The Best Places to Buy Local Handcrafted Gifts in Nashville

Handmade products from Little Seed Farm | © Little Seed Farm
Handmade products from Little Seed Farm | © Little Seed Farm
Photo of Leena Kollar
10 March 2017

Don’t get yourself or anyone else just any gift. Be the best gift giver around by shopping for creative handmade pieces not found anywhere else. In Nashville, that means stopping by local stores, which make products that contribute to the success of professional artisans both in the Nashville area and around the world.

Handmade Studio TN

With plates, mugs and other dinnerware pieces handcrafted by owner Morgan Williamson, Handmade Studio TN is where to find unique ceramics for your home. The process of creating pieces at this studio involves sculpting, carving, glazing, and firing. This process makes the products safe to use in the microwave and dishwasher. Each piece crafted in the studio is done with love, out of admiration for the Creator’s ability to make beautiful things from dust. The studio also does custom orders and can even work with couples on creating pieces for a wedding registry.

Handmade Studio, 100 Taylor Street, Studio A23, Nashville, TN, USA

Rachel's Boutique

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Handmade maple leaf pendant
Handmade maple leaf pendant | © knitsteel / Flickr
Located inside The Hermitage Hotel is Rachel’s Boutique, which sells artisan clothing and jewelry, handcrafted candles, and other souvenir items. The shop also offers gift basket arrangements for special occasions. Of the boutique’s inventory, 30% comes from local vendors.

Little Seed Farm

With a business model based on sustainability, Little Seed Farm, founded by Eileen and James Ray, provides humanely produced skin care products handmade from a rural farm location. The farm uses recyclable materials for packaging and is completely solar powered. The 100% grass-fed goats on the farm are able to graze freely, supporting Little Seed Farm’s commitment to humane and responsible production of its products. You’ll find soaps and skincare items like deodorant cream, body oil, charcoal detox scrub, and booty balm for babies.

Healing hand balm | © Little Seed Farm

Ten Thousand Villages

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Handmade items | © normanack / Flickr
Located in the trendy area of Hillsboro Village is a store where you can connect with a global community. With fair-trade products handmade by artists from developing countries all around the world, Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit that partners with independent artisan groups, co-ops, and workshops. Every product is made using natural or recycled materials, and every purchase provides makers with a stable income.

Thistle Farms

With programs guided by 24 principles, influenced by the Benedictine Rule, Thistle Farms is a sanctuary for women who are survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. Founded by Episcopal priest Becca Stevens, the residential program provides housing, medical care, therapy and job training for up to 32 women. Thistle Farms operates a natural bath and body product line that employs its residents and graduates. The handmade items you can find at Thistle Farms include shave gel, lip balm, lotion, and body butter. There is also a selection of products for the home, as well as products for men.

Thistle Farms, 5122 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 298 1140

Original Fuzz

Friends Lee McAlilly and Zach Lever started Original Fuzz after playing in bands together in college. Zach used to carry his guitar pedals in a gym bag that wasn’t very reliable, so the duo set out to make something better for their creative lifestyles. The shop sells handmade guitar straps, camera straps, and t-shirts. One of Original Fuzz’s most innovative creations is the seatbelt strap, which is available in a variety of colors. It is a repurposed airline seatbelt that comes with full-grain leather, heavy-duty stitching, and vintage-style hardware.

Original Fuzz, 2100 Dunn Ave., Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 629 777 5762


After seeing firsthand how extreme poverty in Ethiopia affects young girls and women, Rachel and Barrett Ward founded FASHIONABLE. Their goal was to provide an opportunity for women to earn a living outside of prostitution, which is how many women in the African country support their families. The FASHIONABLE line is a collection of handwoven scarves and leather goods made in Ethiopia, as well as jewelry handmade in Nashville. The woman-focused business also has a Ring Bar that allows customers to design their own sets of rings.

FASHIONABLE, 5022 Centennial Blvd., Stocking 51, Nashville, TN, USA