Do you have your Christmas shopping done? I hate that question.
Mostly because my answer is no until maybe Dec. 23. I’m the type of person who really likes to think of unique gifts as well as take time adding to my list of things to do this Christmas. I shudder when my mom tells me to buy socks for my dad or a gift certificate for my brother. But, finding something just right takes time—and what working mom has TIME??
Here’s the thing, when prioritizing, one thing that will stay off the chopping block is family time. Of COURSE we’re going to be intentional with making memories during the Christmas season. Of COURSE we’re going to visit Dollywood for Smoky Mountain Christmas.
Here’s a secret I discovered many years ago: you won’t lose a shopping day by going to Dollywood, because you can play AND mark off your Christmas shopping list. Here are my recommendations when buying for the people you love at a place I love!
Dolly’s Closet– It’s Dolly’s style, but your size! And it’s not all glitz and glam; there are several items for everyday wear. I always peruse the cute winter hats and gloves. Looking for something for the grandma who has everything? Check out the “Sugar Cane”! Some bling does a girl good, plus it’s fashionable, functional and fantastic. Find it in the park’s Adventures in Imagination area.
Traditions– I love this shop. Why? They have lots of cute tees. Right now, you’ll want to pick up this Holly Dolly Christmas shirt. I can think of a LOT of people on my list who will love this. Traditions is located next to Market Square.
Mountain Laurel HOME– I will continue to sing the praises of this shop. I’m a sucker for beautiful home décor. This is the spot to check out. There is always something new and you really can’t go wrong with anything you pick up! Find it in Rivertown Junction.
Blacksmith & Foundry– Knives are always cool gifts (so my husband tells me), and when they are crafted over a fire, even cooler. The craftsmen here also make Christmas nails, which is the perfect blend of manliness and originality. Watch the video about Christmas nails below. Find it in Craftsman’s Valley.
Smoky Creek Leather and Hat Co.– Wallets and belts are pragmatic gifts, but I get the unique factor I’m looking for when they’re handmade at Dollywood. This shop also is located in Craftsman’s Valley.
Temple’s Mercantile– Located across from the Dollywood Express depot, this shop has lots of gifts for train-loving kiddos, like my boys. There are also stuff-your-own bears. Find it in The Village.
Hillside General Store– Nostalgic gifts galore. Sometimes simple is better, and you’ll find it inside this shop. Find it in Craftsman’s Valley.
Holly Jolly Junction– Since this is a Christmas shopping list, I’m going to throw in my favorite spot to find some new holiday plush. My little guys are big fans of Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster. You can find Bumble and all his North Pole pals—as well as other loveable clothing and gifts. This seasonal location is found in Craftsman’s Valley.
Southern Pantry– From moonshine jellies to the best bean dip I’ve had, there are fun food and kitchen items in this store. I’ve stuffed stockings with finds I’ve purchased here. Plus, they offer free samples! Find it on Showstreet.
Mountain Blown Glass– Do you have someone on your Christmas list who has everything? This is what I get for people like that—their own unique hand blown glass ornament. They’re lovely and fun to make! Find it in Rivertown Junction.
The Dollywood Emporium– Here’s a helpful hint. When you are exiting the park and you realize you didn’t do any shopping because you were having too much fun, don’t fret. It’s not too late. The Emporium has a collection of gifts from all over the park—plus some you can’t find anywhere else. One of those items is the personalized ornaments. Find one you like and you can make it unique for no extra fee!
Season Passes– I’m a mom who FIRMLY believes in experiences over toys. Plus, this is a gift everyone in the family can use. This season is the best time to buy, because it’s the lowest price point, there are online payment plans if you want to stretch it out, and if you buy a 2020 Pass now you can visit as many times as you’d like for the rest of this season as well.