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How To Set The Perfect Holiday Table

How to set the perfect holiday table

The holidays are all about family and friends, good food and festive decorations. So much goes into making everything just the way you like it that anything less than a perfect holiday table is unthinkable. No matter what your personal taste, at the Basketry, we have those special decor items that can set your holiday table above the rest. Let us help you to set the perfect holiday table with these beautiful and practical items. Not only are they right for your own holiday table, but they make thoughtful gifts to send to family, friends and associates.

Here are some of our favorite holiday table decorations.

Christmas Dangle Leg Runner

Christmas Table Decorations

This festive table runner will be a conversation starter on any table that it graces. It combines the practicality of canvas with the beauty of felt. Santa has never looked better or happier.

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Christmas Whimsi Towels

Christmas Towels

No one can look at these whimsical cotton towels and not smile. They are charming and all include an appropriate holiday saying including Merry Reindeer, Oh So Jolly Nutcracker and Merry Christmas Santa. These would make an ideal hostess gift at one of the holiday parties you will be attending.

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Milk and Cookie Set

Milk and cookies Christmas dish set

Stay on Santa’s nice list with this adorable milk and cookie set. It is the perfect setting to leave out on Christmas Eve and use many nights after. A reminder of the child in all of us and the importance of milk and cookies in the Christmas celebration. The plate is debossed with a line from “Night Before Christmas”.

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Bistro Bar Utensil Set

Bistro Bar Christmas Decor

Everything the home bartender needs to serve holiday drinks, this five-piece set is stainless steel with brass finish. Utensils include a shot jigger, bottle opener, strainer and bar spoon. All set in a mango wood BAR block to keep everything neat.

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Ceramic Antler Platter

ceramic antler platter

In mottled white, this stylish seasonal platter goes well with any decor. The generous size makes it a useful addition to any holiday table.

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Family Gathers Here Lazy Susan

Family Gathers Here lazy susan

This lazy susan has the perfect sentiment for anyone who cherishes family, especially during the holiday season.

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Livin’ On The Veg Serving Set

Livin' on the veg serving platter

This beautiful and practical serving dish will be a welcome addition to any holiday celebration. There is no such thing as too many serving pieces and the addition of the silver-plated serving spoon makes it extra special.

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Marble Deer Spoon Rest

marble deer head serving spoon rest

While reindeer are part of Christmas decor, this marble spoon rest can fit into any home decor and will become a year-round favorite.

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We hope that we have given you some ideas for your own holiday table and some holiday gift ideas as well. If you didn’t find exactly what you were looking for among our suggestions we welcome the opportunity to work with you to curate a gift box or basket that is exactly what you had in mind. You can mix and match the things we included or visit our website or store and check the many other items that we have to create the perfect holiday table.

At the Basketry, we listen to your ideas and turn them into one of a kind gifts. Our creative staff knows the right questions to ask to help make sure that you end up with exactly what you have in mind, a gift that you will be proud to give. With 20 years of experience, you can count on us to make your gift-giving dreams come true. We will wrap your gift beautifully and even deliver it for you if that is what you desire. We can work on a very short turnover time but if you want delivery, keep in mind that it is the holiday season and out of town delivery may take a little more time than usual.

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8 Gift Ideas for a White Elephant Gift Exchange

8 Ideas for a white elephant gift exchange

Ideas for white elephant gifts

Christmas is the season when gift-giving reaches its all-time high. Gifts are exchanged with family and friends and even with total strangers in the office Secret Santa. On some of those gift-giving occasions, a long-held tradition is the White Elephant gift exchange. Gift exchanges can be loads of fun. They go by many names including White Elephant, Dirty Santa, Yankee Swap, Swiping Secret Santa and Thieving Elves depending on what part of the country you happen to live in.

This fun way to exchange Christmas presents is a party favorite, and no matter what it is called, it has similar rules. The participants bring wrapped gifts that are placed in a designated area. All the participants draw a number to see the order the gifts will be chosen. The participant with number one goes first, chooses a gift and opens it. Then the person with number two picks a gift and opens it and if they like what number one chose better they exchange gifts with them. It goes on until the last gift is opened and all people have had a chance to choose among the opened gifts. In the end, the person with number one can steal anyone’s gift. It is all good fun and usually, much laughter ensues. So making sure that you choose a gift that will appeal to everyone is important. At the Basketry, we have many gift ideas and here are a few that are appropriate for White Elephant Gifts or Dirty Santa Gifts.

Arctican

Arctican white elephant gift

This great can cooler will keep drinks cold for up to 3 hours and comes in four colors, including two neutrals and two fun colors. Depending on what you want to spend you could add a six-pack of craft beer.

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Bonfolk New Orleans Socks

bonfolk socks for gift exchange

These fun socks are a great gift for both men and women. This is a feel-good gift with a pair going to the homeless for every pair purchased.

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Christmas Stemless Wine Glasses

christmas glasses gift

No one could open this gift and not smile. Choose the saying that fits best, Until I Get Blitzen, Gettin’ Elfed Up or It’s 5 O’Clock at the North Pole.

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Fleur de Lis Acrylic GoVino Set

fleur-de-lis govino set

This pair of wine glass makes the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of your favorite red or white wine.

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Ho Ho Homemade

cookies and mug inexpensive Christmas gift

Santa will thank you for this charming mug with a slot for a cookie. This gift comes with some chocolate chip cookie love and you can supply some cocoa mix to take it over the top.

