Best Christmas Shopping in New Orleans

10Best spots for holiday shopping in New Orleans

Christmas time is a great time to be in the city of New Orleans, where shopping opps abound and a thriving artists' community creates truly one of a kind gifts. 

Whether you are venturing down Royal, strolling the Garden District or have taken the streetcar Uptown, there is a shop on this list that will have the perfect gift. Buying jewelry for that special someone? Need a Mardi Gras mask for face or wall? How about a culinary antique that will delight the cocktail lover? There are art markets held just about every weekend, as well as two permanent markets, The French Market and the Palace Art Market on Frenchmen Street,  open year-round for savvy shoppers. 

It's all here and more, as New Orleans gets into the holiday spirit with a festive groove on. 'Tis the season for carolers to sing in the Square and trees and windows sparkle with seasonal bling.  Whether you're shopping for gifts or presents for yourself, these 10 stores deliver the goods.

New Orleans is great for Christmas shopping because so many local artists create wonderful crafts and artwork that you couldn't find anywhere else in the world.  Oyster earrings, New Orleans street tiles, water meter replicas and hand-stitched hats and tutus await as you head for the indie stores.


Owned and operated by glass and metal artist Arden Stewart, Nuance offers handmade Louisiana crafts in the Riverbend section of uptown. Pottery, blown glass, unique jewelry and fleur de lis mementos line the inside of the cute little shop. Located on the far end (from the Quarter) of the St. Charles Streetcar line, Nuance offers shoppers a great escape from the bustle of French Quarter perusing. Spend a day Uptown, and enjoy this gem of a store as well as a handful of restaurants and bars nearby. If you find something you fancy, purchase knowing that you are supporting the local art community of New Orleans.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Nuance's New Orleans-themed jewelry is one-of-a-kind and would be a treat for someone to unwrap during the holidays.

Beth's expert tip: The shopkeeper doubles as the resident glass-blower and metal worker.

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Historic Bywater
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Searching for culinary artifacts antiques and artwork look no further than Lucullus. Once solely a culinary antique emporium, Lucullus has expanded its reach to include design, with the owners' expertise showcased in a new shop and space in Bywater on Kentucky Street, the first street past (and parallel) to Poland going towards the Industrial Canal. whether 17th to 19th century Continental and English furniture or the magnificent selections of cookware are imported straight from France. What makes Lucullus so unique is the owners' depth of knowledge. With the opening of this location, they have expanded to include a more contemporary inventory.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This Bywater culinary antique emporium will wow with vintage pieces dedicated to the grand pursuits of gastronomy.

Beth's expert tip: There's a metalsmith named L.J. on site who can do wonders retinning and shining up your copper pots.

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French Market

Originally a Choctaw trading post, the French Market dates back to 1791, one of the oldest documented farmer's markets in America. Organized like a giant swap meet, you can find inexpensive silver jewelry, $10 sunglasses, stuffed animals for the kids and all kinds of tasteless items made from alligator hide. You can try your hand at bargaining, depending on the shop owner's mood and how much you're planning to buy, you might get a deal. Although many of the items for sale are imported, the prices are good and you'll find some local artists depending on the day. The food offerings are better than any mall food court.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: You may see and hear carolers, marching bands and of course a brightly lit holiday tree when you visit the French Market during Christmas time.

Beth's expert tip: This can be a great place to pick up New Orleans gifts, from Mardi Gras beads to feathered masks, on a budget.

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Historic Bywater
Dr. Bob's Folk Art
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Dr. Bob never had an art lesson in his life. Legends and lore, swamps and gators, shotgun houses and starry skies inspire his whimsical neon folk art. He incorporates found objects in his work, alligator teeth, reclaimed wood and local bottle caps adorn his paintings. If you have a meal at Elizabeth's restaurant at Chartres and Piety, you'll see plenty of Dr. Bob's work hanging on the walls. But the best place to see the artist's work and meet him too, depending on his mood, is at his Bywater studio and gallery. In the past, the place was less than welcoming to passersby, with no trespassing signs posted and Dr. Bob usually put out at any interruptions. After termite damage ruined a second-floor apartment over his studio a few years ago, Dr. Bob transformed the space into a bona fide gallery, complete with a smiling assistant and floor to ceiling displays of his work for sale.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Dr. Bob's folk is iconic on the New Orleans art scene.

Beth's expert tip: His Be Nice or Leave signs are a New Orleans icon and you won't find them cheaper.

