December 15, 2018 5 min read

It feels like there are two types folks when it comes to holiday shopping - the incredibly organized who have their list made and almost entirely checked off by now, and then those who are really confused about how it’s the already the middle of December. Regardless of which of those categories you fall into, it’s time to check that list (twice) and get it done! Even if you didn’t get so far as to make your list yet, never fear. Here it is, the Official Nothing Too Fancy Last Minute Gift Guide, featuring expert recommendations from our resident Elf on the Shelf, Fancy!  

Unless you’re new here, you already know that Nothing Too Fancy offers a wide array of locally-designed, Knoxville-themed tees printed right here in beautiful Knoxville, TN by our tiny team. You might just be surprised to learn that we’ve also got a little something for everyone on your holiday shopping list! Get ready to be super prepared, because we’ve got you covered no matter who you’re shopping for.

For the True Knoxville Enthusiast:

This North Pole of the South shirt is a new member of our holiday collection this year! Knoxville’s beloved Sunsphere gets a festive new look in this new tee design by Bryan Huddleston. It goes well with this Knoxville Skyline Beanie when you’re out and about. Fancy recommends Jack Neely’s book, Historic Knoxville for any history buffs or Knoxville fans, and our KNX stars blanket is the perfect reading nook companion.

For the Biggest (& littlest!) Dolly Fans You Know:

You and yours can have a Holly Dolly Christmas this year with this collection of tees and more all dedicated to our very own Patron Saint of the Smoky Mountains. We brought back our Hard Candy Christmas tee design this year, and now it’s on a blanket (Fancy’s obsessed!) and a cozy crewneck sweatshirt. Dolly has done so much for her Tennessee Mountain Home, and you can give back too - a portion of the proceeds from our Parton My French tees (available in kids, ladies, and men’s sizes) benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library!

For Moms & for Dads:

Shout out to all the moms and dads out there working hard to make the holidays awesome! You want to give them something great too - these Best Mom Ever and Best Dad Ever tees are exactly the right choices. From there, Fancy is sure that your mom will love some locally made jewelry, a handmade Tennessee mug (available in store), and our cozy Home Sweet Home sweatshirt blanket! For the mom with a mini-me, these Tri-Star Tutu Onesies are an absolute must. And for Dad? What do you get for the man who has everything? We’ve got some ideas. Fancy suggests a new set of grilling tools in an amazing canvas roll-up, and he’ll need a pint glass or two (he’s gotta stay hydrated while he grills!). Obviously, the best dad ever would have the best kid ever, so grab this cute tee too! For the nostalgic dad, a 1998 SEC Champions hat is just the thing. For the dad with all the dad jokes, snag these hilarious Freaker Feet socks (they’re made in the USA!). And if your dad’s not a regular dad (he’s a cool dad!) he would definitely rock one of these Tennessee embroidered bomber jackets.

For Those Who Just Can’t Get Enough Snow:

East Tennessee got a surprisingly early taste of snow this year! If that has someone on your shopping list hankering for more, our classicBlizzard of ‘93 shirt makes for the perfect first layer. Top it off with acomfy hoodie and atri-star beanie and they’re ready for snow days - just add beer!

And For Those Who Aren’t Leaving the House Until it’s 75° Again:

If you and yours prefer to enjoy the snow from the comfort and warmth of the couch, we’ve got everything you’ll need right now. We think it’s about time that Knoxville organized a *hot chocolate* drinking team, no? Either way, thisDrinking Team tee paired with our865 sweatpants and crew neckTri-Star sweatshirt make for the comfiest outfit ever. ThisHome Sweet Home mug will hold plenty of your favorite warm drink, and you can roll out thiscanvas classic game board to pass the time ‘till Spring!

You could call these “stocking stuffers” if you want, but we’ve got plenty of options under $10 and under $20 that make great gifts all on their own! Let’s wrap this up (ha!) with NTF gifts for a bargain!
$10 & Under

Fancy is a big fan of our newKnoxville Skyline pint glasses - they’re the perfect size for that ice cold glass of milk Santa’s hoping for. Speaking of the big man himself, word on the street is he’s pretty booked up these days, so might we suggest you stop by to pick up an Emergency Santa Kit? You know, just in case. Also on our under $10 list:

  • Stickers, pins, keychains, and patches galore - most for under $5!
  • NTF’s exclusive collection ofcan cozies to keep drinks cold and your hands warm
  • Ornaments like this adorable “Home” one that was handmade in Haiti from a recycled oil drum
  • An assortment of fun and goofy goodies like thistrout bottle opener (your dad doesn’t want a tie, he wants a bottle opener shaped like a fish)
  • Super handytote bags printed with original Nothing Too Fancy designs that can replace a stocking (and all plastic grocery bags)
  • And, of course, a beautiful Christmas card from our local friends, Jack’s Ave.
$20 & Under

    Our $20 round-up includes some truly fail-safe gifts.Tri-star beanies,handmade ornaments and heavy-dutycoffee mugs? Perfect for anyone! We’ve also gotbeard care products andTennessee license plates for your buds, locallyhandmade jewelry for all the lovely ladies, and Fancy’s favorite - this apple pie candle from Laurel Mtn. Candles. Also please note these hilarious water bottle cozies starringBuddy the Elf andRalphie from A Christmas Story… don’t you think Fancy would look nice on one, too?

    There you have it, The Official Nothing Too Fancy Last Minute Gift Guide of 2018. Hopefully, you’re feeling a little more prepared and can check at least a few more gifts off that gigantic shopping list. If you’re still stuck on what to get someone, stop by to see us and we’ll be happy to help you find something that works - and if all else fails, there ain’t no shame in the gift card game! You can find nearly all of these items right here on our site, and the rest of them in our store on Union Avenue downtown.You can find more great gift ideas and see what we’re up to on our Instagram (@nothingtoofancyknoxville) and Facebook (@nothingtoofancy.knoxville). If you’re shopping online, use code SHIPFREE at checkout to get free shipping on orders over $50 now through December 20th. Thanks for keeping it local this holiday season, and from all of us to all of you, Happy Holidays!