Search

Chattanooga Unwrapped: 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

With holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to dive into the spirit of celebration and find the perfect gift for your loved ones. As we deck the halls and spread the cheer, explore our handpicked selection of six local businesses, each offering the perfect array of gifts to make your holidays easier. 

Taste the Season: Nothing Bundt Cakes 

Nothing Bundt Cakes, a charming bakery tucked away in the heart of East Brainerd, offers an irresistible array of delicious cakes and gift items, ready to help you wrap each day in joy. 

Whether you’re looking for special treat for your employees, clients or friends, Nothing Bundt Cakes has you covered. With 10 delicious flavors in four sizes, their cakes will sleigh all your gifting needs! 

To top it all off, their bakeries offer a wide selection of retail items, including party supplies, décor and gifts, making Nothing Bundt Cakes the perfect one-stop celebration shop. 

For a loved one with a sweet tooth, there’s nothing quite as delightful as receiving a fresh, locally baked cake. Learn more at nothingbundtcakes.com.  

Images courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes

Give the Gift of Preparedness: CPR Wrap 

Whether your care packages include yummy snacks and treats or bundles of small gifts, no care package is complete without the gift of preparedness. Founder of CPR Wrap and lifelong Chattanooga resident, Felicia Jackson, began her journey with a deeply personal experience involving her son experiencing a cardiac event, driving her to create a life-saving tool that has become a crucial element of any care package. 

In an emergency, simply remove the kit from its quick-open package, place it on the chest of the sudden cardiac arrest victim and follow visual prompts through the four AHA-recommended CPR steps. For added sanitary protection, the chest overlay features a one-way breathing barrier and face shield for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. 

Whether you’re a new parent, caring for infants, or if you know a frequent traveler or adventure enthusiast, consider the CPRWrap Resuscitation Kit. Accidents can strike anywhere and at any time, and having this compact, portable CPR kit can be a lifesaver, especially in remote or unfamiliar situations. 

With CPRWrap, you and your loved ones can have peace of mind, knowing you have the tools at your fingertips to provide life-saving medical care, whether it’s for a family member, friend, or even a stranger. Give the gift of preparedness this holiday season. Learn more at cprwrap.com

Images courtesy of CPR Wrap

Go International: I Go Tokyo 

I Go Tokyo is a unique boutique in the bustling Northshore area that is a haven for Japanese craftsmanship, bringing high-quality linens, stationery, ceramics and Kawaii (cute) items to Chattanooga. 

Beyond curating a collection of beautiful products, I Go Tokyo is on a mission to bring Japanese culture to life through immersive learning experiences and innovative products. 

Imagine yourself indulging in the warmth of hot cocoa or matcha, all within the embrace of their exquisite Japanese-made mugs. For the culinary enthusiast, explore their selection of Japanese knives, where precision and quality come together in these masterpieces of blade-making. 

Whether you’re seeking a gift for a loved one or indulging in a little self-care, I Go Tokyo caters to everyone – yes, even Dad. Their Toyo Toolboxes, meticulously crafted from a single sheet of steel, promise durability and functionality. These toolboxes, a blend of practicality and Japanese artistry, are the ideal gift for the handyman in your life. 

These unique products, some of which have made their debut in the U.S. through this very boutique, form the hidden gems of the I Go Tokyo gift shop. To delve deeper into this world of artistry and Japanese culture, visit igotokyostore.com

Images courtesy of Nathalie Lopez

The Name Says It All: Locals Only Gifts and Goods 

The family-owned boutique, Locals Only Gifts and Goods, actively collaborates with Chattanooga artisans, artists, and businesses, supporting their craft and bolstering the local community. They curate a meticulously chosen inventory of products, which represents the culture and creativity of the Chattanooga community and showcases the talent of over 100 local Tennessee makers. 

When you explore their offerings, you’ll find an abundant selection of gifts, including glassware, candles, jewelry, food items, art, soap, pottery, stickers, greeting cards, apparel and gift boxes — all filled with Chattanooga-made goods and much more. 

Locals Only Gifts and Goods takes pride in being the originator of the “Chattanooga-made gift box.” Whether you’re seeking a few special gifts or larger quantities, this boutique is your ultimate Destination. 