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Hand-Painted Oyster Wine Glasses

hand painted oyster glass

Depending on the value of the White Elephant gift you are supposed to bring you could buy a pair of these charmers. No two are alike since they are hand painted. The gold trim provides the perfect festive holiday touch.

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Liquor Bottle Tag Set

liquor bottle tag set gift

These four tags are pure class. Made of brass-finished cast aluminum they are etched with gin, vodka, tequila and whiskey. No matter what their preference they should find these are a gift that is stylish as well as useful.

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New Orleans Juice Glasses

Nola Juice Glass

This pair of glasses is New Orleans inspired. Jackson Square, The Garden District, streetcars and St Louis Cathedral are all portrayed.

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We hope that these 8 gift ideas for a White Elephant Gift Exchange have inspired you. If we haven’t we invite you to come into our store or visit our website and look at the many items that we carry. We have something for every budget and every taste, If you have something in mind, give us a call and we will be happy to put it together for you. Gifts can be delivered if you can’t get into the store and we will happily wrap your gift for you. With our 20 years of experience, our staff is dedicated to making sure that you can find exactly the right gift to give.

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7 Christmas Gift Ideas To Make You Stand Out To Your Boss

7 Christmas Gift Ideas To Make You Stand Out To Your Boss

7 Christmas Gift Ideas To Make You Stand Out To Your Boss

Choosing Christmas gifts for your boss that will make you stand out can be enough to make you stress out. Let’s face it, nothing humdrum is going to make an impression, it has to be something special to get you the attention that you are looking for. At the Basketry, we are experts at making a good impression and helping you to stand out. We have put together a list of seven sure-to-please Christmas gift ideas and we’re happy to work with you in putting one, two or even more of them together with all the other amazing things that we have in our store to create a one of a kind box or basket.

A Smoke of Genius

Christmas gift for boss

This is the epitome of masculine gifts with the Corkcicle cigar holding glass and Jack Daniels Bourbon. If you want to add a little something extra to up the ante, why not pick up some of his favorite cigars. You won’t have to worry about standing out after this Christmas with such a memorable gift.

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Artfully Aged

boss' gift - bourbon

If your boss happens to be a bourbon lover, this gift is sure to please. It includes a 750L bottle of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey, a product of the Jim Beam’s small batch bourbon collection. In addition, this gift includes a double-sided wood wrapped jigger and a New Orleans map rocks glass. This gift really doesn’t need anything else to make a very positive impression on your boss.

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Big Easy Bienvenue

new orleans gift basket

This welcome to the Big Easy basket is perfect for a boss who may be from out of town and allows you to introduce them to the warm feeling that makes New Orleans so special. A great bottle of cabernet sauvignon together with fleur de lis glasses to enjoy it along with a bevy of delicious snacks that epitomize the flavor of the Big Easy.

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Brew it Up

coffee gift for boss

For the boss who loves coffee, this is a charming taste of New Orleans. Included is a Corkcicle mug, French vanilla drip blend coffee from Orleans Coffee, and a luscious chocolate pecan turtle with fleur de lis from Robicheaux Specialty Candies.

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Can I Get a Who Dat

Who Dat gift

For the craft beer-loving boss, this is a gift that will bring a taste of New Orleans to wherever they happen to be. Who Dat is a product of the Urban South Brewery. Some delicious snacks round out this gift option and make it one that can be enjoyed for New Years Day or Super Bowl Sunday.

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Happy Holidays to You

happy holidays gift basket

This lovely Christmas gift includes a Louisiana serving platter, a bottle of pinot grigio and some sweet and salty snacks to serve with it. Your boss will have a heads up on some of their own holidays entertaining with this very practical gift and they will remember who gifted it to them.

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Southern Hospitality

This delightful pine box combines some of the best things that the south has to offer. You can’t go wrong with Carnivor Cabernet, beef jerky, pecans, and chocolate.

At the Basketry, we specialize in customer satisfaction. Our specially curated boxes and baskets use only the finest gift items available. We aim to please and if you don’t see what you are looking for among our suggestions, we will be happy to work with you to create exactly what you have in mind. Call us or stop by our store and let us create the perfect boss Christmas gift to make you stand out. We will wrap the basket, box or gift beautifully and we are able to deliver gifts if that is what you need. With more than 20 years of experience, we know happy customers are the lifeblood of our business and we go the extra mile to make sure that every gift basket or box we create is perfect.

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New Must Have Christmas Decorations for 2019

7 new must-have Christmas decorations for 2019

It’s that time of year again when all thoughts turn toward Christmas. Christmas decorations turn a house from just a dwelling into a home and they are a great way to express your personal taste. They also make an excellent gift for just about everyone on your gift-giving list and this year, 2019 there are some must-have Christmas decorations that anyone would love to have in their home or receive as a gift. Think about people in the office, mothers-in-law, newlyweds. friends, and that someone who is just impossible to buy for. Whether buying for yourself or giving as a gift, you can’t go wrong with a gift basket or box with Christmas decorations from the Basketry.

Bistro Bar Utensil Set

Bistro Bar Christmas Decor

This is the perfect gift for anyone who entertains, and it is unisex so it will work just as well for a man or a woman. Throw in a bottle of their favorite libation if you want to take it over the top.

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Deer Wreath Hanger Wall Decor

Deer Christmas Wreath

A beautiful deer wreath hanger is a statement piece that can be used to hold a wreath or it can be used solo as wall decor. This one has a shiny gold finish on paper mache that makes it light and easy to handle while being in style and eye-catching. It is a combination of country and glamour.

