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Your Guide to Shopping Local This Holiday Season

Your Guide to Shopping Local This Holiday Season



With “Jingle Bells” taking over the radio, moveable reindeer meticulously being placed upon lawns, and store windows filling with fake snow, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the start of the holiday season. Whether you excitedly embrace this time of year, or avoid it at all costs, gift buying can be overwhelming to say the least. This year skip the overly crowded malls and mundane gifts. Instead, buy local, handmade crafts to insure that your gifts will be one-of-a-kind and beautifully made.

  • Before you start writing up that gift list, be sure to check out Tennessee Craft’s Southeast chapter’s holiday studio tour. December 6and 7 will kick off the Southeast Chapter’s Tour of Fine Craft complete with over 35 craft artists. While you’re admiring all of the local art, be sure check out your favorite artists’ studios to get started on that shopping. After having a chance to see work from over 35 artists you’ll find that perfect gift for just about everyone on your list.

For more information on the Studio Tour visit the Southeast Chapter’s website here.


  • Be sure to visit the Midstate Chapter’s Holiday Art Festival for more local gift ideas. On November 21-23, you can see a wide variety of artists’ work that will help you finalize that shopping list. At this event, you can buy art and even meet with some of the artists you will be buying from to make that gift even more personal.

The event takes place at Harpeth Art Center & Gallery. For more information visit, or the Midstate Chapter section at


  • Finally, if you’re on the western side of the state, don’t forget to check out some of the great museums and shops to gather your gifts for this season. The Metal Museum in Memphis, TN has a great selection of practical craft items ranging from handmade jewelry to house wares and tools. Their kitchen utensils are especially great for that person who just seems to have everything; they even have a giant, steel herb chopper that resembles a medieval doorknocker.

And if you’re not in Memphis, you can still buy online here.

By shopping local you can preserve the tradition of craft in your area, as well as support local artists so they can continue to make the unique gifts we all love. Be sure to comment your favorite local shopping spots in the comment section below!

For the complete map of places to shop local visit Tennessee Craft’s website:

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