Disclaimer: This 2015 Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide is brought to you by our fabulous sponsors, Associates in Pediatric Dentristry, and all of the incredible brands that you will see below!
It’s that time of year! A time to focus on family, friends, special traditions, and giving. As you start the hunt for that “perfect gift”, we thought we would play Santa’s Elves this year and lend a little helping hand. We’ve collected 20 locally-sourced gifts in our 2015 Shop Local Holiday Gift Guide, with ideas perfect for everyone on your list: kids, mom, dad, grandma, friends, and more! We are so lucky to live in a city with some amazing makers, business owners, and curators that are sure to make your gift-giving memorable and meaningful.
Oh, and the best part about all these gift ideas we’ve collected…
YOU CAN WIN THEM ALL!
That’s right! As we release each category every few days, YOU will have the opportunity to earn entries to WIN the entire category of gifts! So, join us for the next few weeks as we highlight each gift and give YOU the chance to enter to WIN.* And, remember to SHOP LOCAL this holiday and spread the love to all your friends and family from good ole’ Baton Rouge!
GIFTS FOR BABY & KIDS
These gift ideas for perfect for those cute kiddos in your life or that stylish mom who is just starting out with a new baby.
Giggles is a locally owned, specialty toy and candy store that offers unique, high-quality gifts for babies, toddlers and tweens (and everything in between!) Their mission is to inspire fun, fuel creativity, and spark imagination through the power of play. Giggles is featuring the fairy door, which is perfect to bring the magic into any child’s room! ($36 value)
Plum and Violet is a curated online shop devoted to practical elegance for every little girl, ages newborn to 14 years. In the past year, they have expanded into local shops like Southern Charm in Central and Unique Creations Gift Boutique in Walker. Plum and Violet is featuring a beautiful, striped canvas diaper bag with matching wristlet, perfect for those moms expecting or any mom ready for a daiper bag upgrade! ($85 value)
Offering a wide variety of UNIQUE gifts, treats, accessories, kid items and home items, Unique Creations in Walker is the perfect one-stop-shop for everything on your list. Unique Creations is featuring one of their customized kid-sized water bottles, which can fit any style, and a Disney-themed plate and bowl set (not pictured). ($37 value)
Petite Perfections, provides delectably soft sugar cookies decorated with royal icing and a beautiful smooth finish. Owner, Anne Marie, has perfected the art of cookie decorating with her highly-detailed and customized cookies. These cookies would make a great addition to a holiday stocking or your next holiday party. Petite Perfections is featuring one custom cookie order, to give that sweet treat to kids ages 1 – 92! ($60 value)
Congratulations to Our Winner: Laurin P
GIFTS FOR GLITZ & GLAM
Here are the perfect gifts for the gal who loves to sparkle!
Blu Beignet is a fresh, contemporary online-shop for women of all ages. Owner & New Orleans native, Amanda McDonnel Galatas, wants women to feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. With a love for local flair, B|B is your go-to shop for all things – casual & comfy, gameday, & date night. Blu Beignet is featuring a beautiful, jewel-toned necklace that will match any outfit! ($26 value) SPECIAL: for our readers, if you comment with #RSMBshop2015 when purchasing, you will get 20% off of your order.
Mimosa helps connect you to the good in the story and express that good by creating pieces that capture it. They create wears and wares with story and soul. They are a husband and wife team armed with two degrees in landscape architecture, two brains spinning with creativity and curiosity, two kids, two dogs and lots of heart for what they do and why they do it. Mimosa is featuring a beautiful, signature brassy crawfish cuff bangle. ($60 value)
Charming, elegant and as unique as you, Annie Claire Designs puts a little piece of herself in every creation she makes. She started by creating hair pieces for friends to wear at Mardi Gras balls and weddings. She has now expanded into hand stamped jewelry, bridal accessories, headbands and more, specializing in custom designs. Annie Claire is truly behind every order and puts her heart into every handmade accessory. Annie Claire is featuring two of her signature headbands from her Nellie collection, one headband from her Aubree collection and a beautiful “Believe” bracelet (not pictured). ($58 value)
Congratulations to Our Winner: Amy E
GIFTS FOR THE HOME
These gifts are perfect for bringing style, elegance, beauty, and a little whimsy to any home!
Harb’s Oasis has been serving the Baton Rouge area since 1979 and is located on Coursey Blvd. Visit the Harb’s Oasis Garden Center for a wide variety of plants, herbs, perennials, trees and shrubs. As the creative leader in water gardening, landscaping, and displays, you are sure to leave inspired. Harb’s Oasis is featuring an all-inclusive fairy garden to bring charm and whimsy to any garden. ($85 value)
At Painting and Pinot, you will surely find your inner artist. During their classes, one of their artists will lead you through your painting step by step. Whether you are an aspiring Picasso or just looking for some much needed relaxation, you can transform a blank canvas into an original piece of art. Painting and Pinot is featuring 2 passes to attend a painting class, perfect for a date night or night out with the girls. ($70 value)
Cajun Burlap is a locally owned and operated creative boutique that specializes in custom designed burlap prints. With two convenient locations and prompt online ordering, clients will find a bounty of beautiful designs custom-made by owner Regena Landry. They take pride in creating custom gifts, home decor, and other pieces to lend a trendy twist to classic style. Cajun Burlap is featuring one of their custom, burlap framed prints. ($45 value)
The Lemon Tree specializes in an assortment of gift items and paper products. At their store you can find gifts for children, candle-lovers, dishware, tumblers, fragrances, jewelry and even a section dedicated to that special man in your life. You’re always greeted with a familiar smile and help to find that perfect gift for someone special. The Lemon Tree is featuring a nostalgic Frasier Fir Reed Diffuser. ($50 value)
Congratulations to Our Winner: Nicole E!
