The holidays are here, and so is our GoNOLA Gift Guide. Featuring local, handmade products both locally and regionally, we’re giving back to small businesses and getting a great gift in return. As you head out (or online) to do your holiday shopping, consider a few of our picks below that definitely won’t disappoint.
$100 and under
New Orleans Second Line Tie – Arrive to your next event in style with a tie from NOLA Couture. We love the second line umbrella tie (available in four different colors), but there are plenty of New Orleans-inspired ties to choose from, with prints including oysters, streetcars, and the St. Louis Cathedral. $65
Local Spirit: Neighborhood Bars Book – Documenting every bar in Orleans Parish, this book chronicles the real spirit of New Orleans. It’s the perfect addition to any coffee table. $69.99
Double Claw Pearl Ring – Jewelry loves will adore this Double Claw Pearl Ring from West London BTQ on Magazine Street. Handcrafted by Silva Kegulian, you’ll quite literally be clutching your pearls with this one. $90
New Orleans Recipe Soup Bowls – The holidays are the perfect time to test out a new recipe and indulge in a warm bowl of soup. The New Orleans Recipe Soup Bowls are a collection of four bowls decorated with classic recipes from the city’s top restaurants, including Antoine’s Creole Gumbo, Galatoire’s Turtle Soup, Bon Ton Crawfish Bisque, and Commander’s Palace Oyster & Artichoke Soup. $85
French Truck NOLA Holiday Gift Box – This specially-curated Holiday Gift Box from French Truck Coffee includes four blends inspired by New Orleans: La Fete De Noel, La Nouvelle Orleans Chicory Coffee, Premium New Orleans Dark Roast, and Le Grand COQ Rouge. $52
Material Life Collectibles – The Collectibles from Material Life are a fabulously curated mixture of collector’s items ranging from dolls to patches to ceremonial objects and toys & games. Stop by their store or shop online for a one-of-a-kind gift.
Premier Season Ticket Raffle – Got a sports lover in your family? Want to give back to a great local organization? The Premier Season Ticket Raffle will give one lucky winner the chance to receive more than 300 tickets to a total of 205 Louisiana sporting events, including Saints and Pelicans season tickets and special events such as the 2020 College Football National Championship Game. Proceeds benefit the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. Purchase a raffle ticket now through December 21. $100
Brennan’s Restaurant Gift Card – The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group includes five classic, New Orleans restaurants across the New Orleans area. Get a free $25 gift card bonus with purchase of $100 gift card from November 29-December 30.
Emeril’s Restaurant Gift Card – With four restaurants in New Orleans and seven across the country, an Emeril’s Gift Card is the perfect gift for those craving a taste of New Orleans.
Belladonna Day Spa Gift Card – Treat yourself or your loved one to a spa day at Belladonna. Their spa menu ranges from massages and facials to nail treatments and sugar scrubs. Stop by their Magazine Street boutique to browse specialty items such as ornaments and housewares.
$50 and under
Creole Cottage Glasses – The Creole Cottage Glasses from Mignon Faget celebrates the unique architectural style of New Orleans homes. The best part of all: they’re dishwasher safe. $45
The Eat Fit Cookbook – Who said eating healthy in New Orleans can’t also be delicious? Eat Fit started as a program through Ochsner Health System to identify the healthiest meals in restaurants across Louisiana. Now the founder, Molly Kimball, has created the Eat Fit Cookbook, which includes over 125 mouthwatering recipes from restaurants such as Commander’s Palace and brands like Big Easy Bucha. $34.99
Writing and Drinking Correspondence Cards – Printed by hand onto luxurious cotton paper, these Writing and Drinking Correspondence Cards give a nod to three classic cocktails: the Sazerac, Old Fashioned, and French 75. $28
Pelican Oyster Ornament from Algiers Point Oyster Co. – What says New Orleans better than a beautifully designed oyster? These handcrafted keepsakes crafted by Louisiana artist John James will add a perfect New Orleans touch to any holiday tree. The best part is they are all up-cycled Louisiana oysters. You can find them at Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry. $28
Baby Mardi Gras Ladder Onesie – Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and there’s no cuter way to welcome Carnival season than with the Mardi Gras Ladder Onesie from Orient Expressed. Baby will be both comfortable and stylish in this ‘fit. $24
Crawfish Bottle Opener – Come prepared for crawfish season with a handy dandy bottle opener from Perlis. Featuring their signature needlepoint logo, it’s the only accessory you’ll need for spring. $28.50
Sweet Olive Collection Gift Box Set – Give the sweet scents of New Orleans to your darlings this year. With local, handmade soaps like café au lait cocoa butter soap and Praline body butter, these delightful treats are sure to please. The Sweet Olive Gift Box includes a Sweet Olive bar soap, body butter, dead sea salt, and Fleur de Lis Guest Soap. You can also find these at Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry. $38
$20 and under
New Orleans Map Umbrella Compact – The compact New Orleans Map Umbrella makes a statement while serving a function. When we compare it to other umbrellas, the choice is clear. $19
Toups South Hot Sauce Bundle – From Chef Isaac Toups himself comes the Toups South Hot Sauce Bundle, sure to kick up the heat on any holiday dish. Louisiana Liquid snake is a super-hot cayenne-based sauce and Smokey Green is a smoked green pepper sauce made of poblanos and jalapeños. $18
Rebirth Brass Band Pouch – Hand-crafted by local artist Jill Shampine exclusively for the Historic New Orleans Collection, this pouch will keep your belongings safe and sound. Each pouch features a unique image of Rebirth Brass Band and no two are the same. $18
Café Du Monde Ornament – Bring a little piece of New Orleans into your home this holiday season with a Café du Monde ornament. You can find this beautiful hand-embroidered fabric ornament at Little Miss Muffin. $20
Children’s Big Easy Counting Book – Counting has never been easier! Learn to count the New Orleans way with two streetcars, five snoballs, and more uniquely local favorites that you’ll only find in NOLA. $16.95
Penalty Flag Bath Bomb – Still salty about the “no call” that kept the Saints from advancing to the 2019 Superbowl? So are we. Luckily, Crescent City Swoon has created the Penalty Flag Bath Bomb for you to melt all that stress away. $6.95
Simon Kitchen Towel – When Simon of New Orleans says “be nice to mama!” we listen. These towels are great for the kitchen, bathroom, or bar. $15
NOLA Nom Nom Frosted Cups – Before you head out on the parade route, fill up your cup with the beverage of your choice. These come in a sleeve of 10, and are perfect for entertaining the whole squad. $12.95