The 25 Best Louisiana Gifts For People Who Love The Pelican State

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Are you looking for unique Louisiana gifts for someone from the Pelican State who moved out of state? Or do you need Louisiana-themed gifts for someone who just moved to New Orleans or another city? Then this list with 25 awesome gift ideas is exactly what you need! From cute home decor items to Louisiana gift baskets and cajun food gifts, there is something for every type of receiver.

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts by budget.

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#1 Map of Louisiana

Metal map of Louisiana
Photo courtesy of The Personal Outlet

Maps are my go-to gifts for travelers as well as for locals.

Do you know why?

Because a map of the place you love brings this place a little bit closer.

So whether you’re looking for Louisiana gifts for people who live there, who moved out of state, or for visitors who are obsessed with the Pelican State, a map is always a good gift idea. Especially if you buy one of the many beautiful designs on Etsy.

My favorite is the metal one with the option to add the receiver’s name.

#2 Louisiana gift basket

Louisiana food basket
Photo courtesy of 2 Artistics Moms

Besides maps, gift baskets are another one of my go-to gifts. So for people who love the Pelican state, I would go for a Louisiana gift basket such as this one on Etsy. It’s filled with the finest and most typical Louisiana food items, such as cajun and creole seasoning and different fry recipes.

And that makes this the ultimate gift for people who miss home and who need a little bit of their home state’s comfort food. For more food-related Louisiana gift baskets, check out #4.

#3 Louisiana phone case

Phone case with flag of Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

This is one of the best Louisiana gift ideas for someone who is obsessed with his or her phone. With the 500+ Louisiana-themed phone cases on Zazzle, they can combine their two favorite things; Louisiana and their phone.

#4 Seasoning gift basket

five cans of Louisiana spices
Photo courtesy of Old Town Spice Shop

Are you looking for more unique Louisiana gift baskets?

Then this seasoning basket is another cool gift idea.

Give the gift of five different famous Louisiana seasonings, so they can create delicious Louisiana creole and cajun dishes at home!

#5 Sweatshirts

Sweatshirt with Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Little Swan Crafts

This warm sweater from the Pelican State is a great gift idea for someone who is always cold and who loves Louisiana!

Or check out Etsy to find over a thousand different designs for any type of receiver; men, women, kids, babies, and more!

#6 Beer cap map

Louisiana beer cap map
Louisiana beer cap map

I probably should have warned you before you started reading this post, but you will find quite a few map-related gift ideas on this list.


Because people who love Louisiana simply love to show their beautiful map to everyone. And so there are quite a few cool map-related Louisiana gifts. For example maps with holes for beer caps or wine corks, so the recipient can fill their map with beer caps of their favorite beers or wine corks of their finest wines.

#7 Louisiana-themed mug

"Been there" Starbucks mug
“Been there” Starbucks mug

Are you looking for Louisiana-themed gifts for someone who loves coffee or tea?

Or for someone who loves to collect Starbucks mugs for every state they’ve visited? (Yes, they have mugs available for each state). Then this is the perfect gift option for you.

#8 Louisiana sports gifts

New Orleans Saints bathrobe
New Orleans Saints bathrobe

Are you looking for cool Louisiana gifts for people who are into sports?

Then you’ve got two options;

For people who are into football, check out Amazon to find everything related to the New Orleans Saints, such as this bathrobe.

And for people who love basketball, check out the New Orleans Pelicans gifts.

Louisiana gifts for mid budgets

#9 Handpainted wine glasses

Wine glass with a painted pelican
Photo courtesy of 318 Art Co

These beautiful handpainted glasses on Etsy are unique Louisiana gift ideas for people who just moved in or out of state. You can choose from alligators and pelicans, and each wine glass is handpainted.

#10 Louisiana cookbooks

Chasing the gator cookbook
Chasing the gator

Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking

As one of the best states in the entire USA when it comes to food, Louisiana cookbooks couldn’t be missed in this gift guide. So I selected three options for you. The first one is a cookbook with delicious cajun recipes that are famous from the state.

Turkey and the Wolf cookbook
Turkey and the Wolf

Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin’ in New Orleans

This is one of the best Louisiana gift ideas for people who love to cook and who love New Orleans! It’s a best-selling cookbook with delicious Southern recipes from New Orleans.

Mosquito Supper Club cookbook
Mosquito Supper Club

Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou

This is one of the best cookbooks for people who love to try Louisiana’s famous cajun recipes at home. Though the story behind the making of this cookbook is a rather sad one. As Louisiana is losing land the size of a football field every hour, due to the rising sea levels each hour, the author decided to collect all recipes from her home region before it disappears.

#11 Louisiana map necklace

Necklace with pendant in the shape of the map of Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Tickle Charm

Do you need cute Louisiana gifts for women?

Then this necklace that’s shaped like the map of Louisiana ( I know, another map-related gift) is a great gift idea!

It’s available in silver and gold and it makes a great accessory without being too obvious.

#12 Travel guides

Frommer's New Orleans travel guide
Frommer’s New Orleans

Frommer’s New Orleans

I know what you’re thinking; “travel guides are only good gifts for visitors, not for locals”. And when it comes to Frommer’s guide to New Orleans, you are right. It’s probably one of the best Louisiana gift ideas for someone who will visit New Orleans soon. However, check out the next two guides if you are looking for cool gift ideas for locals.

