Last-Minute Gift Guide
Okay folks, it’s the final countdown. You’ve got ONE WEEK LEFT to get those holiday gifts purchased, wrapped and distributed. So, no pressure - but it’s time to get on it! In an effort to make you look super thoughtful to all your friends and family, we here at BV have compiled some of our favorite gifts for the season in hopes that a few of them fit the bill for your needs as well. Read on to see if any of these go-to gifts will help put a bow on your holiday shopping!
For the kids:
My niece LOVES music...but she’s 12. So going to a big concert at Bridgestone Arena is a special treat for her! I’m buying her tickets to Panic! at the Disco at Bridgestone Arena, which is on January 25. I’ll also be accompanying her to the concert, so it’s really a gift for me too, to get to share this experience with her.
Did you know that Nashville Children’s Theater is the longest running children’s theater in the country? Did you know that kids who are involved in the arts have better grades, self-esteem and social skills? Well, now you do!My daughter has attended a few classes there, which are in 4-week increments on Saturday mornings. As one who avoids as much commitment as possible on the weekends, these 4-week classes don’t stress me out the way a 5-month swim class commitment might. Plus, Nashville Children’s Theater has some fun camps in the summer, as well as plays and programs throughout the year, so it’s a win-win for everyone to support the Children’s Theater by getting your kiddo (or niece or nephew or whatever little person you love!) an opportunity to take a class or go to a play!
For those who need to chill:
I’ve gifted my mom a massage from Escape Day Spa a few times. It seems impersonal, but she loved it. It’s so unusual for people to make purchases such as this for themselves! I also love self-care products from Lemon Laine + candles from Welcome Home, which is right next door.
Though the feet are about as physically far from the head as possible, foot care is near and dear to my heart. The many foot spas in Nashville make it possible to get some amazing reflexology relatively easy (like walk-in easy!) and relatively affordable! My personal favorite spot is Bucca, and I have gifted a session to my brother and sister in law – both of whom have jobs that require them to be on their feet a lot – and they loved it. It’s one of those “splurge” type items that a lot of people don’t buy for themselves but always really enjoy.
For the beauty queen - or king!
A girlfriend and I recently indulged and booked ourselves appointments for the Oil Bar at Lemon Laine— which was fabulous, by the way, and would be a great gift in and of itself (learn more about that here) — but we couldn’t help ourselves from doing some additional browsing after our appointment was over. I stumbled upon this Rose Glow Complexion Mist ($25) by Living Libations and was told it would work well in combination with my new, special oil. Because of the super-hydrating rosewater in the mist, it “prepares the pores to receive the hydration it adores.” Plus, it just feels a little special and smells beautiful. Spritz it on your face after washing and before applying moisture and watch your skin get happy!
I have been giving some thought to the idea of gifting my beau some new glasses frames from Look East out in East Nashville. In the form of a gift card, most likely, but I may just take him. A bit unusual, maybe, but fun and long-lasting.
For the home cook or aspiring chef:
For those who take things in the kitchen a little more seriously, a fancy-pants chef's knife is a gift that's sure to impress. Now, before your eyes bulge at the prospect of purchasing a $700 Japanese steel knife for your loved one (and we can’t deny that receiving such a thing would be a sweet surprise), let us clearly state: that is precisely not what we’re suggesting…necessarily. New Orleans-based knife shop Coutelier recently opened their second location in East Nashville on Woodland Street, and while they do mostly sell Japanese cutlery (prices range from $150-$900!), they also offer knife sharpening for tools you already have (prices range $10-$30). So whether you want to spring for something fancy and new, or you’re more in the market to spruce up what he or she’s already got, Coutelier is the place to figure it out. Plus, with friendly and helpful staff that know a lot about knives, they’ll help you make a good decision.
And if your home cook or aspiring chef has a mini-me who also wants to be in the kitchen, these kid-friendly Nylon knives from Curious Chef are a great way to make them feel like a big kid without stressing over the fact that maybe they aren’t! (Bonus points for the fact that they may actually even help with the prep work.)
For the Nashville-nostalgic:
Gifts for friends who miss Nashville - ship a cute package made from products at Crema (Crema mug, coffee, etc)
I adore M.Florita jewelry, and her shop From Nashville with Love in the Arcade is perfect for personal gifts. Jewelry isn’t restricted to only-Nashville skylines, as you can find other cities throughout her designs. She also offers fun zodiac and initial jewelry,all of which is made here in Music City and has such a cool vibe. The shop also carries leather goods, cards, candles and other fun giftable items as well. It’s totally worth a look!
For the person who loves kitsch:
I was on the hunt for fun things for my children at Brilliant Sky when I found this old school handheld football game and was instantly flooded with memories of being a kid in the 80’s. (I was alive before Nintendo even came out, much less before Mario and Luigi became immediate family to most households.) I remember this game floating around my living room, being mostly played by my dad and older brother. I would pick it up and mess with it but honestly, I never really had any idea what was going on. (Coincidentally, I still usually feel this way when I watch football. Some things never change!) Because my husband is also a child of the 80’s, and a huge sports junkie, I knew he would also remember the days in which handheld video games consisted of moving little green dashes around a rectangle screen, and I had to get it for him. He’s also the kind of guy who is extremely hard to buy for in that he wants nothing, so I felt like this would at least bring a smile to his face. And coming in right around $20 doesn’t hurt either!
My secret santa purchases are often made from Urban Outfitters in the Gulch. It's a great spot to find those hilarious / quirky gifts that you never think to buy until you see them. They also have great pillow / rug / poster options for friends.
For friends, teachers, and others we appreciate:
I mentioned it above, but Welcome Home in East Nashville is my go-to spot for gifts for friends, hosts, hostesses….you name it. They carry GREAT gifts for the bar lover, the book lover, the journal lover, the jewelry lover, the home-goods lover, the candle lover (there’s a trend in my purchases for sure…).
A local non-profit founded in Nashville — and with a reach that now extends much farther than Middle Tennessee — Thistle Farms gives women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, and addiction a second chance at life. By providing them with a place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support, Thistle Farms shows these women the healing power of love. The organization is funded both through donations and via the products they sell, which means that by doing some holiday shopping at TF, you’re also giving back to female survivors. These brass and tortoise Eliana earrings are made by Haitian women who are given the chance to learn the craft of jewelry making for a fair wage, and ultimately empower them to provide for their families. And at $29 a pair? They’re even more tempting! (Psst - don’t forget to browse everything else in the Thistle Farm online store – or their shop in West Nashville! They’ve got some serious gems.)