The tryptophan and food comas have officially worn off by now and you’ve been released from the bonds of “20 Questions with Extended Family”. You’re ready with quarters for the meters, full tank of gas, credit card giving you the best points for your purchases, and wish list in hand for this weekend’s Shop-a-thon. Let Yelp New Orleans help you find a cornucopia of the best gifts with a side of warm and fuzzies for supporting your favorite local shops and makers! Along the way, snap a photo of our Yelp on The Shelf for a chance to win a giveaway every Sunday ‘til Christmas!
4432 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
While owner JoAnne Casey was raised in the Bywater, you can find her store with the namesake of her old stomping grounds nestled on Magazine Street near Napoleon Avenue. Her cozy store is chock-full of her custom brand NOLA Girl tees as well as 20-plus local makers including NOLA Beaux Ties and Sweet Olive Soap Works. This store is also a runner’s delight with plenty of locally-printed paraphernalia, and if you get a chance to meet JoAnne ask her about the triathlon she participated in at 59 years-young! Besides selling some great local goods, Bywater Clothing donates to Zeus’ Rescues, a local organization with a mission to eradicate pet homelessness and euthanasia within the New Orleans metro area.
The Bead Shop
4612 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
Over 25 years now, The Bead Shop is the city’s most stocked store for bedazzling from Mardi Gras Indian costumes to custom jewelry design. Owner Georgia has her hand on the pulse of all things pearlescent, pretty, purposeful, and popular from her recent Beyonce look-a-like moment to her 100% return on all sales of beaded prayer flags that go to support the orphanages that craft them in Haiti. Whether you’re looking to DIY sparkly stocking stuffers or find the perfected beaded necklaces for your bae, they’ve got you covered!
Chateau Sew & Sew
2103 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70130
Since moving from St. Mary Street, Chateau Sew & Sew has expanded to include even more fabrics with an epic rotating seasonal bundle of textiles. Find Karen Flournoy teaching the next generation of sewers or stocking up on adorable gifts and clothing for kiddos, tiny to toddler. Make any gift better with their monogramming service, give the gift of sewing classes, or check off your favorite mini-me’s with some shark and unicorn-hooded towels! Yes, please!
5631 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
You could say Dirty Coast was one of the pioneers of locally-minded t-shirts and if you’ve yet to slap a “Be A New Orleanian. Wherever You Are” on a bumper or a bathroom wall in a foreign country, you best get on it. Blake Haney and his network of local creators still continue to garb our city in great sayings in a timely fashion including a most recent, “Whoever Can Fix All The Damn Potholes For Mayor”. But I must say these prayers candles are so haute right now. Check off that wish list and help your friends make a statement or at least ward off some meter maids this season!
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629 N Carrollton Ave New Orleans, LA 70119
It’s hard to believe Kristin Malone’s store JUST turned 1 in SOPO’s former space on North Carrollton next door to Tubby & Coo’s. Home Malone is head-to-toe covered in 70-plus regional makers from Texas to South Carolina, with 85% of the artists coming from Louisiana including Marianne Angeli Rodriguez prints and pots, Mimosa Handcrafted Jewelry, Bonfolk socks, and of course, her own line of home décor and gifts! From art markets to owning her own store (and hosting paint parties), Kristin is paying it forward and helping folks shop local.
4826 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
Kanako and her husband Adam opened Kawaii in 2013 to meld the “cute and lovable” culture of Japan with the costume-happy citizens of the Big Easy. While Kawaii has beaucoup squeal-worthy Sanrio stocking stuffers and comfy Kigurumi onesies perfect for Christmas morn, they also highlight local rainbow’d wigs made by Minty Mix ‘cause you can never have enough wigs in this city, and Mardi Gras is coming.
