1. Place settings

Whether you wish to throw an extravagant Gatsby-themed New Year’s Eve party or plan a picturesque holiday gathering, china rental boutique The Wedding Plate is ready to help set your table. Within two years, Lisa Shacklett has curated more than 10,000 vintage pieces, including retro barware like champagne coupes and wine goblets; china that ranges from classic and blue transferware to boho; flatware and more.

Where to find: The Wedding Plate, theweddingplate.com

Price: Party packages, $165

2. Try a book

Consider 100 Things To Do In Nashville Before You Die by Nashville-based travel writer Tom Adkinson your guide for exploring the city. Find adventures all over Nashville, as well as gems in your own backyard like Percy Warner Park and Belle Meade Plantation.

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Where to find: Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14, Nashville

Price: $16

3. Local chocolate

Nashville and guitars go hand in hand, so when you add something like chocolate to the mix, you’re bound to have some happy house guests. For nearly a decade, Nashville Chocolate and Nut Company owner and specialty chocolatier Tracy Page has been creating sweet treats like these chocolate guitars that capture the charm of Music City.

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Where to find: Nashville Chocolate and Nut Company, 4231 Harding Pike

Price: $14.99

4. Sports collectibles 

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Depending on whom you ask, the most wonderful time of year can mean two things: the holiday season or football season.

Where to find: Katy’s Hallmark, 4500 Harding Pike

Price: $22.95

5. A local toy store

The holiday season brings a new batch of must-have toys. Beat the post-Thanksgiving frenzy by checking items off the list early.

Where to find: Phillips Toy Mart, 5207 Harding Pike

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Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.

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