‘Tis the Season and we’re more than merry! It’s not hard to “keep it local” this year in Chattanooga. The options for holiday shopping have grown well beyond the typical mall or big box stores. The Chattanooga Holiday Market is always a favorite for locals. Held at the Chattanooga Convention Center, local food artisans, crafters and artists come together every weekend in December offering their wares for the holiday shopper who seeks something unique, and local. Here at Chattanooga Magazine, we took a spin around the Holiday Market to share some of our staff favorites.
First, something for yourself. Appalachian Furniture sells furniture. Really cool wood, handcrafted, rustic furniture. But, they also have some really fun holiday decor to fit any budget. We picked out this rustic table-top tree ($45). They also had wooden candle holders that would also be unique gifts, suitable for anyone.
And now for her….whether it’s the trendy daughter, girlfriend or wife who likes the latest in jewelry fashions, we picked out this simple piece from Marsha Marsha. The pearls on leather necklace give it an easy, urban, classy touch. In the twenty-something dollar range, it’s an easy grab.
Not sure what to bring for the office gift exchange? Add some humor to a gift that any guy or gal would appreciate with one of these clever candles from Rustic House Candles (below). They cut off the tops of your favorite beer and liquor bottles and fill them with a scented candle. If you use it all up, they’ll refill it at a discounted rate too!
For your favorite hostess, Home Appetite offers blended olive oils (cover photo) and balsamic vinegars for dipping, salads and more. They have a gift set available too – $35 for a 4 pack sampling. No need to go to a party empty handed.
A wine rack made from horse shoes…we thought this was pretty clever, and perfect for anyone. Justin’s Horseshoe Art creates all sorts of home decor and “gifty” items. Want a specific word or name for a wall hanging – just let Justin know.
Being a mostly female staff, we all loved the vintage look of Boxwood Brake’s booth. knit hats, old books and vintage jewelry. Just a fun find for the old soul in your life.
With nearly 200 vendors, there was plenty to choose from on this festive shopping experience. We enjoyed a little live Christmas music while sipping hot chocolate, and just might have stopped to ask Santa for a few things too!
Chattanooga Holiday Market at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Weekends in December.