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Souvenir shopping is an essential part of any vacation! Long after your visit to the Smoky Mountains is over, you can look back at a special keepsake from Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and enjoy a flood of happy memories from your getaway. Of course, your friends and family members back home will also love receiving a few gifts from the Smokies. To help you make the most of your next escape, we have put together a convenient guide to finding the best Gatlinburg souvenirs and Pigeon Forge souvenirs.
1. Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is the ultimate souvenir shopping destination! This 8-mile loop in Gatlinburg located off of the East Parkway is full of galleries, studios, and shops that showcase the work of local artists. Together, the members of the Arts & Crafts Community form the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Visitors will find a seemingly endless variety of handcrafted items, including pottery, paintings, photography, wood carvings, candles, quilts, and so much more.
2. The Village
Hidden away behind the Pancake Pantry, visitors to downtown Gatlinburg will find The Village. Boasting a charming layout reminiscent of a quaint German town, The Village is home to 27 boutique shops with something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite shops for souvenir hunting in The Village:
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- Pepper Palace
- The Candle Cottage
- The Day Hiker
- U Name It
- The Spice & Tea Exchange
3. Smoky Mountain Farms Jelly House
If you’re in search of edible Gatlinburg souvenirs, you’ll love the Smoky Mountain Farms Jelly House! This fun shop features a huge variety of locally made jams, jellies, preserves, butters, and syrups. Guests can sample many of the Jelly House’s products in the store, so you can try before you buy. Some of the most popular products at the shop include the pumpkin butter, huckleberry syrup, cherry jelly, and plum jam.
4. The Old Mill Square
The Old Mill Square is a can’t-miss stop for Pigeon Forge souvenirs. This hugely popular shopping area is built around The Old Mill, a historic grist mill that has been in operation since 1830. Here is a quick look at some of the amazing shops in The Old Mill Square:
- The Old Mill General Store – specialty food items and freshly ground grains from The Old Mill
- Pigeon River Pottery – handmade bowls, mugs, salt and pepper shakers, and plates
- The Old Forge Distillery – moonshine, bourbon, vodka, rum, and cream liqueur
- Iron Mountain Metal Craft Shop – make your own knife at this blacksmith shop
- The Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen – mixes, salad dressings, serving pieces, and bakeware
- Sassafras – jewelry and accessories
5. The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island is another incredible shopping destination in Pigeon Forge. Located right off the Parkway (just stop when you see the giant Ferris wheel), The Island is home to over 60 wonderful shops. Here are a few of the best stores at The Island for souvenirs:
- The Ole Smoky Moonshine Barn
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- The Beef Jerky Outlet
- The Island Trading Post
- Doc’s Magic Shop
- Bodacious Bags
- Southern Charm Boutique
6. Sandman’s Workshop
Sandman’s Workshop is a unique shop that specializes in carved rocks and engraved stones. Guests can pick whichever stone they please and have it customized with a message or design of their choosing. A personalized item from Sandman’s Workshop makes for a one-of-a-kind gift that your friend or relative is sure to cherish.
Looking for even more awesome Gatlinburg souvenirs and Pigeon Forge souvenirs? Check out our complete listing of shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!