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Gold Edge Marble Board Set

Gold edge marble board set

The gold foiled edge of this stylish marble board has holidays written all over it. The delicate-looking spreader is the perfect accompaniment to set out with the board for a Christmas party cheese spread. Adding some delicious cheese and crackers would be a nice touch for a favorite hostess.

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Reindeer Caddy

Reindeer Caddy Christmas decoration

This galvanized tin reindeer with three canning jars has country written all over it. Fill the jars with the treats, greens or holiday decorations to create the perfect holiday centerpiece or mantle decoration. Or use it to hold the holiday cutlery for a perfect addition to the holiday table.

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Tartan Cable Knit Towel

Tartan Christmas Towels

Who doesn’t love tartan plaid for Christmas? Choose one of these three charming linen hand towels featuring Santa, a Reindeer, or Christmas tree. Two of the towels include a dimensional bell. These will complement the decor in anyone’s kitchen or powder room.

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Christmas Dangle Leg Runner

Christmas Santa dangle leg table runner

Santa has never looked cuter than he does dangling off the end of this washed canvas runner. For a casual holiday touch that has the perfect sentiment printed on it, this is a gift anyone will enjoy.

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Christmas Stemless Wine Glasses

stemless Christmas glasses

If you want to get a smile out of the person you are gifting, these wine glasses are the perfect gift. You have the choice of three amusing sentiments and you will get a really big smile if you add a bottle of wine to your glass choice. Choose from “Until I Get Blitzen”, “Gettin’ Elfed Up” and “It’s 5 O’Clock at the North Pole”.

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Twas The Night Tassel Throw

Twas the night before Christmas blanket

Clement Clarke Moore’s iconic “A Visit From St. Nicholas” is printed on this woven throw blanket with tassels. It is large enough to snuggle under on the couch while enjoying a favorite Christmas movie and pretty enough to become your most treasured holiday decoration.

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At the Basketry, we want to help you to make Christmas gift-giving as seamless as possible. All of the Christmas decorations we have suggested would make a great Christmas gift for someone on your list; and pick up one for yourself while you are at it. We hope that you will love some of the gifts that we have suggested but if we have not quite hit the mark, we can curate a gift basket or box with the gifts of your choice. Give us a call or stop by our store to talk to one of our gift experts. We pride ourselves on being able to create exactly what you want and need. We will wrap it beautifully for you and we can deliver your gift even on short notice.

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Behind The Shrink Gun!

Meet the staff of The Basketry

The people behind the shrink gun - meet The Basketry's staff. 

We love helping customers create the perfect gifts, and we thought you’d like to learn more about the folks behind the shrink gun! Kristi, Alex, and Ali have worked together in production for many years.  All three take orders, create gifts and make customers smile, but individually they carry three very important roles.

Kristi, the owner since 1995, is the mother of two children. Bella is in her second year at USM in Hattiesburg and Nick is a junior at Holy Cross in New Orleans.  A fun fact about Kristi is that she just completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, and she loves to go fishing.  She would love to go turkey hunting someday.  Her burning desire is to take a month off from work and travel.

Alexandra is the Director of Operations.  She handles the work of 5 people which includes managing the website, placing orders for the store, hiring new employees, and taking care of customer’s requests.  Alex is a Doodle dog mom at night.  Her two doodles are her babies!  Another fun fact about Alex is that she has been to 4 different countries and plans to visit 4 more by next year. Her burning desire is to drink her way through Europe.

Ali is the Production Manager.  She handles all of the customer orders, trains and manages new employees, and takes care of all of the large projects.  Fun fact about Ali is that she is used to be a stand-in for NCIS New Orleans and movies such as Selfless.  She loves sports, especially baseball and football.  Her burning desire is to start her own fashion line.

Together, the production team takes care of nearly 400 gifts per week on average.  Recently they took pictures of a few new gift ideas that have made their way online.  You can see them here.

 

Let Kristi, Alex, and Ali take care of you.  Next time you need a gift, give us a call to help! 1-800-385-9601 or 504-309-7935

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The Perfect Gift for your New Clients

The perfect welcome gift for new clients
The perfect client appreciation gift!
As business owners, we want new business.  It’s the reason we get out of bed each day!  The best way to generate a new lead or to thank a new customer for coming on board with you is to let The Basketry send a gift on your behalf. Kristi Brocato, owner of The Basketry has been a Gift Expert for over 25 years.  She has helped thousands of companies send the perfect gifts to clients, employees and their families. Here are Kristi’s top tips for welcoming a new client.

Tip #1:  Make the gift all about the client. NOT

about you!

 
This is not the time to make this gift a promotional item.  Don’t get me wrong, including your coffee mug and your sticker is a perfect addition to the gift, but don’t go overboard.  There is no need to throw promotional items all over this gift because it will get thrown away and so will your new business.  This is the perfect example of how to use your name to create the perfect welcome gift without going overboard.
 
“Thank you for Brewing Up business with us!”
 
A custom client appreciation gift for 5 Stones Media, a marketing agency in Hammond, LA

Tip #2:  Don’t spend a lot of money, but don’t look cheap!

Think about the cost of dinner, a round of golf, or tickets to a game.  Your client’s time is the most valuable asset they have given you. Spend $50 – $150 on your gift.
 
Client Welcome Gifts - A Sweet Life
 

Tip #3:  If shopping local is important to your business, send a gift from a local company.

