‘Tis the season for family get-togethers, delicious food… and holiday shopping. We know this can be the busiest time of the year for most people, so we’re here to help. Here’s the first-ever Talk 107.3 Baton Rouge Gift Guide. Use this post to get holiday-ready and prep your lists for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and the rest of the shopping season. As a local company ourselves, we love supporting our fellow local businesses and partners in the Greater Baton Rouge area. We think there’s something here for everyone on your list!
DECK YOUR HALLS AND PREP YOUR MERRYMAKING
First things first. You need to embrace the holiday spirit and get your Christmas tree! Start a new tradition and cut one down yourself on a mini road trip to St. Tammany Parish. At Shady Pond Tree Farm, you can choose from 14,000 trees in nine different varieties while—most importantly—making a priceless memory with the kids or grandkids.
Tradition is always a big part of the holidays—especially when it comes to the menus. But this year, consider adding a little something new. Surprise and delight with a recipe from Talk 107.3’s own food celebrity, Jay Ducote. You might discover a new holiday staple! (We have our eyes on the Brie en Croute with Barbecue Fig Jam and the Pimento Cheese Cornbread.)
Don’t feel like cooking? Or maybe you’re in charge of your office’s holiday events? Make your hosting duties a bit easier by picking up some party trays from Don’s Seafood or catering from Bergeron’s Cajun Meats. Or, start a new tradition with a taco bar from Gov’t Taco. Salsas comes in red and green, after all! But they’re actually great for any gathering, any time of the year. And don’t forget dessert! Ambrosia Bakery has dessert trays with something for everyone, the cutest Christmas cookies you’ve ever seen—and even yule logs! You’ll be a holiday hero.
Are you more likely to be a party guest than the host with the most? Pick up a bottle of Jay D’s Blanc du Bois to say thank you to your host! A crisp white wine, Jay created it to pair exceptionally well with Louisiana cuisine. Cheers!
THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Out with the old and in with the new! Create a beautiful surrounding for your favorite homebody—even if that homebody is you. Find comfortable and beautiful pieces of furniture at Galeries Acadiana. With their extensive selection, you’re bound to find something for every taste. But if you’re looking for hand-crafted, wooden furniture, All Wood Furniture is right up your alley. Using Louisiana cypress, All Wood has serves up high-quality pieces for the entire Bayou State! You can even create a custom piece of furniture your loved ones will cherish for years.
Stone and Cloth can help you channel your inner Joanna Gaines with new flooring, countertops, and furniture. It’s also a perfect spot to pick up some original art or gorgeous home accessories for the most discerning of recipients. And to finish off a home reno, ADL Appliances can help you out with more than ovens and refrigerators. Explore their statement-making lighting and plumbing fixtures.
Have you heard that plants are the new pets? In addition to all their gorgeous options for your yard, Clegg’s Nursery has a whole list of gift ideas. They also have plenty of gardening accessories for the green thumb owners in your life.
SHARE DELECTABLE GIFTABLES WITH COOKS AND FOODIES
Still hungry? Let’s talk about some delicious giftables. Start with local food celebrity—and radio host—Jay Ducote. His products are sure to add some great Louisiana flavor to your life! Give a gift that keeps on giving in the kitchen. Take the Louisiana Molasses Mustard, for example. This mustard brings the heat with some good ol’ Cajun spice as well as the sweetness of sugar cane molasses.
For the carnivores in your life, Jay’s Louisiana Barbecue Sauce provides a unique, spicy punch to any meat. Pair it with his Spicy & Sweet Barbecue Rub. But with all this delicious food, you need something to drink! In addition to Jay D’s Blanc du Bois wine, try his Single Origin Coffee while you’re whipping up one of his mouth-watering recipes.
Jay’s products also guest-star alongside other local favorites at Red Stick Spice. It’s a great place to find high-quality teas, spices, and sweeteners. Gifting one of their subscription boxes will delight all year long. We’re also fond of their cooking classes to learn something new.
OUTFIT THE FASHIONISTAS AND JEWELRY LOVERS
The Red Stick is a great place to find the clothes—and the gifts—for every occasion! Take Tiger People Clothiers, for example. This is the perfect store to find tailgating looks along with all the accessories for the LSU fans in your life. If fashion boutiques are more your speed, try Blu Spero. Baton Rouge-based shop Wanderlust by Abby is here with a huge selection of boho-chic clothing and accessories—many of which are made by local creators!