GIFTS FOR THE FOODIE DAD
These gifts are perfect for the dad/grandpa/brother who loves to cook or eat or both!
Jay Ducote’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce maintains the South’s barbecue tradition while delivering a combination of flavors that can only be found in Louisiana. Its rich tomato backbone is sweetened with cane syrup and brown sugar… you won’t find any high fructose corn syrup here. The combination of sweet and spicy flavors will leave you wondering how many dishes you can add it to. Jay is featuring his delicious Jay D’s BBQ sauce and we’re sure all the men in your life will be asking for more! ($9 value)
Red Stick Spice Company is a gourmet, specialty store featuring bulk spices, spice blends and loose teas. They are Baton Rouge’s first olive oil, avocado oil and balsamic tasting bar with more than 20 flavors ranging from Roasted Garlic Avocado Oil to Dark Chocolate Balsamic. Visit one of their two locations: 7970 Jefferson Hwy and 5th and Main Downtown. Red Stick Spice is featuring their Lemon Garlic Olive Oil and Peach Balsamic Vinaigrette, to add a little flavor to any dad’s holiday table. ($40 value)
Louisiana to Geaux’s goal is to promote Louisiana and its unique blend of cultures that make up this state. Having grown up in a large French family, they wanted to share this way of life with everyone. The contents of the gift boxes (often changing) are selected by hand to allow everyone to relish the various cultural flavors that make up Louisiana. Louisiana to Geaux is featuring their signature “Kitchen Box”, which is perfect to share with family and friends near and far. ($30 value)
Cupcake Allie is the product of Allie’s love of all things “cupcake” and her desire to continually create and reinvent. After numerous experiments and more “cupcake rejects” than she can count, Allie has come up with several dozen fabulous cupcake recipes. All of this is in an effort to bring you joy in the simplest of ways. Cupcake Allie is featuring a custom order of a dozen cupcakes of your choice that is sure to satisfy any guy’s sweet tooth. ($33 value)
Indie Plate is our way sharing what we love with you. Our fresh marketplace is carefully updated every week to provide you with the best selection of fresh food from local farms and food craftsmen. All you need to do is order fresh groceries online from our digital grocery store – we confirm your order with our local producers who hand-pick and personally prepare each item, and we deliver the food straight to your doorstep. Indie Plate is featuring a gift basket of assorted local items to bring the farm straight to your table. ($50 value)
Congratulations to Our Winner: Jennifer B!
GIFTS FOR PAMPERING
These gifts are perfect for those that need to relax and recharge!
Avant Tous is an upscale beauty bar located in the quaint city of Central. They are your complete solution from head to toe, with a luxury pedicure and manicure bar, professional make up bar, tan bar, aesthetic bar and waxing bar! Avant Tous is featuring their relaxing and beautifying Microderm service. ($110 value)
Massage Emporium offers a wide variety of diverse massage therapies including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Reflexology, and Sports Massage. Our specialty therapies include Hot Stone Therapy, Pre and Post Natal massage, Couples massage, and 4-handed Vishnu massage. The Massage Emporium is featuring the ultimate spa package including a 90-minute therapeutic massage, premium facial, and body wrap of your choice. ($235 value)
Two of our favorite local and most fashionable businesses have come together to create a beautiful representation of their products. Savvy Root and Kismet Cosmetics has created a Glam Bag: a classy, timeless bag that is completely customizable. With these Glam Bags, you get to choose the color of your bag and fill it up with lipsticks and nail polishes of your choice from Kismet Cosmetics. Savvy Root and Kismet Cosmetics are featuring their customizable Glam Bag, perfect to pamper any girl on your list. ($109 value)
Air Blow Dry Bar & Salon believes in allowing their guests to see themselves as their best self. This team of hair stylists is amazing and they want to bring out the best in you! Air is a full-service salon specializing in ALL of your hair care needs in combination with a blow dry bar to offer you that extra convenience of being pampered with a relaxing shampoo and stylish blow out. Air specializes in custom salon styling, airstyles and makeup…you are sure to experience the luxury they have to offer even on a budget. Air Blow Dry Bar & Salon is featuring a gift certificate to enjoy four signature blowouts. ($140 value)
Congratulations to Our Winner: Samantha G!
*winners must have a valid email address and local southeast Louisiana mailing address to win and receive gifts