Holiday Gift Guide for Moms :: New Orleans Moms Blog’s Favorite Things

Disclosure :: New Orleans Moms Blog hand selected the items featured in this post. Some are brands we have worked with in the past and some are new, but they are all ones we are personal fans of and already endorse. In order to participate, New Orleans Moms Blog required all vendors to provide product for our contributors because it is important to us that we have firsthand experience with companies and products before recommending them to our readers. We can assure you that every last one of these businesses has the NOMB “stamp of approval,” and we personally solicited all companies for inclusion.

**** The winner MUST be 21+ years of age, a resident of Louisiana and able to pickup the giveaway items (or send an agent on their behalf) in Metairie, Louisiana. If the winner selected does NOT meet this criteria, New Orleans Moms Blog LLC reserves the right to select a new winner. ****

Holiday Gift Guide for Moms :: New Orleans Moms Blog’s Favorite Things

We have been hard at work over here on this top secret campaign and are so excited to bring the New Orleans Moms Blog’s Favorite Things to our readers for a third year in a row! We surprised our team last night with all of these goodies, and the reviews are coming in the same :: these products are perfection and certain to thrill the women in your lives. This year, we decided to opt for a more intimate feel and one of our team members graciously hosted yours truly at her home. Mizado Cocina and Martin Wine Cellar catered the event and trust us when we say, they are up to the task of handling all of your catering needs. The food and service were impeccable. Hosting an event at your home? Trust The Cleaning Authority of New Orleans to meet all your cleaning needs and The Occasional Wife to make your house really shine with their staging talents. A HUGE thank you to NOLA West Photography for capturing the fun. You can see the rest of the photos HERE.

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What we love most about these holiday gift ideas is that they will thrill any woman in your life. These are all products that we really do think you should run out to get for yourself – or better yet – send this link to your husband! Without further adieu, here are our Favorite Things, in no particular order.

lululemon

We are a yoga-inspired technical apparel company. We embrace the philosophy of yoga as a brand and it informs how we show up to the world. We are committed to creating authentic relationships in our communities and give without expectation. We are design-led, meaning we put innovation first, and never compromise the design vision and execution of our product. We create for a holistic lifestyle that considers movement, on and off the field of play. Through advanced product testing, rigorous athlete feedback, rounds of iteration, and an obsession with craftsmanship, our athlete-packed design team solves real athletic problems for our sweaty collective.  Because we’re design-led, we’re all held to a high standard of quality. It’s an approach that starts with product design and sets the bar for how everyone in the company applies innovation and pushes the limits of the status quo.

GIVEAWAY :: Vinyasa Scarf {valued at $48}

“I can hear hundreds of you saying, ‘But it can’t possibly be worth the money or THAT much better than my Target yoga pants!’ I used to say the same thing, but once I took the plunge and invested in a pair of speed shorts I realized what I had been missing all along. The quality of the fabrics – both in terms of durability and longevity and perforce – is unparalleled in the activewear industry. It might be more expensive but hey – that’s what holiday wish lists are for!”

I’ve always heard great things about Lululemon but it wasn’t until I received an item from #nombfavethings that I realized just how comfortable and flattering their clothing is!!”

“I live in Lululemon! As a mom who wears workout clothes all day, every day, it is so nice to have stylish gym-wear that keeps me comfy and cute. Their clothes are functional and fashionable. The staff in the Metairie Lakeside location is so helpful and if they don’t have a size, they’ll find it for you. I am all about the lulu!”

Pralines & Cream Liqueur // Peychaud's Aperitivo // Sazerac Rye

Pralines and Cream

The rich, creamy, delicious taste of Pralines has been enjoyed by generations in the South who cherish their confectionary traditions and love the irresistibly sweet and indulgent flavor. Now, you can enjoy the authentic taste of real Pralines in Evangeline’s Pralines and Cream- a smooth, relaxing, easy to drink liqueur that will tantalize your taste buds.

Peychaud’s Aperititvo:

Antoine Amedie Peychaud, creator of world famous Peychaud’s bitters, began his career in the 1800’s working in an apothecary in the French Quarter of New Orleans making concoctions of his bitters and brandy that he served to peers and patrons. Peychaud eventually became the lead bartender of the Sazerac Coffeehouse where he continued mixing simple cocktails with his bitters to much acclaim. It is this belief in simplicity and quality that serves as the basis for Peychaud’s Aperitivo.

