It’s more important than ever to shop local this holiday season! One way we can help is buying our holiday gifts directly from the shops and brands that build our community. That’s why we are making it easy for you to find the most unique gifts from shops right here in or near New Orleans. Our list was Featured in Biz New Orleans in 2020 and is back again.
1. Alexa Pulitzer
Searching for sophisticated, original paper collections? Alexa Pulitzer’s custom stationery and private label collections have been featured in GOOP and The New York Times! She proudly manufactures products in the USA and has grown to be one of New Orleans’ proudest exports! You can find a wide array of special stocking stuffers for the “hostess with the mostess” in your life. For luxury gift options, check out Alexa’s amazing purse and belt collaboration with Bene Handbags.
2. Smoke Perfume
Find your own – or gift a signature scent – with SMOKE Perfume! These all natural, botanical perfumes smell as unique as the person receiving your gift. SMOKE offers spray on and roll-on bottling options. We love the vintage vibe of the roll-on bottle. It is sure to be a hit with friends and family. Oh, and the best part, the fragrances are unisex – making great gifts for everyone on your list. SMOKE also offers Rose and Cypress body oils.
3. Oxalis Apothecary
You can find Oxalis Apothecary products when you stay at fabulous boutique hotel, The Chloe. Take our word for it, their all-natural skincare products will leave your skin feeling like a new born baby! Promoting 100% natural, Plant-To-Body ingredients, these hyper-clean products are perfect for everyday rituals and your essential oil or skincare loving friend.
4. Rex Shoes
Rex Shoes is a resurrection of B. Rosenberg & Sons established in 1863! This new line of handcrafted, comfortable, distinct shoes for any occasion, is available for pre-order and make a perfect gift for the fashionistas on your list that love a limited edition or early access grab.
5. Cristy Cali Jewelry
Cristy Cali is making “meaningful, magical jewelry with love from New Orleans.” Her unique and quality pieces range in prices so you can pick the perfect piece for your loved one. She also has any array of collections with a ode to Nola like “MSY, Water Meter, and Please Return to New Orleans.”
Lekha’s seriously soft fabrics are perfect for crisp days, cozy nights, and everything in between. Each design is handmade by female owned artisan workshops and rural women’s empowerment artisan cooperatives in india. In a world of fast fashion, these products stand out as the real deal! They also launched a kids line for the little ones on your list.
7. Good Plants Nice Pots
Who doesn’t want a new plant baby for the holiday!? Good Plants Nice Pots offers unique and exotic plant varities located in Arabi. This reconstructed Waffle House is a fun place to pick up a unique gift for your loved one. Tell Jake we sent you!
8. Rachael Depauw Pottery
Self described “basic potter gal working in New Orleans,” Rachael DePauw’s designs are stunning. Working primarily on the potter’s wheel, her items are detailed-oriented yet functional. From handcrafted coffee mugs, to platters, to home address plaques, you can find a wide array of products on her Etsy site!
9. Reset Workbook by Justin Shiels
Justin Shiels is a creative consultant, illustrator, writer, and speaker, We are thrilled that his long awaited Reset Workbook is avaialbe this holiday season. Perfect for your “new year, new me” friends and family! We also recommend subscribing to Justin’s newsletter, it will be the best thing in your inbox each week!
Fringe and Company, one of our favorite brands, boasts “wearable fun!” These sparkling designs featuring an array caftans, head wraps, and accessories are the most fun gifts! Sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face, this New Orleans based, LGBTQIA friendly brand will be a hit at your white elephant party or under the tree.
11. Bourgeois Meat Market
A little down the bayou in Thibodaux you will find the BEST jerky and meat products around. Bourgeois Meat Market has some great holiday gift boxes that will leave your mouth watering
12. Dressed New Orleans
From custom patches, to one of a kind halter tops and earrings, Dressed New Orleans supplies chain stitched products, as well as custom embroidery. I mean who wouldn’t love this custom embroidered jacket! Perfect for the urban cowboy in us all.
Sucré is an iconic sweet boutique originating in New Orleans. They are masters of the macaron and did you know that you can order box sets to be delivered directly to friends and family’s doorsteps! Yes Please!
14. Bunny Lane
Taxidermist, woodworker, pinstriper and all around maker of mythical things, Meghan “Bunny” Ackerman creates truly odd & magical art that will stand out under the tree!
15. Colby Hebert
Otherwise known as “The Cajun Hatter,” Colby Hebert creates gorgeous hats for men and women. His hats are loved by locals and famous artists alike being seen on the top of the dome of the likes of Lauren Daigle & Gary Clark Jr.! These swamp-chic hats with a laissez faire attitude are definitely on our list this year!
16. Darrin Butler
Darrin Butler is a New Orleans based artist whose work is regularly displayed at events in the city. His jewlery designs are sure to stand out and make a statement. He’s also a master at wood & layering, creating awe inspiring pieces of pop icons offering limited edition 11×14 options & larger painting or metal workings.
17. Paper Rose Designs
Katie Rose creates adorable hand drawn designs. She has prints for sale on her website but will also do custom holiday or life event designs for a truly unique and fun option sure to surprise and delight your friends and family.