IF you're in need of locally-made gift ideas, here's an inspirational list that gathers together some of our city's most creatively sexy minds. From decorations to leatherwear to jewellery to works of art, buying from any of these fine people will not only land you a memorable and thoughtful gift, it will help support artists and performers that have been fighting to stay creative in a very challenging year. Shop small and shop local!
Striking jewelery and accessories of all kinds, from rings to keychains to money clips. Resin is used to seal in slices of New Orleans, made from vintage paper goods including maps and sheet music. Truly stand-out pieces.
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Lovers of beauty and function, Talisman express this through the medium of supple leathers with dedicated craftsmanship. All of their products, including harnesses, cuffs and accessories are hand stitched. Beautiful work.
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Jamie Chiarello is one of the most technically gifted artists working in New Orleans right now. Her portraits are delicate but land with a visual punch that's touching and memorable. Both her original works and prints are super affordable and well worth checking out.
Happy Kitten Rope
Well-made, jute and hemp ropes of all types and colors make this the local go-to for your rope play needs.
Josh Hailey Studios
An artist working across a range of media, Josh is endlessly creative and brings a deacdent flare to all his projects. This new series, Etherea, is a great introduction if you're new to his work, but there's a wealth of amazing photography and art to look at.
Artist Jacob Carroll has a talent for whimsical, magical illustration and applies that vision to everything from tarot cards to t-shirts. Beautiful, detailed work.
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A talented local artist with a flare for the provocative makes both large scale works and smaller decorations such as these - bound to be a conversation starter for any adult Christmas tree. Also, why not just leave them up year round?
Dynamo: A Romantic Boutique in the South
Our favorite local supplier of toys and supplies, this store dispenses top quality products of all kinds. They also have a wealth of knowledge and a genuine interest in making sure that you buy the right accessory. Always highly recommended.
Soothing tinctures and body butters are always great gifts, and the products here are prepared with experience - more than three years of studying Afro-Diasporic herbal and traditional care practices. Indulge your senses.
Naked Line Art
Christine G spent the past two years working on her art in our vibrant city, and she says that this is where things really began to flourish. Christine likes to use the meditative process of drawing to analyze aspects of our identities. Take a look at these striking original works and prints.
In terms of photorealistic drawing, Britanny is as good as it gets. These latest latex glove drawings are an incredible example of the talent at work here, and there's so much more to discover! Contact the artist via her website if anything takes your fancy!
Tiddles and Biddles
Local burlesque performer Gigi Envie hand crafts some super affordable accessories and decorations, all with the irresistible cheekiness of one of our favorite showgirls.
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Slick Skin CBD Massage Oil
CBD massage oil, handmade in small batches. Contact via IG to order: @slickskincbd