Metro Pulse Holiday Gift Guide for Women

'Tis the Season...To be giving!

Jolly gifts for everyone on your list
–all of them fa-la-la-la local.

Tis the season... how do you want to finish that sentence? Most any tone you'd like to set, there's a corresponding gift—just match 'em up with this handy guide, then sit back and watch your gifts being enjoyed.

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'Tis the season...

...to sing her a love song

OUTDOOR TECHNOLOGY BLUE TOOTH HEADPHONES FROM PLUTO SPORTS

So maybe you're no Pavarotti, but you can put that voice or even the dulcet tones of grunge rock right into her ear and raise her tech stature all in one gift! How smart of you! These state of the art wireless headphones are as stylish and functional as a good relationship—betcha she'll love that idea as much as she loves a love song.

PLUTO SPORTS, 245 N. Seven Oaks Dr, 693.8990, plutosports.com

...to get something for her hand

TLC AT LAURA'S NAILS SALON

Give a gift that shows that you pay attention to the important things in life—like the lady's nails. A gift certificate to Laura's Nail Salon is just the ticket: Laura's is a friendly place and prides itself on providing a salon environment that's odor and drill-free.

LAURA'S NAIL SALON, 5201 Kingston Pike, Suite 7, 450-9254

...for eclectic fashion

INTERCHANGEABLE STERLING SILVER JEWELRY AT FIZZ MARKET SQUARE

You know you've done it before—given her a really silly gift that makes her wonder if you've lost your marbles. Don't let that happen this year. Instead, give her her own bag of marbles! Got All Your Marbles? interchangeable jewelry is a clever gift that allows her to mix up her look by changing the bauble or gemstone in her jewelry. It's smart, it's easy, and it comes with a free bag of marbles! Plus you can upgrade from glass marbles to gems or precious metals, so it's a gift that keeps on giving! $99 and up.

FIZZ MARKET SQUARE, 851-7990, 27 Market Square, fizzmarketsquare.com

...for a little bit of home

MARKET SQUARE HOLIDAY MARKETS

Shopping local is not just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do. And she'll appreciate your smartness when you give her gifts made in East Tennessee. For extra brain points, start a recipe for jam thumbprints that you'll help bake—then add a pour-spout mixing bowl by Stone Clay Station, a wood spatula by House on the Hill Toys, some double strength vanilla extract by Little Blue Baking Co. and a dollop of rosemary balsamic honey jelly by Honeyberry Farm. Grab a barn-wood frame by Ernest Modities for a picture of the two you in baking heaven and, ta-da!, you are the smartest Santa of them all.

MARKET SQUARE HOLIDAY MARKETS are Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22 from noon-7 p.m., 405-3135, marketsquarefarmersmarket.org

...to be jolly

TICKETS TO SIDE SPLITTERS

No matter what the relationship, laughter is a key ingredient to happiness. Good thing you can buy some laughter to celebrate that happiness. Sidesplitters has got you covered whether it's gift certificates for complete nights out at the club, tickets for upcoming shows that you can and buy and print online for super convenient stocking stuffers, or, better yet, show her a hilariously elegant start to 2013 with tickets to the New Year's Eve Gala!

SIDE SPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB, 9246 Park West Boulevard, 924-5233, sidesplitterscomedy.com

...to remember the little ones

CHILDRENS' BOOKS FROM MCKAY

Whether you're looking for the prefect bedtime story or picking out one of first books that she'll read, McKay has a marvelous selection of titles for all ages and reading levels. They even have a special section for the best of the best—Newbery Medal and Honor-winning books. Give the gift of reading early—betcha you won't regret it. And don't forget: You can always sell or trade your own used books, CDs, games, and DVDs for a wallet-friendly holiday shopping alternative.

MCKAY USED BOOKS AND CDs, 230 Papermill Place Way, 588-0331, mckaybooks.com

...to finally wear some fancy neckwear

SCARVES FROM MAST GENERAL STORE

Mast's wall of scarves has as many textures, colors and hues as the women in your life. Equally appropriate for mother, daughter, lover and friend, these are some stylish neck wraps. If you're smart, you'll get extra points for picking paying attention to her favorite color schemes.