Think about it. You don’t want your customer’s shopping on Amazon, so why would you? Let your local gift shop be your “go-to” for gifting. If you choose The Basketry that’s great, but by all means, don’t shop with someone you don’t know.
 
Client Gifts from Local Businesses
 

Tip #4:   Send a gift when it’s not expected.

We call this “Planned Randomness.” Everyone expects a Christmas gift, but if you send that same gift at Thanksgiving as a “Give Thanks” you will be remembered. If you send a client gift for Valentine’s day “We love working with you,” just imagine the impact. Client birthdays are another awesome way to let them know you appreciate their business.
 
A healthy gift basket makes a great client welcome gift!
 
 
Just remember, It’s not necessarily about the gift. Our gifts are the delivery vehicle for communicating your value, making someone feel special and showing that you value your client’s family. It’s about when you send it, what your personalized gift card message reads as well as the sweet contents that you send that show your effort. We are the go-to source for appreciating gifts for companies such as 5 Stones Media, Saphire Events, Cox Communications, and The Pelicans. Give our Creative Team a call if you need help with the logistics of gifting. We will save you money!
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5 New Orleans Themed Corporate Gifts

New Orleans themed corporate gift ideas

new-orleans-themed-client-gifts

Everyone loves great gifts.  But not everyone gives great, or gives strategically.  At The Basketry, we know gifts and we know how to give strategically.  You should be giving New Orleans themed corporate gifts your clients and employees will love.  After all, why would you send anything if it’s not local?

The best gifts are the ones that we send for you.  When a delivery driver pulls up and makes that delivery, it shows the effort that you went through to make that happen.  Not only is the surprise one of the greatest parts of your gift, but the contents matter too.  At The Basketry, we work really hard to bring you local and delicious New Orleans flavors! 

Here are some of our most popular New Orleans themed corporate gifts your clients and employees will love.  We can hand deliver to the office or to the home.  

Big Easy, Big Heart

“Big Easy, Big Heart”  is a great gift filled with all things New Orleans as well as Bonfolk socks which give back to the homeless.  This gift also gives back!  For every purchase of this Big Easy, Big Heart gift box, we donate another gift box filled with basic necessities to the homeless shelter.

New Orleans Themed Gifts - Big Easy, Big Heart

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Golden Delight

This elegant gift features New Orleans cookies, coffee, popcorn, and chocolates.  

Golden Delight, a New Orleans gift basket

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Hop-On The Streetcar

Who doesn’t LOVE a good beer?  We carry Abita, Gnarly Barley and Urban South beers, so this gift can be created with any of our beers and we feature some of our favorite gourmet goodies to create the perfect Nola snack.

Hop On the Streetcar - New Orleans craft beer gift basket

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On The Rocks

We love the New Orleans Map Rock Glass, the St. Roch Vodka and the Odi’s praline in a cookie, but featuring these items together in a gift basket is amazing.  What a great gift to give your clients!

On The Rocks - A New Orleans themed Vodka gift

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The Happy Cajun

This gift has become of our customer’s favorite simply because it’s filled with Bourbon popcorn, the best pork jerky, Cajun Crunch and Raceland Raw Sugar Toffee!  YUM! And you can’t beat the price.  For only $40 you can make your employees and clients smile.  

The Happy Cajun is a Cajun themed, New Orleans gift basket.

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Let the Basketry take care of your gifting.  The Basketry, gifting made easy in the Big Easy! 

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4 Unique Bridesmaids Gifts for New Orleans Weddings

Bridesmaid Gifts for a New Orleans Wedding

Bridesmaid Gifts for a New Orleans Wedding

New Orleans is the BEST place to get married. From the elegant gardens of City Park and the Garden District to the fun nightlife on Bourbon Street, there’s plenty of things to do and places to eat and drink. If you’re looking for the perfect bridesmaid’s gift, look no further. When it comes to finding unique bridesmaids gifts for New Orleans Weddings, The Basketry is the place to call when you need to find something really special that won’t get stuffed in the back of a closet when the ladies get home. These four options offer a variety of unique and personal gifts.

A night on the town is part of the celebration that leads up to one of the most exciting days of your life. Even if you did overdo the partying, looking your best in all the photos that are going to be taken is important. Let us provide you with this great gift to help you and your girls be ready for the big day.

In Sickness and In Health Bridesmaid gift

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  1. In Sickness & In Health – Hangovers are just a part of the game here in New Orleans, so giving them this goody bag filled with EmergenC, Advil, Altoids, and Visine makes perfect sense for your bridesmaids.

Being a bridesmaid is a great honor but it can also be exhausting. Especially at a New Orleans wedding, the festivities can go on for days. Being able to relax is vital if you want these wonderful women to be at their dazzling best. Why not let us help you to give them the gifts that will help them to get the sleep that they need.

Suite Dreams, a perfect gift for bridesmaids

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  1. Suite Dreams – Giving your bridesmaid a floral satin robe is such a nice idea paired with New Orleans bath salts and a travel candle makes it even better.  We can monogram these silk robes for a personalized touch!

New Orleans is known for great food and hand made gourmet snacks are no exception. When the bridesmaids gather at the hotel they will be spending time together talking about the upcoming wedding and all the fun they will be sharing. Making sure that they enjoy a taste of all the goodies that the Big Easy has to offer is something that we are an expert at.

bachelorette and bridesmaid gift for New Orleans weddings

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  1. Send the group a Bachelorette Gift Bag. All of the girls can share the goodies which consist of New Orleans ready to eat snacks for the long fun-filled weekend.

