I would guess that when you think of Dollywood, music, festivals, rides and yummy foods come to your mind. I’m here to tell you that in addition to all of these wonderful things, you also can find the best handmade gifts—gifts that no one would ever guess were purchased at Dollywood! Craftsman’s Valley is the hot spot to check out when you need to shop for a unique item. Here’s my list to help you when you’re in the market for a special gift.
Mountain Blown Glass
Before you get to Craftsman’s Valley, you need to make a stop in Rivertown Junction. You can find the blown glass shop after you walk up the hill from DP’s Celebrity Theater. It showcases some of the most-beautiful glass art. Vases, pitchers, ornaments (my favorite), lamps and figurines line the walls in an array of colors. There is so much to choose from and each piece is unique. After you purchase your handblown glass, be sure to watch the master glass blower create these amazing works of art. It’s definitely worth it. You can even make and gift your own blown glass ornament!
Smoky Creek Leather
If you have a leather-loving person in your life, this is where you’ll find the perfect accessory for him or her. At Smoky Creek Leather, located in Craftsman’s Valley, you’ll find a large selection of leather belts, purses, wallets and keychains. Each leather good is made by hand and comes with a lifetime guarantee. How amazing is that?
Valley Wood Carvers
While you’re strolling through Craftsman’s Valley, stop in Valley Wood Carvers to see all of the amazing wood carvings! You can find decorative pieces, wooden figures, ornaments and even custom fireplace mantles. These carved-by-hand items have a uniqueness that will surely delight those hard-to-buy-for people. You also can purchase personalized baseball bats and watch the artisans create their art.
Blacksmith & Foundry
Another spot in Craftsman’s Valley is the Blacksmith & Foundry. Here, you will find hand-forged steel items such as lawn and garden décor, knives, horseshoe gifts and custom metal gifts and signs. You can stay a while and watch the blacksmith use his skills of long ago to create these metal masterpieces. This is another opportunity to participate in the crafting of the gift!
*Knife purchases are sent to the Emporium where you are allowed to pick them up as you leave the park.
Old Flames Candles
If you’re shopping for a candle enthusiast, this is where you need to go. Located in Craftsman’s Valley as well, this shop carries a wide variety of beautiful and useful candles. But be careful—a few of them look good enough to eat! Not only is this shop great for finding gifts, but it’s perfect for all ages to experience the technique of dipping your own candles. And you can take your special keepsake home!
So, if you need a special gift or you like to do your Christmas shopping in advance, be sure to take advantage of these wonderful artisan shops during your next Dollywood visit. Give those special people a one-of-a-kind gift, and see if they can guess where you found it!
Here are my top tips for shopping for handmade gifts at Dollywood:
When purchasing fragile, over-sized or a minimum purchase of $25, be sure to ask for your gifts to be sent to Package Pick-Up. This complimentary service allows you to enjoy the rest of your visit, hands-free! Just pick up your items in the Emporium before you leave the park.
If you’re staying at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, you can have your purchases sent to the resort, and you can pick them up at the front desk.
Be sure to use your Gold Season Pass to save 20% on applicable handcrafted purchases.