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Washington, D.C. 20549


Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
(Amendment No. )*

Kirkland's Inc.

(Name of Issuer)

Common Stock

(Title of Class of Securities)

497498 10 5

(Cusip Number)

December 29, 2004

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule is filed:

        o Rule 13d-1 (b)

        x Rule 13d-1 (c)

        o Rule 13d-1 (d)

*The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the notes).



CUSIP No. 497498 10 5 Page 2 of 6

  1. Name of Reporting Person:
Carl T. Kirkland
I.R.S. Identification Nos. of above persons (entities only):

  2. Check the Appropriate Box if a Member of a Group:
    (a) o  
    (b) o  

  3. SEC Use Only:

  4. Citizenship or Place of Organization:
United States of America

Number of
Owned by
Each Reporting
Person With
5. Sole Voting Power:

6. Shared Voting Power:

7. Sole Dispositive Power:

8.Shared Dispositive Power:

  9.Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person:

  10.Check if the Aggregate Amount in Row (9) Excludes Certain Shares:

  11.Percent of Class Represented by Amount in Row (9):

  12.Type of Reporting Person:


Item 1(a)
  Name of Issuer:
  Kirkland’s, Inc.
Item 1(b)
  Address of Issuer’s Principal Executive Offices:
  805 North Parkway
  Jackson, TN 38305
Item 2 (a)
  Name of Person Filing:
  Carl T. Kirkland
Item 2(b)
  Address of Principal Business Offices:
  Carl T. Kirkland
  c/o Kirkland’s, Inc.
  805 North Parkway
  Jackson, TN 38305
Item 2(c)
  United States of America
Item 2(d)
  Title of Class of Securities:
  Common Stock
Item 2(e)
  CUSIP Number:
  497498 10 5
Item 3
  If this statement is filed pursuant to Rule 13d-1(b), or 13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a:
  (a) o   Broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Exchange Act
  (b) o   Bank as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Exchange Act
  (c) o   Insurance company as defined in Section 3(a)(19) of the Exchange Act
  (d) o   Investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act
  (e) o   An investment adviser in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E)
  (f) o   An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F)

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  (g) o   A parent holding company or control person in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G)
  (h) o   A savings associations as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act
  (i) o   A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under Section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act
  (j) o   Group, in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J)
  Not applicable
Item 4
  Provide the following information regarding the aggregate number and percentage of the class of securities of the issuer identified in Item 1.
  (a)   Amount beneficially owned: Carl T. Kirkland beneficially owns an aggregate of 1,240,031 shares of Common Stock.
  (b)   Percent of class: Carl T. Kirkland owns 6.4% of the class.
  (c)   Number of shares of Common Stock as to which Carl T. Kirkland has:
      (i)   Sole power to vote or to direct the vote:   1,240,031
      (ii)   Shared power to vote or to direct the vote:   0
      (iii)   Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:   1,240,031
      (iv)   Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:   0
  (1) Calculated on the basis of 19,262,385 shares of Common Stock outstanding on December 3, 2004, according to the Form 10-Q of the Issuer filed on December 14, 2004.
Item 5
  Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class.
  Not applicable
Item 6
  Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person.
  Not applicable
Item 7
  Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which Acquired the Security Being Reported on by the Parent Holding Company.
  Not applicable

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Item 8
  Identification and Classification of Members of the Group.
  Not applicable
Item 9
  Notice of Dissolution of Group.
  Not applicable
Item 10
  By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the securities referred to above were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.

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     After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Dated: January 10, 2005

  By:   /s/ Carl T. Kirkland    
    Name:   Carl T. Kirkland   

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