Your bridesmaids may have come in from all over the country, chances are that they will not all be arriving at the same time. After a long drive or flight, having something local and delicious to snack on when they arrive in their hotel room can make them feel welcome and our special attention to detail is sure to impress.

Bridal Welcome Bag New Orleans Bridesmaid Gift

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  1. Bridal Welcome Bag– Let us have this gift bag waiting for the bridesmaids when they check into their hotel room. It’s filled with snacks that are made locally.

At the Basketry, we know gifts. We also know what people like to receive and your bridesmaids are no exception. We hope that one of these gifts is perfect for your particular bridal party. But if they aren’t, no need to worry, customizing a gift basket, bag or box is our specialty. You can combine one or more of the ideas we suggested or we can curate a gift for you that is completely different.

Come into our store or give us a call, or use the chat feature at the bottom of our website. We will be happy to discuss your ideas with you. Why not check out our website to see the sorts of things that we have available. We are happy to work with you to come up with the perfect bridesmaid’s gifts for your wedding party. We love turning your thoughts into reality. Gifts can be picked up at the store or we are happy to deliver them to the hotel of your choice. Weddings can be very stressful, picking a unique gift for your bridesmaids shouldn’t be.

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The Basketry and the Arc. of St. Charles:

A day in the life of a business owner. The Basketry and The ARC of St Charles

The Basketry and the Arc. of St. Charles

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AUGUST 13TH, 2019

A Day in the Life of a Small Business Owner

High school campers received a lesson that was truly a gift! On July 22nd, The Basketry partnered with the Arc of St. Charles to teach students how to: Help customers, run a cash register, gift wrap, create gift baskets, and more! 

The dual learning experience provided real-life skills for students and brought camping knowledge to The Basketry. 

Owner of The Basketry Kristi Brocato explained: 

“Helping others is more important than you ever know. We take for granted that we can get up and go to work every day.  These high school kids would love to make a difference in their community. Little do they know that they make a huge difference when they visit us.”

The Arc of St. Charles aims to: Provide services and support to enable people of all ages with developmental and intellectual disabilities and special needs to help them gain their full potential.

Four campers visited The Basketry: Madeline, Micheal, Matt, and Albert. Madeline’s favorite job was unpacking products and putting price stickers on them.  Micheal, Matt, and Albert learned how to communicate with customers at the cash register, and how to make baskets. While Micheal didn’t love the smell of the store, he loved talking to everyone and learning how to put gifts together.  Each camper got to pick out their favorite items, to create their very own gift basket. 

Hannah and Melissa worked in production, Rhiannon and Britney worked with them on the cash register, while Dominique helped Madeline price products. Kristi worked with the campers on a gift bag project.

“Small businesses can make a big difference in the lives of others if we all pitch in and do our part.  Opening our workday with these students gives us a true sense of accomplishment,” said Brocato.

Are you looking for the perfect gift? Meet us online: https://thebasketry.com/

 

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What Gifts Do You Bring to a Baby Shower or Gender Reveal Party When You Don’t Know The Gender of the Baby?

gift ideas for baby showers and gender reveal parties when you don't know the sex of the baby

gifts for gender reveal parties

It has happened to all of us at one time or another, you have been invited to a baby shower and the parents either aren’t revealing the sex of the baby or have chosen the old fashion idea of waiting until the baby is born to find out what sex it is. You can opt to buy everything in white to be gender neutral or do just buy something that doesn’t require a color choice. Either option works allowing you to find a lovely gift to bring.

Gender Reveal parties are a big thing, and you don’t want to go empty handed. We always suggest to our customers to buy a gift for a boy and a girl and return the one that didn’t fit, but if you are unable to do that, here are some great ideas. FIRST, let us make a blue and a pink bow for you and just change out the bow on any of these gifts as soon as the reveal takes place. It takes 3 minutes and no one will know what you’re up to. Sneaky right? Check out these great baby gifts for gender reveal parties.

If you are looking for a gender-neutral gift, white is a perfect choice, and including a cross in the package will be considered a blessing by your friends or relatives who are Christian. The beautiful bib with the cross makes a perfect complement to a christening gown or outfit which every parent will be grateful for.

Bless This Baby gift set for gender reveal party

Bless This Baby

This gift includes:

  • “Blessed” Ceramic Cross
  • Embroidered Cross Bib
  • White Embroidered Baby Socks
  • Heirloomed Wooden Bird Teether

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What parents don’t love a book to read to their child? Finding one by a local author makes it extra special.

Goodnight NOLA book for baby shower gift

Goodnight Nola Book

Written by local author, Cornell P. Landry.  It’s everyone’s favorite local book! 

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Having your friends and family sending wishes to your baby is enough to bring tears to any parents eyes. 

bless this baby swaddle set gender neutral baby gift

Bless This Baby Swaddle Set

The bless this baby swaddle gift set is custom made in New Orleans and comes with 2 swaddle blankets. 

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We hope that you find one of the gifts that we suggested is perfect for your baby shower or gender reveal party. If however, we have not quite hit the mark for you, our talented staff is happy to work with you to create the perfect gift basket or box. We can combine items from the suggested gifts or come up with something totally original.