Sazerac Rye

In New Orleans, we find tradition is rarely improved upon. From the way we dress to the way we eat, here, everything has meaning and history, and all the best things life has to offer are things that have stood the test of time. That’s why behind every bar, you’ll find a bottle of Sazerac Rye. Spicy and assertive, like the city itself, it’s a drink that begs to tell its tale.

GIVEAWAY :: 1 bottle of Pralines & Cream Liqueur, 1 bottle of Peychaud’s Aperitivo, and 1 bottle of Sazerac Rye {valued at $80+}

“A splash of Pralines & Cream Liqueur in my coffee is the perfect eye opener or afternoon pick me up! Or pour it on vanilla ice cream for a late night snack. You can thank me later.”

“The Pralines and Cream over coffee is delicious and makes day drinking acceptable.”

“A bottle of Sazerac Rye will fit perfectly in my husband’s stocking and he will be thrilled! Our families will be equally excited to find Pralines & Cream served alongside their coffee!”

Revival NOLA

Revival Nola is an online New Orleans jewelry company that creates beautiful pendants designed after significant New Orleans symbols. There are 5 fall designs and only 500 ever to be made. Each sale from Revival Nola goes to a non-profit in New Orleans.

GIVEAWAY :: New Orleans Shotgun Double Sterling Silver Necklace {valued at $110}

“When you buy a Revival NOLA piece, not only are you shopping local, but you are giving back to local charities as well. Not to mention scoring a gorgeous piece of jewelry!”

“The Shotgun Necklace from Revival is incredible.  Shiny silver, gorgeous style and a glistening chain in the perfect length that falls perfectly against my neckline.  A stunning addition to my Nola collection.”

“Love the Revival shotgun house necklace. Classic New Orleans!”

Truly Scrumptious Candies & Confections

Sweet treats for every taste! Caramel Apples, Pretzel Delights, Chocolate Lollipops, Pralines and Cookie Truffles, just to name a few. Bite-sized individual desserts, great for parties, favors, tailgating and gifts for any occasion!

GIVEAWAY :: Bag of Truly Scrumptious Pretzel Crunch {valued at $10}

“Trust me when I say you cannot eat just one! The peanut butter pretzel crunch is my personal favorite but all of them are truly scrumptious!”

“Truly scrumptious snacks are just that…truly scrumptious. They are so good I hide them from my kids.”

“The Totally Scrumptious peppermint pretzels were so tasty, they went in 15 minutes (between 3 of us!)”

Holly Clegg Cookbooks

If you’re a time-crunched mom and need cooking inspiration for those busy weeknight dinners, you’ll love Holly’s collection of easy recipes.  With minimal everyday ingredients you probably have in your pantry, you’ll create mouthwatering nutritious recipes. Holly’s passion for cooking is evident in her creative new recipes and healthy twists on classic favorites.  From healthy Louisiana options like Crawfish Etouffee, BBQ Shrimp and her popular king cake in Gulf Coast Favorites; your family will enjoy delicious, healthier southern cooking.  KITCHEN 101 offers simple, quick meals, Rotisserie chicken, and slow cooker recipes; all easy-to-prepare plus menus, pantry stocking guides and kitchen basics to guide you through the kitchen!  The cookbooks include nutritional information and tips; KITCHEN 101 highlights diabetic-friendly recipes.  With Holly’s 30 minute recipes with gorgeous photos, you can enjoy “good food that is good for you” without sacrificing taste.  Who says you can’t be a “foodie” and a “mom?”

GIVEAWAY :: Holly Clegg’s Kitchen 101 Cookbook {valued at $25+}

“Being a mom of littles means I don’t have much time to devote to cooking, let alone healthy cooking. Thanks to Holly Clegg’s cookbooks, I can accomplish both goals of cooking healthy home-cooked meals for my family!”

“Holly Clegg’s Kitchen 101 cookbook has become a staple in my kitchen with easy to follow and delicious recipes.”

“My husband is ga-ga over the Holly Clegg cookbook! We especially love the “Meatless Monday” section & the crockpot recipes. It’s never been easier to cook with confidence!”

Paris Parker Salon & Spa

By now, everyone knows about dry shampoo. With so many to choose from, it’s rare that one stands out. Enter: Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo. How’s it different? Unlike sprays, this non-aerosol powder mist comes in a refillable bottle that you squeeze to puff onto your scalp. Without all the propellants and thinners, the tiny bottle holds more than twice the average applications of dry shampoo sprays.  And it’s not just for straight hair. This unique, talc-free formula uses cassava and oat powders to absorb excess oil in a way that’s all-hair-friendly.  Curly girl?  Refresh your style without breaking up your curl. Tend to be oily? Get the shampooed look without over-drying.  And it disappears on dark hair—just poof it on, give it a minute to absorb, massage it in with your fingertips, and go.

