Bring the gift of New Orleans home for the holiday season. Local shops offer everything from handmade candles to Saints gear to stickers and pralines. We’ve got gifts for the foodie, sports lover, music fan, and child in your life, plus a little lagniappe. Browse our guide below and give these shops a visit, or place an online order.
For the Foodie
Why have just one jam when you could have three?! Jamboree Jams is a local, small-batch jam company with a variety of flavors to choose from like spicy satsuma, strawberry vanilla, and blueberry mint. Split a sampler pack amongst friends or keep them all for yourself. Jamboree also sells jam-filled donuts at their Bywater shop, making for a tasty treat around the holidays.
Treat your loved ones to the gift of this uniquely New Orleans candy. Loretta’s has everything from chocolate and coconut to peanut butter and rum flavored pralines, but you can’t go wrong with an order of the original. Resist the urge to keep them all for yourself.
Order a Jazz Fest favorite right to your front door. Unlike eating king cake out of season, eating crawfish bread outside of Jazz Fest has not proven to bring bad luck. Each order comes with the equivalent of 12 slices of the cheesy good stuff.
A Cocktail History Book – $20-$25
Dive into New Orleans’ world-class bar scene with a cocktail history book from a local author. Drink historian Elizabeth Pearce takes us on a tour of the city’s most unforgettable drinking spots with Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Neighborhood Pubs, and All-Night Dives. T. Cole Newton, the owner and proprietor of the beloved Louisiana bar Twelve Mile Limit, brings classic and original cocktail recipes to life with a combination of colorful invented histories and real stories in Cocktail Dive Bar: Real Drinks, Fake History, and Questionable Advice from New Orleans’s Twelve Mile Limit. Pick up a copy of these books at a local bookstore, such as Garden District Book Shop.
A feast for the eyes, this book brings king cake to life through colorful photography and descriptive versions of the beloved seasonal treat. While king cake can only be enjoyed for, say, two months out of the year in New Orleans, you can savor it all year long with The Big Book of King Cake.
For the Music Lover
A WWOZ Membership is perfect for true fans of New Orleans music – they call themselves Guardians of the Groove. Support the radio station that streams and broadcasts the sounds of the city to the universe for free – and pick up some merch based on your donation level.
For the Fashionista
Music meets fashion in this designer handbag with a cause. Featuring an Italian hide and hand-dipped gold alligator hardware, this bag is perfect for a date night, cocktail party, or the next show at Preservation Hall in the French Quarter. A portion of the sales will benefit the foundation’s mission to protect, preserve, and perpetuate traditional New Orleans jazz. Switch out the gold chain for this Keep Your Head Up guitar strap, and you’ll be rolling up in style.
Add a timeless piece of jewelry to your fashionista’s collection with this bracelet from a Black-owned, woman-led local company. This vintage-inspired gold plate chain is the perfect accessory for an elegant dinner, an evening at the theater, or a night on the town.
Nothing says luxury quite like a robe, and we’ve found the perfect one for you this holiday season. This stylish garment comes in a variety of prints and is made of 100% linen. Throw it on after a shower, as a swimsuit coverup, or simply over a tee and jeans for the day-to-day.
For the Sports Fan
Men and women alike can keep warm as the temperature drops with this Saints rugby. Great for our mild winters, the garment is 100% cotton.
Whether you’re cheering on the Black & Gold from inside the Superdome or 3,000 miles away, a jersey is the perfect attire come gameday. Sport the number of wide receiver Michael Thomas, jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill, or one of the other many players in the squad. Shop the official fan shop here.
For the Kids
If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, then you know about the infamous go-cup: locals and tourists alike walk the streets with their cups filled, and now Dirty Coast has an option for the kiddos. My First Go Cup allows children (or adults) to sip in style with New Orleans pride via spill-proof, BPA-free cup. Apple juice, anyone?
Vintage Green Review is New Orleans’ first zero-waste, bulk refill store. Enjoy an eco-conscious gift this holiday season with this eight-pack of recycled crayons. A project of the National Crayon Recycle Program, rejected and broken crayons are given new life with these sticks.
For those who miss New Orleans
Indulge in a luxury candle with an 80-hour burn time from Wicks NOLA Candle Company. With eight pages of candles listed on their website, you can’t go wrong picking out Second Line Sunday (lemon and spearmint), Namaste in NOLA (jasmine and patchouli), or the Voodoo Spell (black currant and saffron).
B-mike’s art gallery warehouse in the Bywater is home to some of the most important art in the city, reflective of the Black community from his perspective as a New Orleans native as well as local youth in the community. Sport merch that’s more than merch with his Wildest Dreams t-shirt.
Stocking Stuffers and Lagniappe
Enjoy a little New Orleans-style humor with The Last Boil Koozie from Dirty Coast. Keep your beverage from sweating with a scene depicting The Last Supper – but sub bread for crawfish, naturally. With spring right around the corner, these will come in handy at your next crawfish boil.
Decorate any laptop, reusable water bottle, refrigerator, or suitcase with Lionheart Prints stickers. This local stationary shop has all the perfect gifts for the organized person in your life, the student, or the friend who appreciates a unique gift. Everchanging in variety, these stickers from Lionheart make great stocking stuffers.
Give the gift of unique stationery to your loved ones this holiday season. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. Choose from a variety of prints, but the Royal Octopus hand-drawn illustration is our favorite. Designed and printed in New Orleans, these come in a pack of 10.