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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.

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:

Sweet Thank You Gift Basket
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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.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

charcoal rose gift set with sweet treat on porcelain tray

In usual guy fashion, he will call a florist or pop into the local grocery store minutes before heading home and buy a dozen red roses that will last all of 3 days.  Worst of all, that purchase was $5that was just thrown away with the flowers.  If you’re lucky, you’ll get a card that cost $5.95 and it will say everything that he wanted to say and he will sign his name.  Sounds about right?  That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love you, it just means he showed no effort or thinks the holiday is stupid.  At The Basketry, we’ll make him work a little bit harder than that, but keeping in good guy fashion, we like to keep it a little bit easy.   


Valentine’s Day is February 14th

The team at The Basketry have whipped up beautiful new gift ideas sure to make your sweetheart smile.  The newest sweetheart collection has been added online, so if you see something you like, just add to cart!  If you would rather us create something different for you, just give us a call.   If you see something that you want your sweetheart to buy for you, just send him a picture and we’ll help him out!

The best part about our gifts, they LAST and for a LONG TIME, unless of corse you can’t handle the candy lasting that long and you eat it all in one night.  But you won’t.  Check out some of our great LASTING Valentine gifts that will make this Hallmark holiday one to remember.

This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE!  You can’t go wrong with Archipelago bubble bath, hand creme and body wash!  The Corkcicle champagne glass and heart turtle (caramel and chocolate) on top of this gorgeous fleur de lis tray is just the perfect gift!

OOOH this gold bowl is a gift in itself, but fill it with a neck warmer that can go in the microwave along with bath salts, body wash and a bath bomb and you have yourself the perfect gift of relaxation!

For those that don’t like relaxation and things that smell good, we have delicious chocolates and gourmet goodies to die for!   Sucre’ chocolates, heart shaped caramel and chocolate turtles!  The Sucre chocolate chip cookies and chocolates are incredible!!! We’ve added a stemless Corkcicle wine glass to this gift as the perfect keepsake.


 This New Orleans cottage tray and matching mug comes topped with chocolate cherry popcorn, Sucre coffee and Sicilian chocolate bar.  This makes the perfect Valentine gift for anyone who loves New Orleans!

This complimentary gift box comes filled with some of our favorite goodies.  Valentine chocolate covered pretzels and oreo’s, heart shaped turtle, Sicilian chocolate bar by Sucre of New Orleans, and dark chocolate and cherry popcorn.  Just add glass of milk! 🙂



He needs to feel the love too!  We have created the perfect gift combinations for that hard to buy for guy in your life.  Whether it’s your hubby, boyfriend or son, he’ll love it!  Check these out…

We’ve created the perfect salty and sweet combinations for him.  Remember, we’ve been doing this gifting thing a LONG time.

These gift combinations are perfect, but take note of the keepsakes and snack combinations sure to make him feel special on Valentine’s Day. AND we can deliver to him for that added “Awe Man, you’re girl loves you Man!”

Does he love beer or bourbon?  We can add that too!  Just let us know what he likes and we’ll see to it that it gets in there.

We’re going to wrap the gifting ideas up (no pun intended), but here are a few of our favorites for you to scroll through.


ORDER TODAY!!  Don’t wait. 

It gets super crazy inside of our gift making studio.   


WE DELIVER AND SHIP!  Just like the flower thing, but BETTER! 🙂

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Top Gifts for Employee Appreciation & Administrative Assistant’s Week

Treat those who make your job easier with a special surprise from The Basketry!  Administrative assistant’s and employees deserve something special the week of April 23rd through 27th.  Here are a few great ideas that we are sure they’ll love and will help make your shopping easier.  If you see something you like, these are all currently available online or give us a call to help!

Our Scout Totes make a perfect lunch tote or carry all, and the items that come inside are just as fun!  Sucre chocolates, mini Le Grande Courtage champagne, pineapple key ring, Voluspa candles, Hydra shower therapy, journals, Barefoot Dreams fuzzy socks and Bijoux By Bonnet essential oil bracelets are just a few things we LOVE to suggest to our customers.

Our wooden gift boxes filled with Finchberry products, lemonade, Love cookies, and Musee bath bombs that help your best employees relax is our favorite suggestion!  We have lots of price options as well as fragrant collections to satisfy even the pickiest one of the bunch!  Here are a few of our newest gifts we’ve carefully curated!  Our staff is so talented don’t you think?

If you have men on your list of best employees, we have great ideas for him too!  We love our New Orleans socks paired with beer (or root beer), Sucre cookies, etched NOLA glasses, and snacks that he will love!

Our newest arrival to the store is New Orleans Lip & Soap Co.  Here is a collection of Tea Time soap, body butter and bath bombs wrapped in our complimentary white gift box and tied with a matching bow.  Try Seersucker, Magnolia and Acadian Oat Meal…they are all awesome!

As always, please let us know if you need anything!  Administrative Assistant’s Week & Employee Appreciation Week is April 23rd thru 27th.  Let us hand deliver a special gift to your krewe!  Let us make your life a little easier for those who work everyday to make your life easier!

Happy Shopping!

Kristi Brocato and The Creative Team

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