It’s all about local love down in the Big Easy — and we’ve got nothing but love for Louisiana and creole culture across the board, which is why we cherish these 5 locally made gift ideas under $50 from our first-ever Shop Local Guide to the Holidays.
Be sure to check out the rest of our 250 picks for made in USA holiday gifts under $50 on our new interactive US map, where you’ll find our favorite locally made products by state for her, him, kids, the home, the host/hostess, stocking stuffers, even some for pets.
Creole Thrift by Angele Parlange
Famed New Orleans interior designer Angele Parlange speaks our home decor language: “Premium Southern style without spending a mint.” Grab her how-to tome for any shabby chic stylist on your list from Amazon or NOLA-based Scriptura.
Since 1931, Hove Parfumeurs has been making luxury colognes right in the French Quarter, with timelessly manly fragrances like corduroy and vetiver ($31 to $45).
Goodnight NOLA by Cornell P. Landry
An endearing tribute to all things New Orleans, this bedtime story is equal parts souvenir and local love for all generations to share together ($11.50).
Marion Cage Letterpress Coasters
This set of 8 coasters ($18) is far too pretty to set your drink on, but if you must rest your Sazerac somewhere, let it be on these letterpress renditions of local artist Jill Moser’s fine art prints.
FOR THE HOST
Scriptura Streetcar Stationery Set
On our last trip to Jazz Fest, we fell head-over-heels for this Magazine Street paperie owned by Margaret and Sallie Jones. Show your host just how much fun you had (and get invited back next year) with set of letterpress stationery ($18.50) featuring New Orleans’ beloved streetcar.
Treme: The Complete First Season
If you’re not hooked yet, you will be as soon as you catch up on the premiere season of David Simon’s post-Katrina New Orleans drama. Talk about NOLA love, the creator of The Wire infused his new show with it in spades and then some.
Did we miss your favorite locally made products from Louisiana? Definitely share them with us in the comments, we’d love to add them to our shopping lists!