GIVEAWAY :: Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo {valued at $30}

“I have been getting my haircut and using the services of Paris Parker salons over the past 13 years, in 3 different cities throughout Louisiana. I will never go anywhere else. I am thrilled they have created a dry shampoo to at least make me look fresh when I had no time to shower.”

“Paris Parker offers a spa-like experience at their salons, and their products are gentle and leave me feeling refreshed. My favorites are their deep conditioning herbal hair treatment and the hand cream. #iheartparisparker!”

“Finally! Dry shampoo that works for brunettes!”

Hour Blast

Hour Blast is a fun, fast paced, high intensity interval training workout that will have you in the best shape of your life! In an hour long class we combine cardio (on the treadmill) and strength/resistance training exercises (on the floor) to give you the most bang for your buck and a workout that will leave you dripping from head to toe. It is truly a full body workout. We offer a walking, jogging and running option in each class to fit a variety of fitness levels. We love to “sprint to the finish,” “race to the top,” “make every rep count” and continuously strive to “beat the burn!” Our instructors will motivate you to work harder than you’ve ever worked before, encouraging you to get stronger, faster, leaner and overall happier about exercising.

GIVEAWAY :: Hour Blast pass for Metairie location good for 3 classes {valued at $70}

“I’ve tried dozens of workouts over the years, and Hour Blast is the real deal. If you’re going to invest in a fitness class, you may as well maximize your dollar and time, especially as a busy mom. Of the 60 minutes scheduled, a solid 52-54 of them are spent actually working out, and you will leave feeling accomplished, motivated and proud. No two classes are exactly alike, so both your mind and body will remain thoroughly engaged.”

“Hour Blast offers an intense workout that will push you to the next level. Their space is impeccably clean and the coaches offer encouraging words of motivation throughout the workout. Just when you think you’re going to quit, they keep you motivated to go the extra mile!”

Abita Brewing Company

Abita Beer is Louisiana culture on tap.  Based in the tiny town of Abita Springs 30 miles north of New Orleans, the brewery began in 1986 when craft brewing was still very new. In the beginning, they produced just 1,500 barrels of beer. By 1994, they outgrew the original site (now home of the Abita brew pub) and moved up the road to their current location. Today they brew over 161,000 barrels of beer and 12,000 barrels of root beer in their state-of-the-art brewing facility.  There is always an open invitation to come visit and see the results of a three-year, $30 million expansion. Take a tour, taste all of their brews including pilot brews in the Tap Room, shop at the gift shop and see for yourself how Abita Beer is hand crafted. “Abita beers have always been brewed to pair with the life we love to live in Louisiana. Wherever you find great food, good music and fun times, Abita Beer will be there too,” David Blossman, President and CEO of Abita said.

GIVEAWAY :: Abita Brewery Tour for two, Abita growler (with fill of your choice of beer), Two Abita Pint Glasses, and an Abita Bucket {valued at $56}

“Abita beer is a staple in our home…Amber in the fall, Strawberry in the spring and summer, and Turbodog in the winter. There is a brew for everyone and at anytime of year.”

“Hubs and I are already planning a trip to Covington to tour the Abita brewery. He is super excited to fill a growler!”

“Abita beer is the perfect beer to bring to a tailgate party! My favorite is Abita Amber – a timeless classic. It’s refreshing with a nice bite.”

Goodey Studio

Goodey Studio is a lifestyle brand specializing in stationery and giftables. Our products help sassy women infuse more laughter into their pursuit of conquering world by adding bold colors, sweet patterns and self-expressive statements into their daily lives. We believe that the things your surround yourself with from the mug you drink out of, to the pens you write with, can affect your mood and outlook on the day. So let’s make everything you own support your dynamo personality and drive to live a life filled with joy because you are badass and brilliant and everyone should know it!

GIVEAWAY :: 2 Custom Note Cards, Coffee Mug, Ink pens and Tote {valued at $55}

“This is the perfect gift for every woman in your life! The perfect blend of humor and art, these gifts are great for the mom, sister, friend, teacher in your life.”

“I’ve got Goodey Studio “Get it Done” pen on my laptop keyboard reminding me to stay focused! I love the messages on each item. It’s like they were made just for me!”

“Loving my adorable cards and pens from Goody Studio! The cards are so colorful and made out of such great quality!”

