There are handmade, heirloom advent calendars and store-bought, paper calendars, red and green calendars and striped calendars and polka dotted calendars.

Regardless of the form, the excitement of opening a package every day to count down the days until Christmas never fails to delight both the young and the old.

The Chattanooga gift advent calendar offers a daily suggestion for a local purchase to bring a little piece of the Scenic City to the holiday hoard under the tree.


Day 16
Conventional wisdom says that socks under the Christmas tree is a sign that either: a) the gifter is perhaps at loose ends for what to get the giftee or b) the gifter does not hold the giftee in very high regard.

Well, be ready to be happy to receive a ribbon-wrapped package of foot apparel. Chattanooga companyGoodhewdesigns and manufactures socks in the U.S. in a variety of styles and colors, all available at Rock/Creek Outfitters.

There are thick wool, cashmerino, lamb’s-wool alpaca and even bamboo-rather than Spandex-to retain a more organic stretch. Goodhew also makes a line of compression socks-Sockwell-stimulating blood flow to the lower extremities with a little more flair than the traditional orthopedic socks.

Where: 301 Manufacturers Road
How much: Wool socks in a two-pack for $22, compression socks for $25, and $16 for one pair of the cashmerino and lamb’s-wool socks