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2017 GoNOLA Holiday Gift Guide: Local Gifts Under $50 and $20

Magazine Street in uptown New Orleans boasts countless local shops to find uniquely NOLA gifts. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Did you get a co-worker you don’t know too well in the office’s holiday gift exchange? Looking for a few Hanukkah gifts or Christmas stocking stuffers? On a budget this season? Or just looking for a few locally-crafted New Orleans finds? If you fall into any of those categories, chances are you’re looking for some gift ideas that won’t break the bank, but are still uniquely New Orleans. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered with these gift ideas under $50 and $20. Whether it’s your mom, cousin, or that one uncle twice-removed who shows up to every Christmas dinner, here are a few local gifts sure to please the people and your pocket.

Gifts Under $50

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Fleurty Girl Mardi Gras Cookie Cutters – Get into the Mardi Gras spirit early with this set of six cookie cutters for the baker in your life. Featuring a fleur de lis, Carnival mask, and jester hat, this set will inspire anyone to start baking cookies. Maybe they’ll share their creation with you, if you’re lucky. $24.95

Flying Fox Lana Clear Bucket Bag – What once started as the hunt for the perfect bag you can take to the stadium has led the founder of Flying Fox to develop an entire range of handbags, each designed here in New Orleans. This stadium-approved clear bag is perfect for those who find themselves going to Saints games. $40

Ellen Macomber Reversible Baby Bib – Macomber, known for her mixed-media art and textile products featuring New Orleans and Louisiana maps, makes a line of baby products that includes this adorable bib. One side features a map of New Orleans, and the other features a chevron pattern with the state of Louisiana. $26

NOLA Boards Fleur de Lis Roux Paddle – It doesn’t get more New Orleans than this. By giving your loved one a roux paddle, you’re winning in two ways: 1. They get a local gift they love and 2. They’ll get the hint to make you some great New Orleans food, many of which start with a roux. It’s a win-win situation, all while supporting a local business. $30

Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas – A locally-bought book makes a great present for anyone on your list. Stop by one of these local bookshops to support small business while browsing local bestsellers. Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas is just one great New Orleans book you’ll find at Garden District Book Shop this holiday season. $29.95

Jess Leigh Jewels Square Chrysolite Earrings – With these earrings on, you’re sure to get compliments. The stunning square chrysolite earrings are just one of many pieces of fine jewelry you’ll find at Jess Leigh Jewels. All fine jewelry is handcrafted right here in NOLA, so get a pair for your best girlfriend and pick up a little something for yourself while you’re at it. $50  

Gifts Under $20

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Dirty Coast Shotgun House Enamel Pin -It wouldn’t be a New Orleans holiday season without picking up a gift from Dirty Coast. With an array of t-shirts sure to put a smile on any New Orleanian as well as candles and prints, we recommend taking a lot at the enamel pin collection. Perfect for stocking stuffers, these little guys will add a little spice to wherever they end up. $9

Defend New Orleans I Love You Louisiana print – An alligator adorably hugging the state of Louisiana – this print basically summarizes how we feel about NOLA. This print is illustrated and hand-lettered on recycled paper by New Orleans artist Jeff Pastorek. What’s not to love? $20

Scriptura “Let It Snow” Holiday Cards – If you’re looking for New Orleans stationary, Scriptura is the place to go. Around this time of year, they come out with a line of holiday-themed cards, perfect for spreading holiday cheer. Our personal favorites are the beignet “Let It Snow” cards. It may not snow in New Orleans, but with beignets we can still have a white Christmas. $16.50

Remy Diamond Raw Crystal Rings –These beautiful crystal rings come in six different stones with each crystal varying in size and color. The tarnish-resistant brass won’t turn your finger green. It’s the perfect adornment for anyone looking to add to their jewelry collection.  $20

WalkingMan Studios  “Walking Through New Orleans Illustrated Map” – Local artist Maggie Covert takes inspiration from her hometown and infuses it into her work. Her illustrations feature prominent New Orleans landmarks often with people walking through them. The “Walking Through New Orleans Illustrated Map” is a piece that locals and tourists alike will enjoy.  $20

Southern Rhoades Hand Salve – For all your apothecary needs, head to Southern Rhoades in the Bywater. With products handmade in New Orleans, they’ve got a great collection of balms, oils, and other natural remedies and herbal products. Nana’s Rose Garden Hand Salve is lightly fragranced, restorative, and the perfect fit for your purse or bag. $15

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