Orleans Coffee

Orleans Coffee is known for exceptional coffees every bit as interesting as the city that first inspired our name.  Working closely with a proficient team of importers and producers to responsibly source our coffees, we take the time to roast each individual coffee in a manner that accentuates its own unique nature.  So from New Orleans, a city where indulgence is nothing to feel guilty about, we proudly invite you to find your perfect cup.

GIVEAWAY :: Coffee {valued at $12+}

Orleans Coffee offers those small personal touches with attention to detail and real person to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Their coffee is always perfectly balanced and rich. As someone who only drinks black coffee, it’s especially important to me that the flavor on point. If you are not looking to shop in person, they offer freshly roasted orders so you know you’re getting the freshest coffee available!

“The Orleans coffee smells so fresh and yummy I can’t wait to try it tomorrow morning. ( If I can wait)

“Orleans Coffee’s Creole Chicory coffee is delicious! It’s not bitter yet has a nice smoked and roasted flavor. A perfect cup!”

Le Meridian Hotel & LMNO Restaurant

Ideally located downtown across from Harrah’s Casino and just steps from the French Quarter, Le Méridien New Orleans offers a culturally refined atmosphere perfect for a family staycation or a romantic getaway for two. Rent one of the hotel’s custom bicycles and venture out to explore the CAC, Ogden and NOMA complimentary through our exclusive Unlock Art program. After a long day, wind down with Sparkling cocktails at Longitude 90 bar and a relaxing dinner in LMNO, our signature restaurant featuring a brand new menu of New Orleans-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Amanda Lindquist. Weekly live music and happy hour specials set the right mood for any occasion. Louisiana residents have access to discounted rates starting from $109/night year-round with our Local Resident Package.

GIVEAWAY :: 2-Night Stay at Le Meridien New Orleans and $100 credit to LMNO Restaurant {$700+ value}

“LMNO offers delicious traditional New Orleans style food with a twist. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner so you’re never without a meal. The dining room is cozy and comfortable so you’ll not be trying to rush out quickly. They’re located in the heart of the CBD so whether you live uptown, in Metairie or somewhere in between, you’re never too far away.”

Mizado Cocina

The authentic flavors of Mexico and Central and South America are presented with contemporary style, (and a little artistic license) and blended in a way that embraces the soul of these familiar cuisines. The result is a menu of fresh, novel dishes to pass around the table. Our dishes are planet-friendly, and made to order with locally sourced, all natural, healthy ingredients, Mizado Latin Kitchen creates unexpected discoveries of mouth-watering morsels.

The cocktail menu features chef-crafted cocktails made with fresh ingredients and blended with the highest quality tequilas, piscos, whiskeys, rums, and mezcals. The artisanal private barrel tequila and fresh squeezed juices are the keys to the Mizado Margarita, and yes, wine does go with Mexican food! Upbeat music drives the lively vibe. The modern look of the dining room and the outdoor patio, combined with the unique blend of Latin foods and the setting in the midst of the cemeteries, brings home the goal of dining at Mizado Latin Kitchen: Live a Full Life! To us, Mizado means to celebrate the good life with good food in a fun, engagement environment.

GIVEAWAY :: Gift Card {valued at $10}

If I had to pick my favorites, it would be the tuna tiradito and duck tamales. I’ve never tasted anything like them. Of course I have to mention that the guacamole tradicional and the cucumber-jalapeno margarita are a VERY close second.”

Fleur de Light Candles // NOLAS

Fleur de Light Candles, NOLAS and Natural NOLAS are locally made products for bath, body and home that highlight Southern culture while offering a little something for everybody! They are a Leaping Bunny certified company.

“The NOLAS bathbomb is my idea of relaxation! Pair it with the aromatic Fleur de Light Candle and it’s a perfect gift for the women in your life.”

GIVEAWAY :: Natural Nolas Rosemary and Mint Body Scrub {valued at $24+}

barre 3

Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body.Inspired by ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates, our instructors guide you through a specific sequence of movements that tone and lengthen all major muscle groups, rev your heart rate, and strengthen your body.

“If you’re looking for a pick me up in an incredibly positive atmosphere, you must try Barre 3. What we love about this workout is that it is low impact, relies on studios that are in impeccable shape and is led by women who will leave you feeling empowered and confident. What’s even better is that at some locations for some classes they offer affordable and great childcare. Even if you haven’t worked out in ages, we encourage you to give Barre 3 a try for a total mind body experience.”

