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The Holiday Gift Guide For New Orleans Food Lovers

What to buy for the restaurant obsessive on your list

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Is finding that perfect present for the food enthusiast who has everything putting a damper on your holiday cheer? Here's Eater NOLA's curated list of local gifts to make your days merry and bright, from inexpensive items to the ultimate splurge.

Willa Jean Eggnog

Lisa White's boozy eggnog is hands down one of the best Eater NOLA has ever tasted and it already has a cult following. Good thing it's being bottled for all the nog lovers on your shopping list this year.
Price: $55
Where To Purchase: Willa Jean, starting on December 15

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Loomed Kitchen + Hand Towel

These beautiful cotton kitchen towels are hand woven in Turkey, effortlessly chic, and available for purchase online or at Loomed's ultra cool Garden District shop.
Price: $28/each
Where To Purchase: Loomed

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St. James Cheese Co.'s Prytania Gift Box

New Orleans' premier cheese shop ships incredible holiday gift sets to fromage lovers near and far. The Prytania box hits all the high notes with an all-American lineup of cheese, salami, and honey.
Price: $99.99 (gift boxes start at $29.99)
Where To Purchase: St. James Cheese Co.

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Tujague's Cookbook

Poppy Tooker's newest title is more than just a cookbook: Ghost stories, unknown facts, and lore about this Quarter institution make this one of the best local gifts for history buffs with a knack for cooking.
Price: $34.95
Where To Purchase: OctaviaTujague's

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Leah's Pralines Holiday Sampler

A fine gift for any sweet tooth in your life, this gift set from longtime family-owned and operated Leah's Pralines in the Quarter features five creamy pralines, frosted pecans, and an insane bacon pecan brittle. 
Price: $25.95
Where To Purchase: Leah's Pralines

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Cochon Butcher Cutting Boards

Chef Stephen Stryjewski's father hand crafts each of these unique cutting boards using oak, cherry and walnut wood, and finishes them in beeswax and mineral oil. A steal for the cost.
Price: $30-$75
Where To Purchase: Link Restaurant Group

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Havana Knife Co. & Cochon Butcher Knives

Donald Link & co. have you covered on knives. For the ultimate luxury, opt for a Santoku or Utility knife handcrafted by New Orleans' own Gus Mendoza of Havana Knife Co. (Note: They require a two-week preorder.) 
Price: $20-$250
Where To Purchase: Link Restaurant GroupHavana Knife Co.

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Coast Roast Coffee Basket

Kevin Pedeaux is a man obsessed with roasting coffee, which translates into each sip of his signature blends. Holiday baskets feature a house blend, single origin, and Nonna Randazzo biscotti. 
Price: Coffees at $12 and up
Where To Purchase: Coast Roast (in St. Roch Market)

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Old New Orleans Rum 20th Anniversary Blend

This limited-edition King Creole rum from James Michalopoulos and crew is perfect for savoring with notes of leather, tobacco, cocoa and orange, and a sleek keepsake bottle.
Price: $84.99
Where To Purchase: Celebration Distillery; hits fine grocers Dec 1

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Gracious Bakery Granola & Chocolate Bark

Pastry chef Megan Forman and the Gracious Bakery crew have chocolate lovers in mind this holiday with their line of incredible chocolate barks and granola.
Price: $8.50-$16
Where To Purchase: Gracious Bakery

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Cocktail & Son Syrups

Old Fashioned and Julep obsessives can step up their home-bar game with these excellent (and fool-proof) cocktail mixers locally crafted by bartenders Max Messier and Lauren Myerscough. 
Price: $14.95/bottle, $41.95/bundle
Where To Purchase: Cocktail & Sons,
Pearl Wine Co.

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Sprout & Press Boxed Lunch

Surprise a co-worker with a healthy boxed lunch from this Uptown juice and organic foods hotspot. Hand delivered. Order in store/via email/by phone (504) 304-7791.
Price: $7-$25
Where To Purchase: Sprout & Press

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John Besh & Billy Reid Apron

You may not be able to cook like John Besh, but you can at least look the part in his exclusive Billy Reid apron design featuring a Sazerac recipe and copper/leather accents. Plus it benefits local culinary programs. 
Price: $95
Where To Purchase: Billy Reid

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Atelier Vie Euphrosine Gins

Stock the bar with these locally made gins from distiller Jedd Haas and the Atelier Vie team. Hand crafted in Mid City, the barrel-aged and barrel-finished spirits are great for sipping or for turning the holidays into one giant martini party.
Price: $30 to $40
Where To Purchase: Pearl Wine Co. (also ships), Atelier Vie (Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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Sucre Holiday Macarons

Sucre is like Tiffany for sugar addicts, and the 15-piece holiday macaron boxes are coveted bling. Go traditional or order the custom roasted chocolate-covered option with rich chocolate salted caramel and almond center. 
Price: $31.50-$35
Where To Purchase: Sucre

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NOLA Brewing Irish Channel Stout

For those unfamiliar with the booming local craft beer scene, Nola Brewing's Irish Channel Stout is a great place to start, especially during the holidays given the rich notes of espresso and chocolate. 
Price: $5 for glass
Where To Purchase: NOLA Brewing, Martin Wine Cellar, Rouses

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Tory McPhail Sauces

Can't make it to Commander's Palace this holiday season? James Beard Award-winning chef Tory McPhail has just launched his signature line of sauces, and they're perfect stocking stuffers for home cooks and fans of the turquoise landmark.
Price: $6.49
Where To Purchase: Rouses, Nola Cajun

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