The holiday season is around the corner, and a gift from the Capital City is sure to sleigh (get it?) the gift-giving game! We have put together this local gift guide to help you check everyone off your list, even the hardest to shop for. Whether you’re shopping for family, friends, Secret Santa or White Elephant, you can find something for everyone right here in Baton Rouge.
GIFT IDEAS FOR YOUR LIST:
If you don’t want to browse around stores and markets and are trying to plan your buys ahead of time, check out some of these local Louisiana-themed gift ideas perfect for your out-of-town friends and family.
Got someone with a green thumb on your shopping list? Baton Rouge Succulent Co. is a must-shop! Give the gift of a house plant, succulent or air plant this holiday season, and if you can’t decide, sign your loved one up for Baton Rouge Succulent Co.’s Plant Club – their monthly subscription box!
Holiday shopping is a great excuse to check out the newly opened BRASS by Circa 1857. An acronym for Baton Rouge Area Souvenir Shop, BRASS is the go-to place for all things uniquely Louisiana, and it's located in the heart of Downtown on North Boulevard. Shop local spice blends from Red Stick Spice, classic Cajun Christmas ornaments, handcrafted wooden pieces and unique Louisiana t-shirts.
"Life Is What You Bake It" Cookbook by Vallery Lomas
Looking for something for a friend or family member that loves to bake? Baton Rouge native and winner of "Great American Baking Show," Vallery Lomas, will be in Baton Rouge on Dec. 19 promoting her cookbook, "Life Is What You Bake It," at noon at Barnes & Noble, 2590 Citiplace Court. The book will feature 100 recipes, ranging from Apple Pie Fritters to Crawfish Hand Pies. Grab a signed copy just in time for the holidays!
Are you looking for unique jewelry pieces for someone in your life – or be honest, maybe yourself? With collections inspired by the state of Louisiana, the nostalgia of an old-fashioned gumball machine and the American Sign Language, Mimosa Handcrafted’s gold pieces are created right here in Baton Rouge. While the shipping deadline for Christmas was Nov. 30, you can still check out their shopette in the Mid City neighborhood.
Can’t seem to find just the right gift? Explore more options at The Pink Elephant. Filled with eclectic and rotating collections of antiques from Louisiana dealers, you’ll surely find a unique present for your Christmas list at this one-of-a-kind vintage destination.
Do you have a bookworm in your life to buy a gift for? Red Stick Reads is a boutique bookstore that offers a vast collection of book genres perfect for every age, as well as other non-book items, such as notecards, tote bags, board games and puzzles. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Red Stick Reads partners with affiliates to provide an endless selection of print books, e-books and audiobooks.
Enjoy a spectacular view of Baton Rouge while you shop for holiday gifts! Located on the 27th-floor observation deck of the Louisiana State Capitol, you can find perfect Louisiana gifts for your family and friends. With reads on Louisiana’s colorful history that are perfect for the history buff in your life; cups, umbrellas and apparel with the state seal on them and beautiful Louisiana-inspired Christmas ornaments, the Shop at the Top has everything you need for the Louisiana lover in your life.
For more holiday events and seasonal Baton Rouge specials, check out visitbatonrouge.com/christmas-in-baton-rouge/.