Supporting Home Sweet Home In East Tennessee :: Local Gift Guide


I love the hometown passion many locals exude with all-things Knoxville. From chocolate to coffee, apparel to candles, there are many local items that can be found in and around town. If you’re a new transplant to East Tennessee, putting together a gift basket for a fundraiser, or you’re a native Knoxvillian hoping to welcome a new neighbor, be sure to check out these local companies that represent our home sweet home.

East Tennessee and Knoxville Local Gift GuideEast Tennessee and Knoxville Local Gift Guide

Gift Shops

DW Designs
Here you will find apparel and goods inspired by the state of Tennessee, from small town names to big name likes Peyton and Dolly.

Nothing Too Fancy
An apparel and goods shop that takes pride in one-of-a-kind items showing off Knoxville culture.

Bradley’s Gift & Home
Delicious, hand-crafted sweets from Knoxville Chocolate Co with all kinds of fun Tennessee themes in their designs and packaging as well as other Tennessee themed gifts.

Fig & Co
Locally made candles including their signature “Knoxville” candles.

A fully woman owned and operated handmade leather goods company right here in Knoxville selling items such as handbags, jewelry, dog leashes and more.

Knoxville Soap, Candles & Gifts
A downtown shop full of amazing smelling goods including soaps and candles.

Back Porch Mercantile
A dreamy shop you are sure to find a great gift from Tennessee home décor to children’s books to apparel.

The Happy Envelope
A lovely shop that can meet any stationary needs. Also featuring local city prints, postcards and tea towels.

The Village Exchange
A lifestyle boutique with apparel for all ages, home décor, and Tennessee gifts.

Southern Market
An indoor market lined with locally made gifts, art, apparel, home décor, and more.

Mast General Store
Two levels of unique goodness and gifts.

Elder’s Ace Hardware
Not just a hardware store, but also a great stop for locally made gifts and goodies in various locations in and around town.

Museum of East Tennessee History
A gift shop full of all sorts of Tennessee goodies.


Flourish Flowers
A local flower farm with the most gorgeous flowers can be found for sale online, in store and all around town from their mobile flower trucks.


Euphoric Cheese
A boutique market filled with cheeses and more made all around Tennessee.

Apple Cake Tea Room
A sweet local tea room established in 1983 and a perfect place for a gift card.

Cruze Farm
Best known for their coffee milk and ice cream, you can find Cruze Farm dairy products all around town. Their ice cream shop in downtown Knoxville is a popular spot, as well as their Pizza Barn and Asbury House Dairy Drive-Thru in East Knoxville.

Ham’N Goodys Cafe & Bakery
Famous for their lemon cookies, many more flavors are available as well as breakfast and lunch at various locations around town.

Locally Made BBQ Sauce
Calhoun’s Famous BBQ Sauce, Dead End Red BBQ Sauce, Sweet P’s Thin Sauce/Thick Sauce/Hot Sauce, Archer’s BBQ Memphis/Original/Carolina Mustard/Kansas City/XXX Moonshine Vinegar/Holy Jalapeno BBQ Sauce and Monster Hot Sauce

Locally Made Seasonings
Calhoun’s BBQ Rub & Seasoning, Calhoun’s Charcoal Grill Seasoning, Connor’s/The Chop House Steak Seasoning, Dead End BBQ Pork/Chicken/Brisket Rubs

Olde Virden’s Tennessee Pepper Co
A spice company available throughout the US but born and made locally right here in Knoxville and sourced from locally grown peppers. The Pizza Lovers Gift Set would make a fantastic basket or stocking stuffer!

Sweetwater Valley Farm
A local dairy farm well known for their cheeses. Tours, a cafe and a small shop with other locally made items available on site.

Tennessee’s Best
Chow chow relishes, jams & jellies, pickles, fruit butters, and pickled vegetables made right here in Knoxville. Products can be found online or in various shops around town.

Honeyberry Farm
This small Knoxville-based company has been making different flavors of honey jelly since 1994.

Tennessee Harvest
Locally made jams found online and in stores and markets around town.

Appalachian Bee
Locally made honey, honey mustard, soaps and balms.

Proper Popcorn
Gourmet small-batch popcorn hand-crafted right in Knoxville in over 50 flavors.

Smoky Mountain Brewery
A local brewery and restaurant perfect for a gift card, growler, or beer sample.

Town’s Toffee
Locally made toffee just down the road in Sweetwater, TN.

Vienna Coffee Company
Locally roasted coffee and available at numerous restaurants and shops in and around town.

Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams
The home of the infamous Benton’s bacon found in the most delicious recipes and seen on numerous television shows.

Hyde Farms
A local resource for produce, pork and beef products just down the road in Greenback, TN.

RiverView Farm Market
A market with plenty of locally made products including RiverView Family Farm Black Angus beef.

Alcohol + Spirits

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey & Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce
Products such as whiskey and BBQ sauce can be found at various locations around town, while the distillery is a short day trip away in Lynchburg, TN.

Ole Smoky Tennessee Distillery
Just a drive up the mountain and you’ll find this distillery for all your whiskey, moonshine, and cocktail needs.

Walker Feed Co
A Nashville-based company creating all natural cocktail mixes found online and in local stores like Cork’s and Bradley’s.

Don’t forget to check your local Kroger grocery store for their section of locally made products!

If we have missed one of your local faves, be sure to let us know so we can add it! Thanks for showing local love!

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I’m Kara, wife and mom of 3. A Florida native, I relocated to Knoxville over a decade ago to pursue a master’s degree where I promptly fell in love with the endless supply of sweet tea, southern hospitality, and peach cobbler. Oh, and my husband! I’m a physician assistant by day, wife and mom by day and night. When I’m not caring for sick patients, I enjoy traveling as a family and spending time with friends at local events downtown. We had always called Knoxville home, but after returning from spending two years living abroad, our lives are forever changed. We left a piece of our hearts on an island out in the Pacific Ocean and took with us the desire to see more. If words could explain, I’d write a book, but until then, occasional blurbs and social media posts will do!


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