Last Minute Local Gift Guide

December 24, 2013 • ALL ARTICLES, RETAIL

Well, you’ve done it again. You need to buy a gift for someone and you’ve waited until the last minute.

Do not fret, friends! We’ve compiled a holiday gift guide for the procrastinators, featuring some of the best, most unique gifts you can buy in New Orleans.

Community Records Vinyl/Record Subscription

Forget iTunes. This is how you listen to music. Purchase this subscription for that person that knows all the cool music before anybody else…or for the person who really needs some help weaning off Top 40. They’ll receive a Community Records tee and, for the next $50 worth of releases from the local label, a record album, straight to their door. Plus, for an entire year, they will receive a digital version of every release with exclusive content. Not only are you giving a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving, but you’re supporting independent musicians, many from the New Orleans area.

community records record album

DIY presentation idea: Cut out an interesting section of an old record album cover with an Exacto knife. Glue a section cut from a brown paper bag onto the opposite side, and write a note describing the gift. You’ll have something to present to the recipient until their tee and first album arrive in the mail. Here’s another idea.

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center Membership

Locally-owned and operated since 1986 by one man that literally does it all, a gift of a Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center membership ensures that your recipient has access to some of the most ballsy and intriguing cinema shown in the area. Membership levels offer free or discounted admission to all events for a full year, plus 4 film passes & discounted admission to all events for a year.


Personal touch: Treat your film-loving friend (or relative, if you want to make it weird), to a Christmas day screening of Blue is the Warmest Color. Buy and present the membership for them after the film to really drive home the point of how awesome you are.

Decks from Preservation Skateboard Company

Whether they’re used for riding or just creative decor, the locally crafted skate decks from Preservation Skateboard Company are perfect for the NOLA enthusiast.

Preservation Skateboard Company skate decks

 The 100% American made wood decks are available at Humidity Skate Shop, which will be open 11 – 4 p.m. on Christmas eve.

A Gift Card to spend with Good Eggs

Think of Good Eggs as a curator of local food. You can browse through the list of local farmers, butchers and dairies (and so much more), choose what items you would like to purchase from those vendors, and either pick them up at one location or have them delivered to your house.

good eggs gift card

For the holidays, give a gift card and the recipient can choose their own naturally-sourced grocery items. The card can either be printed out by you or a digital version can be emailed to the recipient. You’re also supporting local food producers such as Three Brothers Farm, Bella Nut Butters, and VEGGI Farmers Cooperative.

Chef John Besh’s Cooking from the Heart

You couldn’t get closer to celebrated chef John Besh without being married to him. This intimate book is not only packed with 140 recipes, but you get a glimpse into his journey to celebrity restaurateur through 375 beautiful photographs, the life lessons he has learned, and personal stories.


You can purchase a copy at Blue Cypress Books (one copy left!) or Octavia Book Store. Both close at 4 p.m. today.

Double-duty gifting tip: Forgo the typical wrapping paper and wrap it in something the recipient can use, like cheesecloth, nice dish towels or an apron.

Lagniappe: Here’s a link for free printable gift wrap in a dots, skulls or cassette tape motif, and a gift wrap idea for the eco-friendly upcycler!

Leslie Almeida

Founder/Editor-in-Chief at PROPAGANDA New Orleans
Leslie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of PROPAGANDA New Orleans. There are few things she enjoys more than a nice espresso, intriguing stories or cats.

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