New Orleans is blessed with an abundance of culture from our artists, musicians, small businesses and many other venues. We have so many options to choose from at holiday time it can be mind-boggling! I contacted some local women and asked them what their go-to holiday gifts are and they were happy to share their NOLA inspired suggestions with us.
I recommend family membership to the zoo, aquarium or to a museum like CAC or NOMA! ~Mary Sonnier, Wife, Mother, Foodie, retired Chef/Restauranteur, proud member of the Who Dat Nation. Mary was recently selected by NBC Sports as its Sunday Night Football Fan of the Week to represent the Who Dat Nation via Twitter.
“Southern Love” comes to my mind first. I give love all year, but during the Christmas Holiday, I go all out in showing, giving Southern Love. It’s also a poem I’m working on. Next comes a tin can of New Orleans pralines. ~Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc, Actress, Author, Motivational Speaker. Currently starring in HBO’s Treme.
I love getting all the coffee drinkers on my list CC’s New Orleans Blend coffee with chicory. If someone likes dark coffee, they always love it. ~Helen Krieger, Writer/Producer – Credits include Flood Street and Least Favorite Love Songs.
My go to for gifts is my studio. Long before I worked as a journalist I was a textile artist. I work out of my Carrollton area studio. Every year I make different themed pillows for friends and family. ~ Karen Gadbois, Co-Founder of The Lens, Textile Artist, Award-winning Journalist, Activist
My go to NOLA gift for the holidays is those really cool coasters that have New Orleans landmarks on them. I love them because it’s a little piece of history, great conversation piece…and a wonderful way to support local artists and small businesses. I often buy them at festivals. There are different versions out there…but I love them all and the recipients love them too!! ~ Camille Whitworth, Award-winning Journalist, Anchor WDSU News
Great ideas! Thanks, Ladies!