If you live in the Knoxville area, more often than not you have family members or friends who are Tennessee fans.
While there’s no shortage of Vol swag to be found, some fans already have a vast collection of Tennessee items and/or apparel.
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If you’re wanting to surprise the Vol fan in your life with something different, look no further. Several Knoxville stores and Etsy.com sellers are offering Tennessee gifts beyond T-shirts and hats. In our Etsy search, we keyed on craftspeople who live in Tennessee for that extra homegrown feel.
Here are nine gifts and stores to shop from to find that special holiday something for the Big Orange fan who has three drawers of T-shirts.
1. Tennessee hammock from HoundDogs
For more than 20 years, HoundDogs has been known in the Knoxville area for its variety of Tennessee Vols gear. The store has apparel, prints, furniture, electronics and other items.
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One unique gift the store has in stock is a Tennessee polyester hammock. The hammock has black ties on both sides for hanging and boasts two different colors of orange with the Power T and the word “Tennessee” covering the outside.
It costs $79.99, according to HoundDogs’ website. It’s available in store, 9250 Kingston Pike, and online.
For more information, call 865-357-5650 or visit hdknoxville.com/product/tennessee-hammock.
2. Lawn Dice from Blue Star Woodworks
Show your love for the Big Orange in wood. Big Orange wood. Blue Star Woodworks outside of Chattanooga sells its “Giant Yardzee Lawn Dice Game” for $55.
The set of five dice are cut, painted and sanded by hand from a kiln-dried four-by-four Douglas Fir post. They’re painted in UT orange with white for the dice dots.
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Blue Star Woodworks (etsy.com/shop/bluestarwoodworkstn) says the lawn dice are made to “be perfectly imperfect. The goal is to make them look and feel as if you have owned them for years (and that you made them yourself!).”
3. Glass TN necklaces from Nothing Too Fancy
Downtown shop Nothing Too Fancy, 435 Union Ave., knows how to appeal to Knoxville dwellers.
Its merchandise ranges from Dolly Parton T-shirts to Sunsphere stickers, and some Tennessee swag is thrown in there, too.
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Nothing Too Fancy has a set of necklaces that could delight the female Tennessee fans in your life. The necklaces feature colored glass (pick from orange, gray or white) in the shape of the state with a beaded chain.
The chains can be silver or gold and 18 or 28 inches in length. Bead colors and placement will vary, according to Nothing Too Fancy’s website. They cost $30.
For more information, call 865-951-2916 or visit nothingtoofancy.com.
4. UT Baby Booties from The Shaggy Rag
Know how you browse through Etsy and suddenly say, “Aw, these are so cute!” That’s what UT baby booties did to us. And we don’t even have a baby.
The $24 booties, in orange or white, come from the Soddy-Daisy resident Stacy Mason’s web-based business, The Shaggy Rag (theshaggyrag.com; etsy.com/shop/TheShaggyRag). They’re made of fleece material, have a cotton lining and are made in children’s sizes from newborn to 18 months.
5. TN sweatshirt from Josie’s Boutique
More gifts for female Vol fans can be found at Josie’s Boutique, 7508 Clinton Highway, Powell.
The store has a large selection of Tennessee apparel for women and girls including dresses, shirts, tank tops, rompers, hats and earrings.
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One clothing item in particular will keep fans warm this winter: an orange-ribbed sweatshirt with the text “It’s a Volunteer Thing” and an outline of the state.
The sweatshirt is available in store and online. It costs $58.99 and is available in women’s sizes XS to 2X, according to Josie’s Boutique’s website.
For more information, call 865-938-9494 or visit josiesboutique.com.
6. UT pillow from Hometown Pillows
Weary from the stress of football? A Vol fan can rest his (or her) weary head on a UT pillow.
The pillow’s from the Etsy store of Franklin business HometownPillows and Designs (etsy.com/shop/hometownpillows).
The pillow sells for $36. The shop has other pillows for sale, including one for the state of Tennessee, with prices from $34 to $42.
7. Orange and white Skicks from Tailgate
Tailgate Tennessee, not to be confused with the Circle Park tailgating company, is a Tennessee apparel store at 23 Market Square.
For fans of the famous checkerboard end zones at Neyland Stadium, Tailgate has just the gift: orange and white checkerboard Skicks shoes.
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The store has men’s sizes 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the shoes, and they cost $60. In addition to shoes, Tailgate carries shirts, hoodies, hats, scarves, water bottles and other items.
For more information, call 865-540-9995 or visit facebook.com/TailgateTennesseeVols.
8. Cuff Bracelet from Buck and Lore
Wear your love for your alma mater on your wrist with a $31 cuff bracelet from the Greenback-based Etsy shop Buck and Lore (etsy.com/shop/BuckandLore).
There’s a UT campus version and a Knoxville city version. The 6 1/2 by 1 1/2 inch bracelets are made of aluminum. The artwork is made using map images that are colorized and fused onto the aluminum using high heat and pressure.
9. Neyland Stadium print, Dawn Hawkins
What Vol fan doesn’t have great memories of Neyland Stadium in the fall?
Knoxville mixed media artist and muralist Dawn Hawkins’ 14-by-30-inch colorful Giclee print of the stadium sells for $84.99. It’s at dawnhawkinsart.com or at her Etsy shop, etsy.com/shop/DawnsINKSpirations.
Hawkins created the painting seven years ago as a commission, inspired by the view of Neyland from across the river. She also incorporated some other UT landmark buildings including the Sunsphere at World’s Fair Park.
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