Gifted in New Orleans

Wrap up a little local flair for the holidays.


Bring a softer version of an iconic New Orleans ground-level adornment indoors with the NOLA mat, $32. Or treat someone who loves to be pampered to a gift card that is good for products and services at Paris Parker Salon & Spa (4900 Prytania St., 891-8418;
A three-dimensional fleur de lis finial makes a classic, eye-catching embellishment for an entry hall or mantle top — $23.99 at Sterling Silvia (41 French Market Place, 299-9225;

It's never too soon to start lining up your Mardi Gras garb. Find these jeweled velvet sandals by Claudio Ciuti, $47.50, and a feathered hat by Michael Howard, $99, at On the Other Hand (8204 Oak St., 861-0159).
Searching for some solid representations of local landmarks? A Lucky Dog Ceramic plaque, $28, and a Frost Top or Robert E. Lee coaster/trivet, $20 each, let you scatter beloved New Orleans sights around your home. All available at Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018).

Sophisticated recipes for local libations are interspersed with vintage photos, drawings and stories of historic and local favorite bars and watering holes in Phillip Collier's Mixing New Orleans Cocktails & Legends, $24.95 at Gentry (6047 Magazine St., 899-4223).
Reminisce about warm, evening strolls down the neutral ground to the scent of Nouvelle Candle Company's hand-poured Esplanade Candle, described as a Southern perfume fragrance with clean notes and hints of sandalwood — $16 at The Great Room (1525 LaPalco Blvd., Harvey, 368-2552;
A great gift for a New Orleans music neophyte, the four-CD box set City of Dreams, A Collection of New Orleans Music, featuring the disks Big Easy Blues, Street Beat, Funky N.O. , and Ivory Emperors, $29.99, will bring out the local music lover hidden in the heart of any cynical newbie. Available from Louisiana Music Factory (210 Decatur St., 586-1094;
A king cake baby and a Pontchartrain Beach token dangle among other symbols of our fair city in the NOLA charm bracelet by Mark Garcie, a gift that jingles up memories of the Crescent City wherever it goes — $280 at Thomas Mann (1801 Magazine St., 581-2113;
Toss out your old standby salad servers and upgrade to a fancy fleur de lis set with mother of pearl handles — $30 at Accessories in Brass (4537 Magazine St., 899-6237;
The recipes of Chef Andrea Apuzzo are revealed in his most recent cookbook, My Home is Your Home. Amateur chefs now have access to Apuzzo's lifetime of cooking wisdom and unique melding of authentic Italian cooking with local ingredients, especially seafood — $39.95 at Andrea's Restaurant (3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583;

Adding a dash of local spice to your wall is easy. Just put up the Drunk and Drinking crawfish posters by Cynthia Kemp, $55 each, and you have all the main ingredients represented. Pick up a pair at Gallery 940 (940 Royal St., 558-0000;
Established in 1872, the New Orleans Athletic Club (NOAC) is both an enduring city landmark and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. Give someone you love the gift of better health when you pay the initiation fee for a new membership. It's a great gift for the new year, especially when you throw in a NOAC T-shirt — $15 at the New Orleans Athletic Club pro shop (222 N. Rampart St., 525-2375;
A sterling silver outline of a fleur de lis with an enameled pink ribbon logo set in its center, the Pink Pourri logo pendant, $29.50, is a symbol of city pride and breast cancer awareness. It's available at, an e-commerce Web site where a percentage of sales is donated to positively impact breast cancer patients, assisting them from diagnosis through remission.

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