Christmas is almost here! Have you completed your holiday shopping? As soon as Thanksgiving is over, there is a rush to buy all the Christmas gifts on your list. The best thing to do is get all of your shopping done so you can relax for the rest of the holiday. If you’re tired of shopping at cookie cutter brand name shops, then you should give our local stores a try. We’ve created a list of 5 stores in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that feature unique gift items. Your friends and family will love getting gifts that were handcrafted by folks in our Smoky Mountain community.
1. Christmas Place
It is Christmas all year round at the Christmas Place. You’ll find hundreds of personalized ornaments, Christmas trees, and a number of festive collectibles there. This is the perfect place to kick off your holiday shopping. Guests love the excellent customer service and large selection of gifts. It is truly one of the best stores in Pigeon Forge!
Who to Shop For: At this store, you can shop for anyone on your list that loves Christmas. A personalized ornament is a great gift that comes from the heart.
2. Pigeon River Pottery
If you want to support the local arts and crafts community, then Pigeon River Pottery is an excellent place to shop. The store is filled with handcrafted plates, mugs, and various other pottery items. When you visit the store, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to see the potters create pieces for the shop. There are usually pottery demonstrations each day.
Who to Shop For: The artsy people on your list will definitely appreciate handcrafted pottery.
3. Smoky Mountain Cat House
This is a unique store perfect for the cat lovers in your life. Located in Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Cat House has a variety of gifts and cat collectible items. You can find everything from cat t-shirts to custom made jewelry. The store is usually all decked out for Christmas making it a very festive spot to visit this holiday season. You might even get to pet a cat or two while you’re there.
Who to Shop For: This store is great when you’re shopping for people who love cat collectibles or if you’re looking to buy a present for a cat owner.
4. Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
You’re not going to be able to control your sweet tooth when you walk into Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. Since 1952, this store has been making homemade taffy and candy for both visitors and locals alike. You can watch the magic happen with your own eyes when you look through the glass window into the store. You’ll see candy makers feed the homemade taffy into the taffy pulling machine. It’s a wonderful sight to see!
Who to Shop For: At this store you can buy a gift for anybody you know will appreciate a homemade sweet treat. The taffy also makes for a great stocking stuffer!
5. The Village Shops
With 27 unique shops, The Village is one of the best places to complete your holiday shopping. This hot spot is decorated in gorgeous Christmas lights and decorations each year. You’ll be able to browse stores with candles, clothing, jewelry, and much more. You are bound to find something for every person on your shopping list.
Who to Shop For: You can find gifts for every member of the family at The Village.
Where to Stay
You’ll be close to these stores in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg when you book a stay with Black Bear Inn & Suites. Check out our cozy rooms and suites in Gatlinburg to find the best fit for your family’s next getaway.