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Fleurty Girl is a wildly popular clothing and accessories shop with multiple locations and a decidedly local accent. The boutique's specialty is screen printed tees that feature New Orleans witticisms, catchphrases and pop culture references that make the shirts trendy yet timeless. Owner Lauren Thom started Fleurty Girl out of her house a while back, and her shirts have now become a staple around town, along with all kinds of Nola-centric gifts. Besides shirts, there are hats, boots and other accessories, many featuring the New Orleans Saints football colors black and gold.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Fleurty Girl always has seasonal holiday gifts sure to please.

Beth's expert tip: Look for a new location in Concourse C of the newly opened Louis Armstrong International Airport.

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Southern Food and Beverage Museum
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Come to this charming museum along Central City's Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and find a cavernous 16,000-square-foot space achieving an ambitious mission. The museum is home to an exhibition kitchen in the rear, a fab gift shop for foodies up front, and a series of central exhibits called Gallery of the Southern States of Taste. Here you can see a somewhat higgledy-piggledy series of displays dedicated to the food culture of 15 Southern states and the District of Columbia. There's also a newly added outdoor event space called the Gumbo Garden. Formerly an old Dryades Street Market that dates to 1849, the building's terrazzo floors still bear the dividing marks of the original vendors' stalls. The demonstration kitchen in the rear of the building sits where the fish market used to be.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This wonderful creative space is ideal for lovers of words and art and images.

Beth's expert tip: Don't worry about gulping that drink, you can wander with a cocktail at this ode to Southern food and drink.

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Palace Market Frenchmen
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A beacon of locally made art and jewelry on Frenchmen Street since 2013, this evening market is open every night from 7 pm until midnight, or 1 am on the weekend. Right next door to the Spotted Cat and in the heart of the Frenchmen Street nuttiness, this brightly lit marketplace boasts a revolving roster of serious artists creating everything from whimsical sculptures made from flatware to Impressionist style streetcar scenes and inventive offbeat t-shirt designs. This is where locals in the know buy their gifts and art for the wall and wearing. Check out the fun feathered hair barrettes and silver flatware sculpture.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This is the only open-air night art market in town and it's on busy Frenchmen Street.

Beth's expert tip: Head to the uplit couch in the back to sit a spell and people watch.

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Historic New Orleans Collection
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A must for lovers of the city and history buffs, the Historic New Orleans Collection connects the dots in more than three centuries of New Orleans lore. Don't miss a stop at The Shop at the Collection, the perfect spot to get unique, local gift items, exclusive reproductions of maps, prints, gorgeous books published by THNOC, and one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists. A great spot if you're looking for authentic Louisiana and New Orleans gifts. After shopping, check out the collection - a museum, research center and publisher, the newly expanded collection was founded in 1966 to preserve the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Located in a historic complex of French Quarter buildings, the Historic New Orleans Collection also includes an impressive staffed research center for doing some checking up on famous residents like voodoo queen Marie Laveau, should you get the urge.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This is the perfect place to find great gifts for anybody in love with history or New Orleans.

Beth's expert tip: This free collection includes a tour of the historic Williams home, full of gorgeous Louisiana antiques and Chinese porcelains.

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There are plenty of crafty jewelry designers in New Orleans selling fleur-de-lis pendants. But for the times you want to make a right-now statement, there's the groovily named Gogo Borgerding, a designer who creates eye-popping jewelry with necklaces that say "POW" and bracelets that look like Wonder Woman might wear them. Her eponymous store sells not only her bold pieces but also features other talented and sometimes unknown jewelers' designs. Some of the pieces are Louisiana-inspired, like the nubby crawfish claw pendants in silver or bronze or hand-cut sterling shadowboxes replicating the gas lights that flicker outside many a French Quarter cottage.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: This local artist creates bold one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.

Beth's expert tip: Although most of Gogo's jewelry is aimed at women, ask to see her eye-popping cuff links for the fashion-forward man.

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Where Y'Art Gallery
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Where Y'Art is a sweet, locally owned gallery in the Marigny that offers more than 100 New Orleans artists with creations of all price points. From painters to sculptors, craftsmen and jewelry designers, you can peruse their work anytime online - consider this a 24-hour meeting place where the artist is always present and the wall space knows no limits. We also maintain a physical gallery in New Orleans' historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood along with satellite galleries across the city. Browse New Orleans art and get to know the artists behind each piece, with a database searchable by category, color, collection, price or neighborhood.

Recommended for Christmas Shopping because: Where Y'Art is a wonderful indie gallery that showcases local art from 10 am-5 pm Mom-Fri or 24 hours online.

Beth's expert tip: Stop into the R Bar across the street from the gallery to rub elbows, and shoot pool, with locals.

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Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

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