MAST GENERAL STORE, 402 South Gay Street, 546-1336, mastgeneralstore.com

...for tasteful giving

GIFT CARDS FOR CRU, NAMA, SHUCK, AND TRIO

Don't put your baby in a corner; give her some options to get out and about with the girls – your treat. A gift card to Cru, Nama, Shuck and/or Trio celebrates her good taste and independence, and it proves that you're as nice a guy as she thought you were. As an added bonus, you get $5 free for every $25 purchased! Where else can you buy a guaranteed smile?

CRU Downtown: 544-1491, 141 S. Gay Street, Turkey Creek, 671-6612, 11383 Parkside Drive, crubistroandwinebar.com

NAMA, Bearden: 588-9811, 5130 Kingston Pike;, Downtown: 633-8539, 506 South Gay Street, namasushibar.com

SHUCK, 329-000, 135 S. Gay Street, shuckrawbar.com

TRIO 246-2271, 13 Market Square, trio-cafe.net

...for Blissful bling

MEMORABLE JEWELRY FROM BLISS

Pure silver monogrammed pendants are the perfect holiday gift for mothers, grandmothers, and even a gift to hold onto for mothers-to-be. The kit will walk you through the easy instructions for how to capture your precious fingerprints in clay. Then, simply drop the box provided with the initials to be engraved on the back into the mail and Precious Metal Prints will do the rest. A few weeks later, your pendant will be mailed to you ($69.95).

BLISS, 24 Market Square, 329-8868, shopinbliss.com

...to let her relax

MASSAGE GIFT CERTIFICATE AT MEADOWSWEET

Let's face it: All this holiday celebrating can be grueling. So what better way to help your loved one to recover for the new year than with a deep-tissue, sports, or relaxation massage, or with a Reiki session? Meadowsweet is a new massage studio in downtown's 100 Block—and if you mention this listing to them, you can get 20 percent off gift certificates and services!

MEADOWSWEET WELLNESS, 117 S. Gay St., 221-0334, meadowsweetwellness.com

...for the unique and handmade

HANDMADE STONEWARE FROM LISA KURTZ HIGHLAND POTTERY

Still need gifts? Bring a friend and enjoy stress-free shopping at Highland Pottery's last sale of the year! Handmade, affordable stoneware pottery for gift giving will be featured at Lisa Kurtz's "last minute" Holiday Pottery Sale on December 11 and 12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Seconds will also be available. The sale will be in West Knoxville at 9193 Hemingway Grove Circle in Whittington Creek subdivision. 

LISA KURTZ HIGHLAND POTTERY, lisakurtzhighlandpottery.com

...to go for Baroque

JEWELRY AT ROCOCO

Rococo Boutique is offering 15 percent off all women's jewelry, Fri., Dec. 7-Sun., Dec. 9. Don't miss the deals on "Tintype, Found Object Art, Polish Crocheted, Feather, Leather... and so much more!" 

ROCOCO BOUTIQUE, 2 Market Square, 971-1006, facebook.com/RococoKnoxville

...to make her cozy

MARMOT ARONA SYNTHETIC JACKET FROM LITTLE RIVER TRADING COMPANY

The refined Arona is well suited for the snowy, lakeside locale of its Italian namesake, with light synthetic insulation and decorative quilting that's truly bellissimo. Water-resistant, high performance Thermal R insulation is soft, compressible, and ultra warm, even when wet. Wear the stylish layering piece alone or as a cold-weather midlayer. Women's Marmot Arona synthetic jacket $165 / $132 (sale price).

LITTLE RIVER TRADING COMPANY, 2408 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy., 681-4141, littlerivertradingco.com

...to cut loose, foot loose

Suzani Styles

A gift from Suzani Styles is piece of art that she can wear—each pair of boots and every accessory is a one of a kind and fashion forward treasure from Istanbul. And if you're overwhelmed by all the beautiful options, a Suzani gift certificate is a gift of exceptional taste.