At The Basketry, we know that life is filled with gift-giving events. Some of them are easier to buy gifts for than others. But let’s face it, everyone loves babies and everyone loves choosing gifts for babies. While it is easier to make that choice if you already know what the baby’s gender is, with the wide selection of items we have in our store, you won’t have a problem coming up with ideas for amazing gender reveal party gifts. If you are in the area you can stop by our store and we can curate that gift for you. If you are not able to stop by, we will work with you on the phone to turn your ideas into a gift you will be proud to give and the parents will love to receive. We can deliver it to you so that you have it for the day of the party. We can work on a very short turnaround time. We look forward to being able to make your baby gift dreams come true.

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Gift Ideas For Your Wedding Planner – They Made Your Day Perfect, Let’s Make Them Smile!

wedding planner gift ideas

Gift ideas for your wedding planner.

With all the stress that planning a wedding involves, being able to make your wedding planner smile will be a major accomplishment. Your wedding planner may have been a part of your wedding plans from day one or she may have been a recent addition to the overall planning. If you have hired a Full-Service Planner, you will have become very well acquainted with her. You may have been spending time together for a year or even two. If you are choosing a Day of Coordinator then you will have had an initial consultation and then limited meetings until the actual wedding day. One may now be a friend, the other an acquaintance. Both of them will have earned your eternal gratitude. A thank you gift will be in order for all the little things that were probably not included in their bill.

Your wedding planner worked tirelessly to make your special day perfect for you, so send them a special gift to show your deepest appreciation. Here are a few gift ideas. Let us hand deliver or ship directly to your wedding planner.

Sending a gift of relaxation is probably the best gift idea for someone who doesn’t treat herself enough. And given all the stress that you have been going through over the last few months, you might want to consider sending one of these to yourself!!

Daydream gift for wedding planner

Day Dream – Make all of her [day]dreams come true with this beautiful box of all-natural relaxation goodies!

This beautiful white gift box comes filled with:

  • Finchberry Renegade Honey Fizzay Salt Soak
  • Finchberry Renegade Honey Soap Bar
  • Barefot Dreams CozyChic Socks
  • Rose Bud Soaps [4]
  • Finchberry Soap Saver [Helps keep your soap like new!]

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soak it up relaxation gift

Soak It Up – Give the gift of relaxation for any occasion and a sweet reminder to soak in life!

This gift box includes:

  • Finchberry Fresh & Clean Shea Butter Hand Cream
  • Finchberry Fresh & Clean bar Soap
  • Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Socks
  • Ceramic Bathtub Soap Dish

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Stay Golden is a great gift for those who need stress relief

Stay Golden – What a beautiful way to show someone how important they are!

This gift basket includes:

  • Archipelago Botanicals Oat Milk Lotion
  • Cream Neck Warmie – Filled with French Lavender beads, heat it up in the microwave for
  • instant relaxation!
  • Finchberry Renegade Honey Fizzy Salt Soak
  • Musee Bath Bomb
  • Gold Ice Bucket – beautiful used as home decor or to keep their favorite beverage chilled.

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We hope that these gifts are exactly what you are thinking about as a thank you gifts for your wedding planner. But you may have a totally different idea or you may think that you want to mix and match some of the things that we have suggested. We encourage you to be as creative with the gift items as you like. Our staff will be happy to work with you to create a personally curated gift that expresses your taste and thoughts. We have a store filled with beautiful and thoughtfully chosen items that would make wonderful wedding planner gifts whether you are now friends or just acquaintances.

We know that with all of the wedding-related events that you have going on in your life right now, chances are you don’t have the time to stop by our store and choose the items from our shelves. You can, however, browse our website to get a feel for the types of things that we carry. You can then give us a call and tell us the direction that your thoughts are going whether it is a theme, a color or anything else that will make this gift for your wedding planner perfect. We can help you to turn your thoughts into reality in a beautiful way. Why not allow us to help you take some of the stress out of your wedding?

Let us hand deliver or ship a very special gift to your wedding planner. Each gift comes shrink wrapped and tied with a pretty bow along with a complimentary gift card. We are able to create beautiful gifts, boxes or baskets on a very short turnaround time so, if time has gotten away from you and your wedding is just a few days away or even tomorrow, don’t fret. Your gift can be created and be on its way in a very short time leaving you free to enjoy what will be one of the most memorable days of your life. At the Basketry, creating the perfect gift for any occasion is what we are all about.

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The Basketry Lands A ‘Sweet’ New Partnership

The Basketry Lands a Sweet New Partnership

The Basketry Lands A ‘Sweet’ New Partnership

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JULY 8TH, 2019

With the sudden news of Sucre closing, The Basketry rushed to find New Orleans chocolate vendors to fill the void of the ‘missing chocolate.’ We prevailed thanks to our local friends. Fortunately, a recent fresh shipment of Sucre chocolate bars and coffee was available to fill the next few weeks of online orders.

Lolli’s chocolates of Harahan and Raw Sugar Toffee of Raceland swooped in to save the day, and what a SWEET day it was!  With Lolli’s chocolate covered pretzels, fleur de lis oreos, fresh pralines and chocolate crawfish, The Basketry was excited to recreate brand new gifts and gift baskets for customers!  Raw Sugar Toffee became a mainstay in most of the new gifts that were created, and took the place of the Sucre candy bars.  

“Recreating gifts for the website is one of the hardest and most expensive jobs that we have.  You have to design and photograph each gift, which takes several days, not to mention adding them to our online store.  It’s about a $5,000 cost,” says Kristi Brocato, owner. 

 The Basketry team is looking forward to embarking on a massive journey of web design and new gift creations to treat their beloved customers. The tragedy of losing Sucre created an opportunity of unexpected growth for The Basketry. 

