Souvenirs, Savings, and One-of-a-Kind Gifts: Christmas Shopping in the Smokies


At this point in the game, with cyber shopping and Christmas seemingly coming earlier and earlier each year, you don’t have time to guess where to find that perfect gift without getting a little stressed. Luckily, when you stay in a Pigeon Forge, Tennessee cabin, you are close to shopping for everyone on your list, from the outdoorsman to the fashionista to the artist.

During your Pigeon Forge cabin getaway to the Smoky Mountains, your shopping is a lot less stressful when coming home to the soothing jets in the outdoor hot tub to rest tired feet and a cozy living room to unwind by a warm fire. Spending your Christmas in the cabin? We’ve got some extra-special ways to make gifting even more fun and where you can find the most beautiful gift-wrapping supplies around! Share the joy of Christmas with a truly meaningful gift from the Smoky Mountains!

What kind of people are still left on your list? Here are the perfect spots to shop accordingly:

The Cat Fanatic:

If their social media is filled with pictures of their favorite furry friend, they will love a visit or a gift from this one-of-a-kind shop found in Pigeon Forge. In Smoky Mountain Cat House, everything you could imagine with a feline twist is assorted throughout a charming cottage.

Jewelry, apparel, home décor, and more await that special someone on your list with a mild obsession of their cat. If you are traveling with this particular family member or friend, a visit to the Smoky Mountain Cat House is a fantastic stop where they can pet the cats that roam the shop and talk to the knowledgeable staff. Even if cats really are not your thing, Smoky Mountain Cat House is fun and constantly receiving high reviews on Google and TripAdvisor!

The Outdoor Adventurist:

There is SO much to do outdoors in the Smoky Mountains, so naturally there are numerous awesome rec shops throughout the area. Here is a list of shops by outdoor sport shops, unique services, and where you can find them!

  • Fishing: Smoky Mountain Angler
    Pick up accessories for the perfect day casting a line on the river or treat your fisherman to a guided tour with knowledgeable guides who will take your group to some of the best spots among the 2,000+ miles of streams in the Smoky Mountains! Fishing in the Smokies is practically year-round with the abundance of streams and environmental efforts to maintain one of the last natural trout habitats in the Eastern United States!
    469 Brookside Village Way,
    Gatlinburg, TN 37738
  • Hunting: Sevier Indoor Shooting Range
    Carrying all the best brands of ammo and firearms, Sevier Indoor Shooting Range touts some of the best reviews of any range/shop in the Smokies! Treat your loved one to a day at the range or pick up that perfect accessory for a firearm they already own.
    1847 Country Meadows Drive
    Sevierville, TN 37862
  • Hiking: Hikey Mikey
    If you have any avid hikers amongst your friends and family, this little locally owned shop has got everything they need! The owners can help you with your search and suggest supplies for the hiker that seemingly has everything. Gift tip: Hikey Mikey owners are very familiar with the Appalachian Trail and the more locally known trails; plan a scenic hike and “gift it” as a future cabin trip for a special someone!
    157 Old Mill Ave
    Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
  • Kayaking, Camping, and More: NOC Gatlinburg
    While any outdoor enthusiast will be starry-eyed in this 3-story store with a rustic-mountain atmosphere. Inside, helpful staff will point you in the right direction while the kids will love walking across the wood bridge through the “cave”.
    1138 Parkway
    Gatlinburg, TN 3773

The Aspiring Fashionista, Sport Fanatic, or Avid Shopper:

For your teenager and fashion-forward friends, you are sure to find a great deal on all the top brands at the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville. Catch Kate Spade, Coach, Fossil, and many more high-end brands when their prices are at their best! Nike Outlets have notoriously low and great prices, perfect for your athletes in the family. Who doesn’t love a good-smelling candle? Hit up the Yankee Candle outlet store for a quality gift for someone in the office or at work. Gift tip: teachers love candles, and everyone can agree they deserve a gift this season.

The World Traveler:

These are the eclectic souls or lovers of culture who don’t usually jockey for the name-brand items, clothing, and jewelry. Sometimes, that makes buying them a gift a little more difficult, but that is part of the reason you love them. You are in the Smoky Mountains, home to the nation’s largest and oldest group of independent artisans in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community just outside downtown Gatlinburg! Tour the 3-mile loop and peruse the wide variety of handmade gifts:

  • Jewelry
  • Leather goods
  • Instruments
  • Pottery
  • Soap
  • House Décor
  • And so much more!

Gifting in Style

This is a concept I have only recently come upon: stylish gifting. It may sound a little silly, but I have been a bit embarrassed at weddings, birthdays, and Christmas gatherings with some of my newspaper giftwrap I took from my mom in the 90s and paper gift bags from Walmart… There is this magical village that sells the most beautiful Christmas ornaments, décor, lights, and gift supplies: The Incredible Christmas Place. As the South’s largest Christmas shopping village, it’s an experience that fits right into the theme of season! Skip those cheap grocery store bags and papers and give a meaningful present that shows just as much effort on the outside as the inside.

The Incredible Christmas Place
2470 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

Gifting Games

Everyone knows the age-old gifting games: White Elephant and Secret Santa. My family came up with this game, though, that puts a little twist on these games. We were kids, we made no money, obviously, but my dad thought it was important for us to feel a part of the gift giving during Christmas.

So, among the siblings and cousins, we would all draw a name from a hat, Secret Santa style, separated boys and girls so we would only buy gifts for the opposite gender. Our parents gave us $10-$15 to find the perfect gift at the local mall (like the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville) and chaperoned us in two separate groups. Before setting us loose among the retail stores, however, we would have a group chat about who we had and ideas for a meaningful gift for that person. It was always super fun, somewhat thrilling (kids with money, trying to keep secrets from the opposite group), and taught us so much about meaningful gifting. This is a fantastic game for those hosting a family Christmas gathering or a church retreat in one of Pigeon Forge Tennessee Cabin’s gorgeous large group lodges.

Whatever may bring you to the Smokies this season of giving, you are the best place to find a gift to show someone just how much you think about and appreciate them, for exactly who they are, this Christmas season.