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Gift Giving with Nashville Style

Even if you didn’t come to town specifically to shop, you may want to take home some Nashville-specific goodies as holiday gifts or a thank you for the dog sitter (or souvenirs for yourself, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself).

Here are eight suggestions for where to find locally made gifts to fit any need.

Looking for a good smell? Nashville has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to high-end, locally crafted candles. Ranger Station has been a long-time online candle shop that recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop in 12South. Ranger Station offers a number of limited-time offers and custom scents favorited by celebrities. At Paddywax you can make your own candle, mixing scents and picking vessels. Or you can buy a ready-made candle.

Sustainability front of mind? Two local businesses, ABLE and Nisolo, are known for their sustainable leather goods, paying fair wages, and wage transparency, on top of great style. ABLE sells size-inclusive clothing as well as handbags, shoes and jewelry. Nisolo is the place for leather boots and shoes that will last you until your next visit to Music City.

Looking for luxury? As one of the only truly American-made watch companies, Weiss Watch Co. hand crafts timepieces that will stand the test of time. If you like to see how things work, you can take a tour of the Wedgewood Houston shop and see how Cameron Weiss crafts the tiny gears and screws inside a mechanical watch.

Sweet tooth? Nashville is all about places to indulge. For more than a century, Goo Goo Clusters have been the city’s salty-sweet treat. Make your own confection downtown at Goo Goo Chocolate Co. Colt’s Chocolates was founded by Mackenzie Colt, a former Hee Haw Honey on the famous Hee Haw TV show.

Want to make some Music City sounds? Manuel A. Delgado started repairing guitars at age 7 and built his first one at age 12. So, no wonder that Delgado Guitars, his family-owned shop in East Nashville, is one of the best places to buy a handmade guitar in Nashville.  What could be a more fitting reminder of your time in Music City?

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