SUZANI STYLES, 5807 Kingston Pike, 357-3898, suzanistyles.com

...to gild the lily

HANDCRAFTED EARRINGS FROM NOTHING TOO FANCY

She's already a lovely gal who knows how to accessorize, but it never hurts to have more earrings. Lobe Studio earrings are handcrafted and one-of-a-kind creations that feature distinctive design and creative material. From $25.95.

NOTHING TOO FANCY, 435 Union Ave., 951-2916, nothingtoofancy.com

...to get up close and personal

TEETH WHITENING FROM BUZZ NABERS, DDS

Metro Pulse readers agree, Buzz Nabers is the best dentist to see. And you want the best for the lovely lady on your list, right? The good doctor offers gift certificates and a special holiday offer for teeth whitening to help her look as nice as she already is! Teeth whitening special $375 (regularly, $695)!

BUZZ NABERS DDS, 304 South Gay St., 394-6167, or 9329 South Northshore Dr., 531-0100, buzznabersdds.com

...for a night to remember

AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE CROWNE PLAZA

While there's no place like home, there's also nothing better than getting away from it. That's why the intelligent gift giver makes sure that his downtown night-out plans are complete with a room at the Crowne Plaza. That way you can take her shopping, take in a movie or concert, and maybe do a little bar hopping and have very comfortable quarters close by. And if you stay on a Friday night, you'll be right there to treat her to Mahagony's Restaurant's fabulous and famous Friday night Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet.

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL, 401 West Summit Hill Dr., 522-2600, crowneknox.com

...for a moment that's truly hers

JOHN HARDY NAGA COLLECTION WOMEN'S KICK CUFF FROM MARKMAN'S

Introduced in 2008 as the first figurative piece for John Hardy, the Naga collection brings to life the Balinese legend of the dragon, a revered mythological creature symbolizing prosperity and good luck. In these legends, the dragon is known as the lover of the pearl and must dive from his volcano-top home to sea to visit his love. Each morning when he returns, his path brings water through the rice fields. The water produces a bountiful rice harvest, supporting the Balinese farmer. The collection's pieces are rich with detail and gemstones, reflecting the origins of the inspiration. Sterling silver and 18k gold, $895.

MARKMAN'S DIAMONDS AND FINE JEWELRY, 6932 Kingston Pike, 584-0247, markmandiamonds.com

...for a Highland fling

GIFT CERTIFICATE TO BOYD'S JIG AND REEL

Sure, everybody likes to find toothpaste and mouthwash in their Christmas stocking – but only if there's something really nice in there, too. A gift certificate to Jig and Reel is the gift of good drink, great food, beautiful music and fantastic fun! And best of all, she'll appreciate her fling in the Highlands because she'll know that you want her to have fun and be minty fresh all at the same time.

BOYD'S JIG & REEL, 101 S. Central St., 247-7066, jigandreel.com 

...to say "God bless us, everyone"

TICKETS TO A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT THE CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE

It's a fancy date, it's holiday cheer, and it proves that you do have a sensitive side. The Clarence Brown always Dickens right, so grab tickets for you and the all the gals on your list. And you can make it a continuing gift by planning ahead for more theatrical adventures with their three-show package—it's more fun than a barrel of actors.

CLARENCE BROWN THEATRE, 1714 Andy Holt Ave., 974-5161, clarencebrowntheatre.com

...to get Balinese

JEWELRY FROM HEMP MONKEYS

Of course, you can always take a quick trip to the Lesser Sunda Islands to get some authentic Balinese bangles, but then, you should probably take the girl on your list with you. Instead, peruse the products at Knoxville's "newest shop with an eclectic edge." There you'll find Bali Style Jewelry that is handmade, stylish, elegant, and affordable.

Hemp Monkeys, 4928 Homberg Drive, Ste. A-1, 474.1340, facebook.com/HempMonkeysTN

...to warm up like the pros

WEATHER-DEFYING OUTERWEAR FROM BLUE RIDGE (V)

Does your gal like to hit the trails for adventure? Then she needs to be equipped to withstand that cold mountain air, and Blue Ridge Sports has her covered–literally. With brands like The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, and more, you'll have plenty of options to keep her warm and snug.

