It’s the season of giving, and for most of us that means plenty of gift giving. Finding the perfect presents for everyone on our list can feel like mission impossible. Luckily, we live in New Orleans! Our home is extremely unique and diverse, and the huge array of local shops throughout the city reflects this mélange. #FrayLife is here with our list of favorite stores by neighborhood to make holiday shopping in the Big Easy… easy!
Though it may be small in area, the French Quarter is jam packed with local shops. Make sure to stroll down Royal Street for the art galleries and antique shops, and check out the French Market for a huge selection of pretty much everything.
Fifi Mahony’s: For the Mardi Gras Veteran
This Quarter Institution is THE shop for perfecting Mardi Gras costumes. They sell makeup and costume accessories, but the real draw is their extensive, high quality wig selection, which includes custom made designs.
1850 House Museum Store: For the History Buff
The official shop for the Louisiana State Museum sells tons of New Orleans history themed books, flags, and gifts.
Lost & Found: For the Fashionista
This quirky boutique sells an assortment of unique and vintage-inspired clothing, accessories, and jewelry, as well as artist-made and vintage pieces.
Secondline Arts & Antiques and Palace Market Frenchmen: For The Art Lover
Secondline is a mini mall that features over 150 local artists and antiques dealers and operates an outdoor art market on weekends. Palace Market on Frenchmen operates every evening. At both locations you’ll find a huge variety of local artists selling their wares, and most take commissions, so you can get things perfectly customized to suit everyone on your list!
Mid City & Bayou St. John
The heart of the city has plenty of chain stores, but look closely and you’ll find local shops that offer a little something for everyone.
Home Malone: For the Martha Stewart Type
This posh boutique features “local lagniappe”: NOLA- themed housewares and gifts by local artisans.
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop: For the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Nerd
This small bookshop specializes in adult and children’s sci-fi & fantasy, and also sells board games, nerdy gifts, and a large assortment of Funko Pops. They also have their own publishing company, which releases a few works by local authors each year.
Kitchen Witch Cookbooks: For the Foodie
This cozy shop is full of new, used, and hard-to-find cookbooks, specializing in New Orleans food. They also sell their own homemade spice blends.
Louisiana Running + Walking Company: For the Fitness Buff
There are a few locations around the city, all of which offer expert shoe fittings and video gait analysis, as well as a range of fitness clothing, gear, and accessories.
Lower Garden District- Magazine Street
Magazine Street stretches over six miles with shops and restaurants all along the way. The LGD end features a particularly top-notch cluster of boutiques.
Trashy Diva: For the Vintage Vixen
Sought-after throughout the country, NOLA’s own Trashy Diva clothing is locally designed and debuts new, vintage-inspired collections every season. They also sell shoes and accessories, and right next to the clothing shop is their lingerie boutique, if you care to spice up the holidays.
Miette: For the Accessorizer
This funky shop has a huge selection of jewelry by local artists, as well as accessories, housewares, and other gift items.
Plum: For the Hard-To-Please
Housewares and gifts both cute and snarky can be found at Plum. It’s the perfect spot for that little something you never thought of for a difficult person on your list.
The Shops at 2011: For the Antique Lover
“Expect the unexpected” at this large, multi-level marketplace full of antiques, housewares and local art.
Uptown/ Touro- Magazine Street
Just east of Napoleon Ave., this is another great cluster to check out on Magazine.
Buffalo Exchange: For the Environmentalist
Sure, BE might be a chain, but the inventory is all New Orleans. This “recycled fashion” shop buys only the best, most unique pieces that come through the door. Their Mardi Gras section is always the most fun- expect plenty of sequins.
NO Fleas Market: For the Animal Lover
This secondhand shop, operated by the Louisiana SPCA, sells clothing and housewares, with the proceeds supporting local animal rescues. They usually have a cat or two in the store, to make the shopping experience that much more enjoyable!
Peaches Records: For the Music Lover
If you can’t find the LP you’re looking for at Peaches, you’re probably SOL. They have one of the biggest record collections in the city, as well as fun music-themed gifts and collectibles.
Uptown- Oak Street
With the all the charm of small town America and all the eccentricity of New Orleans, Oak Street feels like a hidden gem nestled in Uptown, just off of Carrollton.
Blue Cypress Books: For the Bookworm
This cozy independent bookshop buys sells and trades new releases, best sellers, and classics of all genres. They also have a large selection of local interest books, and a friendly bookshop cat.
New Orleans Bike Shop: For the Cyclist
NOBS caters to all of your cycling needs including repairs, new bikes, and accessories.
Mo’s Art Supply: For the Artiste
One of the only art stores in the city, Mo’s offers professional quality supplies for all disciplines. In the rare case they don’t have something in stock, they’re happy to order what you’re looking for.
Ticked off some boxes on your list already? Share your favorite finds with us by tagging #FrayLife and #NOLAFray in all your social posts!
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