Made in Tennessee's Top Ten local gift picks for the holidays

Made in Tennessee's Top Ten local gift picks for the holidays

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Lodge Cast Iron bills itself as America's original cookware. Lodge Cast Iron bills itself as America's original cookware.
Swiftwick socks used by Olympic athletes (Source: Swiftwick) Swiftwick socks used by Olympic athletes (Source: Swiftwick)
The Apple Barn sells everything "apple". The Apple Barn sells everything "apple".

By KRISTIN FARLEY 
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Ever since the recession began, there has been a big push to buy American-made products to help create jobs and spur the economy.

And with holiday shopping in full swing, there's never been a better time to buy American.

In fact, ABC News reported that if everyone spent just $64 this Christmas on U.S. made products it would help create 200,000 jobs.

Here are ten of our favorite Tennessee-made products that would make great gifts this holiday season.

1. Lodge Cast Iron, South Pittsburg

You can find Lodge products sold in a number of stores and of course there is an outlet store in Pigeon Forge. Lodge is billed as America's original cookware.

2. Swiftwick socks, Chattanooga area

This past summer Olympians sported this seamless toe compression socks, so chances are they would be a perfect "fit" for the athlete in your life or anyone who is on their feet a lot.

3. Corina's Closet, Knoxville

Are you looking for looking for that perfect children's outfit? Check out Corina's Closet. These handmade garments can be found in a few local stores and you can look at the designer's holiday looks on Facebook.

4. Asher-Brown, Knoxville

Have a musician in your life? What's better than a custom amp or guitar made from Tennessee pine? You can find Asher-Brown products at Rik's Music on Kingston Pike, also in Knoxville.

5. Benton's Bacon, Madisonville

What about the foodie in your life? Some of the best chefs in the world cook with Benton's. The old-fashioned, slow-cured pork products can also be found on high-end menus. You can order online and find Benton's products in select small grocers.

6. The Apple Barn, Sevierville

Looking for something sweeter? If so, head to the Apple Barn, where you can find everything apple! And by the way, those apple goodies aren't just prepared here, the apples are grown here. There's 20 acres of fruit-producing trees on site.

7. Olive & Sinclair, Nashville

Have a choc-o-holic in your family? We just recently we visited Olive & Sinclair in Nashville. Their artisan chocolate has been named the best in the country by Southern Living Magazine and you can by a single bar or a whole box, making great stocking stuffers.

8. Candy Blast, Knoxville

Need to mail a treat? How about Knoxville-based Candy Blast? Their giant candy bouquets are designed and put together right in West Knox County and shipped all over the country. You can even put your company logo on your favorite candy.

9. Stony Clay Station, Lenoir City

Their hand tossed pottery would make a one of a kind gift from a local artisan. Stony Clay Station has unique dinnerware, mugs, berry bowls and more. All of it is made on site.

10. Three Rivers Rambler, Knoxville

And finally if you are looking for an experience, we pick the Three Rivers Rambler Christmas train. This is the last weekend of the season for this unique treat on the old steam engine. The fun trip is complete with a story, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa himself. If you missed this trip this year, be sure to check them out next year. The train rides book up quickly!

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