Top Three Christmas Gifts to Buy on Vacation

So you are coming to vacation in a Smoky Mountains cabin rental, but feel guilty you aren’t already done with all your Christmas gift shopping? Help is right here. Here are some ideas for thoughtful gifts in small packages, that can be easily acquired while you are enjoying your vacation in our area.

1. Artisan Handmade Items-There are over 100 artists to choose from in the 8-mile loop that is the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. Don’t overlook this source for original holiday gift giving. Choose jewelry, accessories, clothing, pottery, artwork, decorative items and much more. Plan your targeted shopping pass through the area at this link:

Unique. One of a kind. So much better than the infinity scarf from that chain store.

2. Food or Food-Related Gifts-There are so many local purveyors of delectable treats, narrowing those selections down is purely by preferences. To get started, here are a few branded area landmarks for gifts:

The Old Mill Gristmill Complex in Pigeon Forge-all sorts of baking mixes, kitchen pantry items, simple and deliciously rustic items. Lots to choose from while you enjoy your own tour and meal in one of the two restaurants.

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen, Gatlinburg-Located at 744 Parkway in downtown, this local institution has been a shrine to all things sugar for as long as I can remember. Chocolate turtles are called brown bears in this town. Wide selection to suite many tastes, and great for stocking stuffers. No website, but on Facebook, and really hard to miss at the entrance to the Village (another neat little shopping area).

Apple Barn Cider Mill and General Store Complex, Sevierville-For all things  country and apple, but much more is available in the multiple restaurants and stores of this complex.

3. Experience Gifts-For those that live within a few hours of our area, and can visit for a quick trip, experience gifts are a welcome and much anticipated gift item. Some quick ideas for you to stop by and buy gifts for one or a group:

For everyone: Dollywood or Splash Country day or season passes
For kids: Wonderworks tickets
For the sports nut: Smokies baseball tickets
For a thrillseeker, Xtreme Racing or Alpine Coaster tickets.
For entertainment: theater tickets, to laugh at the Comedy Barn, for example.

So, while enjoying yourself in the Smokies, pick up a few good things in small packages. Don’t forget to tie them up with brown paper and string. Done.

Wishing you wonderful family holidays together from all of us at Volunteer Cabin Rentals.

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