This holiday season, shopping local is more important than ever to the hundreds of Southwest Louisiana businesses that have suffered setbacks because of the pandemic and hurricanes. Shop for handmade crafts and gifts, Louisiana-themed apparel and accessories, or treat yourself to a festive pastry at one of our local bakeries. Or, if you are feeling very generous, boudin shipped to family and friends across the country would certainly put you on the "nice" list! If the gift of local art is calling your name, the HeARTbeat Tour is an inclusive list where you can learn about local artists, the artwork they produce and where to find or purchase their creations! 🎨

Shop our ultimate Southwest Louisiana gift guide below!🎁 Make sure to share your finds on social media and use hashtags #ShopLocalLC and #VisitLakeCharles!

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1. Denim Jacket from Iron Shop Provisions


2. Earrings from olive and indigo


3. Home decor goodies from MILL + GRAY


4. Gift basket from Corner Market


5. Charcuterie board from Bayou Boards by Gabrielle


6. Craft beer from Crying Eagle Brewing


7. Ornaments from PaperSmith


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8. Cinnamon Roll Wreath from The Bekery, LLC


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9. Roseate Spoonbill poster from Pixel and Ink


10. Rum cake from Bayou Rum Distillery


11. Local art at Stellar Beans Cafe


12. Hats at Bespoke Hat Co.


13. Holiday treats at The Village Coffeehouse


14. Handcrafted earrings from Clay.ology


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15. Candles from Accessory Zone


16. Stocking stuffers from Expressions


17. One-of-a-kind artwork from Candice Alexander Art Studio


18. Genuine craft vodka from Yellowfin Distiller, LLC


19. Holiday gift basket from Crave Gourmet


20. Customized earrings from Focused Earrings


21. Boudin from Insane Sausages


22. 100% Roasted Organic Coffee from Acadian Coffee Roasters


23. Trendy outfits from Mimosa Boutique


24. Southern Marsh gear from Southern Drifter


25. Children's toys from Etie's A Children's Shoppe


26. Sherpa pullovers from Polished Peasant


27. Satin Sleep Sets from Sway Boutique


28. Watercolor art from The Inkling Girl


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29. Wine from The Wine Store


30. Handmade jewelry and Louisiana-themed art from Flock of Five Gift & Art Emporium


31. Stocking stuffers at The Harrington Gallery


32. Candles and jewelry from Victoria's on Oak


33. Musical instruments from Bearden's Music, Inc.