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With Christmas rapidly approaching, we know you’re busy trying to get the perfect gifts for your friends and family members. And since we’re big on buying LOCAL, it’s only fitting we help you out with some options.  
So, we’ve put together a list of our top Christmas gifts from those we’ve highlighted on IntheNOLA throughout the year:

Magnolia Makeup – Sisters Niala and Tia Howard founded Magnolia Makeup in 2008 and have not looked back. Move over MAC, Sephora, Clinique, and L’Oreal, Magnolia Makeup’s got eye shadows, foundations, blushes, mineral veils, face illuminators, lip colors, glitters, and much more. With colors like Roux, Big Shot, Creole Tomato, and Who Dat, you know that any New Orleans girl would love this!

Bayou Soap Co. – William Terry, founder of Bayou Soap Co., knows his soap. So, move on over Dial and Ivory, Bayou Soap is 100% natural and handmade….no harsh chemicals and detergents here, just unrefined vegetable oils, herbs, flowers, and spices.! Bayou Soaps come in a myriad of fragrances: mango, pineapple and coconut, lavender, jasmine, patchouli, Ethiopian tea, frankincense and myrrh, and kush just to name a few.

Jolie and Elizabeth – Not only do we now have our own makeup and soap companies, thanks to Jolie Bensen and Sarah Elizabeth, we now have our very own fashion company, Jolie and Elizabeth. One hundred percent designed, inspired, and manufactured in New Orleans, Jolie and Elizabeth is quintessential New Orleans wear. From the “Dowhatchawanna” shirts to the seersucker dresses, Jolie and Elizabeth makes you feel feminine, dainty, southern, and 100% New Orleanian all at once!

Chet Pourciau Design – If you’re in need of sprucing up your home or office décor, look no further than interior designer, Chet Pourciau. When you step into his studio on Magazine St., there is not a detail left undone. Of course, you tell yourself that the different rooms in the studio are meant to represent the rooms of someone’s house, but you can’t help but feel that you’re actually in that house! Sofas and lamps perched perfectly, candles and picture frames situated here and there, decorative objects and various knick knacks sprinkled throughout (we secretly wish it was the IntheNOLA offices)…no detail is left untouched.

610 Stomper 2013 Calendar – When you see the white sweatbands, red satin jackets, knee-high white socks, short blue shorts, and white wife beaters dancing your way, you better watch out and take heed! This ain’t your typical dance group…this is the one and only 610 Stompers, New Orleans’ all male dance group. Whether performing at the Thanksgiving parade in NYC or at halftime at the Superdome for Saints games, the 610 Stompers are truly ordinary men with extraordinary moves. And they’ve been been immortalized in their very own 2013 calendar.

The Little WHO DAT Who Didn’t and Snowballs for All by Alexander McConduit – Local writer Alex McConduit loves writing books for kids. Released in April 2011, The Little WHO DAT, Who Didn’t tells the story of Buddy, a little New Orleans boy, who has lost his faith in our beloved Saints, but finds it renewed as they make their way to the Super Bowl. Snowballs for All is a book about a boy named Paul who searches all over the city to find snowballs. Two perfect books for our littlest New Orleanians!

Hungry you say? Well, you know we got that covered! Let’s go down the list: Yogurt and coffee from Ur Way Yogurt and Coffee Bar, pizza from Pepperoni Rays, gourmet hot dogs from Dat Dog, salads from Green to Go NOLA, cake pops from Pure Cake, hamburgers from The Company Burger! Lawd, lawd, lawd! Who wouldn’t love to be treated (or even given a gift certificate) to some of our great eateries!

Artist Terrance Osborne captures the true essence of New Orleans through just the stroke of a paintbrush. Choose from Terrance’s Flavor of New Orleans, Uptown Bound, or his favorite From Nothing.  Not only are you mesmerized by the colors and shape of his works, but you can feel them. You can feel the New Orleans in and around his paintings. True New Orleans art by a true New Orleans artist.

Son of a Saints Sports Foundation, Dogs of the 9th Ward, YAYA, Grow Dat Youth Farm, and Youth Rebuilding New Orleans are all amazing local non profits dedicated to making a change in the New Orleans community. Consider giving a Christmas donation to these great programs in support of their mission.

And for our final Christmas gift, you can’t forget The NOLA Trinity! If you’re ‘born, raised, and still’ in New Orleans, then the Native Trinity is for you. For those who came to New Orleans, loved it, and couldn’t leave, the Local Trinity is yours.

And you know we got a little lagniappe for you!

- Check out the NOCCA Gift Box, filled with fig cookies, cranberry pistachio biscotti, and salted caramel pretzel bark, or the Bourbon Vanilla Extract  both made by Culinary Arts students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

- Shopping, shopping, shopping at Abeille NOLA, Fifteen22 Boutique, Ele Shoes and Accessories, and Baggage Boutique.

- T-shirts from Dirty Coast. Some of our faves are Monday, Be a New Orleanian. Wherever you are., and It’s Your Birthday Shirt.

- Registration to the upcoming Mardi Gras Color Run in February.

Have a WONDERFUL holiday season, New Orleans! We’ll see y’all next year!
Last modified on Tuesday, 18 December 2012
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