By Darryl Payne
Posted on October 18, 2011
Once again, as it does every year, Christmas seems to be sneaking up on us. It will be here before we know it, which means it's definitely not too early to chip away at that holiday shopping list. While you're visiting the Smokies, why not have fun and be productive at the same time? We recommend that you go ahead and make a reservation at one of our Smoky Mountain rental cabins and review our list of suggested places to go hunting for this year's Christmas treasures.
Outlet malls – There are two in Sevierville and three in Pigeon Forge, and these are great places to get items like clothing, shoes, housewares, books, music, tools and more for a fraction of the full retail price. We recommend going early in the morning and on weekdays to avoid the crowds.
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community – Located in Gatlinburg, this 8-mile auto loop is home to dozens of galleries, craft shops and studios where local artisans keep cherished traditions alive with everything from pottery and paintings to sculpture, broom making, candle making and wood working. You can not only shop but also meet the craftsmen at work and watch them do their thing.
Attraction Gift Shops – These don't get a lot of publicity, but if you're attending a music theater show or visiting an area attraction like Ripley's Aquarium, WonderWorks, Titanic Museum Attraction or the Believe It Or Not! Museum, you'll find that the gift shops have fun and unique merchandise tailored to specific interests.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.