As many of you may have promised yourself time and time again that you would get your shopping done early this year, you find yourself once again scrambling to check off last minute gifts.

If this is you and you’re in my Nashville tribe, take a deep breathe. I have some great local finds that are truly unique and does not require any crazy crowds in big chain retailer stores… You can thank me later!

There is something very distinctive about handmade goods and a carefully curated collection of items. Each city has it’s share of local boutiques and specialty stores that add some local flair to the culture of their city. Not to mention, the large online presence of local and international artisans that sell their craft through e-commerce shops and platforms.

On that note, I’m so excited to share some of my local favorites around Music City. Hurry in and get your last minute gifts that are handcrafted, unique, and not an item you bought out of haste at a large chain retailer due to stress and time crunch.

Let’s get back to the core of what it means to give with intention this Holiday season- oh and support local while you’re at it! Supporting local is a minor effort that can make a huge impact!

YallSome: Southern Inspired Gifts 

 If you’re looking for a cool Southern inspired last minute gift, look no further!  All products are made from Southern businesses and 15% of profits goes to help Southern foster kids to find permanent homes. Now thats a giving win-win! From t-shirts to prints, your sure to find gift inspiration here!

    Original Fuzz: Handmade Guitar Straps

Local to music city, we bring you handmade guitar straps from Original Fuzz! This company even uses some vintage materials to repurpose into new durable guitar straps- talk about tugging at the strings of our heart! They also have camera straps and t-shirts that are true Nashville originals! See more of their collection here!

Needle and Grain: Homemade Quilts 

It’s not everyday that you find an item as beautiful and special as a homemade quilt which is why this Tennessee based company ended up on our list! These are great quality pieces that put a cool modern spin on a true classic that can be passed down as a family heirloom from one generation to the next!  Check them out here!
Linen Laid & Felt: Handmade Books
Custom handmade journals, photo albums, wedding guest books, baby books, and sketchbooks. These are great gifts for celebrating and remembering important moments. Or digital moments, like these photo albums tailored for Instagram featured above. Check it out here.
CRT|Creative: Custom Woodworks 
A Nashville local, Christopher Ray Thompson enjoys the challenge of creating with pallet wood and sees it as an opportunity to reclaim and give beauty to a piece of wood that would otherwise go unused.  We strongly support recycling and repurposing and appreciate artisans that find new creative ways to repurpose, recycle and reuse. Check out his work here.
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