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Top 5 last-minute, local holiday gifts, at home in Knoxville

Updated on December 21, 2016

Here are our top 10 choices:

1. Bliss on Market Square has an extensive collection of Alex and Ani bracelets that women are bound to love. Nick Morrissey, who works at Bliss, talked about the popularity of the bracelets and what makes them a special gift. “Alex and Ani bracelets are huge. All of their symbols have a three-word message. They’re made out of a metal called Copure which is a copper composite so they won’t tarnish,” Morrissey said.

Each bracelet has a symbol uniquely designed to represent an important part of her personality. The bracelets are one-size-fits-all and come with one of over 400 symbolic charms.

2. Shopping for your teenage daughter or niece has always been a challenge, but Earth to Old City in Market Square has a simple, immensely popular solution to your holiday shopping. Their collection of Bath Indulgences is perfect for the girls on your list. Paula West, who works at Earth to Old City, said the Bath Indulgences were very popular this year.

“You drop them in your bath tub and they fizz and dissolve and they are bath fragrance, moisturizers and they have a surprise inside once they dissolve. They’re safe and all-natural,” West said.

3. Sometimes no one is harder to shop for than the men of the family. Traditional gifts such as wallets, ties and tools are often all that dads and uncles have to look forward to this time of year. But the Casual Pint Craft Beer Market has come up with a solution to the monotony with their holiday growler gift basket. Each basket comes with a 2-liter glass growler, two pint glasses and a gift card for one growler’s worth of his favorite beer. The Casual Pint will also refill growlers at any of their six Knoxville locations for about the cost of a six-pack.

4. Struggling to find a creative, unique gift for young adults on your list? Looking for something that has a little bit of attitude and a lot of local flair? Look no further than Nothing Too Fancy on Union Avenue. Manager Lisa Burnett said that their local ties are an important part of the store’s brand.

“All of our designers and everyone that works here is from here. We print all of our designs locally at our own shop on Broadway,” Burnett said.

Their most popular offering during this chilly season is a selection of locally-themed knit beanies that sport orange and white tri-stars and the downtown Knoxville skyline.But don’t let that stop you from exploring their locally-themed collection of T-shirts, sweaters and socks.

5. This season presents a special opportunity for the outdoor lovers on you holiday shopping lists. The harsh weather can usually force outdoor adventurers to hang up their boots for the winter, but the Climbing Center on Sutherland Avenue has a solution. Their monthly climbing passes allow your mountain-loving friends and family to explore their 5,000 square feet of climbing space any day of the week, all for less than $60.


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