We know, we know, you’re still trying to find that perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, friend, or even a co-worker. Well, if you haven’t tried Gatlinburg, what are you waiting for? There are plenty of specialty and unique stores to get some quality shopping done in the old town.
So how about some ideas? Ask and you shall receive. Here is a list of a few of the most attractive items to be found this holiday season in Gatlinburg in no certain order:
- Tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – You can’t come in to Gatlinburg without running straight into Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. This popular aquarium is home to over 10,000 sea creatures and was rated the No. 1 aquarium in the country by Tripadvisor. There is no better attraction outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park around here, but the Aquarium runs a close second. Just the look on a child’s face or the expression of someone entering Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies for the first time is reason enough for this to be considered a great holiday gift.
- Ole Smoky Moonshine – Stop by a pick up ajar of some of the best and 100% legal moonshine around. You can purchase a slew of varieties in a number of flavors. For those of you who aren’t in to moonshine, their store offers other gift items including dips and salsas, and each have their own local flavor and twist.
- Sweets for your sweet – The Country Candy Kitchen offers some of the best in chocolate and sweet treats in Gatlinburg. Candy and fudge are some of Gatlinburg’s greatest exports, and what better time of year is there to give sweet treats like dark chocolate, chocolate covered strawberries, etc? Besides the Country Candy Kitchen, there are many fudge and candy shops along the Parkway. Some of them even offer online purchasing.
- Santa’s Claus-et – What’s better this time of year than a personalized or local Christmas ornament? It’s something friends and family can bring out every year and remember their time in Gatlinburg. Santa’s Claus-et in the Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community is the perfect place to start your search. They offer everything Christmas and if you can’t find what you’re looking for they probably know where you can find it.
We hope that this condensed list gives you a good start or a great finish to your Christmas shopping in Gatlinburg this year. Maybe you know someplace that has great gifts that we’ve passed over? Leave us a comment below and we’ll consider adding it to ours. Happy holidays!