GIVEAWAY :: 1 barre 3 class AND 1 childcare pass (good at Metairie or uptown locations) {valued at $26}

Sarah Ott

Sarah Ott, supportive of local charities like Team Gleason and in love with her hometown,  continues to grow her line of products and she has now set up her first store Uptown on Maple Street (7808 Maple Street, Ste D). She offers a variety of products for locals or for those just passing through that might want to take a small piece of NOLA with them. Locally made and Locally inspired!

“The skyline Sarah Ott ring is beautiful! I love how pretty it is but that its also a great representation of Nola.  All of her products are high quality and garner compliments every time I wear them.  They have also made such wonderful gifts-I’ve given them multiple times with lots of oohs and aahs!”

GIVEAWAY :: NOLA-LOVE bangle bracelet {valued at $26}

Mad Darling

Mad Darling is a line of natural soy candles produced by local chandler, Jessica Broussard. Jessica started pouring candles in her uptown shotgun house in 2012 and since then the Mad Darling candle line has blossomed into 18 unique scents all inspired by the character and culture of New Orleans and is carried in over 15 local boutiques.

“I love the playful and locally inspired names of the candles and they smell amazing as well! A perfect gift!”

GIVEAWAY :: Mad Darling Candle {valued at $10}

Natty Michelle Paperie

Ever since Natalie was old enough to pick up a crayon and hold it in her hand, she’s been coloring, drawing and painting. Much of her artwork is inspired by travel; illustrating maps and city landmarks that make a place special. In 2010, she opened Natty Michelle Paperie — a play on her nickname, and of course, paper! What started as an online stationery shop quickly grew and now includes a wide variety of gift items that feature her original artwork as well.

“I love my Natty Michelle Mug! It’s a beautiful rendition of the city and I love that she can personalize just about anything with her hand-drawn art. Her items make the perfect gift, no matter what city holds your heart.”

GIVEAWAY :: NOLA Coffee Mug with City Skyline {valued at $16}

Native Polish

Native Polish is the Crescent City’s line of 7 free, vegan, cruelty-free nail polish created by two local moms passionate about all things NOLA and natural. The line was recently extended to Mini Native, 7 free polishes for our tiny Native fingers and toes.

“Native Polish may be the easiest and most clever holiday gift idea yet. With names that resonate with any native New Orleanian (see what we did there) and colors to make your nails pop, you can’t go wrong. We also love their attention to detail with regards to the ingredients found in the product itself. Win win!”

GIVEAWAY :: 1 Native Nail Polish {valued at $11}

Votivo

Since its inception in 1994, Votivo has built a reputation for its quality fragrances and distinctive packaging. EachVotivo product is a culmination of care and commitment to detail. At the heart of every Votivo candle is a unique fragrance meticulously formulated and layered to reflect depth, richness and complexity. Red Currant continues to be Votivo‘s best-selling fragrance and a true brand classic.

“I worked at a gift store in college and we sold Votivo candles. I fell in love 13 years ago and am still a loyal customer. Red currant is my personal favorite. I always search for them when I am shopping and was so excited to find a local store that carries Votivo.”

GIVEAWAY :: Aromatic Travel Tin- Red Currant {valued at $12}

Delicate Estates

These dark-humored adhesive sympathy cards double as wine labels, and are perfect for sensitive occasions like breakups, getting fired, and celebrating mommyhood. They’re also perfect for camouflaging that bottle of two-buck-chuck you’re looking to unload.

“For the friend who you cry laugh with, enter Delicate Estates. Their wit and humor is the right level of sass to combine with class – if you’re going to give wine as a gift, why not jazz it up a notch? If you’re stumped on what to give your neighbor or long lost cousin, throw a Delicate Estates label on it and call it a day!”

GIVEAWAY :: 1 Wine bottle label {valued at $7}

The Twisted Shrub

The Twisted Shrub specializes in the hand-crafted production of shrubs! We use just three simple, all-natural ingredients in every batch: Apple Cider Vinegar, fresh fruit (always!) and 100% cane sugar. That’s it! Shrubs create intensely complex, zing-filled cocktails & sodas without any muddling or infusing! For cocktails, become a ‘Bartending Hero’ in seconds by adding equal parts shrub + spirit + soda water to ice. For sodas, simply add 3 parts sparkling water to 1 part shrub for a refreshing, non-alcoholic, healthier quencher!
“Ever wanted to try your hand at mixing fancy cocktails but not too sure where to start? Then you have to try The Twisted Shrub. Simply mix equal parts of the shrub, spirit and soda water together and you’re done. Even better, every bottle is hand crafted with only three ingredients – apple cider vinegar, fresh fruit & 100% cane sugar! These drink mixers make the perfect holiday gift or even use them at your own holiday party as you serve delicious cocktails (or mocktails!) to your family and friends!”

