The Quick Small Town Shopping Guideby Regan Green - Travel Writer

Gifts for the Homebody

For the homebodies on your list, be sure to check out a local favorite, Main Street’s Claire & Schuster Interiors & Boutique, an interior design shop with home accents and personal accessories as well. From their creative and unique options like the “Let’s taco ‘bout it” taco platter to the more classic pieces such as ceramics, decorative pillows, and art that adds a pop of color to your winter décor, this is the ultimate go-to spot for fun gifts and budget-friendly stocking stuffers to spoil your loved ones with. Spiced chai-scented candle, anyone?

And, don’t miss out on the Etta B Pottery collection at Vicki’s Designer Touch on Lindell. Here, you’ll find fresh, floral designs for your holiday entertaining plus an array of bath bombs, fun home décor pieces, and other excellent stocking stuffers for the friend who loves to “chill in.”

​Gifts for the Sports Lover

For the sports fanatic on your list, head to Five Seasons on South Lindell Street. This is a men’s clothing store with Tennessee-themed clothes for all dress codes: tee shirts, dress shirts, sports jackets, dress pants, and wingtip shoes from all your favorite Southern brands. Southern Marsh, Vineyard Vines, and Johnston & Murphy are just a few of the names you’ll find here. They have Big & Tall options from Batton and cologne as well.

Despite the COVID haze, you can still find fun and thoughtful gifts for your family and friends with the help of local shops in Martin. This year, when that friend of our mother’s rings the doorbell, we’ll be armed with a red currant candle and a handcrafted dough bowl from Claire & Schuster. This year we won’t frantically google “gifts for dads” and panic-buy a bottle of whiskey-scented shaving cream (yes, this is a real thing, and yes, it should be illegal) two weeks before December 25 because we will have a classic gingham dress shirt from Five Seasons wrapped and under the tree. Don’t cause yourself any more undue stress this year. Panic-buys aren’t fun for you, and they’re not fun for your dad. Downtown Martin has you covered for all that holiday shopping—you might even find a well-deserved treat for yoursel