Are you shopping for the men in your life? If you’re looking for hats, shirts, and polos—stop by Craberdashery. You’ll make a statement with the blue crab—and be comfortable while you do it. And don’t forget that Carriages Fine Clothier can outfit a man’s closet with polished professional and casual attire—it’s an excellent choice for upgrading your LSU wardrobe as well!
If you’re looking for something *extra* special, everyone knows jewelry is the way to go. Whether you’re looking for a future heirloom piece or something nice and sparkly, it’s easy to find whatever you need from local retailers. We recommend Boudreaux’s Jewelers in Baton Rouge and Salassi Jewelry in Livingston. Get a beautiful watch for him or a custom ring for her from the people who know best. For those looking for everyday, locally made pieces, try Mimosa Handcrafted. With a distinct southern Louisiana style, they have the perfect gift that’s sure to dazzle.
CHEER ON THE TAILGATERS, SPORTS FANS, AND ATHLETES
LSU is the lifeblood of our great state. Geaux Tigers! Even if you’re not into sports—someone you love sure is. Show your LSU spirit with clothes and accessories from Tiger People Clothiers. They have something for every age—even your newborn! Cheer them on in a bigger way with Action Advertising and Flags—perfect for the house or the tailgate. Another great place to find your tiger gear is Red Stick Sports. While you’re looking, you can pick up equipment, gear, and more for your own little athlete.
For the tailgater in your life, you can never go wrong with the right food! Hebert’s Specialty Meats has your choice of boudin, ribs, and party trays. Chris’s Specialty Foods can set you up with beef, pork, and chicken. Pair that with Jay D’s Tailgate Bundle for the tastiest food on the block. It comes with a bottle of his Louisiana Molasses Mustard, a bottle of Louisiana Barbecue Sauce, and a bag of his Spicy & Sweet Barbecue Rub. So you can dip, spread, or season to your heart’s (and taste buds’) content!
Whether tailgating, hunting, or playing, Louisiana’s outdoors is always a great place to be. The right gear can make a world of difference! Academy Sports and Massey’s Outfitters are here with the proper clothes and the necessary gadgets. The cooler weather is FINALLY here, so it’s the best time to gift the right jacket, tents, and shoes to keep Jack Frost from nipping at their nose.
SUPPORT THE WELLNESS WARRIORS
Give a gift to make your loved one look—and feel—their best. Rejuvime’s treatments and therapies can restore, refuel, and refresh. In addition to its robust menu of cosmetic services, Aesthetic Medicine offers facials and other skin treatments to relax and rejuvenate.
Know someone who’s active or looking to try something new? Share a Yoglates 2 South membership or some gift cards. In addition to their classes, their in-store shop has all your athleisure lifestyle essentials. Be sure to check out their Black Friday deal!
Good Eats Kitchen’s meal prep plans could be a godsend for the busy and health-conscious. Choose meals with your dietary needs in mind, including gluten-free, high-protein, sodium-conscious, and vegetarian. Check out Red Stick Spice’s wide selection of teas to address all kinds of ailments.
HOLLY JOLLY FAMILY FUN AND EXPERIENCES
Ready for something completely different? Consider gifting an experience and starting new traditions. The award-winning Baton Rouge Zoo offers memberships so you can give the entire family a whole year of animal fun and learning. Additionally, Zoolights is happening through the end of December. Wander a mile-long trail and see more than 50 festive illuminations. It’s only $3 for kids and $5 for adults—a great deal for some holiday fun!
The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra is a cultural gem in the Red Stick. Their subscriptions can be gifted by season, series, or in three- or four-show packages. Personally, we love their holiday shows—treat a group of family or friends to listen and celebrate. You’ll enjoy doing something different and supporting the music community in our city.
For more festive fun, The Reindeer Run is coming up on Dec. 6! Get a group together and run or walk this 5K race through Downtown Baton Rouge’s Festival of Lights. Enjoy music, drinks, and food at the after-party, as well as a Kids Village with games and raffle prizes. If movies are more their speed, a gift card to Celebrity Theatres can get them into any movie. It’s something nearly any kid or grownup in your life could appreciate.
The best part of gifting an experience? You can tag along with them and share in it! The memories you’ll make together will last a lifetime.
HAPPY SHOPPING—KEEP US POSTED!
Hopefully, there’s something here for everyone on your list. Do you want to be the most flexible of gift-givers? Most of the businesses listed here also offer gift cards! Let us know on social media what you’re buying, eating, and doing this holiday season! Tag us at @Talk1073 on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #1073GiftGuide. Happy Holidays!