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.
FOR THE FOODIE:
Red Stick Spice Co. is known for being a foodie haven! Offering everything from spice blends to tea to cooking oils, fill the foodie in your life with holiday joy by gifting them something from this Baton Rouge staple. Looking for an experience to enjoy with the foodie in your life? Sign up for a cooking class and gift that to them instead – you can learn the ins and outs of everything from cake decorating to Cajun Creole classics!
Tony’s Seafood is a well-known Baton Rouge classic and is, perhaps, considered a wonder of the world. While this seafood market is known its fresh, live seafood caught daily (perfect for holiday gatherings, if we do say so ourselves), they also have plenty of gift ideas for the foodie in your life! Shop from a variation of Louisiana fry mixes – ranging from fish fry, shrimp fry and hushpuppy fry – as well as a gift box filled with mixes for your favorite Cajun classics. For the foodies with a sweet tooth, shop local Louisiana pralines that are sure to have you coming back for more!
FOR THE GREEN THUMB:
Got someone with a green thumb on your shopping list? The Red Onion is a must-shop! With two locations – one on Perkins Road and one on Lobdell – you can find a variety of houseplants and other services, including plant consultation and container planting, as well as an assortment of décor, accessories and much more.
Outside Stimuli is a downtown Baton Rouge-based studio and plant shop that makes an effort to be intentional about its plastic waste, carbon footprint and environmental impact. Shop plants in upcycled plastic bottles with built-in irrigation systems or handcrafted cedarwood custom planters. Owner, James Curtis, is also giving back to the Baton Rouge community by selling custom-made pencil holders – proceeds of which will go towards building out Baton Rouge’s first black-owned bookstore and the only bookstore located downtown.
FOR THE HOMEBODY/HOST
Searching for the perfect gift for the host that has an affinity for Louisiana culture? 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.
The Royal Standard quite literally is the royal standard when it comes to home goods and hosting necessities. For the homebody, find cozy pajamas or bath and body necessities that are sure to make every day feel like a spa day. For the host or hostess with the mostest, find all things entertainment, from bar necessities to serving pieces, as well as catchy napkins with clever sayings. The Royal Standard is also your go-to for everything holiday – you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list at their Perkins or Highland location.
FOR THE BOOKWORM
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.
Blind Date Books at Local Supply
There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book, but when you throw in the element of surprise, it truly becomes an adventure! Local Supply offers Blind Date with a Book by Query Book Co., where you can find books for all ages, interests and genres. The kicker, however, is that each book is wrapped in kraft paper, with labels to identify interests and age groups and hints listed on the cover. Genres include everything from historical fiction to fantasy to romance, so there is bound to be something for every bookworm on your list!
FOR THE TRENDSETTER
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 Dec. 1, you can still check out their newly-opened shoppe in the Mid City neighborhood.
Shopping for a fashion girlie on your list? Fab'Rik's mission is to provide high fashion with heart, and they are certainly doing just that. Located in South Baton Rouge, you can shop the latest trends in clothing, accessories and shoes without breaking the bank. You can also shop for a specific style – ranging from party looks to work wear – so you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for!
FOR SOMETHING UNIQUE
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.
Located in the Capital Heights area of Baton Rouge’s Mid City neighborhood, it’s no surprise that something located in the heart of Baton Rouge’s most eclectic neighborhood is a host to a multitude of unique gift options. The selection of local art, handmade products and Louisiana-made gift items is carefully curated, and you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.
FOR THE SPORTS FAN
Hunting for a gift for the LSU Tigers’ biggest fan? Bengals & Bandits may just have what you’re looking for. Shop collections ranging from LSU to the Saints, as well as collections dedicated to the state of Louisiana and LSU greats, such as Joe Burrow. Bengals & Bandits is also unique in that they work with local artists and short-run companies to provide a unique selection of licensed products while bringing smaller companies into the marketplace.
Got a Jags fan on your list? Head to GoJagsGear.com, where you can shop at the official online store for the Southern University Jaguars. Find official apparel, decals, flags and even business accessories, such as a laptop case! Not sure what they’ll like? Give them a gift card and let them choose for themselves!
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