GIVEAWAY :: 1 bottle of Twisted Shrub Mixer {valued at $12}

The Cleaning Authority

The Cleaning Authority is the leading provider of residential cleaning services in the New Orleans area. We are thorough, affordable, reliable and guarantee our work.  We bring all of our own equipment and our all of our employees are bonded and insured.

“The Cleaning Authority takes the guess work out of hiring a cleaning crew. They bring all their own supplies, use only the most child and environmentally friendly products and they REALLY get your house clean. They keep a rotating schedule of deep cleaning jobs and ensure that your house will look its best. All their employees are background checked and they’re licensed and insured. When you hire The Cleaning Authority, you know that you’ll be taken care of.” 

GIVEAWAY :: 4 hours of cleaning (2 cleaners for 2 hours) {valued at $150}

The Occasional Wife

Busy Life? Hire a Wife!  From decluttering and organizing your home, to planning your events and running your errands,and everything in between;and don’t forget about our Estate Sale Stores, where we sell your unwanted items on consignment and make you some money! The Occasional Wife is the Modern Solution to your Busy Life!

“The Occasional Wife made it possible for my family to move multiple times in six months with minimal hiccups. Kay sent an amazing team of Occasional Wives, Worker Bees, and Occasional Husbands to organize, pack, and move us. In one instance during this time frame, they stored our belongings as we transitioned from one temporary house to another. There were no “mystery boxes” when we unpacked – all boxes and contents were organized and labeled inside and out. And they didn’t just take care of our belongings. The Occasional Wife took care of our family – every single person was kind, understanding, and sweet to our children.”

GIVEAWAY :: 2 Occasional Wives for 3 hours of organizing/service. (not valid at our Estate Sales/Stores) {valued at $270}

Martin Wine Cellar

Martin Wine Cellar, family-owned and operated since 1946, specializes in wine, spirits, imported beer, gourmet food and gift baskets. Join us for a tasting event, let us cater your next event, stop by for lunch or explore our website to learn all about wine and food. Visit us in Metairie, New Orleans, Mandeville and Baton Rouge or shop online. Whether you are a wine novice or a seasoned collector, you’ll enjoy the Martin Wine Cellar experience.

“With one of the best selections of wine, spirits, beer, gourmet foods and gift baskets in our area, Martin Wine Cellar is THE place to contact to cater your holiday party and to complete your holiday shopping. With so many options to choose from, their staff is ready and willing to offer suggestions for gifts for those loved ones on your Christmas list. If you aren’t able to visit one of their multiple locations in New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville and Baton Rouge, you can also shop online to purchase the perfect holiday gift for your family, friends and co-workers.”

Dancing Deer

Gourmet cookie and brownie gifts for all occasions. Our best selling gifts are a great way to celebrate any occasion. Always scratch-baked and always delicious, we offer easy ordering and amazing customer service.

GIVEAWAY :: Chocolate chunk brownies {valued at $20}

Bella Grace Paper & Gifts

Bella Grace Paper + Gifts is committed to delivering “white glove” service, where it is our goal to make every visit, every call and every online experience a celebration. Bella Grace is the place to find perfect gifts and invitation for your upcoming occasions and celebrations! We offer hundreds of unique gift ideas, including personalized and monogrammed stationery, fun and keepsake items and much more!

Big Easy Bucha

Launched in 2014, Big Easy ‘Bucha is New Orleans’s first and only small-batch, artisanal, probiotic-packed kombucha.  Made with local and organic ingredients whenever possible, including juicy Ponchatoula strawberries, chicory coffee, and refreshing satsumas, kombucha – or fermented tea – is naturally raw, vegan and healthful.

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The winner MUST be 21+ years of age, a resident of Louisiana and able to pickup the giveaway items (or send an agent on their behalf) in Metairie, Louisiana. If the winner selected does NOT meet this criteria, New Orleans Moms Blog LLC reserves the right to select a new winner. Click below to enter to win the giveaway, valued at $1,800+

70 Responses to Holiday Gift Guide for Moms :: New Orleans Moms Blog’s Favorite Things

  1. Sofia November 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    My favorite holiday traditions in New Orleans are taking the kids to see Celebration in the Oaks and all the lights at the downtown hotels! My husband and I are also making it an annual tradition to see the Christmas Show at the WWII Museum – AMAZING!
    Also, on Christmas Eve, we usually give the kids special boxes with new Christmas PJ’s, books, movies, and snacks to enjoy the day before Santa arrives.