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SPORTS, 4610 Kingston Pike, 588-2638, brms.com

...to dazzle her

EXCLUSIVE SARA BLAINE COLLECTION AT RICK TERRY JEWELRY DESIGNS

Inspired from natural floral patterns, Sara Blaine's luxurious jewelry is handmade in Bali by skilled artisans using unique stone colors, creating spectacularly artful pieces that can be worn on special occasions or everyday events. And you can find her jewelry—like this blue topaz ring from the Ageian Scroll collection—in Knoxville only at Rick Terry Jewelry Design's three locations. Starting at $120.

RICK TERRY JEWELRY DESIGNS, 618 S Gay St., 525-3793; 11320 Kingston Pike, 777-3793; 131 Kelsey Lane, Lenoir City, 988-5793; rickterryjewelry.com

...to play indoors

GIFT CARDS FROM COOL SPORTS

There's an Ice Capades fantasy lurking in lots of little girls—and grown-up girls, too! A gift card to the home of the Icearium can help make at least part of that dream come true. And if figure skating isn't the ticket for your gal, well, Cool Sports is home to plenty of hockey, soccer and flag football.

COOL SPORTS, 110 S. Watt Rd., 218-4500, coolsportstn.com

...for handmade fun

KITSCH STOCKING STUFFERS (AND STOCKINGS) AT HANDMADE TRUNK SHOW

If your girl likes to keep it local, then check out these items from Kitsch: garden aprons and accessories like stockings, bracelets, brooches, and buttons ($8-$20). Plus, you can stuff them into Kitsch stockings made from vintage fabric ($15). The Handmade Trunk Show is a funky collection of locally crafted housewares, apparel, and accessories, and features lots of one-of-a-kind items. It's located in the former Marble Slab space, and is open Dec. 6-9, Dec. 13-16.

HANDMADE HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW, 14 Market Square, duchesscraft.com

...for joyful hairstyles

STYLING AT SALON EUPHORIA

Do you have any idea how fabulous a woman feels when her hair looks great? No? Then trust us, you'll be making the right decision for her well-being and yours when you splurge for a gift certificate for a cut or spa services at this great salon. She'll love her hair, you'll love her confidence and yes, euphoria.

SALON EUPHORIA, 10816 Kingston Pike, 865-966-5700

...to be busting out all over

CORSETS FROM INTIMATE TREASURES

Yowza! The lady wears it, but it's really a glam gift for her significant other—corsets from Intimate Treasures, like this satin number from the Shirley of Hollywood's Marilyn Monroe line. It can be the basis for a behind-closed-doors get up, or a romantic touch for that special New Year's Eve outfit. You buy it, she wears it, and you'll love it, promise. ($35-$75)

INTIMATE TREASURES, 7212 Kingston Pike, 584-3199

...to wine and dine her

DINNER AT THE MARKET HOUSE AT JACKSON SQUARe

She likes to be in the know about good things around town, doesn't she? So make sure she's the first in her crowd to try out this great restaurant near Oak Ridge's historic Jackson Square. The Market House, voted the best restaurant in Anderson County, makes it their mission to fill their menu with good stuff that's locally grown and humanely raised. The relaxed setting, the great service and you across the table will make dinner taste even better.

THE MARKET HOUSE AT JACKSON SQUARE, 80 East Tennessee Avenue, Oak Ridge, 685-0686, themarkethouserestaurant.com

...for something unusual

LIVING DEAD DOLLS FROM DISC EXCHANGE

So maybe your special someone isn't into the usual fuzzy wuzzy holiday gifts—she's expecting you to come up with something a little... different. In that case, tickle her goth fancy with a Living Dead Doll. They're cute and creepy!

THE DISC EXCHANGE, 2615 Chapman Highway, 573-5710, discexchange.com

...for cozy reading or playing

STOCKING STUFFERS FROM UNION AVE BOOKS

Sometimes getting comfy at home with a good book is all a woman needs. And Knoxville's independent new and used books store has got this area fully covered, and can offer plenty of good advice—for instance, you can't go wrong with Barbara Kingsolver's latest, Flight Behavior. Or maybe she likes other mental challenges? Then there's the new high-speed dice game, Tenzi.

UNION AVE BOOKS, 517 Union Avenue, 951-2180, unionavebooks.com