Louisiana bucket list travel guide
Louisiana bucket list

Louisiana bucket list: Adventure Guide

The Louisiana bucket list is a great gift idea for both visitors and locals because it contains unique things to see and do that locals didn’t even know about and that will show visitors a unique side of Louisiana!

Birds of Louisiana and Mississippi field guide
Birds of Louisiana and Mississippi

Birds of Louisiana and Mississippi: Field Guide

The last guidebook on this list is actually one of the best Louisiana gifts for locals who love birds. They can use this field guide to discover all the birds that are native to their home state (and Mississippi if they’re done bird spotting in Louisiana).

#13 Alligator oven mitt

Alligator oven mitt
Alligator oven mitt

Did you know that for every two people living in Louisiana, there is one alligator living there too?

Yep, that’s right; there are half as many alligators as humans, and they live in the wild!

Florida might get all the attention when it comes to alligators, but actually, you can find just as many in Louisiana too. And that’s why this cute alligator oven mitt is such a fun gift for someone who loves Louisiana.

#14 Candles that smell like Louisiana

Candle with Louisiana map
Photo courtesy of Scripted Fragrance

Do you need Louisiana gift ideas for someone who misses home?

Then you just found the perfect gift!

A scented candle that actually smells like Louisiana, its people, nature, and culture.

#15 Travel mug

Travel mug with colorful maps of Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Does the recipient love takeaway coffee and Louisiana?

Then you just found the perfect Louisiana-themed gifts;

travel mugs in Louisiana style!

You can choose from over 300 different options, or simply go for this colorful one with the map of Louisiana.

#16 Books about Louisiana

Louisiana: A History book
Louisiana: A History

Louisiana: A History

Do you need Louisiana gifts for someone who is into history? Then this book about the complete history of their favorite state is perfect!

All the king's men book
All the king’s men

All the king’s men by Robert Penn Warren

This is a true literary masterpiece that’s set in Louisiana and that has been restored and reintroduced to suit present-day readers. So for people who love literature and who are interested in political novels, this is a great gift idea.

A Confederacy of Dunces book
A Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A confederacy of dunces is another classic novel set in Louisiana. Though this time it’s a comic novel, a satirical one about a man trying to avoid going to work and becoming a member of mainstream society.

#17 Louisiana-themed passport cover

Passport cover with postcard of Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Louisiana-themed gifts for someone who travels a lot? Or for someone who will leave for a trip outside the US soon?

Then a unique passport cover in Louisiana style is a great gift idea. You can find over 70 different designs on Zazzle, or go for the postcard-style one.

#18 Monopoly in New Orleans style

New Orleans-Opoly
New Orleans-Opoly

Do you need Louisiana-themed gifts for people who love board games and New Orleans (though I’m pretty sure every Louisiana lover also loves New Orleans)?

Then this monopoly version of New Orleans is perfect!

Instead of your classic streets, you can buy iconic New Orleans buildings such as Preservation Hall and the Garden District.

Louisiana gifts for small budgets

#19 Tote bags

Tote bag with New Orleans print
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Louisiana-themed gifts for people who care about the environment?

Then one of the Louisiana-style tote bags on Zazzle is a great gift idea.

They can ditch the plastic bags and use your cute gift instead, and they can show their love for the Pelican State to the world.

One example is this New Orleans bag, but there are more than 700 options if the recipient doesn’t like New Orleans (though I highly doubt that).

#20 Make-up bag

Make up bag with icons from Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Firebolt Creations

This make-up bag with typical Louisiana things, such as alligators, pelicans, lobsters, and Mardi Gras masks is one of the cutest Louisiana gift ideas for women.

#21 Cutting board

Cutting board with the map of Louisiana
Cutting board with the map of Louisiana

So I warned that this list would contain quite a few map-related Louisiana gifts, but this is the last one, I promise.

It’s a bamboo cutting board with an illustrated map of Louisiana engraved, and it’s perfect for people who love to cook. They can use this cutting board to prepare a delicious Louisiana cajun or creole dish.

#22 Keychain

Keychain with text "someone in Louisiana loves me"
Photo courtesy of Eighty 9 Designs

If you are a Louisiana local yourself and someone you love (your child, friend, or relative) is moving out of state, this keychain is one the sweetest Louisiana-themed gifts. Because no matter where they are, they will always know that you love them!

#23 Louisiana-themed luggage tag

Luggage tag with Louisiana flag
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

With nearly 200 different Louisiana-themed luggage tags on Zazzle, I am sure you can find one for your recipient! They are great gift ideas for people who travel a lot, so they can always find their luggage bag in style.

#24 Hot sauce

Bottle of Cajun Pepper hot sauce
Photo courtesy of Jazzy T Foods

If you haven’t realized this by now, let me make it clear. Louisiana food is famous all around the US and beyond. So you can never go wrong with Louisiana food gifts for someone who loves the Pelican State.

And one cool option is this Cajun hot sauce on Etsy.

#25 Personalized coasters

Coaster with home and the map of Louisiana
Photo courtesy of Hometown Gifts Co

This set of personalized coasters is a great Louisiana gift idea for someone who recently moved in or out of state. They can protect their tables in style with these stone coasters.

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A final note on Louisiana gifts

Alright, these were the 25 best Louisiana Christmas gifts from me, I hope you found the perfect gift for your receiver, or check out the editor’s top three if you need more inspiration!

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