It’s time to make your list and check it twice to decide who on your list gets all the nice gifts to be found in Southwest Louisiana. Whether the weather outside is frightful or warm and sunny, you can always get into the holiday spirit by visiting Not Just Christmas for holiday décor and gift ideas. We’ve crafted a gift guide breaking down a few of the gift categories to be found in Louisiana’s Playground. So even if giving and receiving gifts isn’t your love language, you’re sure to find inspiration. Happy Shopping!

Nautical themed decor and trinkets available at Flock of Five.

Aesthetic Gifts

A picture is worth a thousand words and what better way to commemorate the joy experienced in Louisiana’s Playground whether as a passerby or a local than with a piece artistic piece?

Candice Alexander Art Studio offers a fully stocked gallery with items ranging from prints and potholders to full size paintings designed with her signature fleur-de-lis motif. The Imperial Calcasieu Museum offers a year round gift shoppe with artwork and wares from dozens of local artists. Flock of Five Gift & Art Emporium encompasses rotating collections of quirky furniture, jewelry, figurines, candles, and more that highlight the uniqueness of our corner of the bayou state.

Sometimes our artistic friends have a style so niche, you can’t quite describe it, but you know it when you see it. For creative inspiration try visiting a holiday market, the Holiday Art Walk, or weekly farmer’s markets where artisans from all mediums gather and sell their work.

Jolly Sweater and Santa Themed Christmas display at Sway Boutique.

Apparel Gifts

Southwest Louisiana has locally owned boutiques galore that are always ahead of the next trend. Downtown Lake Charles and Sulphur are bustling with welcoming storefronts offering a variety of ensembles and accessories to enhance your loved ones’ holiday wardrobe.

Mia’s in downtown Lake Charles has all the adornments you need to support your favorite local middle and high school team as well as our beloved McNeese Cowboys and LSU tigers. For the miniature fashionistas in your life take a drive over to Sulphur and browse the unique selection of apparel and toys on display at the longstanding staple Etie’s, A Children’s Shoppe. Tucked away In Moss Bluff, the northern stretch of Lake Charles, is Sway Boutique, offering exclusive home décor, clothing, and trinkets for all ages and occasions.

Twanie's Terrific Treats, LLC

Edible Gifts

It’s impossible to go wrong when choosing a dining option in Southwest Louisiana. Why not share the love of your favorite restaurant with your favorite people by gifting them a certificate to a locally owned restaurant.

Try Mazen’s for an elegant atmosphere serving Mediterranean dishes with a Louisiana influence. For a laid-back atmosphere serving American cuisine try Novrozsky’s Hamburgers. What meal is complete without a sweet treat? There’s no sweeter treat than the signature chocolate chip from Twanie’s Terrific Treats or a pecan pie from Mrs. Johnnie’s Gingerbread House.

Pasta Noodles drying prior to being packaged at Pasta Lab.

Experience Gifts

Experience is the best teacher, and we have no shortage of learning opportunities. Southwest Louisiana is perfect for planning group activities whether accommodating large parties, or small crews! Make your loved ones a personalized candle at Wicks and Wax Candle Lab so that whenever they light it they’ll think of you! For a hands-on lesson with edible incentives book a pasta making class at Pasta Lab then bring use your newfound knowledge for the next family gathering. For the aspiring outdoorsman there are multiple fishing charters offering half-day, full-day, and overnight lodging.

No matter where you find your gift in Louisiana’s Playground, it’s sure to bring joy to all who receive!