    • Mia Woodroof December 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

      I love everything about Christmas! The decorations, the food, the family gatherings, and all of the fun activities around the city! I just love the happy holiday spirit that seems to be everywhere during this time of the year.

  2. Stacey Autin November 27, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    My favorite holiday traditions are cooking with family and friends, seeing the lights, make list with my girls and just celebrating the season!

  3. Adrienne November 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is letting my child open one gift on Christmas Eve–and it’s always holiday pajamas. It makes for cute pictures on Christmas morning. This year I’m excited to see my baby in elf pj’s.

  4. tara November 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

    My favorite Christmas traditions are Miracle on Fulton, adopting an angel/family, and Christmas Eve mass with the family

  5. Juliana November 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is going the day after Thanksgiving to pick out our tree and spending the weekend decorating the house!

  6. Ashley Mahner November 27, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies on Christmas Eve.

  7. Tram November 27, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    Favorite holiday tradition would be to put up the Christmas decorations the tree and lights and to buy gifts for others

  8. Ali November 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    I love getting with family and eating everything in sight 😀

  9. Vanessa November 27, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    Celebration in the Oaks

  10. Jenny November 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is constantly making memories with my children by exploring the different holiday traditions the city has to offer.

  11. Stephanie November 27, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    My favorite Christmas tradition is just having time carved out for fellowship and overdue conversations with family and friends!

  12. Anne November 27, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    We’re starting our own traditions with our little family and so far, choosing a tree and decorating are our favorites.

  13. Danielle Vincent November 28, 2016 at 3:44 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition is our annual girls baking day! So yummy & fun!

  14. Lori Barron November 28, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition is church on Christmas Eve followed by Christmas movies and snuggling with my munchkins.

  15. Gretchen S November 28, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    Our favorite tradition is a tea party at home in front of the fire place. Tea, scones and lemon curd is my oldest favorite!

  16. Katharine November 28, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition is caroling in the square!

  17. Kristen T November 28, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas morning together.

  18. Elizabeth Cobb November 28, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is getting together with my family and singing Christmas carols, namely our own version of the 12 Days of Christmas. The kids love coming up with their own “7 baby dolls” or 3 Ninja Turtles.”

  19. Lindsay November 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    We love going to donuts with Santa

  20. Cynthia Bordelon November 28, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking and decorating cookies with Christmas music playing in the background. We love to bake a ton and give them out to neighbors and friends!

  21. Amanda Pellegrin November 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    My favorite holiday traditions are decorating our house while playing Christmas music, and get togethers with our family and friends! Christmas is my favorite holiday!

  22. Wendy smith November 28, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    This is a mommy’s dream come true! I have taken over the xmas eve open house tradition my mom began 37 years ago. With a gurgle family, all over the country, everyone knows if they happen to be in NOLA, we welcome them with open arms!

  23. Lindsay Decker November 28, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    We love seeing Santa at Celebration in the Oaks!

  24. Weatherly Parrish November 28, 2016 at 7:18 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is watching it’s a wonderful life and then putting a new angel ornament on the tree

  25. Melissa S November 28, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    Opening Christmas presents while watching A Christmas Story

  26. Olivia November 29, 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Christmas Eve is my favorite. We are going to Polar Express for the first time this year and I hope to make that a tradition, too.

  27. Susan Fallahi November 29, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    I love putting up all the decorations!

  28. Melissa November 29, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    Great ideas!! I love new orleans mom blog.

  29. Amy S November 30, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    My favorite is putting up all of the decorations!

  30. Lauren Grundy November 30, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    My favorite traditions are taking the kids to Celebration in the Oaks and baking for family and friends.

  31. Jennifer Simmons November 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    My family favorite Holiday tradition is to put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving. We also make sure to go see Christmas lights and attend Christmas mass.

  32. Carolina Morris November 30, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is placing all of the ornaments on the tree with our family. Each one has a memory that we are able to revisit every year 🙂

  33. CBS December 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    I’m a new mom, so we don’t have our holiday tradition yet, but I’m thinking it’ll be a visit to Celebration in the Oaks!

  34. Madeline December 1, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

    Making cookies

  35. Melissa T December 2, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition is searching for the pickle on the Christmas tree! It might be a polish tradition but every year there are pickles (ornaments of course!) hidden on the tree. Now that my sisters and I are getting older, my mom has given us our own pickles to hide on our tree! Everyone in the family does it from grandparents, aunts, cousins, nieces, ect.

