located on a farm between the towns of Philadelphia and Loudon, Sweetwater cheese is made in a state-of-the-art facility using traditional methods to ensure that each cheese made by Sweetwater is high quality and delicious.
Century Farm Winery http://www.centuryfarmwinery.com/
Family-owned and operated, Century Farm Winery in Jackson produces 20 different kinds of wine and ships to 30 states. Its cranberry wine is the perfect holiday wine, which will not only pair well with your Christmas dinner, but also with spicy foods, such as chili.
Southern Firefly Candle Co. https://southernfirefly.com/
Southern Firefly Candle Co. offers more than just candles. The Murfreesboro-based company’s collections also include travel tins, room sprays and reed diffusers. Each of Southern Firefly’s candles is hand-poured into a signature, reusable whiskey glass, which can be used long after the candle has burned.