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By LouisianaTravel.com Staff

Tabasco bottles on the filling line in Avery Island

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Landry Vineyards Wine

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While some say the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, we at Louisiana Travel feel like we could spice that up a bit. Share the Louisiana love this season with gifts that reflect our state’s great music, food and drink, outdoors and culture. Here are a few of our picks for holiday gifts with a little extra something (or as we say in the bayou state, lagniappe).

Louisiana Cuisine

Louisiana cuisine is known worldwide for its spiciness and second-to-none ingredients. Gift someone with a subscription box from Red Stick Spice, special editions of TABASCO® hot sauce or Steen’s cane syrup.  Cajun cooking classes, wooden gumbo spoons and pralines also make wonderful gifts!

Louisiana Libations      

What pairs better with a Louisiana culinary gift than craft beer, wine and spirits? Every corner of Louisiana has a craft brewery that showcases its personality. If beer is not your cup of tea, try one of our local distillers or Landry Vineyards in West Monroe, Louisiana.

Outdoors

One of the best things about Louisiana is the abundance of opportunities to get outside and enjoy our unique natural landscapes. Whether it’s paddling, birding, hiking or biking, many outfitters around the state offer the gear your loved one needs to experience Louisiana’s natural beauty.

Local pride

As a state with a rich history and culture, there are many moments that will make you say, “Only Louisiana!” Companies like Fleurty Girl out of New Orleans and Parish Ink in Lafayette highlight these quirky Louisiana-isms with merchandise featuring a little bit of lagniappe. Mais gardez-donc!

Gear Up for Spring Festivals

The end of the year is a great time to plan for next year’s vacation. With Mardi Gras and spring festivals around the corner, gift someone with all the things he or she will need to enjoy these events. Popular costumes for Mardi Gras often include a capuchon (a special hat for a Cajun courir), a wig and a striped shirt in the Mardi Gras colors. For spring festivals, a trusty festival hat and a portable ice chest for icing down Louisiana craft brews will help festival-goers stay cool between music sets.

Music

It’s no secret that Louisiana is home to some of the best toe-tapping music on earth. Tickets to see a Louisiana artist play the blues, jazz, Zydeco or Cajun music would make for an awesome gift (and maybe an even more awesome trip). Go on, spread some Louisiana Christmas cheer!

Shop Local

If you’re looking for more options to shop, there are a plethora of options around the state. With Big Creek Trade Days in Dubach, the Ruston Farmer’s Market, Mid-City Makers Market in Baton Rouge, shopping on Magazine Street in New Orleans or holiday shopping during LARC Acadian Village’s Noel Acadien event in Lafayette, you are sure to find treasures in every corner of the state. Share your unique finds with us this holiday season using #OnlyLouisiana on your social channels!

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