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8 Great Speaker Gifts for New Orleans Conference Presenters

As a conference organizer, we aren’t telling you anything you don’t already know when we say that New Orleans is one of the best convention destinations in the country. In 2018 more than 1200 conventions and meetings took place in our historic city and resulted in the sales of more than half a million hotel rooms. Meeting Source picked New Orleans as the best convention city in the southeast which is no surprise to the millions of people who visit every year. With great walkability, good air quality and major promotional appeal, this is a city that conference presenters and attendees are sure to fall in love with.

NOLA is known as the birthplace of jazz as well as being home to some of the most delicious and unique food in the world. When the time comes to choose presenters gifts, the “Big Easy” will overwhelm you with the variety of New Orleans gifts that are available. Did you know that Tabasco Sauce is made on Avery Island Louisiana? While it isn’t made in the city of New Orleans, it is as much a part of the local cuisine as the crayfish. What could be more natural than including it in any conference presenter gift that you are considering?

Does including a unique drink sound interesting? Abita Root Beer is brewed at the Abita Brewery only 30 miles north of New Orleans. It is naturally caffeine free and sweetened with pure cane sugar grown in Louisiana. It has almost universal appeal as a root beer float or just straight from the bottle. It combines beautifully with some of the other locally produced snacks that are available including Zapps Chips and sweet and savory nuts and mixes from the New Orleans Nut Company. If chocolate is something that you want to include, Aunt Sally’s makes a praline that just screams New Orleans with its iconic Creole recipe.

When most people think of New Orleans, Mardi Gras is the first thing that comes to mind and nothing is more evocative of Mardi Gras than kings cake. While it is certainly part of the Mardi Gras celebration, they are available year round and are sure to be a memorable reminder for the conference presenters at your event.

1. A Taste of the Big Easy ($42 online basket)  Makes the perfect speaker gift since it is filled with ready to eat New Orleans snacks and comes packaged in a disposable NOLA box.  Filled with Red Beans and Rice chips, salsa, Abita Root beer, New Orleans pecans and pralines.

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2. New Orleans Map Glasses make a great gift!  We carry the rock glass, stemless wine as well as mugs with the map of New Orleans engraved around the glass.  Pair this with a bottle of New Orleans Rum and you have yourself a great speaker gift.

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3. New Orleans Bonfolk Socks come in a wide assortment styles for ladies and gents.  For every pair we sell, another pair goes to the homeless shelter in New Orleans.  Pair the socks with a few New Orleans gourmet goodies!

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4. Always A Good Idea ($76 online) is a great gift since it comes inside of the New Orleans tote bag and is filled with Zapps chips, Abita Root Beer, New Orleans pecans, Sucre Chocolate, Hot Nuts, Robicheaux fleur de lis candy, Aunt Sally’s pralines, Southern Candymakers tortue and Tabasco red hots.

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5. Hand painted oyster wine glass – Made in Louisiana!  Pair this with a bottle of wine and this makes a great keepsake.

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6. King Cake Gourmet (online for $135) has a large assortment of NOLA favorites including a few mini king cakes which are available year round.  Our best selling Mardi Gras gift basket – we’ve given this king cake gift basket a twist!

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This gift basket includes:

    1. Mini King Cake [2]
    2. Sesame Water Crackers
    3. Brie Cheese
    4. Southern Candymaker’s Tortue [2]
    5. Aunt Sally’s Creamy Praline
    6. Aunt Sally’s Cafe Au Lait Praline
    7. Sucre Chocolate Bar
    8. Sucre Big Awesome Cookies
    9. Peach Pecan Amaretto Preserves
    10. San Saba Poppin’ Pecan Popcorn Snack Mix
    11. New Orleans Nut Company Honey Glazed Pecans
    12. Gourmet Caramels
    13. Chocolate Fleur de Lis in a Box
    14. Angelo Brocato’s Mixed Biscotti
    15. Jar of Praline in a Cookie Mini Butter Cookies
    16. Feather Mask
    17. Wooden Pine Gift Box

7. Sweet Thank You (online $48) – This thank you gift box comes filled with:

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  1. Aunt Gloria’s Sugar Cookies
  2. New Orleans Nut Company Honey Glazed Pecans
  3. Fleur de Lis Chocolate in a Box
  4. San Saba Poppin’ Pecan Popcorn Snack Mix
  5. Praline in a Cookie 2-Pack
  6. Chocolate Pecan Fleur de Lis Turtle
  7. Thank You Gift Box

8. New Orleans Map Umbrella (online $18). Perfect for those afternoon rain showers in New Orleans, this button operated umbrella with wrist strap shows a vintage map collage of New Orleans featuring the Mississippi River. Measures about 40 inches across. Comes with outer sleeve for storage.

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With all the things you have to do as a conference organizer finding the perfect presenter gifts can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be. We have created these eight gifts to provide you with a sampling of all that is wonderful about New Orleans. If one of them is just what you are looking for, we provide gift delivery to you at whatever local location you prefer. If time is of the essence, we can work on very short turnaround time. Our talented staff will be happy to create custom curated gifts, baskets or boxes for you with the unique combination of gifts that you had in mind should one of the ones we created not quite fit your vision. Give us a call at The Basketry or stop by and let us make this a memorable convention for you and all of your presenters.

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