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Holiday Guide: 10 Best Chattanooga Themed Gifts [2018]

The city’s community of awesomely talented artisans means there’s no shortage of Chattanooga-themed gifts for the 2018 holidays.

Chattanooga’s community of awesomely talented artisans means there’s no shortage of Chattanooga themed gifts for the holidays. Here are 10 of our favorites (and the best stores to find them in) …

Chattanooga Themed Gifts for 2018

Hoff Sauce by Hoff & Pepper

Hoff & Pepper Hot Sauce
Hoff & Pepper Hot Sauce (made in Chattanooga)

As far as hot sauces go, Hoff Sauce is the pride of Chattanooga. It’s “your everyday hot sauce” — not too mild, not too spicy — that goes with damn near everything. Add it to your morning breakfast scramble, on your avocado toast, or sprinkle it on your pizza and burgers. Hell, it’s probably even good on pancakes. It punches anything up a notch. Don’t miss their new-for-2018 Limited Edition Hoff’s Hot Bourbon Sauce. Your mouth will thank you.

A Gift Basket from Locals Only Chattanooga

Chattanooga Themed Gift Basket at Locals Only Chattanooga
Chattanooga Themed Gift Basket at Locals Only Chattanooga

The appropriately named Locals Only Chattanooga is literally a one-stop shop for Chattanooga themed gifts. Every item in the store is proudly made and sold by local artisans.

We love the wide variety of items here, from hot sauces to skin care to pottery to home goods to Chattanooga-branded apparel, you’ll likely leave here with a gift for everyone you know.

Tennessee-branded Decals & Apparel by Tristar Adventures

Tennessee-themed Decals from Tristar Adventures
Tennessee-themed Decals from Tristar Adventures

If you’re just as proud of Tennessee as you are of Chattanooga, Tristar Adventures’ line of TN-branded apparel rocks. Their fall collection for 2018 is stylish, retro, and celebrates all things outdoors. Their decals also make perfect stocking stuffers!

A Tour of the Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery

Fill Your Own Bottle Event at Chattanooga Whiskey
Fill Your Own Bottle Event at Chattanooga Whiskey

We’re big on experiences, less on stuff. We’re assuming the best folks in your life are too. So, why not give them the gift of a legit tour of Chattanooga Whiskey’s Experimental Distillery? The tour concludes with — wait for it … — a whiskey tasting and weekend visitors are welcome to stick around for many more tastings in the full-service whiskey cocktail lounge.

While you’re in the giving mood, you might as well gift your whiskey-loving friend a bottle of Chatt Whiskey’s 1816 Reserve that’s hand-crafted in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Coffee Mug by Raphael Rodriguez

Chattanooga Coffee Mug - Designed by Raphael Rodriguez
Chattanooga Coffee Mug – Designed by Raphael Rodriguez

Raphael Rodriguez‘s scripted “Chattanooga” logo has become something of an icon ’round the city. There’s something simple and soothing about how the logo rests neatly below the waves and silhouette of the Walnut Street Bridge. Who wouldn’t want this to look at with their morning coffee every day?

It’s available online via Locals Only. And don’t miss Raphael’s other merch, including his one-of-a-kind T-shirts and hoodies.

Chattanooga Puzzle by True South

Chattanooga Puzzle by True South
Chattanooga Puzzle by True South

True South brings together a curious mix of puzzles, artistry, and a love of the South. Their latest, just-released design is a frame-worthy Chattanooga puzzle. The 24″ x 18″ size is perfect for completing, shellacking, and hanging in your home office. It’s available now at Blue Skies for $21.95.

Gourmet Sipping Chocolate by The Hot Chocolatier

Sipping Chocolate at The Hot Chocolatier - Perfect Chattanooga Themed Gift
Sipping Chocolate at The Hot Chocolatier, Chattanooga

Except for people allergic to fun or chocolate, everyone loves getting the gift of chocolate. The Hot Chocolatier has something chocolatey for just about anyone. But, for the perfect, holiday-friendly treat, spring for their out-of-this-world Sipping Chocolate (available in-store).

Substitute cream for milk to make one of the richest, most decadent cups of European-style hot cocoa you’ll ever have. The “Hottie” variety adds ancho, chipotle, and cayenne peppers — muy caliente!

Handmade Wooden Christmas Ornaments by Ivory & Oak

Handmade Wooden Christmas Ornaments by Ivory & Oak Chattanooga
Handmade Wooden Christmas Ornaments by Ivory & Oak

Chattanooga artist Rebekah Jean (aka Ivory & Oak) spends much of her time handcrafting wooden Bohemian jewelry. This year, she’s also creating one-of-a-kind wooden Christmas ornaments.

The set of three (just USD $15) is beautiful, rustic, and made to order so the ornaments can be customized with any text or lettering you like.

Make it Chattanooga-centric or opt to just include your family’s initial — your call!

Scenic City Candle by The Rustic House

Scenic City Candle by The Rustic House Chattanooga
Scenic City Candle by The Rustic House © Nathalie DuPrè

Local candle-maker The Rustic House specializes in natural, outdoorsy scents like Bonfire, Barn Wood, and Teakwood. But, their #1 best-selling signature scent is affectionately called Scenic City.

Its amber and tobacco notes are rustic, yet smooth and, in TRH’s own words, “The vanilla undertone infuses this candle with sweetness, while a light muskiness adds its depth. This Signature Scent candle is instantly comforting.” It’s the perfect Chattanooga-inspired scent to fill your home this holiday.

Merchants on Main (607 E Main St / Chattanooga) is a rad, one-stop shop for some of this year’s best Chattanooga themed gifts for the holidays. They carry The Rustic House’s entire line of candles including the Scenic City scent.

Custom Engraved Slate Decor by Aesthetic Nostalgia

St. Elmo Slate Hanger by Aesthetic Nostalgia, Chattanooga
St. Elmo Slate Hanger by Aesthetic Nostalgia, Chattanooga

Local artisan Aesthetic Nostalgia creates a variety of beautiful, custom-engraved home decor items including wall art, coasters, and wooden trinkets. They specialize in one-of-a-kind items tailored to every customer. But, the Chattanooga themed slate items in their Etsy shop are among our favorites. Check out this slate-and-rope St. Elmo wall hanger and this Chattanooga-engraved slate board that could be used as a cheeseboard or a simple, standalone bookshelf decoration.

Local Shops We Love

If you still can’t decide, head to any of these local vendors for some of the best Chattanooga themed gifts:

Nooga Made Logo Sticker
Nooga Made Logo Sticker © LRBrodeur Productions
  • Locals Only Chattanooga (1421 Market St / Chattanooga) — Great selection of local goods and a tremendously helpful staff. Vibe: Authentic
  • Plum Nelly Shop & Gallery (330 Frazier Ave #104 / Chattanooga) — Great place to pick up gifts for any occasion, and the local artwork is a plus! Vibe: Bright, artsy, fun
  • blue skies (30 Frazier Ave / Chattanooga) — Tiny, boutique shop with an awesome assortment of gifts and free gift wrapping to boot. Vibe: Playful and eclectic
  • Bees on a Bicycle (1909 Market St / Chattanooga) — Part garden center, part gift shop, all awesome. Vibe: Rustic, farmhouse chic
  • Nooga Made — Not a shop, but this nonprofit community is a great way to find Chattanooga’s best artisan wares. Check out their website and Instagram feed for endless gift-giving inspiration.

What are your favorite Chattanooga themed gifts? Drop us your tips in the comments below!

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