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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Experiences

Tickets to The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby

Rock climbing @ River Sports

Photo Session with Carrie Jo Savage, of Texture Photo

Yoga passes @ Glowing Body 

Rhythm & Blooms Tickets

Blue Apron Meal Subscription

Ice Skating on market square

Pottery Class @ Mighty Mud

Bullet Journaling Workshop

Knox Brew Tour

Progressive dinner- visit 4 different downtown restaurants and walk between courses

Cooking classes and a 4 course meal with Chef Cedric. See this article for more info.

HYD Jump Start to the Ordered Home

 
Image from The Hive

Image from The Hive

Image from Knoxville Holidays on Ice

Image from Knoxville Holidays on Ice

Image from River & Rail Theater Co.

Image from River & Rail Theater Co.

Image by Artifact Uprising

Image by Artifact Uprising

Image by Pretentious Glass

Image by Pretentious Glass

Holiday gift guide: Give the gift of experience rather than goods

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Christmas is less than two weeks away and we have a great list of gift ideas that won't clutter up the homes of the ones you love. We have compiled ideas for all age groups, budgets, and interests. We've even managed to think of ways to support local businesses without having to purchase tangible items. Whether you're shopping for "the person that already has everything", someone who is working toward a minimal lifestyle, or for someone that you wish would get rid of some clutter, we've got you covered. 

Experiences:

  • A Weekend away. Knoxville is conveniently located in driving distance from Nashville, Atlanta, Louisville, Chattanooga, and the Smokey Mountains. Try out an air bnb property rather than a hotel for a more personalized experience.
  • Dinner out. A few of our local favorites are A dopo, Knox Mason, Emelia, and J.C. Holdway
  • Manicure, pedicure, massage, spa treatment etc. Support a local salon like Wild Lavender or Pure Lux

Give the gift of classes or offer to teach someone a skill that you have:

  • Teach a loved one to knit, crochet, embroider, or sew. Loopville offers lots of classes for all levels of learning
  • Teach someone how to bake your "signature" treat or cook your favorite meal or give the gift of cooking classes at The Cutting Edge Classroom
  • Music/instrument lessons. Bill Jones Music offers many options.
  • Art or pottery classes. Check out Mighty Mud or ask a local artist if they offer private lessons.
  • Yoga membership or class package. The Glowing Body is one of our favorite locally owned studios.
  • Photography classes. Light Finds offers classes and private lessons as well!

Events:

The Mill & Mine:  Image Source

The Mill & Mine: Image Source

Gift ideas for Kids:

The Basement community art studio.  Image Source

The Basement community art studio. Image Source

Miscellaneous:

CSA share. Image source

CSA share. Image source

Think outside of the box this year and give those you love something that they will remember forever!

Shopping with conscience this Holiday Season

Are you having trouble this holiday season finding the right gift for a loved one? It can be hard to find well made and meaningful gifts while on a budget but we have compiled a few ideas and along with a list of some of our new favorite shops to help you with those last minute gifts on your list.

Over at HYD we are trying to adopt a few new shopping practices...

1. We are learning to buy less but to buy better.

2. We are working on curbing our impulsive purchases and implementing the discipline of saving up for items that will last longer, are better quality, are made ethically, and are ultimately more meaningful.

With those things in mind, here are a few shops we have stumbled across recently that fit our broader vision. Keep reading to see our top picks from each shop.

1. Spartan Shop 

Japanese Cloth Napkins

Japanese Cloth Napkins

Wooden Walking Elephant Toy

Wooden Walking Elephant Toy

Black amber and turquoise pocket knife

Black amber and turquoise pocket knife

hand crafted Mexican glassware

hand crafted Mexican glassware

Apron

Apron

Ceramic Pitcher

Ceramic Pitcher

Brass and leather key chain

Brass and leather key chain

Bud vase collection

Bud vase collection

Mama cat and Kitten finger puppets

Mama cat and Kitten finger puppets

Jams and Marmalade made in Maine

Jams and Marmalade made in Maine

city scape puzzle

city scape puzzle

throw blanket made in the USA

throw blanket made in the USA

5. Rala

Downtown Knoxville tote bag

Downtown Knoxville tote bag

Farmers Market baseball tee

Farmers Market baseball tee

National Park explorers guide

National Park explorers guide

If you would prefer not to purchase a physical item as a gift we have ideas for that as well!

-Consider making a donation in someones honor to a Gatlinburg relief fund to help victims of the tragic fire in our very own Smokey Mountains

-Purchase tickets for a play, musical or concert to give as an experiential gift

-Plan a dinner date to the restaurant of a loved ones choice and make a home made certificate saying "dinner's on me".

-Give the gift of organization and purchase a Help You Dwell Gift card for a friend or family member.