Give the gift of beauty — a salon gift certificate — or a beautiful present, like this handcrafted glass-mosaic piece made from recycled materials — $50 at Mosaic Salon & Gallery (8125 Hampson St., 865-0809).
Checkerboard faceting makes these gems — smoky quartz, lemon citrine and white topaz — shine in a whole new way. Find the ring, $645, at Robert Normann Diamond Jeweler (618 Gravier St., 524-1548; www.robertnormann.com).
With icons ranging from dragonflies and magnolias to red beans and mint juleps, Pelican Coast Neckwear's (www.pelicancoastneckwear.com) 100 percent silk ties are designed by a local family to help restore, revitalize and create awareness for Louisiana's disappearing coastal wetlands. Twenty percent of proceeds from the sale of each tie goes to America's WETLAND Foundation — $65 to $75 each at Perlis (Jackson Brewery, 600 Decatur St., Suite 103, 523-6681; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 6, Mandeville, 985-674-1711; 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; www.perlis.com), Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; www.rubensteinsneworleans.com), Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018) and Palm Patch (5933 Magazine St., 899-9797; 800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-0039).
A scent and a soak, the Blissful Basket includes a crème brulée candle and eucalyptus therapeutic body soak in a decorative basket — $40 at Green Spa Therapy (1546 Magazine St., 322-7663; www.greenspatherapy.com).
These durable, 100 percent cotton tea towels by Wearable Vegetables are cheesy in a good way — $8.99 each at Wearable Vegetables (5700 Citrus Blvd., Harahan; www.wearablevegetables.com).
Choose from an array of affordable, eye-opening gifts at www.communitycoffee.com and at CC's Community Coffee Houses citywide — from individual bags of special blends to gift sets like the Louisiana Holiday Blends package, $29.95.