5 New Orleans-Inspired Gifts
NOLA is a rich cultural melting pot steeped in history and brimming over with some of the best food you’ll ever put in your mouth. Well-known for Mardi Gras and Cafe du Monde, jazz royalty and the French Quarter, New Orleans is practically a state of mind. If you’ve visited this sultry Southern city even once, you’re always looking for a reason to return. But if travel to the Big Easy isn’t in your plans anytime soon, here are a few gift ideas to bring a bit of the city just a little closer.
Throw a soiree unlike any you’ve ever thrown by hosting a Murder Mystery at Mardi Gras ($25.99). The party-in-a-box includes a murder to solve with story setting clues, “evidence,” police reports, character profiles and roles for players. The kit also includes a complete party planner with invitations, decorating tips, costume suggestions, and menu suggestions (we recommend po’boys, jambalaya, gumbo or crawfish étouffée).
Pretty up an unfinished bottle of red with this gorgeous pewter fleur de lis wine stopper ($23.95). A beloved symbol of the Crescent City since its birth, the fleur de lis represents French Royalty and is said to signify perfection, light and life.
Show your support for the home team by wearing a New Orleans Saints t-shirt ($24.97).
Inspired by the HBO series of the same name, Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans ($22.63) offers 100 heritage and contemporary recipes from the city’s heralded restaurants such as Upperline, Bayona, Restaurant August and Herbsaint, plus original recipes from renowned chefs.
In honor of Bourbon Street, we suggest this decadent chocolate and bourbon truffle sampler ($32 for 16 pieces, $64 for 32 pieces). That’s right, bourbon and chocolate. Each of the four varieties is made with a different bourbon and expertly paired with a milk, dark or extra dark chocolate that highlights the bourbon’s notes of vanilla, spice and oak.
Jennifer Glatt is a copy wrangler and travel writer based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her love of travel began with a trip to New Orleans, and she longs to go back to enjoy Jazz Fest, meaty white beans and a bottle of Abita Amber.