3312 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
Owner Liz Maute Cooke took a big leap from Oak to Magazine this past month, and biz is already booming in her new location near Louisiana Avenue celebrating “the brave, the kind and the fun” with oodles of awesome in every nook and cranny. For the adult that still loves “school supplies”, a DIY-er with calligraphy aspirations of their own, or greeting cards saying the clever thing you wish you had thought of (but Liz did and made it pretty), Lionheart Prints is going to help you cross off that list. They’ve even got the notepad you should buy to put that list on. Just sayin’.
1036 Royal St New Orleans, LA 70116
This shopping season take the LOW ROAD (LOWer Royal Arts District) to find a plethora of amazing galleries and Nadine Blake, a unique shop “born out of a love of decoration, travel, and collecting.” Owner Nadine Blake is proud to feature wonderful ceramics from local kappa horn and XODO botanicals using salt from the salt mines of Avery Island. A sense of humor and international style permeates the store with a Prozac pill-ow, kitty cushion, and ornate elephants congregating together. A beautiful weekend afternoon to this area in the FQ is worth the trip!
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Neon Heart Shop
1022 Lowerline St New Orleans, LA 70118
Neon Heart Shop is nestled far away from the hustle and bustle in a residential area of Uptown. GPS your way to this effortlessly cool store curated by husband and wife duo Chris and Ali for some lovely finds including an exclusive SMOKE x Neon Heart perfume and a vintage deadstock Jazz Fest shirts from 1991 (I’ve already got mine). Make sure to show the shop dog Kitty some love while you’re there.
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Sweet Pea & Tulip
618 Chartes St New Orleans, LA 70130 |610 Toulouse St New Orleans, LA 70130
Grab a daq, and get your shop on at this no-judgment menagerie of all things funny, forward, and fashionable brought to you by owner Mignon Parent. Just already commit to buying yourself something while finding the perfect gift for your squad whether it’s Sweet Pea & Tulip’s custom “Alcohol You Later” and “Festing Is My Cardio” tanks, or Whiskey River Soap Co. #Goals Soaps. My favorite might be “Smells Like Abs and A Perfect Career” and it’s Unicorn Fart Scented…if you were wondering. So what’s better than one Sweet Pea & Tulip location? Two Sweet Pea & Tulip Locations that are walkable from one another. #winning
1115 Saint Mary St New Orleans, LA 70130
While Magazine Street is a serious stretch of shopping, you’ll be remiss if you pass up the kinetic operation that is Tchoup Industries. Hear the buzz of sewing machines in the back while your browse the retail shop of goods made right in this very room with a strong understanding of where the materials are coming from in a conscience way. The material used for the Adventure Tote Sail Cloth, perfect for beach trips ‘cause winter never really comes, most likely sailed in boat races on the Gulf standing up to the elements and open water. Owner Patti Dunn’s attention to not only the detail of her products, but to fair pay of her staff and sustainable sourcing make this holiday gift idea pretty savvy (and a lifetime warranty doesn’t hurt either).
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
631 N Carrollton Ave New Orleans, LA 70119
You can thank Candice Huber’s endless entrepreneurial drive for Tubby & Coo’s (named for her grandparents), a bookstore with more alter-egos than you can count including; a niche genre fiction bookstore, community center with free wifi, used book buyers, a child’s first reading experience (check out the mural upstairs), board game demo library, a safe space for people of all identities, and soon-to-be publishing company. So whether you’re looking for the latest graphic novel to hit the shelves, a nerdy holiday shirt, or to join a community of like-minded folks, this is your haven!
west elm LOCAL
2929 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
Local West Elm Shopkeeper Jason Shayot knew that west elm LOCAL, an initiative started in 2013, would be a perfect fit for his location on Magazine Street in a city where shopping local isn’t just a saying, it’s a commitment. Jason went a step beyond featuring local makers and hosted in-store Meet The Makers events where Kristen Kline from NOLAS and Ré Howse from SeaGem Studios taught locals about their businesses! Now that the holidays are upon us, find their wares along with great local artisans including The Grove Street Press and honey boards in their local section!
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