The Maker City announces its third annual Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Monday Marketplace.

Begun during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic as a way to give shoppers easy access to unique, locally-made gifts, the online tradition has continued as a fun way to put Knoxville’s makers and their handcrafted wares right at the fingertips of holiday shoppers.

The Maker City Holiday Gift Guide is a curated collection from the over 400 artisans and makers of The Maker City Directory. Categories include Wearable Art, Festive, Dwell, Custom Experience, Eat & Drink, Eye Candy, Cozy, and Nature. New categories added this year are Animal Lover, Stocking Stuffers, the Littles and Where to Shop Locally.

The Maker City Holiday Monday Marketplace is an interactive weekly online auction, with shoppers bidding over a 12-hour period for a chosen item. Those who like a little friendly competition will find it here, and 100% of the winning bid goes to the maker.

Each Monday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., five+ items chosen from 50 area makers will be featured, including hand-sewn rope bowls from Bowls by Boles; ceramics from Caoyu Studio and D.C. Pottery; jewelry from Blackbyrd Jewelry and candles from Southern Timeless Candles; hand carved black walnut, maple and pear cooking utensils from Carvedian. Katie Romba Studios offers hand-painted pet portrait ornaments, and painter Reem Arnouk will fulfill a custom commission for the home. Many other sellers will be showcased, and sharp-eyed bidders can come away with truly unique gifts for their loved ones.

For the first time, both the Guide and Marketplace will feature festive, lively illustrations by local artist Matthew Foltz-Gray. They’ll be up and running Nov. 1.

The Maker City Holiday Gift Guide is available here:

The Maker City Holiday Monday Marketplace is on Instagram:

For a comprehensive listing of all of Knoxville’s Maker City makers, visit

The Maker City is the greater Knoxville-area community of makers, artists, creatives, and small-scale manufacturers and supporting entities. Led by the Mayor’s Maker Council, we facilitate collaborative partnerships, programming, and opportunities in an effort to create a sustainable creative community. For more info, visit us at