  36. Paige Hugg December 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    My favorite is receiving and gifting Christmas pj’s each Christmas Eve and making dinner for my TN family to arrive on Christmas Day! Cannot wait!!

  37. Karen Sablich December 2, 2016 at 11:02 pm #

    Celebration in the Oaks!

  38. Marie Bucalan December 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    Celebration in the Oaks on opening weekend is now our family tradition!

  39. Britney December 5, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    Decorating the Christmas tree with the kids.

  40. Courtney Schaneville December 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Putting up our tree!

  41. Shauntel Mazac December 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    These are awesome!!! My favorite tradition is decorating the tree while listening to Christmas Carols!!!

  42. Molly G. December 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    SO many fun, exciting traditions with our kids, but we love christmas crafts on Christmas Eve, looking at christmas lights, christmas train rides, gingerbread houses, ninjabread men, and so many more! Looking forward to a staycation in NOLA as a family this year to make even more memories.

  43. Nicole T. December 5, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is buying and exchanging pajamas on Christmas Eve after going to Celebration in the Oaks (we used to drive through it with the doors to our family mini-van slid open, hahahahaha!) and then watching Christmas movies in our pj’s!

  44. Lesley E. December 5, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

    Favorite Tradition is making Chocolate Covered Cherries with my daughter. We make them look like mice.!

  45. Kayla W Roman December 5, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    Such great ideas! Love all of them!

    • Kayla W Roman December 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm #

      Oops, forgot to include my favorite tradition – definitely baking Christmas cookies with my mom 🙂

  46. Chelsea Gammon December 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Love all these!!! Thanks for putting this list together!!!

  47. Rebecca Scott December 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm #

    My favorite Christmas tradition is Christmas Eve with my extended family. We all have an early dinner together, exchange gifts, and then attend Christmas Eve church service.

  48. Dawn December 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    It would be great to win!

  49. Dawn December 6, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    My favorite tradition is baking, I love to bake for the holidays!

  50. Nichole D December 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm #

    My favorite tradition is seeing all the light displays in and around NOLA. It’s that much sweeter when it’s cold outside!!

  51. Christina Coffman December 6, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    My favorite tradition is all the lights and decor

  52. Emily December 7, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    My favorite tradition is decorating the tree. I love reminiscing as I hang each special ornament.

  53. Rebecca December 10, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition with my family is reading The Polar Express on Christmas Eve. My mom gave us a bell each year and I hope to continue this with my new baby.

  54. Beverly Eden December 10, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    Love each and every one of these!! Thanks for the great Christmas gift ideas – for MY HUSBAND!! lol ❤️

  55. Danielle B December 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree! My toddler has enjoyed “helping” the last two years, and it is a joy to watch her excitement.

  56. Shelley Blanda December 13, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    I LOVE decorating the house and tree with the kids. Then we drink hot chocolate, eat cookies, and watch Christmas Vacation?

  57. Melissa December 13, 2016 at 10:55 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is our family Christmas party on Christmas Eve! Love visiting with family & enjoying Grandma’s delicious cookie recipe.

  58. Becky December 14, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition would be going to see lights:) I think I enjoy it more than my kids do!

  59. Amber S. December 15, 2016 at 3:16 am #

    baking cookies with my kids

  60. Eve McGee-Malone December 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    By far it’s visiting Celebration in the Oaks.

  61. Tracy Stoller December 18, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition is spending Christmas Eve with my mom’s family. We have a big dinner and open presents. Now that my daughter is getting older, though, I look forward to creating new family traditions.

  62. Michelle Roberie December 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm #

    Celebration in the Oaks

  63. Liz Mathis Juneau December 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    Teddy bear tea, Celebration in the Oaks, and spending time with those we love.

  64. Kelly Lynn December 18, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    This is so awesome, NOMB!! Thanks for the opportunity! Merry Christmas!!

  65. Jennifer Jett December 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    My favorite holiday tradition is making Gingerbread Houses with my kids at Redfish Grill each year and then watching the Krewe of Jingle parade. Gets us in the Christmas spirit!

  66. Shelley T. December 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

    My favorite tradition is going to see the lights at Celebration in the Oaks!

  67. Denise December 19, 2016 at 12:43 am #

    My favorite Christmas tradition is going to worship service at our church with our family on Christmas Eve.

  68. Alexis December 19, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    Eggnog daiquiris while trimming the tree & Christmas Eve pajama gifts!

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