“We love our new chocolate vendors and know our customers will too,” said Brocato. 

When a new door opens, there’s always something ‘sweet’ to follow!

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4 Great Real Estate Closing Gifts For New Orleans Area Homebuyers

Real Estate closing gifts for New Orleans area homebuyers

Real estate closing gifts for New Orleans area homebuyers

The real estate market in New Orleans is hot. As a real estate agent, you spend many hours assisting your clients. You develop a relationship with them that often transcends just the business transaction. Finding the perfect home can mean spending a lot of time with your clients and in that time you get to know the things that they like and appreciate and also the things that they don’t. New Orleans buyers have specific needs and it can be a complicated job finding the home of their dreams. After what may be months, a closing gift is in order when the deal is sealed. A real estate closing gift is your way of saying thanks for choosing me as your agent and please recommend me to your family and friends. At The Basketry, we can deliver the closing gift to the actual closing or we can deliver it to their new home on the day of the closing.

Choosing the perfect real estate closing gift is not that easy. Let’s face it you are busy, you have lots of clients. Even with all of the time you’ve spent together, you may or may not know your buyer personally but you still want your gift to have a personal touch. That is where we come in. We have designed a wide selection of baskets and boxes that make a thoughtful thank you. We have put together four that combine some of our most popular items.

Your buyer is going to have many dining opportunities in their home. Food is a gift that is always appreciated for any occasion and a real estate closing is no exception. Chances are friends and family will be coming by soon to see the new home and having something to serve them will be very much appreciated.  

The BEST part is…WE DELIVER TO YOUR CLIENT!

real estate closing gifts

A Sweet Welcome

Nothing says, “Welcome Home” like a beautiful gift basket filled with freshly baked muffins and fresh fruit.  If they are busy moving in and need a bite to eat, we will hand deliver directly to their new home with this move in treat.

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Moving into a new home can provide many opportunities to entertain. With the gift of a piece of entertaining giftware, you guarantee that every time they serve their family and friends they will remember you and the assistance that you provided to find their home. Even if they don’t entertain, they certainly will appreciate a beautiful piece to decorate their home with.

Livin' on the veg serving platter

Serving Platters

We have a large selection of serving platters to help decorate their new home.  

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Lots of celebrating will be happening after the closing, and when it comes to offering a toast or just relaxing after moving in, your clients will enjoy receiving a gift that will help them to enjoy their favorite beverage.

New Orleans etched glasses

New Orleans Etched Glasses

Available in stemless wine, rock style and coffee mug.  These make a great keepsake! Add a bottle of wine and let us hand deliver to the real estate closing for you.

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Wine goes with everything and when all is said and done, a celebration is in order. Surprise your clients with a special bottle to toast the wonderful house they have purchased and a little something edible to go along with it.

Veuve Getaway wine tray

Veuve Clicquot Celebration

Let us wrap up a bottle of Veuve Clicquot along with some delicious gourmet goodies to help celebrate the new home.  

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We hope that one of these gifts is just what you are looking for when it comes to saying thank you to your New Orleans homebuyers. If you have something else in mind or if you would like to combine some of the things that we have suggested, we will be happy to work with you on the telephone or in person. 

Real estate agents love allowing us to be creative for them.  With just a budget and an idea of who you are sending a gift to, our creative team can quickly curate the perfect real estate closing gift for you.  

The Basketry provides personal service to meet the needs of you and your clients. We can create stunning gifts on a very short turnaround time and we are happy to provide delivery all over the greater New Orleans area.

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Last Minute Anniversary Gifts For Your Wife

last minute anniversary gifts for your wife

last minute anniversary gifts

We know that you have a lot going on in your life. It is easy for time to get away from you. Suddenly someone mentions the date and a light goes off in your head. Your anniversary is right around the corner. Maybe it is tomorrow or maybe it is today. We all know that “happy wife – happy life” is not a joke and forgetting to get your wife an anniversary present is not the way to ensure marital bliss. Lucky for you, when you live in New Orleans, getting a last minute anniversary gift that doesn’t seem like a last minute anniversary gift is easy.

Just because you wait until the last minute, doesn’t mean you have to get a bad gift. Leave it to The Basketry to create beautiful last minute gifts and get them hand delivered for you. Here are some of our most popular Anniversary gifts that we know she will love.

You can never go wrong with a sweet treat, and when it is combined with champagne, it becomes an elegant gift that will be just as well received by your bride of 5 years or 50 years. Pop open the bubbly and enjoy your anniversary.

champagne and chocolate anniversary gift

A Bubbly Celebration
This gift box is elegantly packaged with champagne and sweet treats along with a little relaxation, which I am sure she would appreciate.

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Is there a woman who doesn’t love to be pampered? We don’t think so. You know she works hard and never takes enough time for herself. Show her how much you appreciate what she does and give her what she wants and needs; to be able to take a little time for herself and just relax.

better than roses, a gift box of bath products

Better Than Roses
Flowers wither, let us deliver!  We love flowers too, but let’s face it, they don’t last.  Send her a gift box filled with bubble bath and relaxation! 

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A rose by any other name smells as sweet, and your wife will never miss the bouquet that you usually get her. If she loves the scent of a rose garden, we have gifts that will make her senses come alive.

pearl of my heart gift box with wine glass and salt scrub

Pearl of My Heart
Send her a hand painted oyster wine glass along with Finchberry bath salts and other great things she needs to relax.  We can hand deliver to her the SAME day!  

