As you consider what’s going under the tree, take your shopping from tired to inspired in the mountains. With myriad gift options – from noted national chains to locally owned boutiques – Gatlinburg does not disappoint. Add the fact that you’ll be running around town in the shadow of the Smokies, and the prospect is even sweeter. Consider this a starting point to get your creativity flowing and your generosity focused.
European Charm at The Village
For a shopping spree with vintage flair, look no further than The Village. In a setting fit for the Ghost of Christmas Past are 27 unique shops brimming with charming presents. The Spice & Tea Exchange offers fresh, interesting sugar, spice, and everything nice for your pantry. The Sock Shop kicks stocking stuffing up a notch with a fun selection sure to keep everyone toasty. Gatlin’s Emporium sells a curated selection of whimsical gifts for all ages and interests, including regular and wooden jigsaw puzzles with local flair.
Mountain Mall for Genuine Gatlinburg
Step inside the climate-controlled Mountain Mall and shop 36 of the most original retailers in town. Here you’ll find the original Gatlinburg candy store, Aunt Mahalia’s, opened in 1939 and stocking timeless delights including fudge and candied apples. The Natural History Store staffs a certified geologist and offers truly one-of-a-kind items, including fossils, geodes and crystals.
Creative Gifting at the Arts & Crafts Community
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is a point of pride for Gatlinburg, as home to some of the region’s most skilled artists and artisans. You’ll be proud, too, when you wrap up handmade treasures for the loved ones on your list. Family-owned Fowler’s Clay Works is just one of the spots selling beautiful and serviceable mountain-made pottery. Bring the kids to make memorable gifts at Serendipity Ceramics, with a wide range of paint-your-own options including holiday items.
Anakeesta’s Mountain Magic
Another setting fit for the silver screen, Anakeesta’s Firefly Village will transport you to Santaland in no time flat. Among the treetops of the Smokies in this picturesque development are some of Gatlinburg’s best-kept shopping secrets. Your little pixie is bound to love anything from Catching Fireflies, and you’ll find something for grandma – and every homebody on your list – at The Mercantile general store.
Make your list, check it twice, and get shopping in Gatlinburg!