On the hunt for great New Orleans inspired gift ideas? Look no further! I’ve gathered up a few of my favorites, including handmade gifts by local artists and gift ideas for your favorite foodie!
New Orleans Jewelry Gift Ideas
- New Orleans Love Heart & Fleur De Lis Necklace
- Louisiana Original Art Illustration Personalized Necklace
- King Cake Necklace
- Twisted Fleur de Lis Necklace
- Fleur De Lis Earrings
Wear your love for New Orleans on your sleeve. Or your neck, or your wrist, or your finger… you get the picture.
I actually designed a few of these pieces myself, and friends of mine are the creators of the other pieces seen here. The top two necklaces (NOLA Love Heart & Fleur De Lis Necklace and the Louisiana Illustration Necklace) feature my original illustrations, and they are both customizable. They’re created on-demand by Zazzle, which means you can personalize each piece and choose from all sorts of options. I also made the Fleur De Lis Earrings seen at bottom – they’re available in my Etsy shop!
The other two pieces were made by some of my favorite artist friends. My friend Tressa of Flambeaux Design Company handcrafted the King Cake Necklace seen above out of polymer clay, sprinkled with real cinnamon! The Twisted Fleur de Lis Necklace is made by John D Iron – if you’ve followed me for a long time, you might remember his work, as I used to carry it in my old shop.
New Orleans Food Gifts
- Zatarain’s Seasoning Bundle featuring Creole Seasoning, Blackened Seasoning and Authentic Creole Gumbo Recipes Booklet
- Cafe Du Monde Coffee And Beignet Mix Set
- Reusable Stainless Steel Oyster Shells
- Arnaud’s Remoulade Sauce
If there is one thing about New Orleans that sticks with you (both in your memories and on your hips), it’s the food! Whether you live here and want to send NOLA themed food gifts to friends and family who live out of town, or whether you’re looking back fondly on past visits to the Crescent City, these gift ideas are a fun way to cook up New Orleans flavor at home.
Handmade in NOLA – Gift Ideas Under $30
- Red Beans and Rice Handmade Soap
- Sun Juju – Made from Recycled Mardi Gras Beads
- Fleur Debris Wall Ornament
- Nola Love Bangle Bracelet
My friend Emily of Sweet Olive Soap Works is a born & raised New Orleanian who learned soap-making from her grandmother. She has a whole line of New Orleans inspired handcrafted soaps, and one of the most popular ones is her Red Beans and Rice Soap, which is actually made with Red bean and rice powders, but smells like fresh laundry! (That’s cause historically in New Orleans, Mondays were laundry day, and you’d throw on a pot of red beans & rice to cook all day long while you did your laundry.)
My friends Heather and Mark of Unique Products make all sorts of cool recycled stuff, which you can find in person at their shop at 2038 Magazine Street. Their Sun Jujus made from recycled Mardi Gras beads are a fun gift for anyone who loves New Orleans.
Sarah Ott is a local artist who makes beautiful jewelry and accessories, like this Nola Love Bangle. You can shop her work via Where Y’Art, on her own website SarahOtt.com, or visit her kiosk at the Riverwalk in downtown New Orleans.
This is by no means a comprehensive list! There are SO MANY amazing artists and creators here in New Orleans, and there’s no way I could include them all. Check out my Pinterest board Louisiana Love for more great NOLA inspiration.
What are YOUR favorite New Orleans inspired gifts?
Let me know in the comments!