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Last-minute gift ideas made in Wilson County

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Only 10 more shopping days 'til Christmas.

You're likely just about done. OK, maybe not.

Perhaps you're lacking that one small gift. Or you still might be searching for the biggie for the person most special on your list.

Here are a dozen suggestions that run the price range from below $5 to a few grand, but what makes this potential list enticing is that everything shown here was made in good ole Wilson County, Tennessee. And nothing beats going homemade for the holidays.

The Peg Game

Cracker Barrel's challenging jump-all-but-one game, aka the peg game, has been manufactured in Lebanon for the past 47 years by the father-and-son team of Ollie and Adrian Qualls. More than 14 million of this fun-for-kids-of-all-ages game have been sold. Price: $3.99. Available at Cracker Barrel restaurant gift shops in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet.

Walker Creek Toffee

Cathy McCook and Bruce Mott's Almond Toffee Tin makes a sweet gift as do all of Walker Creek's candies which are cooked in small batches in downtown Watertown by 14 candy-making elves. Prices on the tins range from $18 to $35. You can find it Wednesday through Sunday at their store on East Main in Watertown or order online at

Fire Pit Art

This Manta Ray Fire Pit Art design by Lebanon's Rick Wittrig reflects the giant manta ray gliding through the ocean on gentle wing strokes. This functional art is 36 inches in diameter, made of carbon steel and weighs 110 pounds. Wittrig's wide variety of designs are available in wood burning, natural gas or liquid propane fueled. The Manta Ray in wood burning is priced at $790; in natural gas or liquid propane, the price is $1,999. For details, call (615) 668-3311 or go online to

Salem Farms Handmade Goat Milk Soap

Pat and Katie Ryan have been making unscented goat milk soap at their Nubian goat farm in the Norene community for the past seven years. They offer four varieties: Avocado, Everyday, Exfoliant and Gentleman's Shaving Bars. Price is $6 per bar. To order online and get info on discounts and shipping costs, go to The soap is also sold at Edward's Feeds in Lebanon and the Mt. Juliet Ace Hardware.

Saddles by Kelly Collom

The saddle maker crafts a handsome variety of styles such as roping saddles, Will James saddles, old-time slick fork saddles, Billings saddles, Cliff Wade saddles and association roping saddles. He uses No. 1 leather, and the seats are hand carved to fit the individual, so he measures the horse and has the rider sit to fit his seat before getting down to work at his barn in the Pulltite community. Prices start at $2,500. Phone: (615) 286-1456. Current wait time for a new saddle is about one month.

Christmas Ornaments by John Butler

John Butler creates a variety of holiday ornaments out of oak, maple and other woods from his Spring Creek Farm workshop. Prices: $7-$15. Pluck them off the Christmas tree inside Edwards Feeds in Lebanon.

American Heritage Trees

From their Rice Farm at Riceland near Gladeville, Phyllis and Tom Hunter have raised thousands of saplings from seeds they obtained at historic sites including the homes of George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Helen Keller, William Faulkner, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry David Thoreau and Alex Haley. Price: $60 per tree, plus shipping. To order, go online to or call (703) 380-9675.

SureCan No Spill Gas Can

Inventor Brad Ouderkirk's no-spill 2.2-gallon plastic gas container might be perfect for the lawn mower man in your life. The business employs 35 and is expanding on Maddox-Simpson Parkway. Price: $36.99. Available at Lowe's Home Improvement in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet.

From the Wilson County Archives Collection of Images

Wilson County Archives director Linda Granstaff compiled this 440-page book with more than 660 photographs that preserve details about people, places and institutions in the county. It was designed by Amy Bass and printed in Lebanon by Creative Graphics. Cost is $40 with funds going to the non-profit archives. Available at the archives at 111 S. College St., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone: 443-1993.

Potholders & Looms by Denise

Weaver Denise Bamberg offers this potholder loom kit so that children can make their own potholders. Price: $42. She also makes hand-dyed and hand-woven potholders from her home in Lebanon. Phone: (615) 519-0220. Email:

Lucky Pearl Designs

Julie Grisham concocts magic from freshwater pearls and leather as she make bracelets and necklaces from her space at the Mill in Lebanon. Prices range from $40 to $100. Find them at the Mill in Lebanon, 300 N. Maple St.

Turning Pointz Bottle Stoppers

Lebanon's Bob Spears makes a host of nifty items out of wood such as these handsome bottle stoppers he crafted from cherry, walnut, cedar and antlers. Prices: $30-$40. Available at Bloem Kind Boutique at the Mill in Lebanon, 300 N. Maple St.

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