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If your wife’s idea of relaxation is to run a tub full of water and add some bath salt, provide her with the extras that she needs to take a regular bath to the next level.

Yes Way Rosé, a gift box containing a bottle of Rosé, sugar cubes, candle, and wine glass

Yes Way Rosé
She’ll love this bottle of sparkling rose, sugar scrub for the body, and a Corkcicle stemless wine glass.  Last minute gifting shouldn’t keep you from getting a great gift. At The Basketry, we are very creative and can create a custom gift box just for you. 

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If none of the gift baskets or boxes that we are suggesting are quite what you are looking for, don’t worry. Give us a call or stop by our store and we will work with you to create exactly the combination of items that fit your particular wife. Maybe you saw some things in each of the baskets that you liked. We can switch it up for you to put exactly the right things together.

Our store is jam-packed with items for you to choose from. Whether she is a girly girl or more of an outdoor woman, we can help you to turn your thoughts into a perfect gift. We are very good at creating one of a kind boxes and baskets on a very short turnaround time. In other words, it is never too late to get your wife the perfect last-minute anniversary gift. You can take the gift with you for personal delivery or we offer gift delivery to any location in the city on short notice. We look forward to seeing you soon and making your anniversary one she will always remember!

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The Basketry Wraps for a Cause:

The Basketry Wraps for a Cause

The Basketry Wraps For A Cause

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JUNE 24TH, 2019

How this Luling, Louisiana specialty gift shop
raises money for those in need

The Basketry is a specialty gift shop that serves the New Orleans area with delivery of gifts, gift baskets, and gift boxes. Their online store serves the rest of the contiguous United States. In an effort to give back to their community, they’ve created a program called “Wrap For A Cause”.

“One of the best services that we provide our walk-in guests with is complimentary gift wrap for each gift they purchase.  We have a tip jar on our counter and encourage our guests to generously tip “for a cause.” Each month we label our tip jar, so that our customers know where their tips are going.  This past month, we raised $2500.00 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.” Says Kristi Brocato, owner of The Basketry.  

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society puts its funds towards research, but also gives a percentage of the money to families who are battling blood cancers.  The tips raised from last month’s event benefited local, John Robert. John is a little boy in the New Orleans area who was named “Hero of the Year” by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  

Previous tips were donated to a St. Charles Parish family who lost their home in a fire, a local boy who needed a heart transplant and a Humane Society adoption program. 

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If you have a need, or know someone that does, let us know and we’ll nominate you for our next ‘Wrapping for a Cause’ fundraiser.  For more information, contact the Basketry at: (985) 785-8769

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What To Send To a Funeral Instead of Flowers

What to send to a funeral instead of flowers.

When someone you work with or for loses a family member or if you lose a colleague most people are not quite sure what to do. You want to let the family know that everyone is thinking of them in their time of bereavement but what is the appropriate way to do that? Traditionally, flowers have been sent to the funeral home and while there is nothing wrong with that, within a few days the flowers have wilted and the memory of them has faded as well. Finding alternatives to flowers can mean giving a gift that is more lasting and personal. It sends the message that you really care and lets your employees or the family of your employee know that they are or were an important part of the team.

At this sad time, receiving a gift from your employer can be especially meaningful but what to include can be stressful and you as the person in charge of choosing that acknowledgment may not have the time to be running around looking for just the perfect items to include. Why not let us do the work for you?

At The Basketry, we have an excellent selection of baskets and boxes that have been created to express the perfect sentiment for this occasion. When it comes to sympathy gifts, some of the things that can be included are fresh fruit and food items such as muffins. If the family is more religious, there are select items such as crosses and prayers that may be included. A relaxation basket can help to ease some of the stress and sadness that is part of any family loss. Some baskets include a combination of these items.

Below are a few examples of the many gifts we have curated for our clients to give in a time of need.

1. A Sweet Southern Wish

Send a taste of the South filled with all of our favorite locally-made treats and the perfect way to put a smile on their face!

A Sweet Southern Wish - Sympathy Gift Basket Box

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2. Oat Milk Relaxation

You can never go wrong with bubble bath & relaxation – she’s guaranteed to love this collection Archipelago Oat Milk products, all paraben free and amazing for the skin.

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3. A Funeral Gift for the Family

Send a beautiful assortment of fresh seasonal fruit and gourmet delights to the family. This gift will last much longer than flowers and it’s such a nice touch. Give us a call if you would like to change or custom design your own.

A Funeral Gift for the Family

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If none of the baskets that we have created is exactly what you are looking for, we offer many options for personalization. We can create a basket that is the perfect sympathy gift to send in times of grief. Our talented staff will be happy to work with you in curating a box or a basket that meets your particular needs, it can reflect the philosophy of your business or your office and how you relate to your employees. It will be a relief to know that whenever you have a need, we will be there to fill it for you. It will make it much easier for you as the one who has to provide the sympathy gift if you can just give us a call and we can get it done for you.

We are able to send baskets and boxes all over the country and we can work on very short turnaround time. In any large business, the number of sympathy/bereavement gifts that may be required in a year can be quite sizeable. Knowing that you can turn to The Basketry to create the perfect gift for your business is one less thing you have to concern yourself with at this difficult time. It allows you to continue with your job having peace of mind that you have given your employee and /or their family something to express your company’s concern and care.

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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.

Always a Good Idea Gift Bag
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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.

Oyster Wine Glass
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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!

King Cake Gourmet
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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.

New Orleans Map Umbrella
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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.