During your holiday shopping adventure, make a special visit to their shop, conveniently located at 10 Frazier Avenue, right on the corner of Market Street and Frazier Avenue, or online through their website at localsonlygiftsandgoods.com

Images courtesy of Locals Only Gifts and Goods

Crafting Excellence: Chattanooga Leather Works 

Ben Beasley, founder of Chattanooga Leather Works, located in the INCubator at the Hamilton County Business and Development Center, demonstrates superior craftsmanship in the knife sheath industry. 

With a proud dedication to quality, Chattanooga Leather Works meticulously hand crafts everyday essentials, including wallets, ensuring each creation is ethically sourced and eco-friendly. 

One of their standout creations is the Open Carry Wallet — a perfect gift for a friend. Leveraging their expertise in knife sheath crafting, Chattanooga Leather Works developed a simple yet highly functional card-carrying design. Crafted from premium cowhide using precision cut layer techniques, the Open Carry Wallet offers a supple yet durable build. 

Another cherished item from their collection is the Morrow Wallet, crafted as a tribute to the founder’s grandfather. This wallet serves as a thoughtful gift, specifically designed for those who appreciate the art of writing. The Morrow Wallet arrives with a moleskin notebook, thoughtfully designed to hold a few cards and a 3″x5″ notepad, serving as the perfect companion for capturing thoughts on the move. 

This year, present your loved ones with more than just a product — gift them a unique work of art, meticulously crafted to endure a lifetime. Discover more creations at chattanoogaleatherworks.com

Images courtesy of Chattanooga Leather Works

If You Know Chocolate: Cocoa Asante 

Cocoa Asante, a Chattanooga-based ethical and luxury chocolate company, specializes in creating artisan chocolates so exquisite that they are nearly too beautiful to eat. Each piece is meticulously designed, with stunning exteriors and decadent flavors hidden inside, making an ideal gift for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life. 

At their foundation, Cocoa Asante is committed to becoming “bean to bar” production, emphasizing the journey from selecting the finest cocoa beans from Ghana to locally crafting these bite-sized chocolates to be enjoyed by consumers in Chattanooga. 

Experience their mouthwatering flavors such as Chattanooga Whiskey, Chai Pecan Caramel, Brown Butter Sage, Boozy Caramel and many more. 

Whether you aim to impress clients, delight loved ones, or simply enjoy yourself during this festive season, seize the opportunity to offer a remarkable gift. One that promises to be cherished long after the last bite. Learn more about Cocoa Asante at cocoaasante.com and elevate your holiday gifting. 

Images courtesy of Flint Chaney (first photo) and Right Hook Creative (second photo)

This holiday season, consider giving the gift of unique, locally sourced items to your loved ones. Spread the holiday joy while contributing to Chattanooga’s thriving economy by supporting local entrepreneurs and businesses in the process. 

Other Topics

Just weeks after graduating its cohort of outstanding 2024 Chattanooga leaders, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce proudly announces its new incoming Leadership Chattanooga class of 24-25 "The incoming class members are phenomenal, all representing the best and brightest of…

The newest class of young professional leaders has been established, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce announced. Welcome to the Protege Chattanooga class of 24-25. "This Protege class will change the world," said Toya Moore, Leadership Development Director. "We were…

In an act praised by many across the state, Gov. Bill Lee enacted a recent bill that supports the Tennessee business community in two significant ways: The bill eliminates the alternative minimum property tax. The bill authorizes the state to…

On May 15, Jonah Gibson, 16, walked into his official Signing Day event. There was a hype video, a catered table with specially-made cookies, extra swag and out-of-town officials who gave speeches. As parents and crowd watched, the high school…

On Thursday, May 23, EPB hosts its first annual Supplier Diversity Day, an event that connects the publicly owned utility with small and diverse businesses throughout the region. It's networking, relationship-building and celebration, all in one event.    Multiple big-name industries…

If you were to take a quick survey of national headlines, you’d encounter gloom and doom-type discussions around commercial real estate. Much of this is thanks to the popularity of remote work, a trend accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.   As…

Sign up for weekly updates.